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A song I wrote about an obituary writer for the newspaper, suddenly faced with writing his own.
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A crooked desk in the corner
The only one without a phone
Sour milk in bitter coffee
I start another day alone

I write tales that are forgiving
Once you’ve given up the ghost
I miss the land of the living
But it’s a better job than most

Chorus
Will I paint a picture with my verse,
Tell the world your life was more than it appears?
Another column that’s a silk purse
About a life that was just a sow’s ear.

Most people live a contradiction
Grieving sons, beloved wives
And I can’t show you fact from fiction
Because neither one survives

But today, you’ll see my best work
Of dreams stolen in their prime
About a man who lost his life today
For the very last time

CHORUS

The doctor said that if I fight it
Maybe turn six months into a year
Sell my house to buy the treatment
Watch my whole life disappear

So I send my obit to the print room
Sharper than a two-edged sword
And I send my body through the window
The only death I can afford.

CHORUS

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Plays: 160
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Uploaded: Apr 02, 2009 - 10:41:14 AM
Last Updated: Apr 02, 2009 - 10:41:14 AM Last Played: Nov 15, 2016 - 02:14:39 PM
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blindsidedpoets said 3123 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
A Sow's Ear
O. M. G.
This is an absolutely fantastic song! I love it! The guitar work is wonderful, awesome lyrics, great vocals! Thank you for this!
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Char said 3123 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Thanks to BSP,
... I owe you one. Thoughtful lyrics delivered easily and sweetly. Wow! That is really something worthwhile. Thank you very much.
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 3123 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Back..
.. good to see you back with more awesome and haunting tunes!
Love this!
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lavalamp said 3123 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Whoa
Very nice piece of songwriting. Gritty, but sweet voice. In the same vein as Springsteen or Pete Sieger.

Enjoyed this. Excellent lyrics. WOW The last verse is so incredibly deep and sad. Which I love.

Dave

btw, thanks Char for sending me here.


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magnatone said 3123 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Sow's Ear
terrific guitar work, i LOVE your voice - i see you're a returning MJ'er - welcome back!!
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Dadai.2 said 3123 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
really good song UTFan...
Your light, well-done finger-picking guitar is just right to allow your solid vocal to shine and tell the story. Classic folk sound. I really like this.

Jack
Day-Dreamer said 3123 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Awesome!!!!!!!
fantastice as usual.

Dee1962z
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Feter said 3123 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
A Sow's Ear
So glad to hear a new song from you ..its been awhile ..the vocal
is deep as the lyrics ...loved the harp sound at the back ...kudos ..
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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Godchaser said 3123 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Pretty in Pink
Sweet guitar,harmonica and your vocal and lyrical work are a pleasure.Wilco comes to mind.Thanks for sharing this little gem.
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UncleTupeloFan said 3122 days ago (April 3rd, 2009)
Thanks!
for all your generous comments, and thanks for listening.

Peace,
Paul
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guygrooves said 3122 days ago (April 3rd, 2009)
Loved it...
D/L'd it.... Thank you!!
Peace
Guy
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jgurner said 3121 days ago (April 4th, 2009)
Wonderful
Such a great concept and so beautifully done. It paints a very vivid and sad picture and does so well. The somber, low key tone of your vocals fit the lyrics so well. It's all very well done.

Sounds like you've written an obit or two yourself. Not the most fun job in the world.
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Bob6stringer said 3120 days ago (April 5th, 2009)
I hope this is fiction...
You did indeed paint a picture with your verse. Inspires deep empathy. Man I hope this is fiction. Unfortunately, it's not for too many people out there. Your voice and guitar sound great.
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UncleTupeloFan said 3119 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
thanks...
guy, jg, bob, for the nice comments!

Actually, I have never written an obit and Bob, it is purely fiction. A lot of people ask me if I am a sad person at heart and I truly am not -- I think writing sad songs is a way for me to balance my positive attitude. I like to mine the deep places and search the shadows for my material... thanks for listening!

Peace,
Paul
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Bob6stringer said 2902 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
Graveyard shift...
At long last, hello again, Paul! I'm back to add another comment to this great tune. The depth and maturity of the lyrics runs deep into John Prine country for me. (Look-up his tune "Safety Joe" for example, a slightly more recent than "classic" album.) Your lyrics, disciplined fingerstyle and vocal delivery are in unity (or is that trinity?!) and the harp is right where it belongs.

I was good friends with an obit writer in my college years in Syracuse. Strange gig. Especially because he worked the graveyard shift - pun intended.

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pablatone said 2431 days ago (February 23rd, 2011)
Excellent
this one is. Oh shit I'm turning into Yoda.
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