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What do you want from me? Lyrics


Someone knowing about Navajo Rug and liking it well enough to say so got me enthused about some Tom Russell. 

If I were able to maintain a structure of songs I like best that would hold up through listening to someone else I like equally well, Tom Russell's songs would be right in there with my other favorites. 

They'd be sliding up and down being my 'most' favorite, then being replaced by the next like disks on a jukebox.

Here's one that lingers as 'one of my favorites' well past when it quits playing.

What do you want from me? 

This old Martin guitar was made in 1946.

It's cracked and scratched and splintered by fingernails and picks

It's been my close companion since 1962;

Please don't ask me to decide between this guitar and you.

What do you want from me?  What do you want?

Do I have to give you everything?

What do you want from me?  What do you want?

Do I have to give you everything?

All my friends quit drinking

You can't smoke nowhere no more.

I think I'll take up smoking

Though I've never smoked before.

Getting tired of decaf coffee

I crave high-test in my cup

Too old to die of boredom

But I'm too old to grow up.

I've unloaded boxcars

Sold Bibles door to door.

I'd be rich and famous

If I weren't unknown and poor.

Blessed are the poor in spirit

For  they'll possess the earth

But the day I hand the world to you

You'll ask me what it's worth.

What do you want from me?  What do you want?

Do I have to give you everything?

What do you want from me?  What do you want?

Do I have to give you everything?


Tom Russell and Peter Case

From the Rose of San Juaquin album.

Well blogsters, I gots to run into town to buy lottery tickets and see what else the spirit moves me to do.

You folks have a fine whatever it is you're having.


Entry #385


itscarieComment by itscarie - October 22, 2005, 6:39 pm
Thanks for the tip, I found a site where you can hear snippits of Russell's music:


and I've been listening all afternoon, might even break down and buy one. He collaborated with Ian Tyson on Navajo Rug... and also they both wrote Claude Dallas, another great "story" song. He's even done some Dylan! When we moved from California to Arkansas (another state that doesn't have a lottery, I have to go to MO) we were caravaning with the last load and stopped in New Mexico and there was a Navajo Rug painting on the wall at some tourist trap, My youngest (of four daughters) daughter is Katy and I had to get a picture of her beside the Navajo rug... she was only 6 back then, now shes graduated and 18, don't know if she knew what the song meant back then, or now... but it gave meaning to "Katy - Bar the Door".

Regarding Tom Russell, he was born in California too and has since moved east (like me), he quite reminds me of John Stewart out of CA, with his "story" songs.
Comment by Rip Snorter - October 22, 2005, 6:56 pm
Hi again itscarie:
Thanks for the comment. Hope you like Tom Russell after you hear more of him.... Claude Dallas is another of those favorites of mine. Used to wear a gimme cap "Claud Dallas - National Hero" that I'd do my best to wear whenever I thought I might be encountering USFS Ranger/mirror sunglasses.
Good song.

Have a great one.

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