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Stevie Ray Vaughan — Tightrope
Album: In Step
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Released: 1989
Length: 4:26
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Caught up in a whirlwind, can't catch my breath.
Knee deep in hot water, broke out in cold sweat.
Can't catch a turtle, in this rat race.
Feels like I'm losing time, at a breakneck pace.

Afraid of my own shadow, in the face of grace.
Heart full of darkness, spotlight on my face.
There was love all around me, but I was looking for revenge.
Thank God it never found me, would have been the end.

Walkin' the tight rope, steppin' on my friends
Walkin' the tight rope, was a shame and a sin.
Walkin' the tight rope, between wrong and right.
Walkin' the tight rope, both day and night.

Lookin' back in front of me, in the mirror's grin.
Through eyes of love I see, I'm really lookin' at a friend
We've had all our problems, that's the way life is.
My heart goes out to others, who are there to make amends.

We have been walkin' the tightrope Trying to make it right
Walkin' the tightrope every day and every night
Walkin' the tightrope bring it all around.
Walkin' the tightrope from the lost to found.
Walkin' the tightrope stretched around the world.
Walkin' the tightrope save the boys and girls.
Walkin' the tightrope let's make it right.
Walkin' the tightrope do it, do it tonight.
Walkin the tightrope
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Stupendous guitar. 
I was lucky enough to see SRV at Nick's Uptown on Greenville Avenue in Dallas a handful of times in the mid-to-late 80s, for a $5 cover charge. He was nothing short of electrifying!
BRING IT!!!
Long Live                                                                                                        Radio Paradise
Still rating                 8               BUT WEAK   next time I Skip
 coloradojohn wrote:
Stevie was a Force of Nature, for sure! Thankfully for myself and many others at CU Boulder in the late '80s, he inspired Big Head Todd and a couple of classmates to turn our Friday Afternoon Club gatherings at the UMC into legendary BluesJam Rock Parties!

 
yes, Yes, YES - weren't those the best?  Loved FAC @ UMC w/ BHT&tMs.  Oh, and loved SRV, too, of course.  RIP -
(ok, no more acronyms for now~)

Thanks for stirring up a fun memory!
 copymonkey wrote:

Umm. What bars are YOU going to?

 
Sweet reply! I wanna be at the bar too!
 copymonkey wrote:

Umm. What bars are YOU going to?

 
LOL. A round for the house!
 thewiseking wrote:
Now that the hype is long gone we can better appreciate SRV for what he was; an average barroom blues guitarist

 
Umm. What bars are YOU going to?


Now that the hype is long gone we can better appreciate SRV for what he was; an average barroom blues guitarist
Stevie was a Force of Nature, for sure! Thankfully for myself and many others at CU Boulder in the late '80s, he inspired Big Head Todd and a couple of classmates to turn our Friday Afternoon Club gatherings at the UMC into legendary BluesJam Rock Parties!
he was way good in his own right
Stevie Ray getting a little funky here, do yo thang brotha
{#Bananajam}Great song by a much missed, great guitarist!
The BEST!!!  SRV, Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa !!!!!!!!!  
Not bad!{#Roflol}
Ye gods enuff already!
 Kristi wrote:
 
thank you for sharing this
 JohnBauer wrote:
Absolute crap. Same verse and chords over and over, poorly delivered. Sicko-Barfo! :puke:
 
The properly spelled RP nomenclature is Sucko-barfo, Mr. Segovia. 
If that guitar was a bomb he could blow shit up better than a cruise missile! 
Still a 10.
8->9.  That solo!
 redstorm wrote:


Ever get the feeling you are out there alone, with no one in your corner? Sorta like the last year of the Bush Administration? {#Motor}
 
God, I'm glad that S.O.B. is gone!

