Guy Clark Song

Discussion in 'Blades' started by Seacowboys, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Artist/Band: Clark Guy
    Lyrics for Song: Randall Knife
    Lyrics for Album: Dublin Blues

    My father had a Randall knife
    My mother gave it to him
    When he went off to WWII
    To save us all from ruin
    If you've ever held a Randall knife
    Then you know my father well
    If a better blade was ever made
    It was probably forged in hell

    My father was a good man
    A lawyer by his trade
    And only once did I ever see
    Him misuse the blade
    It almost cut his thumb off
    When he took it for a tool
    The knife was made for darker things
    And you could not bend the rules

    He let me take it camping once
    On a Boy Scout jamboree
    And I broke a half an inch off
    Trying to stick it in a tree
    I hid it from him for a while
    But the knife and he were one
    He put it in his bottom drawer
    Without a hard word one

    There it slept and there it stayed
    For twenty some odd years
    Sort of like Excalibur
    Except waiting for a tear

    My father died when I was forty
    And I couldn't find a way to cry
    Not because I didn't love him
    Not because he didn't try
    I'd cried for every lesser thing
    Whiskey, pain and beauty
    But he deserved a better tear
    And I was not quite ready

    So we took his ashed out to sea
    And poured `em off the stern
    And threw the roses in the wake
    Of everything we'd learned
    When we got back to the house
    They asked me what I wanted
    Not the lawbooks not the watch
    I need the things he's haunted

    My hand burned for the Randall knife
    There in the bottom drawer
    And I found a tear for my father's life
    And all that it stood for
  2. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have that CD...and love Guy Clark...

    Have seen him many times over the years....and I still laugh everytime I hear "Homegrown Tomatoes"....

    Only two things that money can't buy
    That's true love & homegrown tomatoes :) :)

    and "Boats to Build" is still one of the most beautiful songs ..I love that song...
  3. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    Sounds like I'll have to listen to the music. Maybe found a new musician to entertain my time.
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