Too Many Strings Attached

from Alienated by Shapeshifters



There was a small attic space at Brian’s house where he and I would work on new songs. There was a picture on the wall of Brian and Dale Earnhardt and a book of Hank Williams's lyrics. What else does one need for inspiration, right? He wasn’t so sure about this song. Thought it was a bit corny. I came up with the main guitar riff on the spot. And, the ending riff is a direct rip off from the ending riff of the song Let It Roll by the English band UFO. Yep, I steal.


She took me to dinner then handed me the check
Fried me some chicken then handed me the neck
I let her drive home then she got in a wreck
Gave her some cutlery then she stabbed me in the back
She gave me a guitar but it had too many strings attached

We got up to dance but she had two left feet
It was a formal affair but she dressed indiscreet
Told my boss a joke that even I cannot repeat
She was a psychic with all the wrong facts
Tried to play her like a fiddle but she had too many strings attached

She had a bad cough and it wouldn't go away now
She gave it to me we were sick every day now
Went to her doctor then I learned
He got his degree from a mail order firm

She told me a story that had no end
Laid down her rules that would not bend
She sang a swan song that sounded like a hen
Sailed on stormy waters then the damn started to crack
She gave me a guitar but it had too many strings attached


from Alienated, released January 1, 1998
Brian Relleva - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Harmonica
Mark Ryalls - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Kevin Abernathy - Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
John P. Smith - Bass Guitar


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