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part 4: the stand

Oh, wow. The radio is good tonight.

Does anyone remember The Alarm's The Stand?

I thought it was the coolest song because 1)It was about the Stephen King book of the same name and 2)Mike Peters had the spiffiest hair ever.

I saw the Alarm live three times. The last time was at the Pier in NYC. There were bleacher seats - literally bleachers - and my friend fell through them when he stood up during the encore. Smash, right to the bottom. He got up, bloodied and battered and enjoyed the rest of the show. Then we walked all the way to Penn Station in the pouring rain with him hobbling on one good leg.

Man, those were good times, when a little pain and a lot of rain were no deterrents to having fun.

Anyhow, this song is still damn cool.

Oh I have been out searching with the black book in my hand
And I've looked between the lines that lie on the pages that I tread
I met the walking dude,religious, in his wom down cowboy boots
He walked liked no man on earth
I swear he had no name (had no name)
I swear he had no name

Come on down & meet your maker
Come on down & make the stand
Come on down, come on down,
Come on down & make the stand.

As I crawled beneath the searchlights
Looking through the floorboards of this life
I met Doctor Strangeloves cousin
He bore the marks of time
"Hey! Trashcan where you going boy
Your eyes are feet apart
Is that the end you're carrying Shall I play the funeral march" (play the march)
"Play the funeral march"

Come on down & meet your maker
Come on down & make the stand
Come on down, come on down,
Come on down & we'll make the stand.

Come on down & meet your maker
Come on down & make the stand
Come on down, come on down,
Come on down, we'll make the stand.

When I looked out the window
On the hardship that had struck I saw the seven phials open
The plague claimed man and son
Four men at a grave in silence With hats bowed down in grace
A simple wooden cross,
It had no epitaph engraved (it had no)
It had no epitaph engraved.

Come on down & meet your maker
Come on down & make the stand
Come on down, come on down,
Come on and make the stand

Come on down & meet your maker
Come on down & make the stand
Come on down, come on down,
Come on down, & we'll make the stand

Comments

ohh you're so gonna pass out before I even have my first drink. Maybe this will help flashes you

They played up at my college (SUNY Albany) for Mayfest in 1986. (I think - could have been '87 - I'm a bit fuzzy on that - we had Joan Jett one year, The Ramones (who totally rocked!) another... I forget who the 4th year headliner was)

My two favorite songs by them were The Stand and Spirit of '76. Thanks for the lyrics and letting me sing along! Oh, the memories!! :)

The stand is a dam cool movie, makes you think.

I didn't realize there was a song about that book. It is my favorite Stephen King novel and now I have to go search for the MP3 ;)