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Tyler O'Toole (remix of One Bad Dude)


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I loved Tiler's song "One Bad Dude". It immediately brought up wonderful mind pictures of the old west. Some songs have a narrative quality that is difficult to resist.

For fun, I decided to write the story that the song was playing out in my head. Tiler gave me permission to post my version, so here you go: a new version of "One Bad Dude" that I've retitled "Tyler O'Toole", so no one gets it mixed up with the original. Tiler's original song deserves all the kudos.
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Lyrics
It was 1852, down Tombstone way.
It was hot and cloudless, just another dusty day
I was the marm, in charge of the school
Suddenly I heard, "It's Tyler O'Toole!"

Tyler was a rugged, handsome beast
Stood 6'4", a visual feast
Shoulders so broad he could straddle a county
Too bad his death held such a high bounty

The townspeople scurried into corners and holes
Like a pack of scared gophers or desert moles
I sent the kids home. Parents wanted them near
Tyler's name alone caused that kind of fear.

I stayed behind in the shadows of the school
Wanted to get a look at Tyler O'Toole
I watched him ride in on a stallion black as coal
Saw in his eyes that killing was his goal.

Before he dismounted he scanned the town square
All appeared hidden, like no one was there
But his grey eyes alit with palpable harm
On where I was hidden. "Zat you, school marm?"

I froze, unsure whether to speak or stay mute
I stared from my shadow, hot damn, but he's cute!
Then something compelled my legs to walk
And without my control, I began to talk

"I'm the marm," I said, trying not to show fear.
He slid from his horse and drew himself near
He looked me over, from my head to my thighs
Like a man making love with only his eyes.

"Afternoon, Marm," he said, most politely
He tipped his hat and smiled ever so slightly
"Somewhere we can talk? Name's Tyler O'Toole."
I motioned him toward the now vacant school.

In my mind I saw flashes of rape and of death
I wondered if I would ever take a next breath
But he drew no weapon, made no advance
Just sat on my desk with an embarrassed glance.

"How can I help you?" I asked with false calm
I held out my hand and he kissed my damp palm.
"I need some schoolin'," he said, his voice tight
"Ain't never learned how to read or to write."

I did not laugh, or smile, or act curt.
I heard in his voice all the pain and the hurt.
"I can teach you, Mr. Tyler O'Toole.
It's what I do in this rickety old school."

"Not with the bairns," he admonished shyly
"Don't want none to know. They think of me highly."
I nodded, falling deeply into the grey of his eyes.
I felt like a child, dwarfed by his size.

"I won't say a word. My lips will be sealed."
Then I felt him approach, to his touch I did yield
"Not too sealed," he whispered, his lips touching mine
And the world swam in friction, rhythm, and rhyme.

When I emerged, I was flushed head to toe
The townspeople stared, all wanting to know.
"What happened? What happened in our town's school?"
"Your teacher got taught by Tyler O'Toole."
Song Stats
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Comments: 36
Fans: 10
Plays: 470
Downloads: 180
Votes: 23
Uploaded: Jun 10, 2005 - 01:12:22 PM
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2005 - 12:46:11 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 04:17:04 AM
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Comments
Swanny said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
Great story !
Really wonderful Joanna !
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Joanna said 4399 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
Great story !
Thank you, Swanny! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
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woodguy32 said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
Amazing work..A music Novel
Joanna.. wow.. you paint with words... images flowed thru
my head thru the whole song.. wow.. thank you.. now I
need to dust myself off..

woodwest32
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Joanna said 4399 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
Amazing work..A music Novel
Thank you, woodguywest! Your enthusiasm made my day. I really appreciate
it.
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Jim Bouchard said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
excellent
This is a really good use for The Tiler's piece. This is just great! Not much else to say!
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Joanna said 4399 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
excellent
Thank you, Jim -- Tiler's wonderful music told the story, I just listened.
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thetiler said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
The Teacher
You sure are a terrific writer!
Your voice is perfect for this approach to the tune.
To me your professionalism really comes on here on this talk
tune.

I can see why your selling books and that you are an
established author.

Thanks for a funny side of "One Bad Dude"!

