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My brother thinks I have attention deficit disorder and I think he's right. Subsequent to our conversation about it, I had a particularly down moment and, armed with my new insight, I wrote this.
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Working everyday is just what I do
No one thing I do stands on its own
React to every crisis that I bring on
Till the whistle blows and I head home

See the lady there who keeps my head on
Straight so she can make this little life work
Wondering how long it takes till I see
All the gifts God’s planted in this Jerk

Can’t fight my way out of a paper bag
I can’t see the forest for the trees
Few things I’ve accomplished I imagine
I’ve done so I can keep her here with me

I wonder if she sees me for what I am
no vision no risk kind of guy
No cause inspire’s me to fight the fight
There’ s no philosophy I can’t deny

Call it lack of faith
Call it lack of will
Call it reason’s death by it’s own hand
Born of dust we live, struggle, doomed to die
Tell me what’s the point of such a plan?

She’s the thing in life that gives me sustenance
Not some egomaniac spirit flown
I’d do anything she wants to make us grow
Just wish I could think of it on my own

Can’t fight my way out of a paper bag
I can’t see the forest for the trees
Few things I’ve accomplished I know damn well
I’ve done so I can keep her here with me
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Hits: 5304
Comments: 45
Fans: 15
Plays: 310
Downloads: 166
Votes: 6
Uploaded: May 10, 2007 - 11:36:31 PM
Last Updated: May 10, 2007 - 11:36:31 PM Last Played: Jun 28, 2017 - 05:01:34 PM
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Hardware:
Penco A190 acoustic guitar
Shure beta 58
Software:
Garageband
Comments
rtcooper said 3843 days ago (May 11th, 2007)
SILVER LININGS
Fine Vocals on a Tough Topic.

I hope the feelings, here, are episodic as they seem out of the main for you. A rather Harsh picture, but you got a song out of it.

With best personal regards,
Coop
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Joe Brady said 3843 days ago (May 11th, 2007)
Don't worry Coop
..I'm alright, you know John Hiatt said "some call it depression, I just call it a song" . I wrote it a while back and was looking for an appropriate mood song after my Sabres lost game 1. As usual with this type of song I felt immediately better after writing it; the old blues thing I guess. Thanks for checking in and commenting.
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dajama said 3843 days ago (May 11th, 2007)
Outstanding vocal performance
This is a beautiful song, but with a real darkness at its heart. The guitar sounds good, and i like the changes, but the real strength of the song lies in its starkness - bringing the lyrics to the fore (which are poetic, moving, and strangely personal and universal at the same time) and most especially highlighting the vocal performance, which leaves me awestruck. Hope the song represented an exorcism of sorts. Powerful stuff. Thanks for sharing it. Peace.
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Joe Brady said 3842 days ago (May 12th, 2007)
Thank you Dajama.
Your comments are greatly appreciated as I have shared your music even with others here at home (real nice stuff); yes, just performing the song is liberating, if a tad self indulgent. The word cathartic comes to mind. I meant to illuminate the darkness within, which, however episodic, still required some inquiry. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

Cheers,
Joe

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said 3842 days ago (May 12th, 2007)
Unvarnished...
self-examinataion... a beautifully polished performance.
The song has power in the tough view toward the singer... but the honesty, if even too honest or too self-deprecating, has virtue and value.

cheers
Joe Brady said 3842 days ago (May 12th, 2007)
Thanks Jack,
Always look forward to your visits. I love your new guitar's sound. Good to hear from you :-).
Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
said 3842 days ago (May 12th, 2007)
Rereading...
my comments, I just want to clarify.... I have much respect for your lyrics as well as your music. I am not necessarily thinking you took it differently, just that I take things at face value... and your song is refreshing honest and true... call it authentic.

cheers


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Take a listen:) <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/31579">A Brighter Day</a>...
It's just music... Dadai
Joe Brady said 3841 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
No worries Jack,
I hope I didn't give you the wrong impression. Your opinion means a great deal to me and I just wanted to acknowledge the comment before I left the house in a hurry.

