What if you are the guy in the song.....

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  1. Mike Eskimo

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    Goodbye Earl is about some abusive dude who gets whacked by a fed-up wife.

    Years later , the same singer, Natalie Maines, wrote a true life song about her husband taking women to her boat for private parties.

    She was gonna use his name but “Adrian“ just sounds so lame...
     
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    My drummer didn’t know me when I was a teen. After hearing some of the tales of my misspent youth (directly from me and indirectly from others), he said, “No wonder you like ZZ Top so much—you’ve lived out half of their catalogue!”
     
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    That is IT! hackensack! I could not remember the band!
     
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    There are a few songs I strongly identify with (Bakerstreet) but not in a negative way. What did suck though was when we recorded in the eighties several of our songs by our writer were quite nasty about his girlfriend. My girlfriend had done very similar things and I was put in the awkward position of explaining that our songs were not about her and what she had done but about this other woman. The funny part though was the writer's girlfriend used to come to all our club gigs and dance to the songs about herself.
     
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    I wrote one about a coworker of mine, who didn't do his share of the job. She was doing nothing actually, day after day.

    Now, if you don't want your name to end up in the title of a song, work a little. Not asking for much, just a little.
     
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    That was actually the real Marty Jones, Bay Area musician and former member of The Himalayans and Sordid Humor.
     
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    I'm so vain, I bet I think this song is about me
     
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    It’s poetic license for the writer. Most learn early on to at least change the names.
     
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    It took me almost 40 years, and some painful, major "help" from my current spouse, to be able to look at, much less understand my ex's point of view. Pretty humbling. I felt abandoned and betrayed at the time, and I'm sure I was told (as Richard Pryor would say) WHY, but I was too busy fighting and defending myself to listen and hear about some of my own shortcomings, some of which I could have corrected.

    I wouldn't mind hearing that song of yours, blowtorch.
     
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    When I was a kid, we'd bring our rifles to school for gun club. They went in the closet at the back of the classroom with the coats and lunchboxes.
     
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    I put myself in her shoes, felt the raw vitriol she had towards me (this was very early stages of me learning things were over), and wrote that song from what I imagined to be her point of view.

    But then let people assume it was my point of view, towards her
     
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    What was up with Sylvia's mom..
    I mean all the guy wanted to do was talk to her daughter on the phone...
    Then he ran out of money..
     
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    Hello. My name is Foot-Foot. There is a very good reason why Ms. Shagg cannot find me.
     
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    when I was teaching in eastern Kentucky in the 80's, I used to go squirrel hunting with my students after school, we all had guns in our trucks... it was no big deal... most of the kids had knives (utility) on them too.... it was, again, no big deal. It stinks that things changed, but they did.
     
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    I always wanted to not be the guy talking to the operator, instead I wanted to be the best old ex friend Ray.
     
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    over the past 4-5 years, I've had some similar revelations about my own idiocy's in the things that happened way back when and my responsibilities in what went on. it was indeed humbling.

    but I thank God I don't have to go back.
     
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    Me and Mrs. Jones.

    When the song came out I had recently gotten divorced and started a relationship with the manager of the apartment complex I lived in. Every time I heard it I was that guy and it still reminds me I was that guy when I hear it. Not a proud experience but it was intense while it lasted.
     
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    Amen brother.
     
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