Chris Knight – Undone

Robert Earl Keen originally wrote and performed this song, but this morning I heard Chris Knight’s version coming out of my speakers on the way to work. A year and a half ago John Dickson put on a tribute to REK called “Undone” and I happened to pick up a copy of it but have never truly given it a listen other than the initial spin.

By some miracle (I’m assuming Christy was listening to it) the tribute CD was in my player, cued exactly to the spot where Chris Knight took the stage and did justice to one of the better songs REK ever penned. With those lyrics and Chris Knight’s knack for cutting deep, this song radiates the meaning of a country song. With lines like “Seems you been fightin’ every day of your life”, “You love the night but you hate the dark” and probably the most cutting “You’d kill yourself but you hocked your gun” will truly take you on a journey of what it means to be at rock bottom and not sure that climbing out is even an option. This song reminds me what it’s like to be in those places and to keep my eyes open because there are people out there living this song looking for a way out.

“Undone” performed by Chris Knight (written by Robert Earl Keen)

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Fire one up and you toss one down
Everybody knows you been downtown
Been downtown late last night
Busted your head in a barroom fight
Fightin’ with your brother fightin’ with your wife
Seems you been fightin’ every day of your life
Can’t stand still, still can’t run
You put it all together but it came undone

Your soul is junk, your brain is dust
All your memories are eaten up with rust
Your nightmares real, dreams too stark
You love the night but you hate the dark
Your mother your daddy little sister too
Told you a secret they were countin’ on you
You were dying to tell but your dad said son
Button your lip but it come undone

So they turned you out when you turned them in
They told you don’t come back again
Now the years stack up like old beer cans
Dead end jobs payment plans
Broke down trucks welfare checks
Child support and back-seat sex
You’d kill yourself but you hocked your gun
You built a noose but it come undone

So you’re livin’ in a shack but you wanna be rich
And you would if it wasn’t for the sonovabitch
The sonovabitch the dirty old whore
The butcher the baker the grocery store
You hate them they hate you
What in the world are you gonna do
It ain’t your fault but they need someone
To blame it on when they come undone

Now the storm’s comin’ in the sky’s turned black
It’s too late now you can’t turn back
Lightnin’ strikes on the telephone wire
You’re drunk as a skunk your shack’s on fire
The wife took the baby and the other two kids
The dogs are a-howlin’ and the chickens are dead
It’s your last night out and you’re gonna have fun
They’ll read it in the papers when you come undone

5 Responses to “Chris Knight – Undone”

  1. ariel
    October 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    love the way chris sings this! hes wonderful on so many levels. i love him!

  2. pwag
    March 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    This is the only place I found this song on line. Thanks for making it stream-able. I love this guy’s voice and serious moroseness of this song.

  3. ariel
    April 28, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    its me again! still as big a fan as ever! seen him 4 times now, still amazing

  4. Mrs. Knight
    April 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Ariel, You’re obsessed! Love ya anyway!

  5. Ryan
    May 2, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Obsession is a great thing ;-)

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