Cheers,
Joe
Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
jiguma said 3842 days ago (May 12th, 2007)
Nice one Joe
Like the lyrics, mix, vox and playing - a good song with lots to think about - must be the week for sad songs :)
Cheers,
Neil
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Joe Brady said 3841 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
You got that right, Neil
"must be the week for sad songs" ( There's a song in there somewhere). Yeah Neil, the song pre-existed and the mix was quick, brought on by the miserable end to hockey game. You know, you'd think I'd have outgrown this kind of thing by now. Thanks for the kind note and the visit.
Cheers,
Joe
Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
said 3842 days ago (May 12th, 2007)
Johnny cash
would be proud.. Realy strong lyrics. Sometimes life puts it all on ya and cant do nothin but break out into a song... Bravo!!!!!!!!
Joe Brady said 3841 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
Ego, New shirt?
That's mighty high praise, Thank you, Mr. master of the cool.
Cheers!
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Doadars Uncle said 3841 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
Blue collar blues
Nicely done. Very good sound!
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Joe Brady said 3832 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
Thanks Doug,
Have guitar, mic, and mac; will travel! (well virtually anywhere;-)). Thanks for stopping in!
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guitapick said 3839 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
It's good...
...to have someone there by your side...especially when things get tough.

She must be a very special woman...and if you're looking for a positive in yourself (not always easy, in my experience): you wrote a great tune about her and the way you feel. That ain't just chickenfeed, pal...

Great sound on guitar and vox. Straight from the heart. Couldn't ask for more.
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Joe Brady said 3839 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Thanks Bob,
You are right: she is amazing. Thanks for the comps, and for checking in on me. Much appreciated..............
Joe
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bud said 3839 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
I can identify with this song completely
been there myself. The eloquence and emotion in your performance leaves me even more aware of the magic and power of music. Well done Joe.
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Joe Brady said 3839 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Thanks Budman!
High praise from someone with such a good ear (I follow your favorites sometimes). Thanks for letting me collab with you on Cupajoe; real pleasure.
Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
willnlf said 3839 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Your
collaboration with Bud and me on Cuppa Joe led me to your music. What a great irony that your lyrics, playing and singing belie your own uncertainty. Can't get more accomplished than this beautiful song. Don't know about fighting, but you sure can write yourself out of a paper bag!
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Joe Brady said 3837 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
Thanks Wil,
I have great respect for your writing so I really appreciate your comments. Can't wait to hear what you and your brother do next.
Cheers,
Joe

Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
SmokeyVW said 3834 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
every day indeed
piling up each deed, one upon one, each day. every week they build up slowly, but steadily. it's hard to tell if i'm accomplishing a damn thing at all...

but you know, they all do add up, don't they?

very nice

thanks

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Joe Brady said 3833 days ago (May 21st, 2007)
Yeah Smokey...........
they do add up; sometimes suprisingly so. It's the perspective of the moment and thankfully moments like this don't come too often. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.
Cheers,
Joe.
Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
thetiler said 3833 days ago (May 21st, 2007)
LIke the country folk story song
I think that it's songs like this is the staple of America.
Love the flow of the guitar and again a terrific story.
Has a sadness!

Nice accomplishment here.

Love how you tie song with the women in your life.

Way to go. Glad i stopped by!
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Joe Brady said 3832 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
Bill,
Thanks so much, greatly appreciate the visit here. Women have been the inspriration for alot of my songs; a long time ago that was trouble, now I just write about the same girl over and over again ;-).
Cheers...............Joe
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echoroom said 3825 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
Just fantastic
Joe, the lyrics to this are, without a doubt, some of the best introverted, self-exploratory, honest lines I've seen:

Wondering how long it takes till I see
All the gifts God%u2019s planted in this Jerk

... just killed me. This is at heart a real love song ... i can honestly say you've put into music somethings i've often felt, and for that i thank you.

Just outstanding.

Steve
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Joe Brady said 3825 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
Hey Steve,
It’s good to hear from another who identifies with this notion; more so because I enjoy your writing and recordings so much. Thanks for the kind words and for stopping in. Now I think I'll just sit here rereading your comments for awhile ;-)

