Friday, March 26, 2010

Red Staggerwing


The ladies of Take This Tune seem to be in a bit of a mood with Elvis last week and now the very risque lyrics of Red Staggerwing. Spring must be coming in. This video features one of the best guitarists living, Mark Knopfler, in duet with the incomparable Emmylou Harris from their album, Real Live Roadrunning which you really must have.  You can get either the CD or the combination CD and DVD of the tour.  There isn't a loser song in the whole album and the fun of Staggerwing is offset by the sad and poignant Red Dirt Girl.  In the meantime, take this tune tell us a story or just go for a ride.



If i was staggerwing plane
A staggerwingpainted red
I'd fly over to your house, baby
Buzz you in your bed
If i was a taperwing
A taperwing painted blue
I'd be barrell-rolling over you
You're gonna need a rider anyhow
Let me be your rider now

If i was a maserati
A red 300s
I'd ride around to your house, baby
Give you a driving test
If i was a mustang racer
White with a stripe of blue
You could ride me,baby
Whenever you wanted to
You're gonna need a rider anyhow
Let me be your rider now

If i was a fender guitar
A fender painted red
You could play me, darlin'
Until your fingers bled
If i was one of them gibsons
Like a '58 or '9
You could plug me in
And play me anytime
You're gonna need a rider anyhow
Let me be your rider now

If i was a motorcycle
A vincent red rapide
I'd ride around to your house, baby
Get you up to speed
If i was short track racer
I'd be an indian
You could ride me around
And ride me round again
You're gonna need a rider anyhow
Let me be your rider now
You're gonna need a rider anyhow
Let me be your rider now

4 comments:

maryt/theteach said...

Okay, come on by my TTT post and tell me what you think, Jamie! :)

Travis said...

Mine will be up Monday...perhaps not strictly connected to the theme but still mostly prompted by it.

This Eclectic Life said...

I will admit that Mark Knopfler is one of the best living guitarists. He has always been a favorite of mine. I didn't know this song, though.

Jamie said...

Everyone went in all sorts of directions this week which is what I love when a prompt gets the juices flowing.