I’d Write A Country Song

I wrote this song in the 90s, inspired by a Jacob Lake Inn co-worker who said she was surprised I could play the guitar but didn’t like country music.

(For the record, I do like “old time” country music – Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, etc. – but pop country hurts my ears and feelings.)

My aunt asked for a video of it. She’s the number one (and possibly only) fan of my YouTube channel.

Main vocals and guitar recorded on my new favorite mic: Shure MV5.

Lyrics:

I’d write a country song but I’ve never been that sad.
I’d write a country song but I’ve never been that mad.
I’ve never been that drunk,
I’ve never had a pickup truck.

I’d sing about my dog but I haven’t got a dog,
No wife to turn me on or she’d make a pretty song.
Never really been in a fight
Or let some cards keep me up all night.

Never tried no chewing tobacco,
There’s no white circle in my back pocket.
I look like a fool in Wranglers, chaps, and a western hat
But who doesn’t?

Don’t have a name like Clem or Wayne or Clint or Garth.
I just can’t sing like them, how can I win your heart?
I’ll do ‘most anything
As long as I don’t have to sing

Can’t write no country song, my grammar’s much too straight,
But I’ll hold you all night long, that country song can wait.

Banjo lessons

A couple of years ago I bought a banjo. I finally started taking lessons. I found The Academy of Bluegrass, where you can take lessons on the banjo, guitar, dobro, mandolin, fiddle. The larger company Artistworks also has lessons for drums, bass, and classical instruments. You log in and watch however many instructor videos you have time for that day and download tablature for practice. When you feel like you have a song coming along, you make a video of yourself playing it and upload it to your instructor for feedback. Pretty cool!

Here’s my first attempt at adding some banjo to a song for YouTube – Girl by The Beatles: