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Origins: Ice Pick grim reaper song

Folkpunch 22 Jun 14 - 02:46 AM
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Subject: Origins: Ice Pick grim reaper song
From: Folkpunch
Date: 22 Jun 14 - 02:46 AM

There's a song I picked up 45 years ago from a live tape of a gig in a California coffee house. It's a dark two chord thing about a guy whose girlfriend tries to kill herself with an ice pick. Grim stuff. I heard it later on a record player at another coffee house in Berkeley in that same period but didn't have the brains to find out anything. Every once in a while I do a search and always come up blank. I never knew the title, called it The Ice Pick Blues out of convenience. Anybody know anything? Here's the lyric:

I woke up this morning
it was a cold gray dawn
I rolled over on my pillow
saw my baby was gone

I saw her this morning
and I asked her tonight
I said where were you baby
in that first daylight

the answer that she gave
stabbed me to my heart
she said "I was sleepin'
with my old sweet heart"

Well, I didn't ask her why
didn't try to understand
I just said "I'm gonna quit you
leave you with that other man"

I slammed, slammed the door
and I started in to go
when I heard her scream
and my blood ran cold

there's an ice pick, ice pick rollin'
rollin' on the floor
and my baby was lyin'
by the kitchen door

an ice pick makes
such a very little hole
and no blood comes
but the flesh is dry and cold

there's a hospital corridor
so long and bright
and they brought her down
in that pale moon light

the state police came
in a very little while
said "if that girl dies
you'll stand a murder trial"

the judge took my belt
and my shoe laces too
so I could not do
what my baby tried to do

if my baby lives
and I leave here
I'm gonna make her a pendant
shape it like a tear

I'm hang, hang it down
between my bay's breasts
right on the spot
where that cold steel rests

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