Cheers,
Joe
Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
Scott Carmichael said 3822 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
I don't know Joe
i kind of like you... don't be so hard on yourself.. great song by the way... you capure well the resigned... put one foot in front of the other... what the heck is going on, and why don't I care more... thing
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Joe Brady said 3822 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
Thanks Scott,
I really mean that;-)! Will try and change up the mood with the next one. Keep yours coming, I'm a big fan.
Cheers,
Joe
Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
said 3816 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
lovely
i just love your vocal here, joe. you've mixed it so nicely - intimate and a vulnerable up-closeness - perfect for your swell lyrics. sweet guitar pickin, and well chosen changes. splendid song - hope your brother likes it. 8)

enjoyed your work - anne
Joe Brady said 3816 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
Thanks so much, Anne!
I don't know if he's heard it. I believe he would hear echoes of our conversation in there somewhere. I don't think my vocal comes near what you do, so I want to thank you for the compliment;-)
Cheers,
Joe
Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
said 3756 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Loved it !
Your vocal is very nice and warm, the background music is great, your pickin is excellent !!
I really loved your mixing, but i have sth which is not important but keep it in mind !! "i think it needs some vocal harmony!" specially in the end of every verse, but overall, i loved this song and faved it.
This is the 1st time i'm hearing you, and from now i'm a fan ! so wish to accept me as a new friend.

Take Care
==============
Yeman Auf Al-Rawi

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I REMEMBER : www.macjams.com/song/33577
Joe Brady said 3675 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Welcome friend
and wonderful player! I've been gone most of the summer; good to be back. Thanks for kind words; this was just the guitar and a microphone; my first real guitar, no pickup, and I just love the guitar's voice. Thanks for the visit Birdman.

Joe.
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racerat said 3673 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
power
to the powerless. "Honest" doesn't do this song's lyrics justice. Heartfelt, probing, soul bearing, is more like it. "The few things I've accomplished I imagine I've done so I can keep her here with me", Brilliant! Great job Joe.
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Joe Brady said 3665 days ago (November 5th, 2007)
That's high praise Phil,
Thanks and I'm glad it struck a note. Love your sound, and really appreciate the visit.
Joe
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Sir Bass said 3668 days ago (November 2nd, 2007)
Great Song
Very emotional an passionate and honest, don't find that everyday. The best songs come from pain. at least you got a women my blue is deeper than yours:) vocals are excellent even when go a little flat it gives it character. Do more of these. Make me feel like I'm not alone in my misery.
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Joe Brady said 3665 days ago (November 5th, 2007)
You got a way with Words!
Thanks Sir! I guess "you got to suffer if you wanna sing the blues" (David Bromberg, sometime in the 70's). I appreciate the listen and look forward to more from you.
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Feter said 3667 days ago (November 3rd, 2007)
A-D-D Blues
MAN !! ...this is so cosy honest song .I m enjoyin
this song guitar pickins ..the words so cool .
I can see how this would fit right at the front
portch with couple espresso :~) ..great song myfriend

peace!
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Joe Brady said 3665 days ago (November 5th, 2007)
Hello Feter,
Good to see you here. Yeah we could definitely make music, and the expresso sounds delicious!
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Moviz said 3602 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
I don't
know why I haven't got around to listening to your songs all this time, but I'm glad I'm here now. You write wonderful poetry, and your lovely warm voice only enhances the words. Really nice guitar accompaniment too, I love this warm song and this performance, regards M
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Joe Brady said 3602 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
Thanks for....
Stopping in Moviz. I'm really proud of grabbing your ear; I have a ways to go to get to the level of mixing many here, you among them, display, but I am working on it and I really appreciate the encouraging words. Thanks,

Joe
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John Stebbe said 3587 days ago (January 22nd, 2008)
Guitar work
Your vocals are sincere, and are in tune. The song is well-crafted, but what really shines is your guitar work. So nice to hear a real artist on the instrument. Nothing too flashy here, but often less is more. Your layers of extra guitar work add just enough frosting on the cake to make this really sweet (but not overly so).

I don't see how you can have ADD and have learned to play guitar so artfully. You must have been able to pay attention to guitar long enough at some point to really develop your gift, and it's a pleasure to hear.
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Joe Brady said 3586 days ago (January 23rd, 2008)
Guitar work...........
Thanks for the kind comments John, I really appreciate it. I often regret not having learned to use more fingers, but when I connect with a talented guy like you, it's all forgotten! Thank you John, you made my day.

Cheers!
Joe.
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duhdewd said 3492 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Very touching
Man have I been here before just never got it into such a beautiful work, how inspiring to turn those dark times into something that can touch others.
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Joe Brady said 3490 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Thanks Mike,
I appreciate those kind words and the visit. Welcome to Macjams and I can't wait to hear more from you.
Take Care,
Joe
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easyesteemer said 3490 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Love this
I really love this little tune. Good honest true lyrics and warm guitar. Reminds me of Steve Goodman.
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