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What is the most personal song you ever wrote?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Blazer, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    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.

  2. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    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!

  3. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    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.

  4. dented

    dented Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 17, 2006
    Back at the Beach
    "I've gotta part and you don't need a comb"

  5. cowboytwang

    cowboytwang Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 28, 2003
    Sonoran Desert
    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."

  6. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free + Supporter

    When my friend Harry died, I wrote one called "My Song For Harry". I think he would have liked it.

  7. Kebmel

    Kebmel Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 8, 2008
    45 south
    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.

  8. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    "I Love You So F***ing Much it Hurts."

    It was a tender little ballad, with lots of minor chords.

  9. Kebmel

    Kebmel Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 8, 2008
    45 south

  10. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 16, 2007
    North Bushey, England.
    "If I could do it all over again, I'd do it all over you".

  11. sleezzee top

    sleezzee top Tele-Meister

    May 10, 2013
    Worcestershire Uk
    I wrote this classicaly influenced piece in dminor, the saddest of all keys. It was called, "lick my love pump" lol

  12. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

    May 27, 2013
    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!

  13. Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 7, 2007
    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.

  14. sleezzee top

    sleezzee top Tele-Meister

    May 10, 2013
    Worcestershire Uk
    I'm sure Glenn frey and don Henley wrote the song lying eyes about my ex.

  15. TheCheezyTeen

    TheCheezyTeen Tele-Meister

    Dec 3, 2009
    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.

  16. Spike55

    Spike55 TDPRI Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    Spartanburg SC
    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

  17. telepathetic

    telepathetic Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 5, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    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


    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


  18. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Colorado Springs
    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.

  19. Norton72

    Norton72 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 14, 2011
    Burton, Texas
    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.

  20. chesire

    chesire Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    The Ol' Pueblo
    ^ wow. Good for you man. Shows both conviction and compassion.

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