Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lost Gem: "Knocked Down, Made Small" - Was (Not Was) (1983)


"And when I began to crawl...
He knocked my head against the wall and said 
you're much too small."
~ Was (Not Was) ~


Big fan of  Was (Not Was)
BIG!

David Weiss (aka David Was).
Don Fagenson (aka Don Was).
Sweet Pea Atkinson.  
These guys are the Bizarro World funkenstein frontmen on this ride.

But there are a slew of fantastically bizarre musicians who dribble on and off this court like point guards in the NBA...who help nail this pork pie hat.

Looks like John Oates (minus Hall) in this video mix.  And I swear one of the three computer geek guys from "The X-Files" show up, too!

Lost Gem:-->"Knocked Down, Made Small" (1983)...is a Motown throw-down vocal burn that drives this rock tank more urgently than the lyrics might suggest.  

Have you heard this one?


My daddy took a look
On the day that I was born.
And said he looks like corn
And his feet are made of clay.
And then he walked away.
And when I began to crawl
He knocked my head against the wall.
And said you're much to small
And you don't get no ice cream.
Not even if you scream.
Don't you know that I was knocked down,
made small.
Treated like a rubber ball.

On the day I turned sixteen
I drove his car into the river.
He stood and watched me shiver
As they dragged me to the shore.
Wouldn't look me in the eye no more.
When I finally hit the streets
I had my share of hard defeats.
Every time I took a step
I felt the shackles on my feet.
I was facing odds that I could never beat.
Don't you know that I was knocked down,
made small.
Treated like a rubber ball.

I finally woke up
And put my conscience on the shelf.
I turned to crime
Started living for myself.
Didn't care about no one else.
Don't you know that I was knocked down,
made small.
Treated like a rubber ball.

Good Stuff.

Casey Chambers
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