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Splinter Fish - Not A Subversive

  • Music: Chuck Hawley
  • Lyrics: Chuck Hawley

Also known as "I'm Not A Subversive So Get The Fuck Off My Back And Stay Away From My Apples". Toward the end of the band's career, they'd try to play this song as fast as possible.

Studio RecordingsEdit

Not A Subversive (Pre-Mix) - 1:51 - From the pre-production tape made in the fall of 1988. This is the stereo mix dubbed from the original 4-track cassette soon after recording.
Not A Subversive (Pre-Mix)
Not A Subversive (Pre-4) - 1:49 - This is the mix made from the original deteriorating 4-track cassette.
Not A Subversive (Pre-4)
Not A Subversive - 1:40 - The studio version off of the LP and cassette release of the Splinter Fish debut album.
Not A Subversive

Live RecordingsEdit

Not A Subversive 880608 - 2:05 - Recorded at The Fat Chance Bar & Grill in Albuquerque, NM on June 8, 1988.
Not A Subversive 880608
Not A Subversive 880911 - 1:50 - Recorded at The Bird in Albuquerque, NM on September 11, 1988.
Not A Subversive 880911
Not A Subversive 880927 - 1:57 - Recorded at El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, NM on September 27, 1988.
Not A Subversive 880927
Not A Subversive 890123 - 1:56 - Recorded at The Bird on Gibson in Albuquerque, NM on January 23, 1989.
Not A Subversive 890123
Not A Subversive 890128 - 1:48 - Recorded at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM on January 28, 1989.
Not A Subversive 890128
Not A Subversive 890923 - 1:40 - Recorded at El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, NM on September 23, 1989.
Not A Subversive 890923
Not A Subversive 900621 - 1:39 - Recorded at The Fat Chance Bar & Grill in Albuquerque, NM on June 21, 1990.
Not A Subversive 900621
Not A Subversive 900900 - 1:44 - Recorded to 4-track cassette at El Quinto Sol in Dixon, NM sometime in the fall of 1990.
Not A Subversive 900900

LyricsEdit

well,
we took off clothes, danced in mud
caught lotsa carp in the rio grande crud
chanted hare krishna rama
till that big fat police mama
brought his night stick into the fray
someone cried as he ran away

look at him, he's our guide
always trying to open our minds
so magnetic we can't see
help us now before we're free

well, we talked about peace, walked around love
as the ozone broke up up above
rolled in sand and threw some friz'
till the neighbors ask what this is
then the truck it loaded up
with teargas, napalm, and other stuff
people gettin' frisked, and I.D.'ed
someone turns and points at me

said, look at him, he's our guide
always trying to open our minds
so magnetic we can't see
help us now before we're free

said, no not me, I don't lead
not no more, I'm headed for the door

said, Huxley quote notify H.Q.
are you on drugs boy? You know the rules.
I said, "No man, you got the wrong figure of speech.
There are no doors, on the beach."

said, no not me, I don't lead
not no more, I'm headed for the door

now, then this guy I thought was my friend
his name was Mitch and he turned me in
said, he was in Canada for nine whole months man
he's a
SUBVERSIVE
he's a
SOCIALIST

I said
look at me, I'm no guide
I'm not tryin' to open your mind
not magnetic, I can't see
help me now before I'm free

I'm not a subversive
just want people not to kill each other
want people to take care of themselves
and their natural beauty
but

what I really want is an apple

© 1988 Chuck Hawley