Now, if only Cheney would STFU and we had our '90s economy back! {#Pray}
Stevie ray was an ultimate axman we need more of his ilk he is still missed
Awwwww Stevie, how I miss you! :(
 JohnBauer wrote:
Absolute crap. Same verse and chords over and over, poorly delivered. Sicko-Barfo!
 

Yeah! (Dope)
 redstorm wrote:


Ever get the feeling you are out there alone, with no one in your corner? Sorta like the last year of the Bush Administration? {#Motor}
 
I don't completely agree with him - I wouldn't say 'sucko-barfo' exactly - but I also think this kind of music is a bit... unnerving.

A 4 from me.

 JohnBauer wrote:
Absolute crap. Same verse and chords over and over, poorly delivered. Sicko-Barfo!
 

Ever get the feeling you are out there alone, with no one in your corner? Sorta like the last year of the Bush Administration? {#Motor}
RP's got the groove going this afternoon!
 Painted_Turtle wrote:
Anything, by Stevie Ray is all right by me
 


 JohnBauer wrote:
Absolute crap. Same verse and chords over and over, poorly delivered. Sicko-Barfo!
 

 {#Puke} you!




 huebdoo wrote:
Really depends on the type of guitar playing - finger picking isnt included on the list except for maybe Leo Kottke or Knopfler BBKing is the king of the high E - hes tone deaf, its his band behind him that makes him as good as he is I would add Robert Frip to your list or Adrian Belew or Richard Thompson or Bruce Cockburn
 
Add:
Adrian Legg
Roy Buchanan
Danny Gatton
Jerry Douglas
Merle Watson
Mike Auldridge
David Hidalgo
Sonny Landreth
Albert Lee
Johnny Winter
Carlos Santana
Bonnie Raitt
Lowell George
Jeff Healey

Not enough room in the top ten

 JohnBauer wrote:
Absolute crap. Same verse and chords over and over, poorly delivered. Sicko-Barfo!
 
So you must be like a master musician, a real guitar genius. Wow. Where can we buy your CD? Can we download your music on iTunes?

Loooove this song.

Anything, by Stevie Ray is all right by me
JohnBauer wrote:
Absolute crap. Same verse and chords over and over, poorly delivered. Sicko-Barfo!



