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Damaged Goods


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e46

 Genre: Rock

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This is a song that I started writing probably about three years ago, and never made it past the first verse and chorus. Every once in a while when I picked up my guitar, I'd start strumming these chords, and the song would sort of sprout up again. Well, finally, after three years of tinkering, it's finally done. Lyrically it's a little darker than I would typically write, but expanding musical horizons is always a good thing. As always, comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Lyrics
I was standing out as the rain was pouring down
I was too dry to come inside
I was on the edge on the verge of breaking down
My sanity would not comply

Chorus:
Where do I go now
I've got nowhere to turn, that bridge has burned
Where do I, where do I go now
Honey you did all you could, but I am
Damaged Goods

I'm all alone in an over crowded room
I want to run to face my fears
In my head well that little voice consumes
The thoughts that it engineers

Chorus

I'd try to sleep but these ghosts exhaust my bed
Those who came before torn away
Sick of hanging on they chose to cut their thread
Didn't realize I'd be healed to stay

Chorus
I am damaged, I am damaged goods
Song Stats
Hits: 3530
Comments: 27
Fans: 10
Plays: 347
Downloads: 129
Votes: 11
Uploaded: Jan 07, 2007 - 07:18:49 PM
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2007 - 07:18:49 PM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 01:32:27 PM
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Hardware:
M-Audio PreUsb
M-Audio Keystation 61es
Art and Luthrie Acoustic Guitar
Wensen Hollowbody Electric Guitar
Epiphone Special Electric Guitar
Software:
Garageband
Comments
drakonis said 3974 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
mind bending
Definitely unusual chord progressions, but enough melodic hook to keep me tuned in, and your singing is always provocative. Good guitar playing too, and it sounds like you're getting much better at mixing and placing things in the mix. This reminds me a little of some old Aerosmith, for some reason.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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e46 said 3974 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
Chord Progression...
Thanks for the comment Drakonis! I've been working with my vocal/guitar teacher, and trying to get away from the same old progressions that I use. Glad that you noticed, that means that I did something right. I'm also happy that I seem to be learning how to mix things, after all the wonderful advice from all the MacJammers around here. Thanks for the comment and listen!

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1 a.m. said 3974 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
intense...
... and very heart felt. Love the wailing feel of your voice. Great guitaring too! x Maybe some "fuller" drums? to give it some acoustic depth... rocking

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e46 said 3973 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
1am...
Thanks for taking a listen. I agree 100% with you on the drums. I'm NOT a drummer (unless you count banging away on my steering wheel while I'm driving), so programming drums and then trying to mix them is something that I'm still trying to figure out. I'll be spending some time today online to find a way to bring them out in the mix a little more. Thanks for the comment !

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jgurner said 3974 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
Great lyrics
I like the darker tones of this one and your vocals carry out the feeling behind the words well. I have to agree with Drak that your guitar sounds pretty good and the production has definitely gotten better. I think the unusual chord progression and just the touch of dissonance that it causes really gives this tune a great tweek. Nice work on this one.
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e46 said 3973 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Thanks JGurner!
Thanks for the listen and comment. There are actually a few guitar tracks at work here, and I'm becoming far more comfortable with mixing them to get a full sound, but still a little space between then.

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bronco said 3974 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
Good one
Nice melding of the guitar sounds with your vocals. Classic rock sound and you carry it off well! Your voice has just the right amound of irony and world weariness that the lyrics need. Good job!
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e46 said 3973 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Bronce
Thanks for the comment! I've been working hard in the vocal department, and it sounds like I'm starting to get there. Thanks for the listen!

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said 3973 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
lovley singing
at first the cymble crashs through me off, but as the song progressed it was clear that the chord changs and lyrics are well though out. The song can be just a bit more tighter but I am a fan of off beats but for this song it needs the tightness bec its such a good well writen one
e46 said 3973 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
cymbals and such...
Thanks for the comment ego. After listening a couple more times myself, it's becoming more and more clear that the drums need some work, and I'll attempt to address that shortly. I think overall they aren't bad, but there are a couple noticeable places where they are a little off. Thanks for the listen!

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Rolo said 3973 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
PJ Harvey is in da house!
Enjoyed this one a lot. And i love you vocal style.
Will be checkin' more of your stuff in the future, for sure.

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e46 said 3973 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Thanks...
For the listen and comment Rolo!

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Ed Hannifin said 3973 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
I hear a touch of Liz Phair in this...
...and maybe more than a touch...

I like your ascending lines in the left channel against the rhythm in the right...

I'd love to hear this lightened and brightened with some more prominent acoustic guitar against the electrics... Might be cool to go back in and layer some higher chords against the deeper one on the electric...

