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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Twisted

Music by Wardell Gray 1949
Lyrics by Annie Ross 1952



Judging by the lyrics that Annie Ross wrote for this tune, it sounds like she was a bit of a handful growing up! I think Freud and most mental health expects would frown on the lyrics of this song, but for us jazz fans it's just a case of being deeply misunderstood! This song really showcases Annie Ross's vocal agility, while poor Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks are relegated to short, sharp interjections.  Well, I guess it's only fair as she did write the lyrics!


Dave Lambert: vocals
Jon Hendricks: vocals
Annie Ross: vocals
Gildo Mahones: piano
Walter Bolden: drums
Ike Isaacs: bass


My analyst told me (what?),
That I was right out of my head,
The way he described it (how?),
He said I'd be better dead than live,
I didn't listen to his jive,
I knew all along,
He was all wrong,
And I knew that he thought (what?),
I was crazy but I'm not,
Oh no (oh no?) (oh no?),


My analyst told me (what?),
That I was right out of my head,
He said I'd need treatment (yeah?),
But I'm not that easily led,
He said I was the type,
That was most inclined,
When out of his sight,
To be out of my mind,
And he thought I was nuts (nuts?),
No more ifs or ands or buts,
Oh no (oh no?) (oh no?),


They say as a child,
I appeared a little bit wild,
With all my crazy ideas,
But I knew what was happening,
I knew I was a genius,
What's so strange when you know,
That you're a wizard at three,
I knew that this was meant to be,


But I heard little children,
Were supposed to sleep tight,
That's why I drank a fifth of vodka one night,
My parents got frantic,
Didn't know what to do,
But I saw some crazy scenes,
Before I came to,
Now do you think I was crazy?,
I may have been only three,
But I was swinging,


They all laughed at angry young men,
They all laughed at Edison,
And also at Einstein,
So why should I feel sorry,
If they just couldn't understand,
The reasoning and the logic,
That went on in my head,
I had a brain,
It was insane,
So which led to them to laugh at me,
When I refused to ride,
On all those double decker buses,
All because there was no driver on the top,
(No driver on the top? This chick is twisted. What's the matter with her?)
(She must be out of her head) * This line simultaneous to previous line


My analyst told me (what?),
That I was right out of my head,
The way he described it (how?),
He said I'd be better dead that live,
I didn't listen to his jive,
I knew all along he was all wrong,
And I knew that he thought (what?),
I was crazy but I'm not,
Oh no (oh no?) (oh no?),


My analyst told me (what?),
That I was right out of my head,
But I said, dear doctor, (yeah?),
I think that it's you instead,
Cause I have got a thing,
That's unique and new,
It proves that I'll have the last laugh on you,
Cause instead of one head (one head?),
I got two,
And you know two heads are better than one...

1 comment:

  1. I dig this. I haven't heard this tune before. Nice blog, really enjoy it. I look forward to your future posts.

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