Songs I listened to then — 1996

This is a special edition of Songs I Listened to Then — In 1996, My then-husband J. introduced me to the music of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, a wacky songwriter/singer from the early 1970s.  I believe that, subconsciously, J. and I were taking a shot at settling down, using common music as a bridge.  Unforturnately, Dan Hicks doesn’t write common music.  Although I needed some time, I eventually came to love this band.  Below are two of my favorite songs:

Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks — How Can I Miss You, (when you won’t go away?)

I’ve talked to your mother and I’ve talked to your dad
They say they’ve tried, but it’s all in vain
I’ve begged and I’ve pleaded
I even got mad
Now we must face it, you give me a pain

How can I miss you when you won’t go away?
Keep telling you day after day
But you won’t listen, you always stay and stay
How can I miss you when you won’t go away?

Your neverending presence really cramps my style
I dream that it won’t always be the same
At first I was attracted, but after a while
Have you ever heard of the hard-to-get game?

How can I miss you when you won’t go away?
I keep telling you day after day
But you won’t listen, you always stay and stay
How can I miss you when you won’t go away?
And I mean it, too!

Out of 3 billion people, why must it be me?
Oh why, oh why won’t you cut me loose?
Just do me a favor and listen to my plea
I’m not the only chicken on the roost!

How can I miss you when you won’t go away?
I keep telling you day after day
But you won’t listen, you always stay and stay
How can I miss you when you won’t go away?

Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks —I Scare Myself

I scare myself
Just thinking about you
I scare myself
When I’m without you
I scare myself
The moments that you’re gone
I scare myself
When I let my thoughts run

And when they’re runnin’
I keep thinking of you
And when they’re runnin’
What can I do?

I scare myself
And I don’t mean lightly
I scare myself
It can get frightenin’
I scare myself
To think what I could do
I scare myself
It’s some kinda voodoo

And with that voodoo
I keep thinking of you
And with that voodoo
What can I do?

But it’s oh so, so, so different
When we’re together
And I’m oh so so much calmer, I feel better
For the stars have crossed our paths forever
And the sooner that you realize it, the better

Then I’ll be with you
And I won’t scare myself
And I’ll know what to do
And I won’t scare myself
And then I’ll think of you
And I won’t scare myself
And then my thoughts’ll run
And I won’t scare myself

Then I’ll be with you
And I won’t scare myself
And I’ll know what to do
And I won’t scare myself
And I’ll think of you
And I won’t scare myself
And my thoughts will run
And I won’t scare myself…

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3 responses to “Songs I listened to then — 1996

    • I don’t think they made it 50 miles from Haight-Ashbury — Dan H. and HL wrote a lot of music about smoking pot, and their first album launched in 1972. He’s still singing, though — more power to him! 😎 Thanks for listening!

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