Don't Box Me In (song)

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"Don't Box Me In"
1983 stewart stanard tresvirgos.jpg
Stewart, Robin Yeager and Stanard - photo taken by Bob Morris, provided by Robin Yeager
Recorded by Stewart Copeland and Stanard Ridgway
Released: 1984-01-13
Recorded: 1983-03-29
Length: 4:10
Album(s): Rumble Fish
Label(s): A&M
Writer(s): Stewart Copeland, Stanard Ridgway
Producer(s): Stewart Copeland
Studio(s): Tres Virgos Studio
Released as single? YES

"Don't Box Me In" is a song written by Stewart Copeland and Stanard Ridgway and recorded by Stewart Copeland and Stanard Ridgway in 1983.

About the song

A promotional I.R.S. letter announces this collaboration between Copeland and Ridgway, but mentions that the track is called "Just Because We're Men".

Personnel

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Release History

Albums

Don't Box Me In appears on the following album releases:

Cover art Album title Release date Release country
Rumble fish usa.jpg Rumble Fish 1983-MM-DD USA
Stub.gif Rumble Fish 1984-01-DD UK

Singles

7" Singles

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song/B-side song Release date Release country
Don't box me in USA.jpg AM 2604 "Don't Box Me In"/"Drama At Home" 1983-MM-DD UK
Don't box me in UK.jpg AM 177 "Don't Box Me In"/"Drama At Home" 1984-01-13 UK
Don't box me in France.jpg AMS 9757 "Don't Box Me In"/"Drama At Home" 1984-MM-DD UK

12" Singles

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song(s)/B-side song(s) Release date Release country
Stub.gif Catalog no. "A-side song"/"B-side song" (add more songs as necessary) YYYY-MM-DD Country

Video

"Don't Box Me In" appears on the following video and dvd releases:

Cover art Video title Release date Release country
Stub.gif Video or dvd title YYYY-MM-DD Country


Awards, nominations, and certifications

Awards

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Year Winner Award Category
YYYY WINNER (album, song, producer, etc.) AWARD (Grammy, People's Choice, etc.) CATEGORY

Nominations

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Year Nominee Award Category
YYYY NOMINEE (album, song, producer, etc.) AWARD (Grammy, People's Choice, etc.) CATEGORY

Certifications

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Country Certifier Classification Certification
COUNTRY CERTIFIER (RIAA, IFPI...) CLASSIFICATION (Album, singles, foreign artist...) CERTIFICATION (Gold, Platinum, Diamond...)

Lyrics

Lyrics are property and copyright of their owners, and provided here for educational purposes only.

You walk
I'll run
And follow right behind you

You call
I'll come
And I won't remember where I come from

Over there
At the end of the bar
This fish keeps swimming
In a jar

I feel
A tug on the line
Which end
Will I be on this time

Don't box me in
Don't box me in

One day
I'll show them
Just what I'm made of

The'll be
A time
When I won't remember what I was afraid of

And I'll be swimming
In the sea
No banging on this glass
For me

My eyes saw red
When my world turned blue
So I'm leaving
Everyting that's true

And I'll jump into
A brand new skin
And then you won't be able
To box me in

Don't box me in
Don't box me in
Don't box me in
Let go

There's a few places 'round
That I've never been
There's an ocean out there
That I gotta swim
There's a river that flows
Right past my door
I wonder
I wonder
What

And if sometimes
I can't seem to talk
You'll know this blackboard lacks
A piece of chalk

Don't box me in
I told you not to
Don't box me in

Don't box me in
Don't box me in
Let go

Quotations and trivia

Robin Yeager remembers:

When the time came to write the music for the credit roll at the end of Rumblefish, Stewart called on Stanard Ridgway of Wall of Voodoo (Mexican Radio). Stan was on tour in Boston when he got the call to fly out to California. He left the stage, went to the Boston airport caught the red eye and arrived at the studio early in the morning. Armed with studio strength coffee, he and Stewart began to collaborate on the lyrics. “Don't Box Me In” was written and recorded in one very long day. We put Stan back on the plane for a 7:00am flight to meet the band on tour in New Jersey (I think). The mix that is used on the soundtrack album and the credit roll was actually a rough mix of mine to ½” tape done the next day. I don’t recall exactly why this was necessary to use my rough mix, but I believe that the 2” multitrack master tape was damaged in transit at some point. My rough was the only survivor.

(The 24 track master seems to have been damaged by Stan Ridgway himself...)

UK ad:

1984 01 21 NME Dont Box Me In ad.jpg

Alternative and cover versions

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See also

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External links

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References

source: Robin Yeager, Soundcheck - December 1983, I.R.S. letter