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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the most personal song you ever wrote?

Well, we all can use personal experiences to draw from when working on songs but which is the one where you truly got something personal to say?

Mine is a ballad called "Your daddy's eyes" which actually isn't about me but rather about a good friend who thanks to a very bitter break up has been deprived of getting to know his daughter. Shared custody was arranged but his ex-girlfriend heeds to no rules or regulations.

I've met his daughter, I've seen how much she resembles him and the last I heard from my buddy about the mother is that she's now claiming that her daughter is an "accident."

I used to date that woman before I decided that it wasn't going to work out. That decision has proved to be good one, it could have been me in that position.

In the lyrics I describe what a dad would do: take his kid to a park, buy her pretty dresses, take her to school, tell her a story before putting her to bed. Everything her mother denies them from doing together.

I don't have children myself yet but I've seen how friends of mine who do act like dads and I've seen how the subject of this song is being emotionally destroyed by all of it.

I'm currently in the studio making a solo album that will be called "The return to Blueberry Hill" and "Your daddy's eyes" will be included and I'm going to let my friend sing it. It's about him, so it would be only right for him to sing it.

I wasn't sure about even asking him if he would want to sing it but when I brought it up he was eager to do so. Saying that it was a beautiful, very emotional and personal work and he'd be honored to sing it.

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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wrote the song for my wedding, and a buddy of mine (who has one of the best voices I have ever heard) sang it and played guitar, with my dad accompanying him on the keyboards. I knew I did a good job with it when the paster started tearing up-and those guys are pros when it comes to weddings!
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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine is called "Somewhere Down the Road." It's about loves lost back in college days. It's really about one girl, but I used things said to me by different women in the lyrics. One of those one that got away songs and wondering how it all turned out for her.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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During our courting days it was "I Married a Moonshiners Daughter, and Every Night She Used to Make Me Liquor." Then after we broke up it was "The Only Good Years You Ever Gave Me Were The Tires You Put On My Truck!"
Then after she started stalking me, I wrote "I Don't Need You To Drive Me Crazy, I'm Close Enough To Walk."
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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When my friend Harry died, I wrote one called "My Song For Harry". I think he would have liked it.
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I wrote one called 'Choices' which I dedicated to my wife of 31 years. The lyric goes... "in this life, we make some choices, and my choice is, ever loving you"
corny but true.
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"I Love You So F***ing Much it Hurts."

It was a tender little ballad, with lots of minor chords.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 11:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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"I Love You So F***ing Much it Hurts."

It was a tender little ballad, with lots of minor chords.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 02:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I wrote this classicaly influenced piece in dminor, the saddest of all keys. It was called, "lick my love pump" lol
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Old July 20th, 2013, 03:25 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I have a song that is sooo personal, no one has ever heard it.

I recorded it, then erased it.

Sent a blank disc to the record companies, they rejected it I presume.

I also have the silent version as a ringtone, if love should call....I'll never know.

Wrote the lyrics with invisible ink, then burned the paper.

Mailed a copy of the lyrics to myself, used a phoney address.

It's that good!
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I remember introducing a song at a show once saying, "This one's about an ex-girlfriend... but aren't they all?"

That kinda sums it up.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm sure Glenn frey and don Henley wrote the song lying eyes about my ex.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 05:31 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I remember introducing a song at a show once saying, "This one's about an ex-girlfriend... but aren't they all?"

That kinda sums it up.
Sums it up for me, more or less. I could say what my most personal song was about, but I'm afraid it would only sound melancholy or dramatical.

I'm pleased with the song, though. If the song was easy convey (in a believable/heartfelt/truthful way) with a few lines in a forum thread, then it wouldn't be much point writing the song.

That's my philosophy on lyrics, anyway.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 06:28 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I wrote this a few years ago, played it at the Gold Camp I work at during the Summer in Alaska, this was shot by the Outdoor Channel Crew, that shoots the show I am own, Alaskan on the Channel. I wrote this about finding gold, seeing old friends and loosing old friends. This year it is sad song for me, because if my neck was not hurt, I would be up there right now spending my summer in Alaska, as I have for most every summer since 1999, I just hope they get me fixed so I can go back next year.

Enjoy if you can "Seeing Old Friends", it may need a bridge and a different chorus chord progression, but if I changed it I doubt I would remember it the new way, LOL

That was quite the eclectic group to play with, my best bud Tom on the 12 string the others had never seen them in my life till the day of the taping, they learned quick. The big dude on the wash tub was right on all the time, 2 harmonicas was to much, but when you play out in the desert in Arizona in a old ghost town, You take what you can get, LOL

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While preparing to leave southern California in '92 at the end of a very short/horrible marriage I wrote a song called Devil Town

I've been down, down in Devil Town
I've been kicked around this Devil Town
I ain't gonna stay in Devil Town

I have had my back against the wall
I have been so low I couldn't crawl
I remember Purple Haze and I know I've seen better days
Before I sold my soul in Devil Town

Living here just takes your life away
Devil Town don't care how hard you pray
Won't take long for you to know down and out is status quo
Nothing good can come from Devil Town

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Devil Town just tears you up inside
It take away your will to live,
Your heart, your soul, your spirit and your pride

Guess it's time I live my life alone
Packed and headed out for parts unknown
I ain't even looking back, I've got my mirror painted black
And I just said good bye to Devil Town

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Old July 20th, 2013, 08:09 AM   #18 (permalink)
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True story:

I can recall being drunk as hell,
Stumblin' down the hallway and ringin' your bell.

Came to the door with nothin' on but a smile,
You really scared me baby when you asked me to stay awhile.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 08:44 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I wrote a song about child abuse and how you have to make up your mind to overcome adversity and not use it as an excuse for failure. I remember back about in the 70's there were always these commercials about Johnny being in prison because he was abused as a child. These always pissed me off because I was abused as a child, badly, but I always owned my own mistakes. I never subscribed to victimhood. I wrote the song in the mid-80's -- ironically I ended up in prison as well for about seven years starting in the mid-90's. But it was my own fault, my own choices that landed me there.

I've written a double handful of songs but that is definitely the most personal. I've never really been happy with all of the lyrics in the chorus because some of it sounds so typically 80's cheesy, but the verses are ok I guess. The music was written by a friend of mine that I've collaborated with on many songs.
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^ wow. Good for you man. Shows both conviction and compassion.
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