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Lyr Req: The Randall Knife (Guy Clark)

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property@mindspring.ccom 24 Jun 99 - 01:09 AM
Barbara 24 Jun 99 - 01:54 AM
darkriver 24 Jun 99 - 03:41 AM
darkriver 24 Jun 99 - 04:31 AM
Tiger 24 Jun 99 - 06:55 AM
Roger in Baltimore 24 Jun 99 - 07:50 AM
Joe Offer 26 Jul 20 - 06:01 PM
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Subject: Need Guy Clark Lyrics
From: property@mindspring.ccom
Date: 24 Jun 99 - 01:09 AM

I've looked every hwere for the lyrics to a Guy Clark Clark song called "The Randall Knife" or "Randall Knife." Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, property@mindspring.com


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Subject: RE: Need Guy Clark Lyrics
From: Barbara
Date: 24 Jun 99 - 01:54 AM

This was posted in a thread recently (last few months) but isn't in the subject line. The topic was something like Best ghost stories, or favorite songs, someone posted this and another Guy Clark song together.
Anyone remember or have it marked?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE RANDALL KNIFE (Guy Clark)
From: darkriver
Date: 24 Jun 99 - 03:41 AM

Wow! I actually get to contribute something--finally.

From the G.C. album Better Days:
THE RANDALL KNIFE

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 ashes 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


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Subject: RE: Need Guy Clark Lyrics
From: darkriver
Date: 24 Jun 99 - 04:31 AM

I forgot to add (before I pressed the
Submit Message
button) that I got the lyrics from this excellent Guy Clark website: click here .

Doug aka darkriver®


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Subject: RE: Need Guy Clark Lyrics
From: Tiger
Date: 24 Jun 99 - 06:55 AM

When Guy does Randall Knife in his shows, he unplugs his guitar and moves to the front of the stage to get closer to the audience. Then, with his backup men silent, he plays this to an absolutely hushed house.

If it doesn't raise the hair on your neck, there's something wrong with you.

....Tiger


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Subject: RE: Need Guy Clark Lyrics
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 24 Jun 99 - 07:50 AM

I can't do this song without crying, so I've never performed it. Guy has a way with the male instincts that is not just Texas macho. I cried when I heard "Let Him Roll" the first time and it wasn't even Guy singing it. In fact, it was before I knew about Guy Clark.

I, too, saw Guy in concert and he did do "The Randall Knife" (although he stuck with the sound reinforcement system). Later I asked him to sing "Let Him Roll" and he said, "One wrist-splitter a night is enough."

Oh, and Barbara, I posted "The Randall Knife" in the Happy Father's Day thread.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Randall Knife (Guy Clark)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Jul 20 - 06:01 PM

Anything to be corrected here?


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