The Muddler

The Muddler

standup's picture



Liner Notes: 

So I thought I was done with songs for the day, having finished up a big-production rock number that took a couple of days.

Then I was in the kitchen, and I noticed a kitchen tool. We have a muddler. Which we hardly ever use. But. I like that word. So I wrote a song about the muddler. You better watch out. The Muddler is comin'.

Gratuitous bridge.

Vocals, 3-string fretless cigar box guitar, and uke bass.


When I come around
things get bruised
I'm a blunt instrument
I don't get confused
I do my thing
I don't mean no harm
but you gonna get
you gonna get transformed

I'm a crusher
I'm a bruiser
I'm a juicer
I'm a remover
I'm a scuffler
I'm a ruffler
I'm the muddler
I'm the muddler

Your feelings
are gonna get crushed
just like
just like the rest of us
you lived your whole life
just being a grape
I'm gonna turn you
turn you into paste

I crush your herbs
I crush your fruit
I crush the ice
I make it soup

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kahlo2013's picture

Ha! I love the concise short powerful lines that puts the muddler into a whole new class of kitchen tools! The personification is brilliant and you get such amazing wonderful sounds from your cigar box guitar. Well done!!

MarkG's picture

Great sound on the cigar box guitar. This is probably my all-time favorite song about a muddler.

tcelliott's picture

Dang, that's a cool ass sound. I just saw Samantha Fish Friday night and she had a cigar box electric slide guitar (I think four string, but I was a bit away from the stage) and she had a similar tone and kicked some serious ass. Just like this guitar bit does. I like the slow burn of the laid back groove. I'm glad you did this one. It's a cool one to listen to while wrapping my head around the end of 50/90.

Fuzzy's picture

You make the kitchen sound like a scary place.
Really nice slow burn here.
Lovely production work with the distant guitar, etc.
Great slide work.

nancyrost's picture

So many fun aspects to the lyric: the muddler is a blunt instrument that means no harm but can't help it. Muddler doesn't get confused (muddled). "I'm a scuffler, I'm a ruffler" has a great sound to it. Talking to the grape.
That guitar sound is wonderful and I like the way the vocal takes some gritty turns to match it.