CUT#5: "I Don't Know"

"I Don't Know"

I DON'T KNOW
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This is pretty much WYHIWYG. Fairly straight-forward R n' R. It's an oldie but a goodie, having followed me for many years now and gone through many changes in the studio. The song goes waaaay back to my 4-track days in the 70's. This 1992 version was initially recorded by just myself and former bandmate Mark Cheney (Goldrush), who played all rhythm guitars and bass. I sequenced the drum track on my trusty old Roland 707, but fed the individual outputs to the Yamaha PTX8 drum module going to the multitrack. M.R. Keck (Whiplash Gumbo) graced me with a little Hammond part on his last visit. I remember mumbling something like "Y'know, Randy...... I'd really like to work on this job for you, but I have this tune on the console and I need to add a little organ to the mix before I master it." He walked into the other room and cranked up Mom's A-100 and we recorded the track on the second pass of the tape. Another old playing buddy of mine, Wayne Littlejohn ("Mover") who lives in LA-LA land, played some most excellent and tasty solos (heard on the above clip) when he visited the Ozarks recently. Thanks, Wayne-O! We need to finish "Vehicular Love Call" next visit!!

I Don't Know
(Bob Ketchum)

Well I'm searchin' for an answer,
but the question isn't clear;
My life keeps goin' 'round in circles
and I always wind up here

I Don't Know if I'm goin or comin'
I Don't Know if it's wrong or right
Can you tell me if I'm walkin' or runnin'
I Don't Know if it's day or night

Somebody else is winnin',
but they're not.... Not playing fair
Don't know why I keep on tryin'
I guess I'll just keep lookin' for my share

I Don't Know if I hit or missed
I Don't Know if it suits my style
I Don't Know if I should risk it
I Don't Know if it worth the while

Someday, I'll find the answer
and when I do I'll let you know
If I make it, y'know I'll try to help you,
but whether or not I can I just don't know
I just Don't know...

Bob Ketchum (drums & vocals)
M.R. Keck (Hammond organ)
Mark Cheney (guitars and bass)
Wayne Littlejohn (guitar solos)

Dime-A-Dozen Music (BMI) - 1992.

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