Todd Snider Road Journal:
Volume 14, August 2004
DID YOU EVER SEE DALLAS FROM A DC NINE AT NIGHT?
(EAST NASHVILLE SKYLINE TOUR)
I’ve been going on bob and tom for ten years now
and I still don’t know how to get there from the hotel
jimbo picks me up
The next person I see is toms kid.
He looks like a teenage mick taylor.
Then its into the show.
The show moves very fast.
And stays constantly funny
literally the funniest radio show on
and voted so over and over
I would say
the main thing I think I have learned from working with them
for so long
is that the one guy in every social circle
that everyone thinks should be a comedian
at the in store show I got a custom made
vince pawless guitar.
I am still a little speechless about it
WHEN I LIT OUT FROM RENO…….
I WAS CHASED BY TWENTY MEN
melita sold five paintings
I am so proud …
The cui ui gallery did a great job
and were also a lot of fun.
The show runs til the end of the month
in September she has a show here in nashville
I can tell you this.
Love painting or hate it.
Love her painting or hate it.
Melita is as passionate
and hardworking with her art
as will or tommy or jack
or jerry jeff or john
or anyone else I look up to.
We almost got remarried
so did bart and nani bacon
but we went to the lake instead.
I DIDNT GET TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT
TIL THE MORNING CAME AND WENT
The last day in reno I got up before melita and walked from the hotel
to the river where all the punker kids hang out.
In the coffee shop I got in a shouting match with some guy.
One of us is a real jerk.
Im not sure which.
I went to the other side of the river found a flat rock and fell asleep .
A little bit later I was shaken awake by an older looking women.
“You hungry?” she asked.
Waking startled I noticed quickly that she was probably homeless
and probably thought I was.
My knee jerk was to tell her
I was staying at the hotel
and that I was fine
and that I wasnt homeless
but then it hit me that she hadn’t asked if I was homeless
she asked if I was hungry.
So I said
“Follow me” she said
we walked a few blocks to some church and had
a great sack lunch
sandwich, chips and an apple.
ITS YOUR THING
DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO
I CANT TELL YOU
WHO TO SOCK IT TO
After reading a few of the reactions I was getting to the poetry
that I had started putting on the message board
under the alias “kal”
I became enraged and decided to just sit in my hotel right through the dallas show
I just sat up in my room and partied …
my marching orders to elvis?
“Don’t tell them til the last second”
then I ordered more room service.
“what about the crowd?” E cried.
“Let them drink beer” I scoffed.
MY NAMES BIG YELLOW
I LIKE THINGS BIG
AND I LIKE THINGS YELLOW
When I woke up a few days later
I was on a stage in a parking garage trying to remember
the name and number of my booking agent.
The promoter didnt want to pay me til I had dinner with her.
One of us is a real jerk.
I think I know which one.
EVERYTHANGS BIG IN TEXAS
that same weekend I saw kent and sterling
and my old pal trog.
I told you he was real….
Then we played at some biker thing.
I heard a voice yelling for django walker songs
When I scanned the crowd to put a face with the voice.
I found django walker….
Nice one kid
WASHINGTON STATE THAT IS……..
EDDIE VEDDER…… SPACE NEEDLE.
in seattle we went on a boat to vashon island for lunch
and at the show played greg browns guitar
In portland I saw my mom.
And everybody else…
to write about it would take up the whole journal.
viva la beef…
then we went to michigan for the wood tick festival.
Stick with the tick.
It was a lot of long travel made better by gracious hosts and great food.
I hope to go back and bring friends next year.
Now we have a little time to rest.
melita and I borrowed a house boat on dale hollow lake
we leave tomorrow.
im walking out the door now to the bookstore
and the fishing pole place.
I cant see any reason why I won’t set some sort of bass fishing record.
(And for your moment of zen…….)
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY DAUGHTER
or as hixx said on the album (listen close)
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MADONNA
or as kimbrough said one night
KEEBLER HASSLEHOFF MCDONALDS.
Ok then, thats it for this month