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Joanna said 4399 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
The Teacher
Aw, thank you, Tiler -- it means a lot to me that you let me borrow your
wonderful music for a little storytelling. Your talent shines very brightly on
this piece.
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Mcboy said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
kids
will love u forever......great storytelling......!!!!
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Joanna said 4397 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
kids
Thank you, McBoy -- what a lovely thing to say!
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Peter Greenstone said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
great idea
Great storytelling, Joanna. Great writing and narration. And
of course great music by Tiler.
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Joanna said 4397 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
great idea
Thank you, Peter, that means a lot to me.
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SlimGirlFat said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
Heh
Brilliant.
Slimmie
Joanna said 4397 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Heh
Thanks, Slimmie!
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mandolinquent said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
Great work...
... what a fine combination. Lovely story on top of lovely
playing.
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Joanna said 4397 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Great work...
Thank you, Mando -- I always value your opinion.
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stevel said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
Evocative story song
Your vocals work really well against the backdrop of Tiler's
bluesy guitars.. very beguiling!
S
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Joanna said 4397 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Evocative story song
Thank you, Steve! "Beguiling" is a wonderful compliment, I'm touched.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Cameron said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
VERY entertaining!
This is a wonderful combination of tiler's guitar and your
wonderful voice, lyrics and narration of same!

Truly entertaining from beginning to end.

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Joanna said 4397 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
VERY entertaining!
Thank you, Cameron! I really had a lot of fun with this, thanks in big part to
Tiler's talented digits.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Stun Nutz said 4399 days ago (June 10th, 2005)
Reaching into her endless sleeve...
... with much fluidity and grace, she has drawn her
weapon, a wonderfully crafted story, and has pointed
it at your imagination. In what seems like only a
split second, you realize that you have lost the duel
and have only one choice... to surrender.
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Joanna said 4397 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Reaching into her endless sleeve...
Ooh, Stun, I like it! Surrender, you varmint, so I can teach you what I just got
taught! Er... Perhaps it would be more appropriate if I just said thank you!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
snowdragon said 4399 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
Some songs do
indeed have a narrative quality that is difficult to resist. I
know I couldn't. But, beaten on the draw by the school
marm, man, maybe I should just ride off into the sunset : )

Loved it Joanna.
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Joanna said 4397 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Some songs do
Thank you, Snowy -- I'm a big fan of your version, as well. I found it
fascinating what different approaches we took. I'm so glad you posted so that
we could both be in the OBD club!
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alley-oop said 4398 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
Whoa, steamy
You gotcher self a nice purty speakin voice, missy.
got me all dizzy.
I may have to budge in front of that Tyler fella
I need some serious teachin' from miss Joanna


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Joanna said 4397 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Whoa, steamy
I'll meet you at the saloon, alley! Thank you so much -- I'm glad you enjoyed
it!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
jennylee said 4397 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
A Great Western Tale!
I loved it. Tiler's music and your narrative sounded like it was meant to go together. I also think that I detected your voice over talent shining through.
CR said 4397 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Some school marm !
Sounds like Tyler's going to enjoy going to class !

Great Work
CR

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Joanna said 4396 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Some school marm !
Thank you, Cecil!
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Joanna said 4396 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
A Great Western Tale!
Thank you, Jennylee! I'll admit that I had a lot of fun doing a little voice-over
again, after all these years. I had a lot of fun with this song.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
blamm said 4397 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Great fun.
Thanks for picking up my morning. Good stuff.
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Joanna said 4396 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Great fun.
Thank you, blamm!
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said 4397 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
All that's missing
is the sound of wind blowing tumbleweeds down the dusty
street.

Great atmosphere piece.
Joanna said 4396 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
All that's missing
Thank you, Troy! I actually thought about adding a couple of sound effects,
but decided against it. I get carried away easily.
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said 4395 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Your voice....
shades of Lauren Bacall (one of the all time sexiest
female voices), wonderfully written poetic narrative,
and a superb delivery.

the saga continues....

Jack
Joanna said 4395 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Your voice....
Wow, thank you, Dadai! Lauren Bacall -- that's quite a compliment. She was
the coooolest.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
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Hi, I'm Joanna (not Jo, that's someone else). Garageband has allowed me to indulge my love for singing beyond concerts in the shower. My favorite part of songwriting is writing the lyrics. This makes sense, of course, because writing is what I d... [see more]

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