Friday Jam: Band of Heathens – L.A. County Blues

When it’s in my head, I hum the chorus constantly, and always find the song so soulful, refreshing and energetic. For some reason today I’m thinking of springtime and baseball, and, while the line “mint juleps in the outfield grass / the old south tastes so sweet” is really about horse racing and the Kentucky Derby, I’ll take whatever happy vibes I can get here in the wintry mess of January. Really nice bluesy solos too.

Band of Heathens – L.A. County Blues (for Hunter S. Thompson)

I was never one for compromise
I couldn’t fit at school
Gonzo by the seventh grade
I played them all the fool
I couldn’t find shoes my size, had to walk ten miles
Blisters on the backs of my soul and an illegal smile

They’re burning down Las Vegas Town, had to sleep by noon
Drank my money on a red roulette – that’s’ a ride you can’t refuse
Five hours down with a sunrise frown, lightning in your shoes
It’s one foot in the ether with the LA County blues

They got me on accessory
Thirty days in jail
One headlight in a Louisville night
Without a chance at bail
But I’ll be home by derby time
So please save me a seat
Mint Juleps on the outfield grass
The old south tastes so sweet

They’re burning down Las Vegas Town, had to sleep by noon
Drank my money on a red roulette – that’s’ a ride you can’t refuse
Five hours down with a sunrise frown, lightning in your shoes
It’s one foot in the ether with the LA County blues

Well you can call me Mr. Raoul Duke
I’ll know what you mean
Blinded by a quart of rum
And a dose of mescaline
The Mint 400 didn’t slow me down
I kinda like the speed
The failure of our generation
For a couple bags of weed.

They’re burning down Las Vegas Town, had to sleep by noon
Drank my money on a red roulette – that’s’ a ride you can’t refuse
Five hours down with a sunrise frown, lightning in your shoes
It’s one foot in the ether with the LA County blues

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2 thoughts on “Friday Jam: Band of Heathens – L.A. County Blues

  1. 45spin says:

    Damn, what a great song. I’m gonna have to check these guys out.

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