The Randall Knife Lyrics

Guy Clark


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Guy Clark
album: Track 5 in album Better Days
release date: 1983
popularity : 8 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Country Rock
length: 4:06

Cover Art

Guy Clark Better Days cover art
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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 ashed 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 lawbooks 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


Track Listing


Vinyl 1
  • 1 Blowin' Like a Bandit
  • 2 Better Days
  • 3 Homegrown Tomatoes
  • 4 Supply & Demand
  • 5 The Randall Knife
  • 6 Carpenter
  • 7 Uncertain Texas
  • 8 No Deal
  • 9 Tears
  • 10 Fool in the Mirror