Some of the electric guitar notes seem to pull a tad sharp at times... I don't know if that aids or hinders the sound you're going for...

Very effective, desperate lyric...

I would love to hear this with a bigger drum sound and a bass sound that occupies a different territory than the guitars...

Ed


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e46 said 3972 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
Ed...
Thank you for the wonderful comment! I'm off today, and my mission is to continue to work on this song, trying to bring a few things out here and there. I'll also take your suggestion and play around with an acoustic with some higher chords just to see what happens. Thanks for the listen!

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perceptualvortex said 3972 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
Hi minigurl
You don't sound damaged though. Nice writing, and the performance is good... a lot of it reminds me of coffeeshop singing, but then with drums and electric guitar added. As pointed out, the drums could be fuller; also, maybe the snare on all 4 beats is too much--it might match better with the snare only on the 2 and 4 beats. Cool song!
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e46 said 3971 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
Drums...
Thanks for the great comment. The drum situation has been fixed! Kevmikwa has been kind enough to lend me his services... Again, and I've already got a new drum track in hand. Haven't played around too much, but without a whole lot of adjusting, it sounds great already. So, I'll be posting an update in the next week or so. Thanks again for the listen and comment!

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damiengh said 3971 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
Good song
Like your song construction and delivery.

I can see where this tune would get high listenership, especially with teens. Many have to go through so much crap while trying to find themselves. They have to deal being accepted amongst their peers and with parents who often times, just don't understand them. It can be a lonely and cruel time of life. Your tune will give place for those raw feelings.
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e46 said 3971 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
damiengh....
Thanks for such a wonderful comment. I'm happy that you took that sort of meaning away. To be honest, at first I wasn't really sure where these words came from. I'm leaning towards broken relationships, and the baggage that they create. But your spin on things would work as well. Thanks for the listen!

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jiguma said 3971 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
Liz P
I think I might have made mention of Liz Phair once before on one of your songs - if not, I certainly hear her influence here (a very good thing from my point of view). You have a confident approach to playing and singing, and this song works very well. A new drum track with Mike would be a bonus, and I'd also suggest getting a beefier bass sound (or maybe just turning it up). This is a common complaint of mine on people's songs, so just ignore it if you disagree : ) It may just be my headphones failing to cope with whatever bass is there - I found it pretty difficult to discern a bass line.
Ed's suggestion about higher chord inversions on the acoustic is a good one, although I feel this has a good guitar sound for the style as is.
Keep em coming - this is very good.
Peace,
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e46 said 3970 days ago (January 11th, 2007)
jiguma
Thanks so much for the comment. Mike has indeed provided a drum track, and it is great (as always). I'm in the process of mixing right now, and hopefully I'll have an update to post sometime this weekend. Ed's comment was great, and I have tried messing around with some inversions, but as you said, I ended up liking the guitar the way it is now.

Thanks for the listen, and look for an updated track soon.

Cheers !

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said 3969 days ago (January 12th, 2007)
HOWDY
your song has a dark, edginess to it. vocal seems perfect for this proclamation of Damage - definitely a plaintive pain in your delivery. nice job of overlapping the vocal - good effect. your playing contributed to the tension of this Not So Happily Ever After story. excellent lyrical juxtapositions of wet/dry, crowded/alone, etc. nice imagery! anne
e46 said 3969 days ago (January 12th, 2007)
Thanks Anne!!!
What a wonderful comment, thank you. I've actually just uploaded a new version of this tune, with kevmikwa helping me out on drums. You can find it here:

http://www.macjams.com/song/27995

Thanks for the listen and comment!

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said 3969 days ago (January 12th, 2007)
new version
COPY!

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onesweetworld said 3968 days ago (January 13th, 2007)
*sigh*
I can really relate to this song. I just wish I had your writing talent to express my feelings like this.
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e46 said 3968 days ago (January 13th, 2007)
onesweetworld
Thank you for the compliment. I left you a comment on one of your tunes, about writing. I've found that the more you write, the more comfortable you are with it. Writing is a skill that you can develop, it just takes time. I've always got a notebook with my to jot down lyrics whenever they come to me, and I set aside at least one night a week to simply writing music. Keep on practicing, and writing, and it will come along, I know that it has for me!

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Boris the Bull said 3962 days ago (January 19th, 2007)
thoughts from the bull...
just listened to the 'collab' version, and while i really enjoyed it, this is a fantastic alternative listen.

to be honest, i could hear this being performed in a simple acoustic format as well. you can hear the acoustic in this version, and while i'm listening, i'm eliminated everything but your voice and that acoustic. wow!

really good to hear this! nice work, e46!!!
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