"Aunt Avis" as written by and Vic Chestnutt....
Help me mama, for I have grinned
Save me daddy from where I'm goin'
Call out to me from the ages beyond
Help me remember how to be good

How to continue when I feel I really shouldn't
How to remember how to be good
How to continue when I feel I really shouldn't

Help me granddaddy to see the swans
Strike me granny with your golden pump
Teach me now what I could never learn before

How to remember how to be good
How to continue when I feel I really shouldn't
How to remember how to be good
How to continue when I feel I really shouldn't

Teach me Great Uncle to hear the talk
Show me Aunt Avis with your ageless chalk
Scratch it out for me on my cloudy retina

How to remember how to be good
How to continue when I know I really shouldn't
How to remember how to be good
How to continue when I know I really shouldn't
How to remember how to be good
How to continue when I feel I really shouldn't


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"Aunt Avis" as written by Vic Chesnutt

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    General CommentThis is such a beautiful and dark song. It stands several listens, even though it seem quite simple.
    Low Feedbackon September 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really great dark song. The lyrics are pretty ambiguous which could be a good thing, people can fill in their own meanings.
    Here's what it means to me -
    You're on your own and your a victim of your circumstance; past events, it all makes you who you are at the present. Wether or not you can help what happened to you you can help what you must do now, which is not always easy. To me the entire song is a desperate cry to one's family, which unlike friends are perennial. It really is a desperate cry though, because he's asking for something that no one can help him with but himself.

    Of course this is just how I interpreted it at the current moment. I'd love to hear the actual story behind the lyrics. I've gotten away from panic in the past few years. As a guitarist I've gotten into jazz and classical music in an attempt to further myself as a musician, I've always been able to play rock and blues without any problem. Jazz is not coming as naturally and while I appreciate the intricacies now I think maybe getting into these genres made me unfairly dismiss Michael Houser and Widespread Panic as musicians. They had a different objective, but they nailed it. There's no substitute for expressing shitty times through music. This song has a dark edge to it, and no matter how much theory I learn or however complicated styles of music I learn I can't lose sight of what's real in terms of emotion. The Greeks completely nailed music in their ethos theory. That's all I'm going to ramble, but to those of you who are reading this savor every moment we have, not only the good but that bad. 90% of life is climbing up a hill. If you don't enjoy the journey up what the fuck are you doing it for?
    bkabbotton November 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song was written by Vic Chestnutt, who died in December of 2009 from suicide. It wasn't written by Panic. Vic was a scary dude, and had also been through alot. He was almost killed in the car wreck which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He was a pretty dark dude. He wrote several other songs that Panic covers, such as "Let's Get Down To Business" among others.
    spreadheadjimon March 30, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionIts gonna be 3 years this christmas that we lost vic chestnut. I know he wrote this song and even appeared in the video as he sings his part. I cant help and look back at that video and see howe vic's face is a sickly looking color. i wonder if vic has regretted choices that he made in his younger years and know he needs help from the people in his family that are now gone. I also think that this song now for Panic has a different meaning after its been 10 years since we lost Mikey and not a day goes by that I don't think of him and definalty for the boys in the band even more.
    chillywetH20on October 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentSongs about Mikey...wasn't written about him at the time but it might as well have been. It's about him and the band's love for him and how to continue despite all the grief in their hearts.
    Mitch Cumsteinon January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentKnew it was Vic. Brain fart. I bought one of the Brute cds in highschool so when panic busted out protein drink>sewing machine I knew what was up although I wasn't there.
    bkabbotton May 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI just want to say yea I saw a music major play it was second semester Freshman year so I was accepted but the bar was freshman greek because of the ID standards.

    And I took a piss and what someone wrote on the wall "Help me remember how to be good how to continue when I feel I really shouldn't". Like I said bama was heady. And it was headier before I got there. Yea fucking sucks here back to high school. I won't kill myself but I'll die trying.
    bkabbotton May 28, 2014   Link

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