Throw the Picture Away

by Ken Baake

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Throw the Picture Away
by Ken Baake 2012

This is in the spirit of 1960s carnivalesque music (Doors, maybe, or Beatles, “For the Benefit of Mister Kite.”) I was watching lots of the old Untouchables reruns, hence the gangster images. I guess it is about not staying so devoted to any image of yourself that those images prevent you from being your true self, if that makes any sense.


Throw the Picture Away
Oct. 5, 2012

Intro chords 3/4 time C – Fmaj 7 – Em 2x then to A, then Fdim then high e note

A Em Am7 A
Talking like a waterfront character again
A Em D7 A
Trying my style out for a spin
Mocking a tough I play, that
Bm7 D/A D/D E
Ruse won’t send the world away.

Cast a pinstripe shadow on the wall
With a gangster’s jeweled wrist gliding down the hall
Hat brim slants to show
The boy that tries to hide below

Solo over verse chords

Fading like a sitcom character again
Drowning my doubts with jabs at my expense
Make them laugh, this clown
Turns the world into his lounge.

Chorus 3/4
Throw the picture away
After the painting’s done
Leave the brush outside to lay.
E Then to A 4/4 2x – Fdim - - high e note
Stiff in the morning sun.

A Em D7 A
Playing survivor on an island full of friends
A Em D7 A
Get it right you won’t have to pretend.
Let them see your eyes.
Bm7 D/A D/D E
Melt away your own disguise.
Second chorus 3/4
C + Fmaj 7 Em
Throw the mask away
C+ Fmaj 7 Em
Throw the script away
C+ Fmaj 7 E
Throw the picture away.


released September 17, 2014
Ken guitar, with Drew Brandon on mandolin.
Engineer/producer Amy DeVoge, Crossroads Recording Studio at Texas Tech


tags: folk Lubbock


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Ken Baake Lubbock, Texas

Ken was born in Baltimore in 1955. He grew up hearing everyone from Johnny Mercer and Ray Charles to the Beatles on the family hi-fi, with a usual Saturday encore of Wagner's operas. Ken has degrees in English and economics and a background in journalism. He is currently an associate professor of English at Texas Tech, teaching classes in rhetoric. ... more

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