You Will Not Be Unfamiliar with the Back of My Hand

25 September 2009

In the early days of the Carter Administration, things usually worked like this: Ryan and I would bring in songs with the guitar and vocals handled and let the other guys come up with their own parts. Todd K would bring in a song and have all the parts written for us. This song was the first (possibly only?) where I brought in the riffs for a song and asked Ryan to write the words and sing. I had some words but they just never worked. I think when Ryan created the lyrics, we tightened up the arrangement for them. I don’t know… I just have a fondness for the song because of that. Like, we saved a stray.

Oh and the song title came from a friend of my brother. I think it was a joke that he wanted to title a song that. So we did.

From the Carter Administration’s debut EP in 1999, Fuck Off, I’m Listening to the Carter Administration

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From a house party at Andy W’s on 20 Dec 2008.

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