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If I Only Had a Brain


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rsorensen

 Genre: Indie Rock

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The sun's starting to shine more often so I wanted to write a hooky summer tune and this is what came out. It's an Indie rocker about a guy who's in no real rush to get back together with an girlfriend he's on a 'break' with.

That's my son counting me in. awwwwwwwww....
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Lyrics
If I had a thousand years
I would spend them sittin here
waitin 'round for you

and if you'd let me shift my gears
I'd pull it into 3rd
and spin out into the sunset

So I'll just sit here
drinkin fake beer
Let the sunshine
open my mind
for a long time
how bout you?

cuz I am happy
in this moment
and i will show it
if you could see me
you might be happy too

I know I would understand this
If I only had a brain
So can you spell it out for me please
Will you tell me once again
What's your plan?

If I had some time to kill
I would kill for one more shot
at tryin to impress you

And if I had any courage
I would tell you how I really felt
about you leavin

But I'm a simple guy
So I won't try
to be somebody
you will like
I'm way too old for that

I'd rather soak in
all the sunshine
takin my time
to make up my mind
about just where we're at

I know I would understand this
If I only had a brain
So can you spell it out for me please
Will you tell me once again
What's your plan?
Song Stats
Hits: 6967
Comments: 48
Fans: 40
Plays: 333
Downloads: 217
Votes: 10
Uploaded: Jun 10, 2008 - 02:18:52 AM
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2008 - 02:18:52 AM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 01:47:00 AM
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Hardware:
Gibson Firebird VII, Fender P-Lyte Bass, Lee Oskar Harmonica in the key of C, M-Audio KeyStudio 49i, Snowball Mic
Software:
GarageBand
Comments
Peter Bauckham said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
Great
grungy guitars and vocals. Very nicely done - the keys and harmonica fit perfectly. Enjoyed it. Good summer drinking (real) beer song!

Peter
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rsorensen said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)

thanks peter. wasn't sure about the piano at the time but the song just isn't complete without it. Glad you like.
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lengold said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
Definitely a
hooky summer tune - this really grooves along. I can imagine car windows open, this blasting out and people singing along. You are a great songwriter and the performance/production is superb in every way. Reminds me of The Joker (Space Cowboy).
Cheers
Len


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rsorensen said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
The Joker
hah! wish I woulda had a talk box for this! Thanks a lot for your kind words, len.
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gail60 said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
Awww Ridd
Yet another song all about us!! Enough already! People are talking, asking questions! It is over! I told you - you broke my heart, so go back to what's er name, Petunia!
Ok, about the sound here....Even though I love the song and you sang it really well and it sounds great as usual, I still hate you. Oh, and awesome job, keep up the great work.


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rsorensen said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
geez
gail, gail, gail... so self-centered. How many times must I tell you, not every song I write is about YOU! Thanks for listening, jerk!
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gail60 said 3242 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
oh ok
oooops my bad. So sorry. Carry on. Jerkier!
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magnatone said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
If I Only Had A Brain
wow Ridd, this is wonderful!! I just listened for the second time, you GOT me! I don't understand why you're not world famous. Is Gail holding you back?
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rsorensen said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)

Thanks Karen! I don't want to be world famous. Well, okay maybe just a little.
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said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
Brilliant
I love your Singing and your Son sounds sooooo so sweet. Awwwwwe
Music is great. Love the Lyrics they are awsome as well. You sing Fantastic
Your awsome anyhow. That Guitar Phew. You just Rock !!!!

love the harp. Wow!!

Peace Dee x.
rsorensen said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)

hah thanks dee. yeah he NAILED it. Thanks for the compliments and for checking this out.
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ktb said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
laid back
lazy, uber cool track. The harmonica adds to the feel of a pick up jam. The guitars rock.
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rsorensen said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)

thanks karma. definitely going for a lazy jam feel with this. glad you picked up on that. thanks for listening.
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Lennon714 said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
hmm.
This is a great. Takes me back to 1998 for some reason. Maybe it's the guitar tone. Either way it's dead on and a perfect song for summer. Maybe that's it. Summer=Freedom and I graduated high school in 1998 and that's the ultimate summer. Anyway...

How many guitars did you tracks? Sounds HUGE.
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rsorensen said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)

1998 huh? It sounds like another song to me too, but I can't put my finger on it - not sure I want to actually. My wife says it sounds like something the Spin Doctors would've done. I guess that's true but I kinda had Pavement or Ben Kweller in mind.
As for the guitars, it's 2 during the verses (one in each channel) and 4 during the chorus, then of course i more for the slide solo. Thanks for listening Eric. Glad you dig it.
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VicDiesel said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
Great guitar work
Really good sound. The piano and harmonica also work fine.

I was expecting the vocals to scream a bit more, but given the attitude of the guy, this laidback wait-and-see style is quite appropriate.
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rsorensen said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
teh screaming
thanks vic. yeah I tried a take where I emoted more and raised my voice but it sounded contrived. thanks for listening and commenting.
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lavalamp said 3243 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
made a special trip....
just to hear this and I'm not disappointed. I think some day we'll look back and say "Can you believe this guy used to be on macjams with us?"
I don't know, but I think this is your best, brother!

Awesome......and I never use that word.

Dave

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MarkHolbrook said 3242 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
Excellent!
But where is the son solo!? Man he's ready!

Great tune all the way!!!
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kassia said 3242 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
Brain
Great song! Love your voice and the melody line. Great lyrics and harmonies. Awesome guitars. WOW! A harmonica! Very cool tune. Perfect for summer. A great melding of sounds - love the electric guitars with the harmonica. Cool!
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said 3242 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
Now....
I have two songs by the same name that are favorites of mine....

