Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Best Allman Brothers Song

In my mind, this is it. The quintessential Allman Brothers song. Progressive blues at its finest. I wrestled with this conclusion because it was written and recorded after the death of founding member, driving force and guitar-virtuoso Duane Allman. Moreover, this version was recorded in 2003 after Dickie Betts was asked to leave.

In the end though, it is what it is. The lead/slide guitar and first solo is Derek Trucks. There is so much pure emotion, gut-wrenching tone and pristine technique in his playing that he makes you forget all about Dickie Betts and has you believing that he has tapped into whatever vein that fueled Duane Allman in the early days. The solo on the outro is Warren Haynes, and he is no slouch himself.

The song was written by Gregg in the aftermath of Duane’s tragic and untimely death. The lyrics are a bit ham-fisted in parts, ("…'Cause time goes by like pouring rain, and much faster things...") but they are earnest and straight from the heart. (Reminds me of a lyric by Bob Dylan, from “Tangled Up in Blue” when he sings:

“And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin' coal
Pourin' off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you”
...but that’s another post isn’t it?)

The point is, the lyrics are great regardless of his inability to think of another metaphor. Listening to the song on the way to work this morning brought a tear to my eye. This is as good as it gets.

You can find it on the “One Way Out” collection, or better yet you can watch and listen to it in 5.1 on the DVD “Live at the Beacon Theater.” Outstanding.

Aint’ Wastin’ Time No More (Listen)
By Gregg Allman
From “One Way Out.”

Last Sunday morning, the sunshine felt like rain.
Week before, they all seemed the same.
With the help of God and true friends, I come to realize
I still had two strong legs, and even wings to fly.

And oh I, ain't wastin time no more
'Cause time goes by like hurricanes, and faster things.

Lord, lord Miss Sally, why all your cryin'?
Been around here three long days, you're lookin' like you're dyin'.
Just step yourself outside, and look up at the stars above
Go on downtown baby, find somebody to love.

Meanwhile I ain't wastin' time no more
'Cause time goes by like pouring rain, and much faster things.

You don't need no gypsy to tell you why
You can't let one precious day slip by.
Look inside yourself, and if you don't see what you want,
Maybe sometimes then you don't,
But leave your mind alone and just get high.

Well by and by, way after many years have gone,
And all the terrorists (war freaks) die off, leavin' us alone.
We'll raise our children in the peaceful way we can,
It's up to you and me brother
To try and try again.

Well, hear us now, we ain't wastin' time no more
'Cause time goes by like hurricanes
Runnin' after subway trains
Don't forget the pouring rain.

This week's Top 10.


Blogger isabelita said...

Holy aioli. Such a rush this gave me. We also used to appreciate their song "Tied to the Whipping Post," too. Could be a good soundtrack tune to accompany the current days...

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Viscount LaCarte said...

Such a rush this gave me.

I'm so glad. It is so good it can give me chills just remembering it.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time isn't linear, it folds back on itself in the most random ways, allowing instant access to distant scenes. For evidence, I point out that when I logged on I was a greyhaired grandaddy of 59. Listening to this, I'm once again a lovesick 25-year old sailor with more imagination than sense, and no money at all.
It is so good it can give me chills just remembering it. Chills is just about right. The Allmans were the pinnacle of Southern Rock back then, and they're still unbeatable.
Greg Allman is on my Top Ten Rock/Pop Singers Of All Time list, along with Aretha, Levon Helm, Bonnie Raitt... Perhaps I'll save the rest of the list for another post.

7:20 PM  
Blogger dmm said...

goose bumps. they are good but duane was better.

10:47 PM  
Blogger The Viscount LaCarte said...

That discussion is an exercise in futility. I'll say that I love Duane's playing and he did pioneer the sound that Derek is mining.

5:54 AM  

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