I Can't Put My Finger On It

For some reason, we recorded this song with just the instruments, live, in the Choke Monkey Lounge. It was probably a practice take. I have another version of it exactly the same but with a too-low-mixed vocal from that time as well. So I decided to take the instrumental version that we did in the early 80's and re-sing it on Valentine's Day 2013, mixing the vocals up to the right volume in the mix.

I think this is one of the tightest versions of any "live" recording we ever did. It is one of my top ten favorites songs (as of today).... hahaha.

The lyrics are a bit pushy but that was who I was back then. Probably still am secretly....

As you listen to the lead guitar, remember that this was done live, with three guys playing in a very small garage outside my apartment, about 2 am in the morning back in 1980 or so. Mike played a very sophisticated pile of notes that still amazes me. Milton's bass was solid as I have ever heard it. And my drumming didn't miss a beat. No drugs or alcohol were present. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.



I Can't Put My Finger On It


I can't be sure but it feels like a good thing

Wrapped tight and she looks pretty good to me

I just know she wants to hear the bell ring

I can't say, cause I can't put my finger on it

I'm not sure, no…


"Take a chance," I heard that girl say

Sounds good, but I'm too scared to see

Guess I'll just have to f e e l my way

I can't say, cause I can't put my finger on it

I'm not sure, cause I can't put my finger on it

I don't know, cause I can't put my finger on it, no…


And later on, maybe after the late show

We'll take it home and kiss till we're soakin' wet

And watch the love between us grow and grow

But I can't say, cause I can't put my finger on it

I don't know, cause I can't put my finger on it

I'm not sure, cause I can't put my finger on it, no


And as the moon rises overhead

And the light shines through the window on my bed

I can feel my girl lying next to me

Falling in love is such a mystery, yeah

I can't say, cause I can't put my finger on it

I don't know, cause I can't put my finger on it

Take off your clothes and let me put my finger on it, yeah, yeah


Oh let's go

I can't put my finger on it... No, no oh...

Let's go

I can't put my finger on it... no oh...


© 1983, Collected Songs, Volume 5/ Fielding Darden/ Raleigh, NC
Mike Haskins/guitars; Milton Gore/bass; Fielding Darden vocals, drums