My Top 20 Robbie Fulks Songs: Where I Fell (#15)

@FourWalls (14709)
United States
June 22, 2016 9:36pm CST
Before I read everyone else's discussions in bed I'll finish off with my incredibly popular (yes, that is sarcasm, thanks for asking) series of 20 favorite songs by the alt-country great Robbie Fulks. #15: Where I Fell I frequently cheer great songwriting. You wanna hear some? Here you go. Fulks sings so quietly that the bitterness of the narrator screams through the lyrics. A guy stuck in a dead-end job ("I sling hash for what all spills off the interstate") in a small town with very little to offer except "a plaque to our war fallen" and a polluted river ("daddy used to catch his supper in this river, now you can't swim it, it smells like a 20-ton truck full of paint thinner sank down in it"). He really hates his life here, declaring, "I'd'a chose a place more fine, but the choice was never mine, so I dwell where I fell." This is how to write -- and perform (as I said, the quietness of the delivery really emphasizes how bitter the man taking the listener on the tour of this town really is) -- a superb song. Where I Fell Written by Robbie Fulks From Gone Away Backward, 2013 Robbie and Robbie (Gjersoe, on electric) performing the song about a year before its release:
I think a new song by Robbie, but maybe a cover performed with Robbie Gjersoe and Beau Sample at The Hideout, Chicago, May 21, 2012
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Jun 16
Just finished watching. Excellent. Did you shoot that?
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@FourWalls (14709)
• United States
23 Jun 16
No, my friend did. I've never posted any videos that I've shot online.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Jun 16
@FourWalls - Well, he/she should be commended. Usually I can't hear or see a damn thing on those.
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@FourWalls (14709)
• United States
23 Jun 16
@teamfreak16 -- there are a lot of differences. She has Robbie's permission to film, so she doesn't have to hide the camera. She also has good equipment (although it's pretty basic, comparatively speaking). And the acoustics at the Hideout are superb.
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@JohnRoberts (61354)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Jun 16
The place he is in sucks supreme! The bitterness speaks for many.
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