Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Over The Edge

Knees was sort of in a low point, musically, in 1974. For part of the year he wasn't in a band at all, and was just going to the community college in Farmington. Then he and Bill Smith and Johnny Harris started playing at Dizzies Bar and a semblance of normalcy returned. A year later he was off to Las Cruces and even more uncertainty.


Written: Monterey Street, Farmington NM, 1974

Our boy was feeling uncreative one day and decided to dash off a song, just to see if he still could. It was actually more pretentious than this, with a stupid verse about fish and birds that Knees wisely left off the final version. No inspiration; just a bunch of whiny lyrics. Interesting chord pattern, though.

When a man has been runnin
For as long as I have
He learns it’s easier to accept than to refuse
So when I found the perfect lady
An we lived the perfect day
I knew I would someday have to choose
Between my runnin days,
Borrowed nights and you.

When you came into my bedroom
On those cold winter nights
With another man’s dust on your skin
I thought about sprinklin
Some salt into your wounds
I was jealous of the places you had been
But it’s all back to dust in the end

Why must a man have emotions
It’s like havin two brains inside your head
One of them says you want,
The other says you need
An neither one can help you when you’re dead.

I kept myself from screamin
For as long as I could
Thinkin bout the good things we had done
But then last week’s mania
Took us right up to the edge
So I went out an bought myself a gun
With a bullet I could even dark the sun.

Why must a man have emotions
It’s like havin two brains inside your head
One of them says you want,
The other says you need
An neither one can hurt you when you’re dead.

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