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‘What Did I Do? – the annotated lyrics

November 9th, 2014
Seeing how the whole concept of  Sonic Highways was to record songs inspired and shaped by the studio and city it was recorded in, I thought after each episode airs I’d try and piece together the meaning behind the lyrics.

“Some of the coolest, freakiest stuff comes out of this city.” – Dave Grohl

 

There you go again,
putting words into my mouth.
This one’s for you to know,
and for me to find out.
All that trouble, and you on about.
How you gonna know, til you hear it out loud.
Stop, ask myself what did I do?
what did I do to deserve you?
Go on, tell me now what did I do?
what did I do to deserve you?
I heard every word comin’ from the 13th floor. 

Roky Erickson’s psychedelic rock band The Thirteenth Floor Elevators.
Your song came along,
and I heard the voices telling me to save yourself,
I’ll behave yourself.
I stop, ask myself what did I do?
what can I do to preserve you?
Go on tell me now, what can I do?
What can I do to conserve you?
Your name, year of fame,
I could see the writing on the wall.
Come on, flip a coin, bet it’s going to tell you
The Big Boys guitarist Tim Key told how he and Chris Gates flipped a coin to see who would play bass in the band.
to save yourself, I’ll behave yourself.
Your man, channelin’, knowin’ by the x on his hand
Gary Clark Jr often found himself too young to drink in the bars he played at & in the US marking underage patrons with an X on their hand (to ensure no alcohol is sold to them) is common practice.
You raise, runaways singin’ at the gate,
to save yourself, I’ll behave yourself.
So here I go again,
putting words into your mouth.
This one’s for me to know,
and for you to find out.
All that trouble and I’m on about,
how you gonna know, til you hear it out loud.
All of your heroes, where are they now?
I’m lost, deliver me,
I crossed the river finally.
God as my witness,
yeah it’s gonna heal my soul tonight.
God as my witness,
yeah it’s gonna heal my soul tonight.
God as my witness,
yeah it’s gonna heal my soul tonight.
God as my witness,
yeah you gonna heal my soul tonight.
God as my witness,
yeah you gonna heal my soul tonight.

 

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