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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / Country is in the Ear of the Beholder

kve

Crozet, VA

Dec 14th, 2009 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Need to work on re-phrasing the title line. Might have to revisit this one again in the new year.

I sort of tried to mix in country (fiddles), jerry lee piano and some rock guitar stuff. I'm probably a little pitchy here and there, but you guys and gals are used to that by now!!

Enjoy!

Kevin

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Country is in the Ear of the Beholder
(c) Kevin Emmrich 2009

(verse 1)
I got my radio on
listening to my favorite song
someone asks ...
"Is that really country?"
"It sounds all wrong"

(verse 2)
but it's telling me a story
about what life is really like
about a young girl, a farmer, a soldier
yea, "Country is in the ear of the beholder"

(chorus)
Country is as country does
quick to help and slow to judge
try to understand what folks go through
do what you can to help them improve
we got tunes about moms and dads
about love and loss
songs about a brand new daughter
yea, Country is in the ear of the beholder

(verse 3)
Now a lot of country singers today
were born and raised in cities
(say it ain't so)
maybe they cut their teeth on rock n' roll
or listening to those pop tart ditties
(ee-hee -- attempted a MJ imitation, ha, ha)

(verse 4)
But country is as big as all outdoors
we can fit a lot under our tent
around here no one's standing
over your shoulder
and country is in the ear of the beholder

(chorus 2)
Country is as country does
a little bit trashy and a lot a bit fun
try to understand what folks go through
do what you can to help them improve
we got tunes about moms and dads
teenage love and grace from above
we got songs about a brand new daughter
yea, Country is in the ear of the beholder

(Instrumental Break)

(Verse 5)
(listen up)
Quite a few folks think that real life
is staring at them from TV (no, no, no)
dancing, cat walks, AI, Big Brother
but Survival ain't guaranteed

(Verse 6)
so get up on your feet and clap your hands
if you ain't groovin', you're big at losin'
you can get better as you get older
and Country is in the ear of the beholder

(chorus )
Yea, Country is as country does
a little bit trashy and a lot a bit fun
try to understand what folks go through
do what you can to help them improve
we got tunes about moms and dads
preachers, teachers, Walmart greeters
and songs about that brand new daughter
yea, .... Country is in the ear of the beholder

(tag)
Yea ... wine, whiskey, pork or kosher
Country is in the ear of the beholder

Kevin: Vocals, slide guitar, electric guitar
BIAB: bass , drums, twin stonzy electric guitars, pianos, fiddles, brass section, vocal harmonies

Country is in the Ear of the Beholder

(This message was last edited by kve at 01:20 PM, Dec 23rd, 2009)

kve

Crozet, VA

I'm "Branded"-- my stars are ripped away
Dec 23rd, 2009 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I liked it -- LOL!

Kevin

mark bjorke
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Annapolis, MD

wank box
Dec 26th, 2009 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a good sentiment but I don't think it's quite working. "Ear of the beholder" seems ungainly to me.

I thought the last chorus was pretty good.

kve

Crozet, VA

I'm "Branded"-- my stars are ripped away
Dec 27th, 2009 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mark: the general consensus was that the title line either had to be phrased differently to be effective. I know I had trouble with that "beholder" word. I see what I can do about making it flow better. Thanks for taking the time to listen and comments.

Kevin

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