"Perfectly Good Guitar" as written by and John Hiatt....
Well he threw one down form the top of the stairs
Beautiful women were standing everywhere
They all got wet when he smashed that thing
But off in the dark you could hear somebody sing

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don't know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar

It started back in 1963
His momma wouldn't buy him
That new red harmony
He settled for a sunburt with a crack
But he's still trying to break his momma's back

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don't know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar

He loved that guitar just like a girlfriend
But ever good thing comes to an end
Now he just sits in his room all day
Whistling every note he used to play

There out to be a law with no bail
Smash a guitar and you go to jail
With no chance for early parole
You don't get out ti'll you get some soul

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don't know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar

Late at night the end of the road
He wished he still had the old guitar to hold
He'd rock it like a baby in his arms
Never let it come to any harm

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don't know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar


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"Perfectly Good Guitar" as written by John Hiatt

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    General CommentOne of your funnier songs. Surprised it hasn't gotten more love here. I demand a movement!
    raffishtenant2on February 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlways makes me think of Pete Townsend/ The Who... those guys were smashing up their gear before they could afford it, I heard. I've heard Townsend defend it by saying that the point of smashing stuff was that it was the artist & message that were important in the show, not the gear. John Hiatt takes a deeper look at where it comes from: These guys are really just pointing to themselves and saying look at ME! I'm having a tantrum cuz mommy didn't give me what I want! - but that's one of the fundamentals of Rock n' roll, "Look at ME!!" That's Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis each with their own style & flare, but it's still a tantrum, a rebellion... Folk, Folk-rock, Grunge/Alternative don't have that immaturity, in general.
    Keystrokeon April 12, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningMy theory, this is directed directly (!) at Garth Brooks´smashing his Takamines at his shows in the 90´s. My tip is, he would never have done that with Martins. (Old Pete T of the Who smashed rare pieces, I´ve read somewhere.)
    bretternon April 22, 2013   Link

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