Song of the Day #3,396: ‘Never Been Done’ – Ron Sexsmith

These Random Weekend selections have a knack for making me feel old. Today’s track comes from Ron Sexsmith’s album Blue Boy, my introduction to him and probably my favorite of his albums (as introductory records often are). This album was released in 2001 — 16 years ago!

Is it really possible that I discovered Ron Sexsmith before I had my first child? For that matter, is it really possible that my first child is already driving?

Sexsmith has put out one album after another of strong material since Blue Boy but this one still pulls it all together in a way nothing else quite has. I’m reminded of H.I. McDunnough’s line in Raising Arizona: “She’s got four little babies almost as good as this one.”

Ron Sexsmith has 14 albums almost as good as this one.

When he was just a boy of five
His dad sat him down and said, “Son
Well, the light that I see in your eyes
Says you’ll do what’s never been done”

Well, the boy, he grew the way they do
Underneath the moon and sun
And a voice beyond his paper route
Said, “Go, do what’s never been done”

And he tried too hard
To be the best he could be
But in his father’s eyes
It was always disappointing

Though he had once so many dreams
They were all wrapped up in one
This scruffy boy in grubby jeans
Who would do what’s never been done

In school, he moved on well enough
To the rat race, he did run
To prove that he had the stuff
For to do what’s never been done

And he worked so hard
To be the model son
Till he came to realize
That it just couldn’t be done

Till he met a girl with golden hair
With a heart as big as the sun
Said, “If you will take me as I am
Then you’ll do what’s never been done
If you will take me as I am
Then you’ll do what’s never been done”

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,396: ‘Never Been Done’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    And, from what I’ve heard, he has 14 albums that almost sound like this one.😊

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