WTF??
Never get tired of this man's guitar!
Damn I miss you Stevie!
Absolute crap. Same verse and chords over and over, poorly delivered. Sicko-Barfo! :puke:
Killer. Just killer. BTW, note to Matt and Chico: lists are crap.
Ericac wrote:
Man, he can light up a guitar.
When I saw him play at a Summerfest side stage in 1985, he just jammed for 40 minutes, then said "Hello, Milwo", the went back to jamming to the end of the concert.
Man, he can light up a guitar.
:bananajam: :drummer: :guitarist: :drunk:
ChicoCyclist wrote:
This list is crap. I think I'd do this: 1. Chet Atkins 2. Jimi Hendrix 3. Eric Clapton 4. Mark Knopfler 5. David Gilmour 6. Stevie Ray Vaughan 7. Michael Hedges 8. Leo Kottke 9. Andres Segovia 10. Jeff Beck
I think you forgot Esteban.
This solo is killer!
He plays like a mutha..stunning!
ChicoCyclist wrote:
This list is crap. I think I'd do this: 1. Chet Atkins 2. Jimi Hendrix 3. Eric Clapton 4. Mark Knopfler 5. David Gilmour 6. Stevie Ray Vaughan 7. Michael Hedges 8. Leo Kottke 9. Andres Segovia 10. Jeff Beck
Really depends on the type of guitar playing - finger picking isnt included on the list except for maybe Leo Kottke or Knopfler BBKing is the king of the high E - hes tone deaf, its his band behind him that makes him as good as he is I would add Robert Frip to your list or Adrian Belew or Richard Thompson or Bruce Cockburn
:bananajam: :bananajam: :bananajam:
Another kickass song for Rock Band... Especially for the bass.
Walking bass 101. Nothing but cool to play.
Bro. SRV and hollow just don't belong in the same space.
Hannio wrote:
After the RL Burnside, this sounds a bit hollow.
Ah, no.
Ought to be room for Martin Simpson in there somewhere. ChicoCyclist wrote:
This list is crap. I think I'd do this: 1. Chet Atkins 2. Jimi Hendrix 3. Eric Clapton 4. Mark Knopfler 5. David Gilmour 6. Stevie Ray Vaughan 7. Michael Hedges 8. Leo Kottke 9. Andres Segovia 10. Jeff Beck
thetomer wrote:
I will add kenny burrell and take out Knopfler
Take out Knopfler? WTF?
ChicoCyclist wrote:
This list is crap. I think I'd do this: 1. Chet Atkins 2. Jimi Hendrix 3. Eric Clapton 4. Mark Knopfler 5. David Gilmour 6. Stevie Ray Vaughan 7. Michael Hedges 8. Leo Kottke 9. Andres Segovia 10. Jeff Beck
I will add kenny burrell and take out Knopfler
mattc296 wrote:
He's #7 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. 1 Jimi Hendrix 2 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band 3 B.B. King 4 Eric Clapton 5 Robert Johnson 6 Chuck Berry 7 Stevie Ray Vaughan 8 Ry Cooder 9 Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin 10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
This list is crap. I think I'd do this: 1. Chet Atkins 2. Jimi Hendrix 3. Eric Clapton 4. Mark Knopfler 5. David Gilmour 6. Stevie Ray Vaughan 7. Michael Hedges 8. Leo Kottke 9. Andres Segovia 10. Jeff Beck
coke... .head
E_A_D_G wrote:
One of his best.
Yes! Great stuff again... :bananajam: :fire: :music: :music:
One of his best.
LikesEarCandy wrote:
This was SRV's first work post-rehab. It's a song about his recovery from the addiction and the self-destruction.
Interesting background. I'm not a huge blues fan, but this was enjoyable.
LikesEarCandy wrote:
This was SRV's first work post-rehab. It's a song about his recovery from the addiction and the self destruction.
Interesting background. I'm not a huge blues fan, but this was enjoyable.
Kristi wrote:
GOD... Stevie could rock! Sure miss him. :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist:
Yep!
One of the best blues guitar solos of all time. Period.
Hannio wrote:
After the RL Burnside, this sounds a bit hollow.
Please say hi to SRV on Town Lake. I miss him.
healyf52 wrote:
One of my favorite blues solos.. See the light!
I was blind... but now I SEE ! :hearteyes:
ginniet wrote:
I never get tired of hearing Stevie--no matter how many times I've heard the song before! :dancingbanana:
Agreed. :bananajam: :bananapiano:
This was SRV's first work post rehab. Its a song about his recovery from the addiction and the self destruction. That whole CD is awesome. I saw him live back in a day.... MAN! What a guitar slinger! Died too soon.
After the RL Burnside, this sounds a bit hollow.
GOD... Stevie could rock! Sure miss him. :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist:
calray wrote:
this is boring.
exactly the opposite! :mrgreen:
One of my favorite blues solos.. See the light!
fretman wrote:
Hmmm... Name any 3 better?
