Ho-lee Shit

You know that feeling you get when you're tracking down a fly ball in center field and you've gotten to it when all of a sudden your glove, for no reason that you can immedeately discern, decides to explode, leaving you to try and catch it barehanded in your throwing hand, wincing from the pain in your glove hand, which is now covered in second degree burns? Happened twice to me today. Let me explain.

I've been a Blues Traveler fan for the past 10 years. I know most of their songs by heart. Well, vocally at least. Which was why yesterday I started searching the internet for guitar tabs to their songs. So one of the songs I looked for; one of my favorite songs, was All for You.

Finally I figured out,
But it took a long long time
Now there's a turnabout,
Maybe cause I'm tryin'
There's been times, I'm so confused
Down my road, will it lead to you?
Just can't turn and walk away

It's hard to say what it is I see in you
Wonder if I'll always be with you
Words can't say it, I can't do
Enough to prove, it's all for you

And I'd thought I seen it all,
Cause it's been a long long time
Oh bothered that we'll trip and fall,
Wonderin' if I'm alive
There's been times, I'm so confused
Down my road, will it lead to you?
I just can't turn, you walk away

Its hard to say what it is I see in you
Wonder if I'll always be with you
Words can't say, and I can't do
Enough to prove it's all for you

Rain comes pourin' down,
Fallin' from blue skies
Words give out a sound,
comin' from your eyes

Hard to say
Hard to say, it's all for you

Love that song. So I looked it up, and found the chords. But I wasn't sure if maybe it had some fill-ins between chords or the like because such is often missed by those sites. So I did another search and saw that one of the sites was marked Sister Hazel. In fact a number of them were. So naturally I thought "huh. I guess Sister Hazel did a cover. I should check that out." So I found the album it was on; a 1997 release. Nowhere did it say that it was a Blues Traveler song. So I started going through Blues Traveler albums. I'd been under the impression that it was on Four, but I was mistaken. So I searched all the albums before 97. Wasn't on any of them. I was intrigued. So the Blues Traveler version was the cover. Then I looked through the rest of them to find that none of them had it. Blues Traveler never recorded that song. I'D BEEN LISTENING TO A SISTER HAZEL SONG FOR 9 FUCKING YEARS THINKING IT WAS BLUES TRAVELER. I'D NEVER FUCKING HEARD OF SISTER HAZEL.

After I got over the initial culture shock I settled down and realized that this only changed two things. One, I would never again go to a Blues Traveler show expecting to hear that song. Two, Apparently there's another jam band out there that I really like and I should go explore that possibility. Yes. I like jam bands. Yes. My two favorite current bands are jam bands. Go ahead and draw conclusions if you must.

The other realization? That for a significant portion of my childhood I began my day with the creation of a deranged, sick twisted bastard who if by any chance happened to fall through a time warp and was anywhere near my vicinity I would punch him in the fucking throat. I Don't think I ever want to see a goddamned Corn Flake again.

Also, though the stakes were markedly lower for this one, I've come to the conclusion that I should probably never open a hotel. John Cleese's character in Fawlty Towers? Almost certainly the sort of hotel manager I'd be. Except I'd almost certainly go belly up in less than 12 episodes.


  1. The song in question must be the ONE good song that Sister Hazel performed. BT is great though.

  2. Sister Hazel performed a free concert at UMass my senior year.. they are a lot of fun, they've got a few songs you've heard but probably thought was someone else. they're so bad they even do covers !

  3. lol

    prett funny wombat

    I have that on my media player because it was a song I was taught to play a long time ago... on a guitar- now I can't play a guitar but I was taught to play that my my Australian Uncle and it is indeed Sister Hazel.

  4. Hell, I didn't even know the name I go by wasn't my first name till I was eight. Somehow that bit of information wasn't deemed important enough by my parents to fill me in on until I was that old.

    Eight years and I was living my life as somebody else.

  5. Actually, I have been to a Sister Hazel's concert and they are really great in concert! They do a lot of charity events...

    However, I have never been to Blue's Travelers concert!

  6. Ignorant as I am, I've never heard either band, or the song in question. Unsettling, huh?

    And what about that Kellog? What a wanker. Or not, rather.

  7. Same thing just happened to me, I could have sworn it was Blues Traveler. Just goes to show you.

  8. Anonymous11:34 AM

    another victim of thinking it was blues traveler. The dude from Sister hazel sounds EXACTLY like him though.

    Funny enough, or maybe not funny at all, according to wikipedia there is a "rare" version of John Poppler, singer from Blues Traveler, singing this track with sister hazel. How would one even know the difference?