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  posted on 7/3/2006 at 04:10 PM
Warren is known for writing really nasty even menacing songs for Gov't Mule. My vote for most menacing is Mr. Big:

"Mr. Big, don't you be
hanging around. For you I will dig
a great big hole
in the ground."

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  posted on 7/3/2006 at 05:16 PM
Actually Mr. Big is a remake by Mule from the band Free.Written by Paul Rogers.
Circa 1970

 

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  posted on 7/3/2006 at 05:43 PM
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Actually Mr. Big is a remake by Mule from the band Free.Written by Paul Rogers.
Circa 1970


Then it's out of the running. But we should note that Mule finds tough nasty songs to cover also. Like Sin's a Good Man's brother: "You might think it's a little bit crazy, I don't think you should be so lazy."

Here's a possible one:

Game Face: Sail on savior
I can't take no more of your insanity wisdom
Satisfy your angels
With your cocaine and your guns
As for me I don't need them

or World of Difference:

"black and white, it's all the same
good and evil - pieces in a medieval game
black shoot black, white take all
color will be our downfall
blood runs red
and it's all the same"

Those are just a few.

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  posted on 7/3/2006 at 06:07 PM
"Clean it up one more time, its sure gettin' old. Why dontcha bury my like the dirt that's in my soul" -F'ing great lyrics.
The first 2 albums are so dark. The lyrics so amazing. Bring back the darkness Warren!

 

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  posted on 7/3/2006 at 10:16 PM
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"Clean it up one more time, its sure gettin' old. Why dontcha bury my like the dirt that's in my soul" -F'ing great lyrics.
The first 2 albums are so dark. The lyrics so amazing. Bring back the darkness Warren!


Hey I am with you there i wish they would bring back the early Dark Mule!

 

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  posted on 7/3/2006 at 10:27 PM
"Everybody knows that death is larger than life", not overly menacing, but it's simple and you know damnwell what it means.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2006 at 09:50 AM
"Come in with the sunrise
Who knows where you go?
smelling Like Something
I don't want to know"

"Twisted angel, cast out of some strange heaven
sent down here to put me through hell
'now you show up on my doorstep
honey dripping from your mouth.
Like some slackjaw Jezebel"

Only the darkness can keep you warm
On an evil night like this
Are you looking for someone
To give your arm a little twist
Everybody needs some danger sometimes
I'm no different
Just think of me as your equal
I won't undress you
I wont' hold you down
I wont' stick a knife in your back
The way you did that clown
Can you feel it - can you taste it
Yeh, you must've seen it coming
Surely you could've guessed
The game is up
I'm gonna take you down
No more crying
I think its time to confess

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  posted on 7/4/2006 at 11:44 AM
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"Everybody knows that death is larger than life", not overly menacing, but it's simple and you know damnwell what it means.


No, actually I don't know what it means. What does it mean?

I agree the song is dark and menancing, but I dont' really get the larger than life meaning. Just not a term I am familiar with.

Larger Than Life
by Warren Haynes

If I concentrate will it just come to me
Run it by me I'm willing to learn
Make no mistake you'll never be allowed to come inside
Just be glad you're here on the outside looking in

Cause it won't take long to get to the bottom
Won't take much to be looking down at yourself
You think you know something but you don't know nothing
Everybody knows that death is larger than life

Captivate yourself you're the only one that can help you now
With your cartoon savior by your side
Look around the room do you see anyone that you recognize

Cause it won't take long to get to the bottom
Won't take much to be looking down at yourself
You think you know something but you don't know nothing
Everybody knows that death is larger than life

Cause it won't take long to get to the bottom
Won't take much to be looking down at yourself
You think you know something but you don't know nothing
Everybody knows that death is larger than life
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Well one of my favorite lines (in one of my favorite songs) is the line in Temporary Saint about burying me like the dirt that's in my soul. Such a cool smart line.





[Edited on 7/4/2006 by Angelemerald]

 

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  posted on 7/4/2006 at 12:14 PM
I always thought Larger Than Life was about the fragility of life, the mystery of death and the afterlife, and people who claim to know exactly what its like on the other side. When, in fact, unless you're dead, you don't really know anything. The "Larger Than Life" term just probably sounded cool. Just my interpretation.

It was the music of the 1st 2 albums that sucked me in and blew me away. Then, when I started to absorb the lyrics, there was no turning back.

