“Say You’re Free” (Goo Goo Dolls Cover)

Originally posted 2011-05-06 01:47:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jim Fusco:

Wow, it’s really been two weeks since the last video?  Well, if you haven’t seen it, search at the top of the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog for “Elderberry Wine” and you’ll see what I’ve been up to lately!  It’s my second video back from a very long four-month absence.

Tonight, I bring you a video that shows you what the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs blog is all about.  It’s a song sung by someone with a raspy voice and it’s totally an electric, rockin’ song.  So, I took my non-raspy voice, sat down with my Martin acoustic guitar, and put a new twist on this tune!

It’s a song off of the Goo Goo Dolls newest album, “Something for the Rest of Us” from 2010.  Let me tell you, it’s a GREAT album.  I can’t stop listening to it.  Every song is single-worthy.  These guys have gotten so good at writing a catchy pop/rock song and it shows on this album.  Honestly, I think it’s my favorite from last year.  And there were a TON of albums I heard for the first time last year.

I’ve become quite the Goo Goo Dolls fan ever since I first heard some of their songs on WCJM Internet Radio shows.  My friend (and former Laptop Sessions contributor) Jeff Copperthite would pick a song for each radio show we did.  After a while, I noticed that I liked those songs, so I bought a couple of their older albums from the early 90’s.  Now, I have all of their albums and I love them all!  Well, I should say that I love all of their “rock” albums.  They actually started in the late 80s as a punk band!  I have one of those albums (“Jed”) and let me tell you- it ain’t great.  It’s hard to believe that just a couple of years later, they came out with my personal favorite, “Superstar Car Wash”.  That album is almost 20 years old now, but if you don’t have it (and like the Goo Goo Dolls), it’s really a neccesity.

Tonight’s song is “Say You’re Free”- it’s one of two Robby Takac songs that are on the new album.  In fact, that’s about the standard now, as it has been for the last three albums.  Back in the earlier days, Robby and Johhny would split the songs.  I really liked that format- it seemed like they were trying to outdo each other.  Of course, Johnny is the guy who wrote their most famous songs like “Iris”, so I suppose he’s considered the “better” songwriter.  But, as we’ve learned from SO many bands here on the music blog, popularity doesn’t necessarily mean greatness.  Now, I won’t sit here and say that I’m not a John Rzeznik fan- I absolutely am.  But, for some reason, I absolutely love Robby’s songs, too!  My favorite from him, other than the new stuff, is “Already There” from Superstar Car Wash- it’s a great tune with some really introspective lyrics.  That’s a bit surprising, considering his punk roots and his incredibly raspy voice.  Normally, I wouldn’t like that, but I don’t think he’s doing it on purpose.  For instance, you can just tell that John Mayer sings like that on purpose, so I can’t stand it.  Same with Dylan.  But, people like Dennis Wilson and Robby Takac just have raspy voices for one reason or another and can’t sing any other way.  That I can deal with.

I chose this song instead of the better tune, “Now I Hear” from the same album because I wanted to hear how this song would come out acoustically.  I love the results and I hope it shows how great of a song it is on its own.  And, I hope Robby somehow watches this someday- I want him to know that there are fans out there that love his songs and that want even more per album!  I hope you enjoy tonight’s Laptop Session and I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with another great new acoustic cover song music video!

“Burnin’ Up” – How to Play

Originally posted 2009-07-02 22:11:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Introduction:  G-Em7-CaddD-G

Verse: G – Em – C – G

Chorus: C – D – G – Em

“Burnin’ Up Inside…” – F-Em-D

Bridge: Em (x3) Bm (end on C)

Verse 1:

Said you’re burnin’ up inside

No one seems to tell

You’re living from a personalized

Manual from hell


Life seems pretty easy when it’s from my easy chair

And you’re burnin’ up inside and no one cares

Verse 2:

Said you’d have enough this time

This town don’t treat you well

You always find coincidence

Well I do parallel

Chorus 2:

Life seems pretty easy when it’s from my easy chair

And you’re burnin’ up inside (x3)

And you hurt me..

Bridge/Guitar Solo

Verse 3:

Come and take my hand tonight

I’ll show you where to start

’cause every word that left your lips

Like a needle through my heart

Chorus 2


(’cause you’re burnin’ up inside) Hurt my eyes (x4)

End on G

Goo Goo Dolls’ “Hold Me Up” (1990) – Yes, No, or Maybe So

Originally posted 2010-12-05 23:26:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Goo Goo Dolls’ Hold Me Up (1990) – MAYBE

Hold Me Up (Goo Goo Dolls, 1990)

Hold Me Up (Goo Goo Dolls, 1990)

(October 16, 1990)


The epitome of a three star album: not a masterpiece, but a solid collection of raw yet concise, grungy rock tracks that are energetic and enjoyable — Takac and Rzeznik splitting lead vocal duties and even sharing a duet is a dynamic arrangement.

Top Two Tracks:

“Two Days in February” & “Laughing”

“Don’t Worry” (Goo Goo Dolls Cover)

Originally posted 2011-12-02 04:00:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

By Jeff:

Welcome to Thumpin’ Thursday!  I hope that you’re enjoying this final full week of August.  At least one of us is.

I’m definitely going to be having some issues letting go of summer.  I have enjoyed it a lot and have made the most of it.  Vacation was great.  This year, as mentioned already last week, will be a busy one for sure!

But you’ve already heard about that.  How about today’s session!

This week I bring you another Goo Goo Dolls song, but it’s a throwback.  It is not the humorous one I mentioned last month when I posted another Goo Goo Dolls song, but it is from an album that came out before they were considered mainstream.  The song is “Don’t Worry” (and no, it has nothing to do with Bobby Ferrin) from their 1991 album “Superstar Car Wash”.  It is the shortest song on the album, and there are about 3 other songs that may make future sessions from this album alone.

When I was in high school and using that BMG membership to the fullest, I used the opportunity to fill out my collection from this band.  I did get to meet them after a concert (but sadly didn’t get any autographs – just shook Robby’s hand), and they remain the only live band i’ve seen more than once in concert.  This particular album was perfect for me to listen to on the weekends when I had to mow the lawn.  In my own weird analytical constantly relating stuff together mind, the length of this album was near the exact amount of time it took to mow the front and back yard.  I’d be hearing the final track, and then turning the mower off and putting it back in the shed.

But this song is another that features Robby Takac.  It’s 3 in a row for me of GGD covers that are songs written by Takac.  I promise the next one will be another Johnny tune.

Next week will be the first post where i’ll have been in school before posting.  Too bad I should’ve done this song in June since one of the lyrics is “smells like summer is on the way”.  Well unfortunately, it’s on the way out.

But as mentioned, lots to look forward too!  We’re charging through 2009 like mad.  Only 3 months until we have to change 2 of the digits in the year! (and thank Dark Ixion for that – no more of those stupid glasses people wear that have the year on them) (ok, perhaps a pirate is good for the next 90 years…).

So enjoy tonight’s session, and I’ll see you next week!

Oh, and I promise more regular Twitter updates.  But start following!


Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up.  We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session.  We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and original music blog again in the future.  But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!