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Bringing a lemon to a knife fight
Jan. 26, 2017


One of the things I love about living where I live in Minnesota is the vast array of great radio stations.

I’ve gone through quite a few stages over the past five years when it comes to radio stations, but I won’t bore you with all those details.

I’m a big sports fan – some would call me a rube – so my dial is tuned to KFAN on a regular basis.

However, I like to mix it up a bit, so I’ve lately been listening to a lot of The Current.

I intended to start listening to The Current when Brian Oake made the switch from Cities 97, which was about two years ago. But, it didn’t come in well on my stereo at the office, so I didn’t pursue it until my coworker, Renee, suggested it and pointed me toward The Current’s website, where live streaming is available.

Though I’ve only been listening to The Current for a few weeks, I’ve taken away a couple things from doing so.

First of all, I love the format. It’s a listener-supported radio station. There are no commercials, just the occasional announcement that the programming is sponsored by such-and-such business.

Secondly, I’ve heard some great music, as it plays a wide variety of music, consisting mostly of adult alternative music with a significant rotation of songs by local artists, some of whom can be heard performing in Delano from time to time.

Recently, the station featured a song called “Lemon to a Knife Fight” by the English band, The Wombats.

The hook of the song proclaims, “I’m not getting out of here alive. I brought a lemon to a knife fight.”

It caught my attention, not just because it is a catchy earworm of sorts, which The Current has taught me isn’t always a bad thing.

I wondered what it meant to bring a lemon to a knife fight.

Thankfully, DJ Mary Lucia came to my rescue with the background of the song, as shared by lead vocalist Matthew Murphy.

“I was in Los Angeles, driving along Mulholland, and I was having an argument with my now wife, and she basically just handed me my own arse on a plate,” Murphy said. “I never win an argument with her, so that’s kind of what the song is about.”

Who among us can’t relate to that?

Personally, I used to put a huge emphasis on being right and winning arguments, to the extent that it damaged some friendships. Honestly, I still have that mindset from time to time because, well, I’m not perfect.

But, many arguments aren’t worth having, especially with their potential to cause more harm than good.

It’s hard to admit when you’re wrong, but it’s easier than repairing the damage from being bullheaded and rude to a loved one.

So, I am taking the “Lemon to a Knife Fight” concept to mean sometimes it’s OK to be “woefully under-equipped for some vocal sparring,” as Lucia described it in her article about the song.

I encourage you to do the same.

After all, you often learn more from being wrong than from being right.

So, when life gives you lemons, take them to a knife fight. Maybe your “adversary” will just cut them up, and you can drop them into some refreshing ice water or squeeze them into the proverbial pitcher of lemonade.

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