I've purposely not listened to any of the new material, except what I heard at a spring show. I'm hoping that High & Mighty will be a return to glory.


 

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  posted on 7/4/2006 at 12:26 PM
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"Clean it up one more time, its sure gettin' old. Why dontcha bury my like the dirt that's in my soul" -F'ing great lyrics.
The first 2 albums are so dark. The lyrics so amazing. Bring back the darkness Warren!


Hey I am with you there i wish they would bring back the early Dark Mule!


uhh they play that song all the time. I do wish they'd play Far Away, WofD, World of Confusion, and anything else anyone can think of. Deja Voodoo had a number of them though. No Cele, MySepRea, Wine and Blood. Mule's song list must be stored in huge notebook.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2006 at 10:20 PM
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I always thought Larger Than Life was about the fragility of life, the mystery of death and the afterlife, and people who claim to know exactly what its like on the other side. When, in fact, unless you're dead, you don't really know anything. The "Larger Than Life" term just probably sounded cool. Just my interpretation.

It was the music of the 1st 2 albums that sucked me in and blew me away. Then, when I started to absorb the lyrics, there was no turning back.

I've purposely not listened to any of the new material, except what I heard at a spring show. I'm hoping that High & Mighty will be a return to glory.




To me it seems like getting sucked into a world of drug abuse. A lot of Life Before Insanity and Dose seems to be about that sort of thing.

Do you mean you've listened to nothing since LBI? If so you are making a terrible mistake.

Doug

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  posted on 7/5/2006 at 07:56 AM
No, I've listened to everything since the first 2 albums. I just prefer those over the later stuff. The last album was the first to leave me feeling flat. So, I'm hoping that the new one will be more to my liking.

 

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  posted on 7/5/2006 at 06:07 PM
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No, I've listened to everything since the first 2 albums. I just prefer those over the later stuff. The last album was the first to leave me feeling flat. So, I'm hoping that the new one will be more to my liking.



I agree with you Mule75 it sounds like you were a Mule fan like me from the early days.I love the first 2 albums the best!Although i like the newer stuff but it doesn't compare to early Mule.I guess you would have to be a fan from the early days to know.

 

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  posted on 7/5/2006 at 06:30 PM
i think there are songs that compare easily to the old stuff. Lola, Slackjaw, NWBlues, Perfect Shelter, BMW, etc. Danny adds a completely new dimension to the band that wasn't there and I enjoy the newer Mule shows with him to be honest.

The really new stuff covers everything Mule has ever tried to do. Streamline Woman is to me, a straight Aerosmith influence and along with Brand New Angel and Mr H & M are all rockers that will be great to hear grow.

 

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i think there are songs that compare easily to the old stuff. Lola, Slackjaw, NWBlues, Perfect Shelter, BMW, etc. Danny adds a completely new dimension to the band that wasn't there and I enjoy the newer Mule shows with him to be honest.

The really new stuff covers everything Mule has ever tried to do. Streamline Woman is to me, a straight Aerosmith influence and along with Brand New Angel and Mr H & M are all rockers that will be great to hear grow.


Brand New Angel reminds me of Temporary Saint.

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i think there are songs that compare easily to the old stuff. Lola, Slackjaw, NWBlues, Perfect Shelter, BMW, etc. Danny adds a completely new dimension to the band that wasn't there and I enjoy the newer Mule shows with him to be honest.

The really new stuff covers everything Mule has ever tried to do. Streamline Woman is to me, a straight Aerosmith influence and along with Brand New Angel and Mr H & M are all rockers that will be great to hear grow.


Brand New Angel reminds me of Temporary Saint.

Cool I can't wait to hear the new album!

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  posted on 7/6/2006 at 12:15 AM
I'm surprised I've only seen Time To Confess mentioned once. It doesn't get much more menacing than that one. Also, I think as far as dark goes, Deja Voodoo was able to deliver a couple of pretty heavy ones, although not in the same number as Woody-era albums.

 

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  posted on 7/7/2006 at 08:44 AM
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I'm surprised I've only seen Time To Confess mentioned once. It doesn't get much more menacing than that one.


Warren most ominous. If this song isn't eerie and threatening, I don't know what is.

It also happens to be one of my favorites.

