Thomas Fletcher (fletch31526) wrote,
Thomas Fletcher
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WNL-X: "I got up so tight I couldn't unwind"

I have no idea why I can tell you this, but I know the exact spot where I first heard "Just Dropped In" by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. I was riding with my Uncle Mark in his open-topped Jeep Wrangler along the main drag through the town where my grandparents lived and where he was raised. Of course, I can't begin to tell you the circumstance. We'd probably been out on some adverture -- any trip with this particular uncle was an adventure, especially in his Jeep. We had a unique bond up until my teenage years and I made a lot of exciting memories with him. I don't remember how young I was on this particular day, except to say that I was young enough to not know Kenny Rogers had ever been anything but a Gambler, let alone a quasi-hippy pop star.

Not only does this song bring back exciting memories of my youth -- my uncle's Jeep could (and did) drive over small trees -- but it was also used in the soundtrack for one of my favorite movies from college, The Big Lebowski. And if there's one thing that is comforting to know in this crazy world, it's that The Dude abides. Besides, I might as well have dropped acid with that dose of phenergan on Tuesday and I spent all of Wednesday monitoring my condition. This song is a perfect fit.

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

I woke up this mornin' with the sundown shinin' in
I found my mind in a brown paper bag within
I tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
I watched myself crawlin' out as I was a-crawlin' in
I got up so tight I couldn't unwind
I saw so much I broke my mind
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

Someone painted "April Fool" in big black letters on a "Dead End" sign
I had my foot on the gas as I left the road and blew out my mind
Eight miles outta Memphis and I got no spare
Eight miles straight up downtown somewhere
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

I said I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah)

Just Dropped In
Mickey Newbury

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