Tell me now, tell me true:
Of all the things I did to you, was this the one
That made you break?
F Gm F
Did I make my last mistake?
Only you can play the game,
Rope-a-dope and lay the blame.
Can’t you see my body shake?
‘Cause I made my last mistake…
I was out of line before,
Am Gm C
But this is so much more I know.
I don’t wanna be the king
Of every single living thing, just you.
And you can be my queen mama…
Separate towns, separate hearts;
Distant love from distant parts.
Every man plays the snake,
Bound to make his last mistake…
Solo over BRIDGE
Outro: F (X4) – F7
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Well, never let it be said that I was entirely original when I first started writing songs. This song is proof positive that I had a lot of emotions that needed to be expressed, but that I had a long way to go before I could release songs and not be embarrassed of them. For instance, take the title of tonight’s original contribution, “My First Song.”
Anyone willing to guess when I wrote this song?
As you may have guessed, this is the first song I ever wrote. Now, I had written poems and stories, and I had even written lyrics for which I had tunes in my head. Some of those I would even go back to later on and add music. But, at the time, this was the first song I wrote as a complete piece.
I clearly recall that afternoon, sitting in front of my sister’s keyboard and awkwardly positioning my fingers on the keyboard, playing with chord progressions and lyrical possibilities. On this particular afternoon, I was particularly consumed with conflicting feelings of obsession and revulsion for a girl who I spent the better part of four years idolizing. Now, the lyrics may be simple and the words may be even simpler, but it was true. It was from the heart. And, for better or worse, it was probably the most openly honest I have ever been — or ever will be — in a song.
If you pay attention, the lyrics are subtle but have interesting aspects. For instance, the first verse ends, “I know that you want-“. This abrupt ending is deliberate; I meant to give the feeling of being cut off, perhaps to invite the girl who is the subject of the song to be curious. To want to find out what I know and if what I know is indeed what she wants.
The second verse is somewhat enigmatic. From where I sit, pushing seven years after I wrote this song, I’m not sure if I meant what I think this line means: “I feel that you want something that will get you there.” My question now is, where is “there”? For that matter, what did I mean by “something” rather than “someone”?
Regardless, I had a lot of fun dusting this classic off. Thanks to the Chris Moore Songbook, I was able to recall the chords and lyrics to this song, as well as several others that I played as part of a “tour down memory lane.” I hope you enjoy this brief and simple, but landmark (for me!) tune.
As a final note, because I’m posting today, Jeff will be taking my place on Friday. I know you’ll enjoy Jim and Jeff’s work in the coming days (and I certainly will, as I now have the weekend off!), so I’ll see you all on Monday.
Hello and welcome to another installment of “Chris Moore Monday.” It is my priviledge and responsibility to start off each week right, usually with a selection that is in “new music” news. I figure this is appropriate, since tomorrow is “New Music Tuesday” – what better role is there than to turn you on to great new music?
Okay, so tonight’s song is technically a week old…
Dan Auerbach is better known as one half of the blues rock music group the Black Keys. The band formed in Ohio in 2001, and in less than a decade, they have accumulated an impressive resume — including opening for Beck and Radiohead, playing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman, and receiving accolades from Rolling Stone such as one of the “10 best acts of 2003.” Although the band has not broken up, this year has found Dan Auerbach making a name for himself by releasing his very first solo album titled Keep It Hid. I almost transcribed and played this, the title track, but I couldn’t resist “My Last Mistake,” the subsequent track. Auerbach might agree with this choice of songs to record and play, as he performed “My Last Mistake” on the Friday, February 13th episode of Conan O’Brien.
So, you may be wondering how I heard of this release. Well, aside from receiving a coupon for the first-week purchase in my favorite email each week — the Newbury Comics e-newsletter!! — I was tipped off to the release by someone who has his finger on the pulse of all things modern and alternative rock. (So, thank you again, Geoff!) He’s the same person who strongly suggested I check out the 2008 albums of Beck and Cold War Kids, both of which I would never have purchased on my own.
And I would have missed out!
Now, they’re not my favorite records of the year, by any means, but there are some killer songs that would have passed me by entirely. So, hopefully I’ll continue to receive new rock music insight from Newbury Comics, Geoff, and who knows who else!
Speaking of new music, I constructed a fairly impressive “Albums of 2008” iTunes playlist. It contains 341 songs, ranging from the Barenaked Ladies children’s album to Ben Folds’ album (which was certainly NOT kid-friendly!). I hadn’t really listened to the playlist since the New Year, but I just turned it on yesterday and fell in love with it again. I’m listening to it now, and even now, Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” just faded into Brian Wilson’s “Oxygen to the Brain.” Where else can you find that sort of variety?! I cling to my playlists and albums these days, as the popular media has only embraced an extremely small and profoundly unrepresentative sample of what modern rock music has to offer. Take the aforementioned Coldplay, an overrated and — until recently, in this writer’s opinion — mediocre band. Chris Martin and his band have received more Grammys than all of my favorite bands combined. No kidding! Meanwhile, Brian Wilson got a Rolling Stone article for his amazing 2008 album That Lucky Old Sun, and that was all. I understand that he is older and there perhaps isn’t a market for his music, but I find it sad that more people couldn’t have been exposed to the bright, brilliant, and uplifting rock tunes that pour forth from that album.
Enough ranting for one day’s post…
As a final note, I finally picked up and watched the Sam Jones documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. I had planned on watching it with Dana last night, but he hadn’t returned home, so I got ready to watch it alone. Then, Mike texted and sounded interested. So, before I knew it, Mike had arrived with apple juice and saltines (food for sick people — my personal choice is G2 and wheat toast!) and we cranked up the volume on the big screen. What a great documentary — not only is the filmography reminiscent of Don’t Look Back, but Jeff Tweedy is looking very Dylan-esque. Scruffy, bearing harmonica rack, singing poetic lyrics — what more could I ask for? Also, he seems like he would be a difficult guy to live and/or work with. But that being said, I like Jeff Tweedy a great deal, and it was really interesting to see him candidly in the studio. And thanks to Dana and Mike for making last night an event in and of itself — when Jim returns from vacation, I just may have to join them for their late night sessions that I miss so much since I’ve become an “old man” with a wakeup time of 5 or 5:30am…
And now to tie this ALL together…
Wilco switched to Nonesuch records after the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot fiasco (the situation filmed and described in I Am Trying to Break Your Heart), and Dan Auerbach is also on the Nonesuch label. So, as you see, it all comes full circle…
Don’t miss an all-new Jim Fusco Tuesday tomorrow. Until then…