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Steve I Lyr Req: Lady Mary: 'I mean nothing to him, but... (7) Lyr Add: THE RANDALL KNIFE (Guy Clark) 24 Jun 99

I found these lyrics at the Guy Clark web site. Sorry I didn't write it down. I hope they are what you want…


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 law books, 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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