David Lee Roth by Jon Iraundegi David Lee Roth by Jon Iraundegi

Stand up. Jump. Diamond Dave and the Way of the Sword

David Lee Roth by Jon Iraundegi

David Lee Roth by Jon Iraundegi

My first time in the spotlight
Was from a helicopter
Little Texas

I get up
And nothing gets me down
You got it tough
I’ve seen the toughest around.
And I know, baby, just how you feel.
You’ve got to roll with the punches
To get to what’s real
Jump

Can I reach it now
I’m not up here often
God only knows
And he ain’t talkin’
I’m a skyscraper
Skyscraper

So it’s up the road
Turn right next Thursday
Think that’s where I’m gone
I ain’t drownin’ just waving
Ain’t even worth a song
Two Fools a Minute

When the fire burns
‘Neath a zombie moon
You feel the winds of change
Oh the drums will tell the tune
And you know it’s true
Knucklebones

I walk around with the blues
I need some sensible shoes
Sensible Shoes

And all those rock ‘n’ rollers
I used to want to meet?
Now they’re pushing strollers
And wanna be me
Tight

I don’t think the devil’s
Ever gonna give me back
I don’t think so!
‘Cause stayin’ ’round here takes patience
It’s like a full time occupation
A Lil’ Ain’t Enough

Just when you get
That rat race licked
Well here come faster rats
Big Train

Hey, take a look at this picture,
Can you believe that was you?
And who’s that standing there in the corner?
Not me!
Damn Good

all lyrics by David Lee Roth

In an article about David Lee Roth and a Van Halen concert in Tokyo there was an aside about his martial arts training. A few musicians and actors have done martial arts. For example I talked about Michael Rooker recently here. Michael Rooker trained in aikido. He plays Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead.

David Lee Roth is not a martial arts dilettante. He has done martial arts for many years. You probably didn’t know that he lives in Tokyo now. He could be that guy next to you on the subway train. He trains seriously in kenjutsu – the Japanese sword. He also studies go and he studies sumi-e – Japanese ink wash painting.

And that sounds like a cool tattoo.

Niall

links

http://metropolis.co.jp/arts/japan-beat/david-lee-roth/

http://kanto.stripes.com/news/david-lee-roth

http://b1027.com/david-lee-roth-all-about-the-tattoo/

http://www.vhnd.com/2013/06/21/van-h…hotos-setlist/

http://www.vhnd.com/2013/05/22/video…movie-trailer/

http://www.vhnd.com/2012/10/13/the-roth-show-sensei/

http://www.vhnd.com/2012/09/25/diamo…es-new-tattoo/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumi-e

photo: David Lee Roth by Jon Iraundegi

published contemporaneously on the aikido site aikiweb (just wanted to say contemporaneously)

my columns on aikiweb

© niall matthews 2013

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