Ryan & John Popper's Harmonica

John Popper’s harmonica (above) is my most, rather make that, my only semi-famous piece of rock iconography in my possession.  The harmonica was a gift to me from my daughter Ryan who provided this account of how she managed to be in the right place at the right time to secure it when John tossed it into the audience:
 “I caught it at the Warfield at a benefit for the rainforest concert/fundraiser.  It must have been in late spring or early summer.  It was during the time the X Games were in town.  Must have been around May 1999.  I went with this old lady named Debbie who had just moved to SF from Hawaii and was studying voice overs.  Somehow she and I got VIP tickets and were in the front row drinking free wine from the tables of the big spenders.  They were filming and I thought for sure that one day I’d see myself on the video…..”
 I tried to locate any video of this concert that I could find but did not have any luck.  Sorry, Ry.  

Blues Traveler’s “Run Around” is one of those word drunk songs that comes at you so quickly you’re not sure what the hell is being said.  Great lyrics though particularly in the third verse where our hero finally realizes/admits that “Perhaps I’ve grown a little cynical,” but is still going to drink whatever the waitress brings and “always be full.”  Read for yourself then catch the video below with its Wizard of Oz theme.

Once upon a midnight dearie
I woke with something in my head
I couldn’t escape the memory
Of a phone call and of what you said
Like a game show contestant with a parting gift
I could not believe my eyes
When I saw through the voice of a trusted friend
Who needs to humor me and tell me lies
Yeah humor me and tell me lies
And I’ll lie too and say I don’t mind
And as we seek so shall we find
And when you’re feeling open I’ll still be here
But not without a certain degree of fear
Of what will be with you and me
I still can see things hopefully

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

And shake me and my confidence
About a great many things
But I’ve been there I can see it cower
Like a nervous magician waiting in the wings
Of a bad play where the heroes are right
And nobody thinks or expects too much
And Hollywood’s calling for the movie rights
Singing hey babe let’s keep in touch
Hey baby let’s keep in touch
But I want more than a touch I want you to reach me
And show me all the things no one else can see
So what you feel becomes mine as well
And soon if we’re lucky we’d be unable to tell
What’s yours and mine the fishings fine
And it doesn’t have to rhyme so don’t you feed me a line

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

Tra la la la la bombardier this is the pilot speaking
And I’ve got some news for you
It seems my ship still stands no matter what you drop
And there ain’t a whole lot that you can do
Oh sure the banner may be torn and the wind’s gotten colder
Perhaps I’ve grown a little cynical
But I know no matter what the waitress brings
I shall drink in and always be full
Yea I will drink in and always be full

Oh I like coffee
And I like tea
I’d like to be able to enter a final plea
I still got this dream that you just can’t shake
I love you to the point you can no longer take
Well all right okay
So be that way
I hope and pray
That there’s something left to say

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

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Ryan & John Popper’s Harmonica

John Popper’s harmonica (above) is my most, rather make that, my only semi-famous piece of rock iconography in my possession.  The harmonica was a gift to me from my daughter Ryan who provided this account of how she managed to be in the right place at the right time to secure it when John tossed it into the audience:
 “I caught it at the Warfield at a benefit for the rainforest concert/fundraiser.  It must have been in late spring or early summer.  It was during the time the X Games were in town.  Must have been around May 1999.  I went with this old lady named Debbie who had just moved to SF from Hawaii and was studying voice overs.  Somehow she and I got VIP tickets and were in the front row drinking free wine from the tables of the big spenders.  They were filming and I thought for sure that one day I’d see myself on the video…..”
 I tried to locate any video of this concert that I could find but did not have any luck.  Sorry, Ry.  

Blues Traveler’s “Run Around” is one of those word drunk songs that comes at you so quickly you’re not sure what the hell is being said.  Great lyrics though particularly in the third verse where our hero finally realizes/admits that “Perhaps I’ve grown a little cynical,” but is still going to drink whatever the waitress brings and “always be full.”  Read for yourself then catch the video below with its Wizard of Oz theme.

Once upon a midnight dearie
I woke with something in my head
I couldn’t escape the memory
Of a phone call and of what you said
Like a game show contestant with a parting gift
I could not believe my eyes
When I saw through the voice of a trusted friend
Who needs to humor me and tell me lies
Yeah humor me and tell me lies
And I’ll lie too and say I don’t mind
And as we seek so shall we find
And when you’re feeling open I’ll still be here
But not without a certain degree of fear
Of what will be with you and me
I still can see things hopefully

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

And shake me and my confidence
About a great many things
But I’ve been there I can see it cower
Like a nervous magician waiting in the wings
Of a bad play where the heroes are right
And nobody thinks or expects too much
And Hollywood’s calling for the movie rights
Singing hey babe let’s keep in touch
Hey baby let’s keep in touch
But I want more than a touch I want you to reach me
And show me all the things no one else can see
So what you feel becomes mine as well
And soon if we’re lucky we’d be unable to tell
What’s yours and mine the fishings fine
And it doesn’t have to rhyme so don’t you feed me a line

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

Tra la la la la bombardier this is the pilot speaking
And I’ve got some news for you
It seems my ship still stands no matter what you drop
And there ain’t a whole lot that you can do
Oh sure the banner may be torn and the wind’s gotten colder
Perhaps I’ve grown a little cynical
But I know no matter what the waitress brings
I shall drink in and always be full
Yea I will drink in and always be full

Oh I like coffee
And I like tea
I’d like to be able to enter a final plea
I still got this dream that you just can’t shake
I love you to the point you can no longer take
Well all right okay
So be that way
I hope and pray
That there’s something left to say

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

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