He's #7 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. 1 Jimi Hendrix 2 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band 3 B.B. King 4 Eric Clapton 5 Robert Johnson 6 Chuck Berry 7 Stevie Ray Vaughan 8 Ry Cooder 9 Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin 10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
horstman wrote:
I think you're overripe, my Green Onion. Stevie's gone but to wish disaster on anyone else is wrong. Shame on you. :naughty:
Even calray?
this is boring.
horstman wrote:
I think you're overripe, my Green Onion. Stevie's gone but to wish disaster on anyone else is wrong. Shame on you. :naughty:
Even Rosie?
How to go from DV "Days Go By" to Stevie "Tightrope"? Call on bg. NIce transition through RL Burnside. Hail the dj.
mjaded wrote:
BRING HIM BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!! and who dare rate any Stevie Ray Vaughan less than a 9.9!!!!!!!!!!
Nobody's entire collection deserves a 9.9. Even the Beatles had some stinkers. This is definitely not my favorite SRV. . .
RicAlaska wrote:
One of the ten best Guitarists of all time
Hmmm... Name any 3 better?
I never get tired of hearing Stevie--no matter how many times I've heard the song before! :dancingbanana:
coloradojohn wrote:
I'm about to get the cops called on me here; it's about 11:30 PM and I got it CRANKED! Hard to beat this boogie, ain't it?! :bananapiano: :bananajam: :drummer: :guitarist: :devil_pimp: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :yell: :propeller: :sunny:
One of the ten best Guitarists of all time
I once knocked a man over a bar when this song was playing. I looked like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse.
GreenOnion wrote:
WHY!!! WHY!!.....and we can't get any of today's little Pop"tarts" near a helicopter!
I think you're overripe, my Green Onion. Stevie's gone but to wish disaster on anyone else is wrong. Shame on you. :naughty:
BRING HIM BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!! and who dare rate any Stevie Ray Vaughan less than a 9.9!!!!!!!!!!
That's just not fair. :guitarist:
WHY!!! WHY!!.....and we can't get any of today's little Pop"tarts" near a helicopter!
nice segue
Makes me want to snap the necks of my guitars every time I hear SRV!!
I love the late great SRV
Since 67nJ omitted the caption, that's the statue of SRV on Austin's Town Lake.
String_Chess_Incident wrote:
Was looking back at the previous comments, looks like it's the same ol playlist still. :(((
Not the same unless you've heard it before! :jump:
Was looking back at the previous comments, looks like it's the same ol playlist still. :(((
LZ followed by SRV ... I'm in heaven :bananajam:
I'm about to get the cops called on me here; it's about 11:30 PM and I got it CRANKED! Hard to beat this boogie, ain't it?! :bananapiano: :bananajam: :drummer: :guitarist: :devil_pimp: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :yell: :propeller: :sunny:
rgrace wrote:
My favorite tune of his. Play it myself.... :)
You got chops? I don't.
Bill you freakin rock. Traveling Riverside Blues followed by this, my work day just got that much better! :dancingbanana_2:
There's nobody like Stevie Ray...what a gift.
OOOOOhhhhhh please please please play Riveria Paradise one of these days, I miss it so! thanx for this, nice to hear him
stevie ray vaughn, leo kottke, joe pass, jimi hendrix... these ultimate masters of their axes are of another dimension and we are grateful for their visitations, no matter how tragically brief. :notworthy: :guitarist: :notworthy:
This album pretty well defined my 19th year. It RAWKS!
stevebeaver wrote:
Radio stations in Texas are legally required to play both SRV and ZZ Top at least once an hour. Growing up in Dallas, I got fairly bored with both. With ZZ Top, it hasn't changed, but after seeing a SRV gig a couple weeks ago on VH1 Classic, I was reminded of what an absurdly excellent guitar player he was.
Yet another reason to love Texas!
Hard day ahead and this just lightens the load :dancingbanana:
imabubblygirl wrote:
You've got to be kidding about this. I'm sure they play them a lot but all radio stations are required to play them both every hour regardless of the genre of the station?
It's true. The Texas legislature was called into special session by Gov. Ann Richards just to pass the bill into law. It passed unanimously with only two abstentions (by congressman from the only red county in the state).