 

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  posted on 7/8/2006 at 12:51 AM
"I can't let you get next to me." (Game Face)

To my taste, Warren sometimes tries too hard as a songwriter - so songs that are supposed to be menacing don't really get there. But this one does it. It's simple and combined with a really great riff, and I think it leaves something to the imagination. Can he not let someone get next to him because he doesn't trust them, or because he can't trust himself? That kind of thing.

 

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  posted on 7/8/2006 at 09:03 AM
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"I can't let you get next to me." (Game Face)

To my taste, Warren sometimes tries too hard as a songwriter - so songs that are supposed to be menacing don't really get there. But this one does it. It's simple and combined with a really great riff, and I think it leaves something to the imagination. Can he not let someone get next to him because he doesn't trust them, or because he can't trust himself? That kind of thing.


I like his Mule and Allman songs a lot. While I like his solo songs and his songs with Phil Lesh, some of the lyrics are a little too lyricy if you know what I mean. In Game Face he is afraid of what will happen ifhe let's the subject get close to him. After all they are obsessed with their cocaine and their guns, as for me I don'tneed them.

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  posted on 7/8/2006 at 12:48 PM
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In Game Face he is afraid of what will happen ifhe let's the subject get close to him. After all they are obsessed with their cocaine and their guns, as for me I don'tneed them.

"I don't need them" is a pretty weak statement, though. He doesn't want them around, but doesn't care very much.

Sounds to me like he's confronting somebody who betrayed him and giving a warning. Same thing with the "when my shadow comes to life" part. I don't think he's sure what he's capable of.

 

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  posted on 7/8/2006 at 12:58 PM
All I ask from anyone
is that they ask nothing from me.
Stare so long at the future
That I'm blind to reality.
Comes a time we watch our lives
slip into the sea.
All I ask of you my friend
is that you ask nothing from me.

Dream fly by like a thousand railroad trains
Egos steadfast like mountains in our brains
Those of us who let go will be swallowed
Left here to die

Do not look to the sky
it will not rain for you.
Do not look to strangers
they won't help you through
Only chance you got
when you hear
the war dogs bark
is to be one up on your brother
like a blind man in the dark.


It doesn't get darker or nastier than that!

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  posted on 7/8/2006 at 09:36 PM
True that. Although I don't think Blind Man is so much menacing as just pure vicious and evil.

 

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  posted on 7/8/2006 at 10:19 PM
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True that. Although I don't think Blind Man is so much menacing as just pure vicious and evil.


I think it's a comment on the human condition and deeply deeply pessimistic. It's every man for himself. Don't expect help from anyone, from your God, from your fellow man. In fact you'd better look for an advantage, like a blind man in the dark. It doesn't necessarily refer war but any armegedon type situation. I thought of these lyrics during the New Orleans disaster and during the Tsunami disaster. Warren's vocals, especially the original on Dose with that wierd effect is quite menacing as is the ominous bass.

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  posted on 7/9/2006 at 01:26 PM
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I'm surprised I've only seen Time To Confess mentioned once. It doesn't get much more menacing than that one.


Warren most ominous. If this song isn't eerie and threatening, I don't know what is. It also happens to be one of my favorites.



I always think of Time To Confess as a love song. A dark and twisted love song, but a song about love and desire nonetheless.

I think the song uses a lot of double entendres.

I won't undress you
I won't hold you down
I won't stick a knife in your back
The way you did that clown

To me the lines above mean: I won't embarrass or shame you, or try to constrain you, even if I know that you didn't behave so appropriately in your last relationship.

The game is up
I'm gonna' take you down
No more crying
I think it's time to confess

He's been watching her, how she was in that relationship and now he must confess he wants her, he is going to take her down, not to the sherrif's office, but down on the bed, down to the ground, or simply, let's get down to it.

You won't see no bright lights burning
But you'll feel the heat
This is how it happens
When strangers turn to lovers turn to enemies

That is the natural progression of relationships in this time of serial monogamy. Two people are together, they hurt each other, they go for the gun or the knife, they draw blood but they confess, I am into you even if love is a dark emotion and relationships are filled with deciet, manipulation, blood and pain.

The game of pretending he doesn't desire her is up. There is no more crying because only the darkness, the darkness that is love, passion and desire, will keep them warm.

The only menace is love itself.

:-)

I agree with you guys though that Game Face, Larger than Life and Blindman are the three most menacing songs Warren's written. I can also see how the song Lay Your Burden Down has an element of menace in it.

[Edited on 7/9/2006 by Angelemerald]

 
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