The Spirit Moves Me
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

Alternate Titles:

a.k.a. Spirit Moves

  1. The Spirit Moves Me (2:09)
    Available on Stereopathetic Soulmanure and 1 other release.
    unknown: Bass
    Dallas Don Burnet: Drums
    Rusty Cusick: Engineer
    Leo LeBlanc: Guitar (Pedal Steel)
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Slide), Producer, Vocals
    Gus Hudson: Producer
The Spirit Moves Me [Version (a)]:

Walkin' back to the burnin' schoolhouse and the kids drinkin' in the park
Late at night and the spirit moves me and I don't mind being afraid
Old man with no clothes leaning on my fence
Tell me where the money goes and the food don't taste the same
I'm gettin' fast at being the last, you know I don't need to waste no time
You can call me once a week, tell me where I been
Phony lady layin' flat on the road and the helicopter going by
And I'm down to the sound of the sky turned brown and I'm loving everything you say
I don't think it's funny when you shaved both of my arms
Lately I been spitting out things that I didn't mean to say
But that's alright now, you don't listen to me anyway
The Song:

This odd little tune can be found on Stereopathetic Soulmanure. The song is highlighted by the wonderful pedal steel guitar by Leo LeBlanc, and Beck's inspired vocals.

The mournful blues melody of the music led Beck to try and match with similar lyrics, which in between some absurd humor, read as a tale of a broken man wandering.

Played live once:
March 26, 1994

One of the earliest known bootlegs from the Duke Coffee House in early 1994 has a version of "The Spirit Moves Me." Beck has a long monologue before the song (see below). The song itself is quick, and sounds like it is Beck playing an acoustic, while someone (Chris Ballew probably) adds some pedal steel. Lyrically, the song is as you hear it on the album, though his eyebrows were shaved, not his arms, and the last line is "Lately I been sayin' some stupid shit that I did not mean to say / But that's alright now, you don't notice me that much anyway."