Song Lyric Sunday: Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, “I Scare Myself”

Jim’s prompt this week, "Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror," threw me at first. I didn’t think I knew any songs that fit the theme, at least that would be reasonably unique. So, I went outside the box and found this one…

"I Scare Myself" is from Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks’ 1972 album Strikin’ It Rich. It was written by Dan and features a fantastic violin solo from Sid Page.

The lyrics, via Lyrics.com:

I scare myself
Just thinking about you
I scare myself
When I’m without you
I scare myself
The moments that you’re gone
I scare myself
When I let my thoughts run

And when they’re runnin’
I keep thinking of you
And when they’re runnin’
What can I do?

I scare myself
And I don’t mean lightly
I scare myself
It can get frightenin’
I scare myself
To think what I could do
I scare myself
It’s some kinda voodoo

And with that voodoo
I keep thinking of you
And with that voodoo
What can I do?

But it’s oh so, so, so different
When we’re together
And I’m oh so so much calmer, I feel better
For the stars have crossed our paths forever
And the sooner that you realize it, the better

Then I’ll be with you
And I won’t scare myself
And I’ll know what to do
And I won’t scare myself
And then I’ll think of you
And I won’t scare myself
And then my thoughts’ll run
And I won’t scare myself

Then I’ll be with you
And I won’t scare myself
And I’ll know what to do
And I won’t scare myself
And I’ll think of you
And I won’t scare myself
And my thoughts will run
And I won’t scare myself…

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for August 15, 2021.

20 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, “I Scare Myself”

  1. Very odd song with the way it sounds. I’d never heard of this group, so I’m glad you shared it – nice to hear something different. 🙂

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    1. They weren’t a mainstream group, that was for sure. I first saw them on The Tonight Show back in 1972 and loved the sound. I found a few artists that way (Bette Midler, The Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Rankin etc.) Johnny Carson had some excellent musical guests…

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