Blood on the Highway
DASH WRITES ABOUT 'BLOOD ON THE HIGHWAY' 1. Christmas in Jail. Well, this one nearly came true in 2006, when my in-laws called the Arkansas PO-leese on Christmas night. I didn't put my hands on anybody, but I offered--loudly--to do so if there were any takers. The title alone may throw sensitive souls into depression, or send them on a murder spree. 'True, I caught these charges on my own/But life is seldom simply right or wrong.' Damn, I wish I'D said that. Oh yeah, I did. 2. Fallen. Credit for this one must be shared with our co-producer, Deb Letner, and her partner, Howard. Deb left me a voice mail one afternoon with the killer line that opens the chorus, 'This is way more Karma than I bargained for.' It took me weeks to figure out where to go with that, but gradually I started hearing this Fallen Angel, who found out his teachers and handlers were lying when they said what's most important in life is to 'be yourself,' be an original and surprising individual. Horseshit. Step off the beaten path and you're gonna be beaten. Nevertheless, what's there left to do at the Bottom of Despair but to dig in and see what's underneath? Join me, ye Fallen Ones, in celebrating Satanic glee. 3. Goin Thru the Motions. You know that feeling, like you're just stumbling through your days and tumbling all night into the abyss? You start remembering you've got that old shotgun in your closet and feel it calling you? That's why I don't buy ammo. Keep the gun, but keep it empty. Really. Feel the pain. Then try to love again. 4. The Flood of New Orleans, 2005. I grew up in SW Loozianna, and while watching Katrina coverage from SF, I could literally hear some old woman, fighting with her adult son, as the water creeps across the road and toward the house. At some point, the only way to move her is to pick her up (gently, of course) and put her ass in the boat. 5. Love Can Handle the Pain. I wrote this one to answer for myself the age-old conundrum, 'What's the difference between Love and Lust?' And I think it's that Love will put up with people's shit, while Lust, though excellent, can only survive the evening. Lust is a butterfly, come and gone in a brilliant flash. Love is a Phoenix, the legendary Bird of Paradise. 6. Y.O.U. This is our Toby Keith song. I just thought it'd be a good line to try in a bar. 'Hey Honey, I've been out of school for a while, but I'd love to enroll in Y.O.U.' So far, most women have been amused, but no one's signed me up. Maybe I'm just not college material. 7. You Can't Teach Me. Obviously a more charming companion to the song before. People in Austin spent a lot of time telling me what a great person my wife was. I wish I'd listened. 8. I Ain't Old. At 42, I'm still f***ing up and raising hell. I wouldn't mind growing up and becoming 'more realistic,' but damn, that's such a drag. 'I like my job, but my boss, he's a piece of work.' 9. If It Don't Feel Like Texas. Really, I mean, if it don't feel like AUSTIN, which is the only habitable city in that great state. But truly, that place has a magic and has made things happen for me that I never thought possible. Peace, y'all. DK Jan 2007.