A friend of mine from New York started listening to SRV a while back and said to me, ''You know, he could really swing.'' And I said yeah, I know, he was the real deal. And he said, ''No, I mean, he could really swing. He really had that swing.'' I just laughed. Yeah. He was the real deal.
Such an incredible solo...
karen wrote:
If I'm not mistaken, this song is about his recovery from addiction.
Caught up in a whirlwind, can't catch my breath Knee deep in hot water, broke out in a cold sweat Can't catch a turtle in this rat race Feels like I'm losin' time at a breakneck pace Afraid of my own shadow in the face of grace Heart full of darkness, spotlight on my face There was love all around me, but I was lookin' for revenge Thank God it never found me, would have been the end Walkin' the tightrope, steppin' on my friends Walkin' the tightrope, it was a shame and a sin Walkin' the tightrope between wrong and right Walkin' the tightrope, both day and night Lookin' back in front of me, in the mirror's a grin Through eyes of love I see I'm really lookin' at a friend We've all had our problems, that's the way life is My heart goes out to others who are there to make amends We've been walkin' the tightrope, tryin' to make it right Walkin' the tightrope every day and every night Walkin' the tightrope, bring it all around Walkin' the tightrope from the lost to found Walkin' the tightrope stretched around the world Walkin' the tightrope, save the boys and girls Walkin' the tightrope, let's make it right Walkin' the tightrope, do it do it tonight Walkin' the tightrope
jdbassman wrote:
The ULTIMATE SRV.... What a legend... :cowboy: :bananajam: :guitarist:
AMEN !!!!! :notworthy:
NeilBlanchard wrote:
Hello: I heard that it was heroin -- but I'm also pretty sure that by about the time of this recording, he was "clean". And his music only got better...
If I'm not mistaken, this song is about his recovery from addiction.
The ULTIMATE SRV.... What a legend... :cowboy: :bananajam: :guitarist:
Stevie touched my soul with his music with this record. For some reason, I had never bought anything of his, even though I always thought he was amazing and he had an outstanding band. Came late to the game, as it turned out. Wish I had had more time to enjoy his talent. God I miss him, and I cannot help but feel angry at his early departure!
stevebeaver wrote:
Radio stations in Texas are legally required to play both SRV and ZZ Top at least once an hour. Growing up in Dallas, I got fairly bored with both. With ZZ Top, it hasn't changed, but after seeing a SRV gig a couple weeks ago on VH1 Classic, I was reminded of what an absurdly excellent guitar player he was.
:lol: I hate ZZ top. When I lived in Austin, I couldn't believe how much they love ZZ there. Stevie Rocks!
stevebeaver wrote:
Radio stations in Texas are legally required to play both SRV and ZZ Top at least once an hour.
it's true. last time i was there i heard: 1. srv 2. gorecki's third symphony 3. zz top in that order. sublime.
byrd wrote:
This is probably one of my all time favorite SRV songs. It never fails to get my head bobbin' and my toes tappin'. Can't sit still at my desk.... :guitarist: :good-vibes: :drummer: :dance: :propeller:
absolutely!!! Love Stevie!!!
meghan89 wrote:
With these past couple of songs I feel like I'm having a good time in a bar rather than making a map of curb types! :guitarist: :drummer: :cowboy: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump:
Heh I came here to say that. I haven't done much work in the last 15 minutes. :cheers:
Oh how I miss him... Used to roll up to Austin to see him.
Gotta love that rockin' bass line behind Stevie!
With these past couple of songs I feel like I'm having a good time in a bar rather than making a map of curb types! :guitarist: :drummer: :cowboy: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump:
Marr wrote:
Who in the blazes gave this a "1"? It must have been physicsgenius. I know he's lurking around the fringes today. Later - Whoops! My apologies to physicsgenius. He actually gave this SRV song a "2". Will wonders never cease?
that is so funny! he reserves his 1's for Jimi Hendrix and U2!
This is probably one of my all time favorite SRV songs. It never fails to get my head bobbin' and my toes tappin'. Can't sit still at my desk.... :guitarist: :good-vibes: :drummer: :dance: :propeller:
deepwoodskev wrote:
Double Trouble was pretty damn good too!
Yup. Many overlook what a incredible band he had backing him