CNFC For Dummies

Consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne, the Traveling Wilburys might be the greatest rock super group of all time. They also have one of my favorite band names, as Wilbury is slang for “we’ll bury it,” a joke Harrison made about burying a recording mistake in the mix.  The lyrics to The End of The Line could just as easy be called “Church of No Fucking Clue for Dummies.” Check out the intro:

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand

Doesn’t get better than that.  The rest of the lyrics are below and I find them as good a guide to live by as any biblical text I’ve ever read. The band’s first 2 albums, titled Volume 1 and Volume 3, were intentionally mis-numbered, causing the kind of confusion common in biblical study.

You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring 
Waiting for someone to tell you everything 
Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring
Maybe a diamond ring

Well it’s all right, even if they say you’re wrong
Well it’s all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
Well it’s all right, As long as you got somewhere to lay
Well it’s all right, everyday is Judgment Day

Maybe somewhere down the road aways 
You’ll think of me, wonder where I am these days 
Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays 
Purple haze

Well it’s all right, even when push comes to shove
Well it’s all right, if you got someone to love
Well it’s all right, everything’ll work out fine
Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line

Don’t have to be ashamed of the car I drive 
I’m glad to be here, happy to be alive 
It don’t matter if you’re by my side 
I’m satisfied

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and gray
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, even if the sun don’t shine
Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line

Here’s a bonus note for anyone who followed my advice and read the lyrics all the way through: Orbinson died of a heart attack after they recorded their first studio album. As a tribute to him, the video for End Of the Line posted above contains his guitar sitting in a rocking chair.

 

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