Kneel to Knuckle

Kneel to Knuckle May 25, 2012

Heaven could be any place at all …

“Kneel at the Feet of Jesus,” Willie Nelson
The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea,” Johnny Cash
Knife,” Aztec Camera
Knife,” Grizzly Bear
Knife Chase,” Tom Waits
Knife Going In,” Tegan & Sara
Knights in Shining Karma,” XTC
Knock ‘Em Out,” Lily Allen
Knock on Wood,” Eddie Floyd
“Knockin’ in a Room,” Twitchen Vibes
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Bob Dylan
Knowing Me, Knowing You,” Abba
Knoxville Girl,” Nick Cave
Knuckle Too Far,” James

Couldn’t find a video of Johnny Cash singing “Drunkard’s Prayer,” so the link above is to a version by the Carter sisters, from back before June Carter became June Carter Cash.

That song was a hit for the Louvin Brothers — here’s their version. They had an even bigger hit with their oddly chipper rendition of “Knoxville Girl.”

Wikipedia has an interesting, if short, entry on that song, an Appalachian murder ballad first recorded in 1924. It’s an odd and very, very dark song detailing the murder of the girl of the title. No reason is given for it and the song’s narrator — the murderer himself — seems just as puzzled by it as anyone else. I don’t understand that song. I suspect I don’t want to understand that song.

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