Things Not to Do (Sweet Spot #4)

Hiking near Tomales Point recently, I happened to think of the Neil Young song “Don’t Let It Bring You Down.” Conveniently enough, I had my faithful Monkeypod with me and was able to dial it up in a matter of seconds. The songs that followed it, all beginning with the word “Don’t,” seemed to fall together rather fortuitously….



1. Don’t Let It Bring You Down/Neil Young (After the Gold Rush)
2. Don’t Let Me Down/The Beatles (Let It Be)
3. Don’t Let the Devil Ride/Sonny Treadway (Sacred Steel: Traditional Sacred African-American Steel Guitar Music in Florida)
4. Don’t Look Now (It Ain’t You or Me)/Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR Box)
5. Don’t Lose Faith in Me/The Pretenders (Break Up the Concrete)
6. Don’t Sit Down/David Bowie (Space Oddity)
7. Don’t Start Crying Now/Them (The Story of Them)
8. Don’t Worry Children/The Lords of the New Church (Is Nothing Sacred?)
9. Don’t Ya Tell Henry/The Band (A Musical History)
10. Don’t You Fret/The Kinks (Well-Respected Kinks)
11. Don’t You Just Know it/Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns (The Very Best Of, Volume 1)

One Response to “Things Not to Do (Sweet Spot #4)”

  1. Merle Baggard Says:

    I enjoyed this, but am wondering, where are:
    Don’t Stop Believing
    Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
    Don’t Fear the Reaper
    Don’t Do Me Like That

    I never thought about how many “dont” songs there are. Telling that so many songs are either narcisistic (“I” songs) or are scolding and autoritative (“don’t” songs).

    Also, I realize it’s out of alphabetical order, but You Don’t Know Me, by Ray Charles, written by Cindy Walker, is one of the great songs of all time.

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