“Lesson For You Kid” reminds me of The Beatles, more specifically it reminds me of the explanation John Lennon gave for their song “Please Please Me” "I was always intrigued by the words of ‘Please, lend me your little ears to my pleas’ – a Bing Crosby song. I was always intrigued by the double use of the word ‘please’.
Here, lead singer Steve Sallett doesn’t exactly repeat words but the clever intermingling of ‘less than a lesson" is an intriguing frame for the rest of the song. The intro is a bit of a non sequitur, a sharply picked guitar melody that gets replaced by a swelling tremolo rhythm guitar. The backing vocals are an absolute highlight, echoing the lead at the perfect moments. It’s another great number off of another great album from 2011 and you can download it for free below.
“Lesson for You Kid” is off of The Poison Tree’s debut album, The Poison Tree, released on March 15th of 2011 on Embarque Records.
Have to give a shout out to Matt Carr from Everybody Taste for pointing me in the direction of this gem of an eponymous debut The Poison Tree. The Poison Tree is the alias of songwriter Steve Salett, who won’t exactly be on the tip of anyone’s tongue, but this album is pure gold, and my sleeper hit of 2011. I’m a sucker for an album with immaculate production, and just try to listen to songs like “Come On, Come On” or “My Only Friend” without being sucked into their respective worlds. And yes, for you hyper-literates out there, the name of the band (and the album) does come from the William Blake poem.
Check out this gorgeous interpretation of “My Only Friend” which has been synched up with the Orson Welles classic, Touch of Evil and check out both “My Only Friend” and “Come On, Come On” below.