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April 14, 2012


Jeff Shattuck

I confess, I've only ever heard this song as a song about slipping into not caring, which mystified me because I know that that's not you. Getting your take on the lyrics is cool, I'm going to listen to the tune more carefully!

A partial capo? I'd never heard of such a thing!


You don't see capos on many electric guitars. I remember when I first saw a photo of Dylan using one it looked odd. But then his approach to the electric guitar was pretty much the same as his approach to the acoustic guitar - just louder!

The partials are a logical step to those of us who use a lot of open tunings, but that three string capo can be used in regular tuning to give the effect of an open tuning - quite cool. In that book I mentioned there's examples of where three different capos can be used all at once to get really interesting sounds -looks really weird though! I've never progressed beyond one.

I'm glad my explanation has made you want to revisit the song...it's one of my favorites. It's one of those that I was writing for about ten years - no joke! - and I have dozens of verses from which I chose the final selection. Two that didn't make it:

Standing on the fragile line between here and yesterday
Feeling after all this time I'd have something more to say
I guess it’s true as ever the blind still lead the blind
On the road to never mind

All the nights we shared seem to mean nothing more
Than the fleeting memory of flesh on flesh so raw
All we know for certain is the deal was never signed
On the road to never mind

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