Of Course

Of Course is a Jane’s Addiction song written by Perry Farrell in 1990.  This is the only song on the band’s original studio albums that Eric Avery does not perform on.  The version, as found on Ritual de lo Habitual features band guitar tech Ronnie S. Champagne on bass.  The album version of this song features Charlie Bisharat on violin, however Morgan Fichter performed violin live during the Ritual tour.

Lyrics

Of course this land is dangerous!
All of the animals are capably murderous.

And when I was a boy,
my big brother held on to my hands,
then he made me slap my own face
I looked up to him then, and still do
He was trying to teach me something
Now I know what it was!
Now I know what he meant!
Now I know how it is!
Ohh, ohh, ohh ohh, ohh, ohh ohh

One must eat the other who runs free before him
Put them right into his mouth
While fantasizing the beauty of his movements
A sensation not unlike slapping yourself in the face…
Slapping yourself in the face…
Slapping yourself in the face…

Known Performances by Jane's Addiction: (42)

  • 1990/06/29 - Mexico City, Mexico, La Ultima Carcajada de la Cumbancha
  • 1990/07/07 - Mt. Baldy, CA, Forest Preserve
  • 1991/01/28 - Tempe, AZ, Arizona State University Activity Center
  • 1991/02/04 - Universal City, CA, Universal Amphitheatre
  • 1991/02/10 - Austin, TX, City Coliseum
  • 1991/02/17 - Pensacola, FL, Bayfront Auditorium
  • 1991/02/18 - Orlando, FL, Orlando Sports Club
  • 1991/03/04 - London, England, Marquee Club
  • 1991/03/08 - Glasgow, Scotland, Barrowland Ballroom, The
  • 1991/03/10 - Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Mayfair Suite
  • 1991/03/17 - Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
  • 1991/03/19 - Gent, Belgium, Vooruit
  • 1991/04/03 - Torino, Italy, Big Club, The
  • 1991/04/24 - New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden
  • 1991/07/21 - Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
  • 1991/07/24 - Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
  • 1991/07/27 - Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 1991/08/10 - Mansfield, MA, Great Woods
  • 1991/08/13 - Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • 1991/08/22 - Dallas, TX, Starplex Amphitheatre
  • 2012/10/18 - San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
  • 2015/10/24 - San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
  • 2015/10/29 - Phoenix, AZ, Veteran's Memorial Coliseum
  • 2015/11/06 - Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Live
  • 2015/11/07 - Austin, TX, Auditorium Shores
  • 2016/06/13 - London, England, Kentish Town Forum
  • 2016/06/15 - Milan, Italy, Fabrique
  • 2016/06/17 - Madrid, Spain, Caja Mágica
  • 2016/07/15 - Brooklyn, NY, Coney Island Amphitheater
  • 2016/07/16 - Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summerstage
  • 2016/07/17 - Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
  • 2016/07/19 - Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
  • 2016/07/20 - Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
  • 2016/07/22 - Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
  • 2016/07/23 - Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
  • 2016/07/25 - Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
  • 2016/07/27 - Chicago, IL, Metro Chicago
  • 2016/07/28 - Chicago, IL, Metro Chicago
  • 2016/07/30 - Chicago, IL, Grant Park
  • 2016/09/02 - Denver, CO, National Western Complex
  • 2016/09/21 - San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
  • 2016/09/23 - Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre