Randall Knife

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Guy Clark

Guy Clark (born November 6, 1941) is an American Texas country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer. He has released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. more »

My father had a Randall knife
My mother gave it to him
When he went off to WWII To save us all from ruin
If you've ever held a Randall knife
Then you know my father well
If a better blade was ever made
It was probably forged in hell

My father was a good man
A lawyer by his trade And only once did I ever see
Him misuse the blade It almost cut his thumb off
When he took it for a tool
The knife was made for darker things
And you could not bend the rules 
He let me take it camping once
On a Boy Scout jamboree
And I broke a half an inch off Trying to stick it in a tree
I hid it from him for a while But the knife and he were one
He put it in his bottom drawer Without a hard word one
 There it slept and there it stayed For twenty some odd years Sort of like Excalibur Except waiting for a tear

My father died when I was forty And I couldn't find a way to cry
Not because I didn't love him
Not because he didn't try
I'd cried for every lesser thing Whiskey, pain and beauty But he deserved a better tear
And I was not quite ready

So we took his ashed out to sea
And poured `em off the stern And threw the roses in the wake
Of everything we'd learned When we got back to the house They asked me what I wanted Not the lawbooks not the watch I need the things he's haunted 
My hand burned for the Randall knife There in the bottom drawer
And I found a tear for my father's life
And all that it stood for

Written by: GUY CLARK

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Randall Knife