Song of the Day #1,953: ‘Snake Road’ – Ron Sexsmith

forever_endeavourAlmost all of the albums I’m writing about over the next couple of weeks were purchased during the past month — some as recently as a day or two ago.

The lone exception is today’s features record — Ron Sexsmith’s Forever Endeavour — which I bought all the way back in February.

In fact, this was the first new album I picked up in 2013.

As a die-hard Sexsmith fan, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve let this album slip through the cracks. The CD has been sitting in the center console of my car, pushed aside by other new releases. I’ve listened to it all the way through only once.

Sexsmith is among the most consistent, and consistently great, artists in my collection. This is his 11th studio album and there isn’t a weak one in the bunch.

But there isn’t a particular standout in the bunch, either. With most artists, you can point to two or three (or four or five) albums that tower over the rest, no matter how worthy the rest. Sexsmith is different in that he has released all A’s, without a B+ or an A+ in the mix.

Not a bad problem to have. And yet I think it’s the reason I’ve put off immersing myself in Forever Endeavour. I know what I’m going to get. It’ll be great, but it won’t be surprising. I can wait for great.

When I think about those dog days
I was doing everybody wrong
Couldn’t keep my thoughts straight
Coudln’t keep my trousers on
Now I pray it’s not too late
To take the chance before it’s gone

That I don’t go down that same road twice
That I won’t be taking Satan’s advice
I must admit I’ve paid that price
But I’m saying goodbye to bad advice

People you can save your judgement
For somebody who might give a damn
Go and blow your two cents
On a horn in a traffic jam
At any rate it’s much too late to blame myself for who I am

Just hope I don’t go down that snake road twice
That I won’t be taking another bite
I must admit temptation’s nice
But I’m saying goodbye to bad advice, oh
Bad advice

I’m always making the same mistake
All this taking is hard to take

When I think about bygone days
I was doing everybody wrong
Always taking the long way
And ending up where I don’t belong
Now I pray it’s not too late to change the path I’m running on

Oh I hope I don’t go down that same road twice
That I won’t be taking serpent’s advice
I hope the memories will suffice
But I’m saying goodbye
I hope I don’t go down that snake road twice
That I won’t be taking another bite

I must admit temptation’s nice
But I’m saying goodbye to bad advice
I’m saying goodbye to bad advice, ohh

Bad advice, bad advice

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,953: ‘Snake Road’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. Dana says:

    Maybe you don’t want to admit this to yourself, but couldn’t “consistent” at some point become synonymous with predictable or, dare I say it, boring? You know, in the way you have damned other great artists like James Taylor, Indigo girls and Tracy Chapman to name a few?

    And don’t be too hard on yourself if what I suggest is true. I think it is understandable to gravitate toward artists, and records from great artists, who show a diversity in sound and style over time and who are capable of surprising you. That is why artists like Costello, Simon, Ben Folds, etc ultimately elevate over others and make us more interested in digesting their new material.

  2. Dana says:

    Oh, and by the way, it was this “consistency” in sound that made your faithful followers to this blog rebel against Ron Sexsmith weekends. All of the songs were good, as is today’s song, but, you know, enough already!

  3. Clay says:

    Yes, “predictable” would be another way to describe Sexsmith, but not “boring.” He’s far too good a songwriter for that label. And he does interesting things with his music and production.

    I completely agree that it’s the artists who show a diversity in style over time who number among the greats. For that reason, I wouldn’t elevate Sexsmith to the ranks of a Costello, Dylan, Folds, Simon, Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann or other favorites of mine.

  4. Rob says:

    Having all of Sexsmith’s CD’s myself, and being a fan since “Strawberry Blonde” was released, I too await new Sexsmith product with much anticipation. I must say though that I felt “Forever Endeavor” a little bit of a let down after “Long Player Late Bloomer”, which I felt was his strongest effort. If I were to pick the best cut from “Forever Endeavour” though it would be “Snake Eyes”.

  5. Amy says:

    Speaking of artists who continue to surprise and delight, Sting and Paul Simon are touring together. Any interest?!

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