Really cool tune...

D
Vic Holman said 3242 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
if I had half a brain
i would move south.

Summer just ain't kickin' in here WA state. And a bit of snow this morning. just ain't right.

Liked the laid back groove that you set up. a nice feel for soaking in the sun and no rush for summer to end.
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Feter said 3242 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
If I Only Had a Brain
WOW ...thats truly so powerful kinda rockin man !!
solid bass drums and guitar grungin ...the harp
just fit right in ..your vocal at its best !!!!
a real sing along song .thnx alot for sharin it !!!
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aclarke said 3242 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
There's not enough harmonica....
in the world... but oddly enough the two songs I've listened to here today each featured that wonderful instrument- and brilliantly. The harp really adds to the laid back feel of this song while providing an excellent contrast to the heavier guitars. Vocal and harmonies are dead on. Bottom line here is that you have everything I love in a rock and roll song!

Taking my complimentary copy with much gratitude!!
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Bob Rodgers said 3242 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
Yes
a really great summer song, loved it!

Great guitar sound and a nice laid back feel to this one!

So good to hear the harmonica on this and great vocals too! Superb production!
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said 3242 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
Great!
Great drums work, great guitar sound and fine vocals as always from you. I love this piece my friend, really nice!

Take Care
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dajama said 3241 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
Cool
You had me at '1,2,3,4...Can I go now Dad?'! What a great intro to a terrific song. This has the hallmarks of a great summer on the radio in the car song. I love the mouth organ, kind of unexpected and then somehow perfect! Lovely vocal and great use of piano. Solo has a superb sound. A great, pro-sounding track. Very cool. You ahev a great range! Nicely done. Peace.
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Monkaton said 3241 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
Nothing Wrong With This One!
Great song and super production! It kind of reminds me of Marcy Playground (vocal) and Weezer (chord and guitars). Be that as it may it is a truly original song.

Great one, rs.
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guitapick said 3240 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
LOL
...the music fits the lyrics/storyline to a "t", man...this is perfect and I've been here before...been on the receiving end, too...hmmm...was there a lesson to be learned somewhere...?

Ahhhh yes...now I remember: when in doubt, don't bother making any decisions...you've got no brain, to begin with.
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michael2 said 3240 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
wow
it's taking me a while to catch up, and this is just grabbing me where it counts. i'm one of those guys who are stuck drinking fake beer, but it's been so long I actually like it now. this is a great song, that harmonica is brilliant over that rhythm.
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xavrockbeats1334 said 3239 days ago (June 14th, 2008)
better
better than some world famous bands I've heard. go on tour!!!;)
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timothy devine said 3238 days ago (June 14th, 2008)
Dig it/what a great song
I love the childs vox in the intro
AND I REALLY DIG THE NIEL YOUNG guitar intro
then the rest just simply rocks
real nice
what a work of art
this is tops
sad song
i love sad songs
peace to you
peace
tim
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buckhorn said 3238 days ago (June 15th, 2008)
More Hits
Excellent writing and production, another vocal delivery that requires sympathy. Your putting out some excellent and wide ranging stuff. Regards
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Char said 3238 days ago (June 15th, 2008)
This is a really good song.
Everything works. Thanks so much.
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Nick_Flash said 3236 days ago (June 16th, 2008)
excellent
Great sound Ridd. I'm digging the Flaming Lips style - you do it well. Now I have to get my daughter to do an intro or something!

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Nick_Flash said 3236 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
2 reviews in 1
Thats funny, I was listening to both of your new songs and accidentally combined them on this one review. 2 birds with one stone huh? Now I'll leave a confusing comment on your other song.

Cheers.
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12parsecs said 3236 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
killer tone
call the paramedics... your gtr tone has slain me! did you add an extra gtr part during the chorus, or is that just a fader move (ie. you bring the gtr levels up) in the chorus?
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rsorensen said 3236 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
guitars
thanks. yeah two more guitars join in on the choruses. same tones with a little more distortion on em.
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12parsecs said 3235 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
listening again
listening again. nice ghosted notes on the snare. really nicely done.

hot dog, we have a wiener! :)
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rsorensen said 3235 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
snare
hah thanks scott. good catch!
Forgot to say - the bass also plays power chords in the chorus to beef it up a little as well.
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Heightened said 3234 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
If only I had your
talent!
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obbster said 3234 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Catchy as F*ck
Awesome awesome awesome.
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thekurtisproject said 3219 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
:D
I get a very pleasent feeling listeing to this.
the guitars are nice and flowing, and i like the harmonica!

>KURTIS
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Mckenzie said 3165 days ago (August 26th, 2008)
Flippin 'ek..
This is good. Reminds me of a favorite tune of mine 'Tom Petty - Roll another joint' but with a much raunchier guitar part. I really love this. Love the piano part, it fits perfectly.\
Seriously inspired.

thanks!

Mz
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rsorensen said 3164 days ago (August 28th, 2008)
petty
that and Mary Jane's Last Dance are my two fave Petty songs so big thanks for that comparison. I'll take it! looking forward to your next post
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Dj French Toast said 3154 days ago (September 7th, 2008)
I like your voice
: ) Nice song man another download thanx : )
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said 3094 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
if i only had a brain
i can't get enough of this song.. and your voiiceeee
sheilad said 3090 days ago (November 9th, 2008)
Ah summer....
how did I miss this in summer, oh that right, we're in Canada. I downloaded so that I can play this all next summer long.... all 2 months of it!
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alackbass said 1454 days ago (May 3rd, 2013)
If I Only Had a Brain
Fake beer! That's what I call it when I grab an NA out of the fridge! You rule!
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