The Note

Here’s a video of a live performance of a song I wrote with my friend John Mitchell. I wrote the lyrics and John did the rest, the hard part! That’s John and his band down in Olympic Village (Vancouver). I was in charge of taking the video (no self-respecting musician would let me near a stage and with good reason) and as you can see Martin Scorsese has nothing to worry about! Listen on headphones, this was recorded on an iphone! John and the band sound great.

Here’s the lyric:

The Note

Earl sailed up the Belize coast
In his brand new custom built boat
With the mother of all hangovers
No water and a note

And now he’s sitting drinking
In an ocean-side tourist bar
Trying to get a jump on happiness
In the hour before happy hour

Chorus:
And the note read:
Our love has lost its flavor
There’s no point in hanging on
No Doctor Phil, no savior
We’re done,
Yes, we are done.

And the people standing ‘round him
Have been on Caye Caulker far too long
They‘re talking about Paradise spoilt
And how it all went wrong

Well Earl knows that Paradise
Is a very, very temporary thing
And this little piece of heaven
Feels like hell to him

Chorus:
And the note read:
Our love has lost its flavor
There’s no point in hanging on
No Doctor Phil, no savior
We’re done,
Yes, we are done.

And Earl can’t put a finger on it
Why it all went up in smoke
He’s feeling like a punch line
In someone else’s joke

And he don’t believe in karma
Instant, good or bad
He’s drunk and lonely on the beach
With a bucket full of sad

Chorus:
And the note read:
Our love has lost its flavor
There’s no point in hanging on
No Doctor Phil, no savior
We’re done,
Yes, we are done.

Taking part in Open Link Weekend over at earthweal

19 thoughts on “The Note

  1. donmatthewspoetry

    Give me blues any day…those lyrics are good Jim…..but where are the dancers?…I couldn’t stay still with this?…..and why do they just walk past and ignore?….Don’t tell me – heads buried in their phones….What’s wrong with them?

    PS Sound is great when it comes through a Bose system…

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    1. sdtp33 Post author

      Thanks Eilene, glad you enjoyed it. The toughest part of writing lyrics for me is writing enough verses. I can usually get the first verse and chorus down, then after that it’s a struggle. Whereas with poetry, you can just say what you have to say and stop!

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  2. msjadeli

    Very catchy lyrics and very smooth performance. Nice stage!

    I see on the youtube note this is a live version of a song on an album? What’s the info on the album?

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    1. sdtp33 Post author

      Thanks Jade, the song is from an album called “Crossing Lines”, The Mitchell Feeney Project. I think it maybe on iTunes or Amazon. I did a number of posts on it (in the country music category of the blog), back in 2016.

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  3. kim881

    I loved the blues performance, Jim, and I bet it was brilliant live. Great lyrics! I really like ‘Trying to get a jump on happiness / In the hour before happy hour’ and ‘He’s drunk and lonely on the beach / With a bucket full of sad’.

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