Saturday, March 6, 2010

I Killed the Monster (Midnight Music Musings)

The Daniel Johnston tribute album "I Killed the Monster" was released in 2006, and while many of the covers are of note, it's the Daniel Smith and Sufjan Stevens rendition of "Worried Shoes" that always keeps me coming back. I couldn't track down a video for it, but you can give it a listen over here. In addition to being an awesome song, I just love how much the voice of the wacky Daniel Smith just works perfectly. There is also a moment in the Danielson Famile documentary where Daniel and Daniel meet, that is just great.

I took my lucky break and I broke it in two
Put on my worried shoes
My worried shoes
And my shoes took me so many miles and they never wore out
My worried shoes

I made a mistake and I never forgot
I tied knots in the laces of
My worried shoes
And with every step that I'd take I'd remember my mistake
As I marched further and further away
In my worried shoes

And my shoes took me down a crooked path
Away from all welcome mats
My worried shoes
And then one day I looked around and I found the sun shining down
And I took off my worried shoes
And my feet broke free to breath the air
I didn't need to wear
Then I knew the difference between worrying and caring
'Cause I've got a lot of walking to do
And I don't want to wear
My worried shoes

More recently, this song was covered by the lovely Karen O. for the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack. love it.

And of course, the original can be found here.

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