You Can't Hold the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man Lyrics

Okkervil River


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Will Robinson Sheff
album: Track 7 in album The Stage Names
release date: 2007-8-7
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length: 4:54
engineer: Brad Bell, Stuart Sullivan
piano: Patrick Pestorius
electric guitar: Jonathan Meiburg
mix: Brian Beattie
producer: Okkervil River, Brian Beattie

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This week's cash for last week's grass your crew collates
While you sit in the van and wait
Gassed and trashed and smashed, young cads roasting away
On a sunny summer day or, okay, an August night anyway

And you're living on air, while on the 25th floor up there
They'd fan a million bucks before your face
Marie's passed out in a chair with her once fussed-over hair
All mussed into an? I've just been ****ed shape

Just an hour before, she crashed, all cashed
She said, I'm done with looking back, and you look your age
Which is thirty-seven, by the way, and not twenty-eight

And ****ing let them stare because at this point I don't care
I have been your bride stripped bare since ?98
And our silver-screen affair, it weighs less to me than air
It's a gas now, it's a laugh, just how far several mil can take it

This week's fast as last week's flash of interstate
When you starved and never ate
This week's splashed a sick, gold cast across your face
As you roam on silk, ripped tippy-toe alone through Silver lake

Splayed astride a snow-white mare, on a non-stop all-night tear
What a ghastly sight you smear in every face
In that fat, fur-trimmed affair that your lawyer lets you wear
You'll destroy your chance to ever get repeatedly engaged

Track Listing

  • 1 Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe
  • 2 Unless It's Kicks
  • 3 A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene
  • 4 Savannah Smiles
  • 5 Plus Ones
  • 6 A Girl in Port
  • 7 You Can't Hold the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man
  • 8 Title Track
  • 9 John Allyn Smith Sails