Song of the Day, November 24: Don’t Ask Me Questions by Graham Parker

ParkerHowlinQuestionsToday’s song is Don’t Ask Me Questions, the powerful closer to Graham Parker’s debut album Howlin’ Wind. After a decade of odd jobs and flirtations with a musical career, Parker dived headfirst into the sessions, his musical vision fully formed. Although not credited on this disc, his stalwart backing band, the Rumour, played on every track, providing a solid backdrop for his lyrical explorations. The tracks range from romance (realized and frustrated) to nostalgia to social commentary, all described with Parker’s unflinching realism.

Don’t Ask Me Questions blends the Rumour’s potent pub rock drive with a light reggae influence, forming a surging musical setting for Parker’s rage against a hypothetical all-powerful being. He ponders the grave misfortunes that abound in the world and concludes that any force that allows such suffering can make no demands on him. He spits and snarls the lyrics with barely controlled disdain.

Well I see the thousands screaming rushing for the cliffs
Just like lemmings into the sea, Well well well
Who waves his mighty hand and breaks the precious rules?
Well the same one must understand who wasted all these fools.
Hey Lord, don’t ask me questions
Ain’t no answer in me.

Enjoy this potent pub rocker today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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