Gut Rumbles

September 10, 2005

my songs

I've written well over 50 songs in my life. Some of them ain't bad. But I started to catologue them tonight and realized that I remember the words to only a few of them. That's horrible.

I must have played every one of those songs 5,000 times in my guitar-playing days. I remember how to play them, but I can't recall the words.

In 1980, I entered a "Talent Contest" sponsored by a local radio station that had 100 bands and pickers competing for a $1,000 prize. I played by myself and did a song I wrote called "North Georgia Country Girl," about a lover of mine, and I made the TOP FIVE FINALISTS!!!

In the final competition, I did another song I wrote called "Going For Broke." I ended up finishing second to a woman who sang just like Linda Rondstat. She won with a beautiful rendition of "Blue Bayou."

I cannot remember the words to either one of those songs today. I recall pieces of the lyrics, but not the entire song. I had all of that stuff written down once upon a time, but a couple of divorces tend to make you lose some stuff that you THOUGHT you were going to hang onto.

I want to record both songs, but I don't believe I can re-write the lyrics again--- at least not as good as they once were. I wrote that stuff when I was young and full of passion.

I'm not that person anymore.


Re-write them as a cynical old codger filled with vitriol.

Posted by: rightisright on September 10, 2005 11:43 PM

Same EXACT thing has happened to me A-man. I haven't written as many as you have, but I have forgotten them just as well.

Damn, I hate when that happens.

Beforde I go I WILL leave some of my music behind.

Posted by: Wes Jackson on September 11, 2005 01:39 AM

That saddle may be lumpy at first, but it has to be ridden back in. You can do it. Asshole!

Posted by: James Hooker, Ace of aces on September 11, 2005 02:01 AM

That's the saddest thing I've ever read.

Posted by: Eddie on September 11, 2005 05:08 AM

Rob, just because we're old doesn't necessarily mean burnt. At least for most of us heh. Play 'em enough, the words will return. I sometimes have trouble remembering the friggin names of people I've done business with for years. I start a free association chain going and forget about it. At some point a trigger trips and hooee! the name pops up. Same with lyrics to old songs I grew up with (except "The Tide" by Moody Blues. Just won't come. I can look it up online, but damn I'd rather remember the lyrics myself). I used to sing that song in my youth in a band.You wrote 'em, they came from your (tortured I'm sure) brain, the words are still there somewhere. It's not like it was a conversation somewhere. You had to think about them, over & over, till they were right for the song. If you took the trouble to compose what amounts to a poem (set to music) the words are still there somewhere, unless they were very forgettable songs & lyrics. But somehow, I just don't see B.J. Thomas in this scenario.....

Posted by: Horrabin on September 11, 2005 07:40 PM

I have "North Georgia Country Girl" on cassette. We recorded it many years ago hear at my house. I will cut you a copy so you can listen to it and get the lyrics if you want to re-record it. I also have a few of your other songs that you may want. I know some of them you won't want as they are now but I can go back and take out some of the vocals you don't want.

Posted by: Willy on September 11, 2005 08:31 PM

Willy, I would appreciate that.

Posted by: Acidman on September 11, 2005 09:25 PM

Just record the songs anyway with some bullshit lyrics or just gibberish in place of lyrics. At least you will have the music part down and a start on where the words should syncopate with the music. The Beatles did it all the time! Just a thought.

Posted by: Vince on September 13, 2005 04:13 PM
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