re:verse : “Strung Out On Strings” – The Tubes


Good music speaks volumes… rather than impose analysis, step back and expose linguistic artistry… why critique that which has established perfection at its own necessary conception… listen, look, and linger in fantastic rhythmic reality: lyrically speaking

“Strung Out On Strings,” Now (1977)

No one made me do these things I’ve done
I did it ’cause it seemed like fun
So don’t waste your time with talk of other things
I’ll only talk about my thing I have for strings

I got a 6-string Stella on Christmas day
And my mama bought it used so my dad could play
Well I picked it up and played a little Party Doll
I forgot about girls, I gave up baseball

But I never dreamed how far
I’d go with that guitar
Gave this fat boy wings
Strung out on strings

More than any Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox I idolized
In a 6-string rock dream rockabilly lullaby
I’ll be playing with the Wailers soon
When I get myself a new guitar
Gonna earn that money
Workin’ in a go-go bar

But I never dreamed how far
I’d go with that guitar
Gave this fat boy wings
Strung out on strings
Strung out

Well I made a few records before I made this one
And I made a little money
You know I hope it’s only just begun
If I ever have a kid and he’s a boy
Gonna tell him one thing
I’ll say, “Buy yourself a marimba!
Don’t let me catch you pickin’ strings”

I never dreamed how far
I’d go with that guitar
Gave this fat boy wings
Strung out on strings
Just strung out

You’ll never know
How far you’ll go

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