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A virtual friend of mine in the US is my favorite songwriter who is at least as obscure I am. He writes some lovely stuff. ANYWAY... on one of the musician sites were we hang out, this fella posed a songwriting challenge: write a song around the words "who knew".

Now I've learned to pay attention when he does that because a couple of my favorite tunes I've written in recent years stem from one of his challenges (see "Irish for a Day" in my Discography).

So in late November 2015 I came across his post and thought, OK, I'll have at it. Before I could get to it, I was over on Facebook where a couple of morons were having one of those typical idiotic debates on the general female attractiveness of Alison Krauss. Now that woman has won more Grammys than any other artist on the planet... who cares if she looks like a slug if she still does what she does?

Anyway, one of the morons said, "her eyes are little and beady and her nose is too big". (I can only imagine what an Adonis he must be!) Well, my brain, wrapping around that bit of pettiness, went something like "Oh, so her eyes are too beady, too large is her snoot - big f-ing deal!" Then it smacked me across the chops that I had a song first line, and maybe I could work it into something for the "Who Knew?" challenge.

I thought it would be appropriate to include some of the characteristics of many of this fellow Gregs's songs: romance and humor (the man wrote a romantic song about plucking a chicken - and made it work!), and for some reason Las Cruces, New Mexico (The Rose of Las Cruces is a 300-pound apron wearing lover of banjo playing men - you gotta hear it to get it: alonetone.com/connor/tracks/rose-of-las-cruces) Anyway, once I got going, the song fell out in about 30 minutes. The rest was just polishing.

More at: www.robertpalomo.com/who_knew


Oh your eyes they are beady
Too large is your snoot
Yer flat in your breastworks
And back in yer boot
Yer hair's thin and mousy
But good Lord above
Who knew that at first sight
I'd fall in love?

It was down in Las Cruces
In a honky-tonk bar
You were servin' up them juices
I was waitin' on my car
To get fixed down at Louie's Garage
Lord above!
You were some kinda vision
And I fell in love

We look back from the future
It's all we can do
We were blind at the time
Yes it's true
Hindsight's 20/20
Looking back we just laugh
Shake our heads, shrug
And just say "Who knew?"

At first you were shy
You wouldn't look me in the eye
Sir, we got 50-cent tacos
On special today
My head went all queer
I ordered six with my beer
And sat just there droolin'
As you walked away

To make a long story short
You eventually came around
Now it's been 15 years since
We laid our hearts down
Looking back from the future
That was all we could do
But that day in Las Cruces
Oh lordy, who knew?


released January 9, 2016
Written, performed and produced by Robert Palomo
Song art photo: flickr/debaird
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Robert Palomo - New Old Sea Shanties & Songs Saint Petersburg, Russia

Robert Palomo is an American singer-songwriter based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia where he has lived for 20 years.

A multi-instrumentalist with a passion for acoustic music, he is recording songs he has written over several decades, plus new ones that keep popping up.

His latest project is original maritime folk songs.

His is a different story - do follow along!
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