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friday random ten

1. Bruce Springsteen, “Thunder Road.” “It’s a town fulla losers, I’m pullin’ outta here to win.”

2. Youssou N’ Dour, “Sagal Ko.” I was going to make this one of my “quote some lyrics” random tens, but then the second song up wasn’t in English. Title apparently means “Honor Her.”

3. Jeff Black, “Gold Heart Locket.” “All night long I’ve been ridin’, ridin’, shoulda been there by now.”

4. Spirit, “Prelude – Nothin’ to Hide.” Aw, I give up with the lyric thing. Suffice to say, this comes from an album called Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.

5. Ian Hunter, “Morons.” “I'm 60 and what have I got, I live in a warzone, surrounded by morons.” (I couldn’t resist another lyric.)

6. Gladys Knight & the Pips, “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.” Great song, but shuffle play doesn’t always make for great transitions.

7. Spirit, “I Got a Line on You.” Wow, who’da thunk it … Spirit gets two songs. This is their all-time greatest ever song of all time. Ever. All-time.

8. Crosby, Stills & Nash, “Guinevere.” I’m too embarrassed to quote any lyrics from this one.

9. Oren Bloedow, “Jose’s Christmas Trees.” Full circle, kinda … Bloedow has played on Chocolate Genius albums, Mark Anthony Thompson is Chocolate Genius and he’s part of Bruce’s touring Seeger Sessions Band.

10. Rod Stewart, “Tonight’s the Night.”

10. Dr. Frank, “She Turned Out to Be Crazy.” We interrupt your random list for a personally-chosen song. I can’t let Rod have the last word. Here’s a song by yesterday’s blog-man-of-the-hour, Dr. Frank, from his solo album Show Business Is My Life.

Eleanor was thirty-four, she had a husband
she didn't want him anymore
she had a plan, she'd get in bed, she'd call him in,
and then I'd hit him on the head
but she turned out to be crazy, though she kept it well hid
and it turns out that to knock a guy out
you gotta hit him harder than I did
now he's pressing charges
they're back together and I'm out of luck
she turned out to be crazy, I turned out to be stuck




I recently had occasion to nominate "Thunder Road" as one of the great rock'n'roll tunes ever.


You are so right, and I'm glad you reminded me of that fact. Because it's so great, and because it was so great in concert (first song we ever heard him sing live, as a matter of fact), it became over the years a warhorse, something he seemed to feel obliged to play more often than not, and more often than not in those later years, the performances were perfunctory as a result. But none of that should detract from the greatness of the song.

Giants game before they fall completely into the bay?


sure. I got back to work next tuesday, but am free pretty much any evening as the partner is out of town from the 22-28.

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