It was just the second song of the evening. Bob Schneider cozied up to the microphone to croon the opening lyrics, “It was a beautiful day/The sky was blue.” A few moments later, he and his bandmates were repeating the final lyric of the song over and over: “God will destroy everything you love if you live long enough.”
“That’s kind of a downbeat song,” Scheneider deadpanned afterward.
Throughout his show at The Linda in Albany on Friday night, the Austin singer-songwriter rode an emotional roller coaster from the harrowing heartbreak of “2002” to an zany, off-the-cuff jazz improv about Ricky, the pet raccoon.
“Somebody told me today that I had to keep the show PG,” explained Schneider, who has a reputation for often “working blue,” as old-time show biz vets like to say. The near-capacity crowd loudly voiced its disapproval at the announcement. “Yeah, I’m not crazy about it either,” he added, “but I do enjoy a challenge.”
He managed to do pretty good with it, too, only scattering a handful of expletives throughout his show and telling a few tales about his dick.