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Chandler Travis Philharmonic - Do the Don't

from Song of the Weak​!​!​! by Chandler Travis

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This one dates to Travis & Shook back in the seventies sometime, I think, and may have been co-written by Steve Shook, possibly. (It's hard to be certain about anything that happened in the seventies.) NRBQ's original drummer Tom Staley played drums on the demo version, which was just about the first thing ever produced by Bill ("Bear"; "Noisy"; call him what you will) Scheniman. It's a relatively new song for the Philharmonic, but it has already acquired a definite New Orleans feel, and is obviously already completely owned by the one and many Rikki Bates. This version (from the last night of our Lizard residency, last Tuesday, April 27th) is mighty distorted; however, eat me. The ideas and feelings represented in the lyrics are as timeless now as they ever were. I'm particularly proud of including the phrase "oh, you kid" in what was intended to be a seventies dance hit, again proving how incredibly modern I am (or, at least, was.)


You better get ready / to do the don't
I bet you won't / do the don't
Yer mama can't can't but / oh you kid
You still don't know / if she did the did

If doin' the don't don't do no good
You could do the could if you only could
If I were you I wouldn't even try
To say you wouldn't do the wouldn't with another guy.


from Song of the Weak​!​!​!, track released April 29, 2004
Live at the Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA, April 27, 2004


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THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC is a 9-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, keys, drums, accordion, and valet. George Carlin and NRBQ are among their longtime supporters; others include Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Of Montreal, Ween, and yer mother. ... more

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