Rory's custom lyrics, 7 days?

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Rory's custom lyrics, 7 days?

Postby RobertaSparrow » 17 Apr 2014, 20:14

Rory never seemed to do the same song exactly the same way twice, and not just the way he played the music. He'd constantly change the lyrics as well, did it on the fly. Changed them to suit his mood, or the audience, or just because he wanted to. Usually I understand the what and the why, but this snippet of a recording has me stumped.

Rory's live performances were always a treat because of this, because you never quite knew where he was going to take the music, and the audience. This recording of Seven Days is not complete, but it's unique. I don't know who was taping it, almost looks like a home movie. Whoever it is is off to the side of the stage, perhaps a friend or relative of the band or Rory's entourage, so for the most part, you see Rory from the side of the stage as one would who was invited to watch and film from that rather privileged position.

At the beginning of the clip, which unfortunately does not begin at the beginning of the song, Rory sings as he motions toward his left and right hands, ""I put some whiskey on my left and on my right, . . it was 636354, I was out of sight"

Can anyone tell me what he meant? If he was referring to the strength of whiskey, is he talking about a percent of alcohol? Does he mean 63% or 120 proof? Or is he talking about something entirely different?



The lyrics are not the same, not even close, to the official lyrics that he wrote:


SEVEN DAYS OF THUNDER
EIGHT DAYS OF RAIN
THE FEELING THAT I’M UNDER
IS LIKE A BALL ‘N CHAIN
LIKE A BALL ‘N CHAIN

JUST ROUND THE CORNER
I KNOW A STORE
GONNA TRADE IN MY RAZOR AND
BUY A FORTY-FOUR
AND I’LL COME KNOCKING
KNOCKING DOOR TO DOOR
THE FEELING IN MY HEAD IS
LIKE ALL OUT WAR
ALL OUT WAR
THIRD WORLD WAR

AND IF THEY CATCH ME, AND
PUT ME IN THE CHAIR
YOU CAN SIT BESIDE ME
THERE’S PLENTY ROOM TO SPARE
YOU ARE THE REASON I AM IN THIS FIX
WILL YOU CRY FOR ME
WHEN THEY THROW THAT SWITCH
THROW THAT SWITCH

THIS TIME THEY’LL LOCK ME UP FOR SURE
THROW AWAY THE KEY
WHEN THEY SLAM THE DOOR

CITY TO CITY, TOWN TO TOWN
SEVEN DAYS RUNNING
WILL THEY TRACK ME DOWN
WILL THEY TRACK ME DOWN
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