Don't Quit Your Dayjob

by Joe Brownrigg

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Don't Quit Your Dayjob

A self-help guide for the Canadian songwriter

Musicians (from various times and locales)-

Joe Brownrigg
Chris McGuire
D'Arcy McGuire
Matt Ouimet
Martin McLaren
Doc Watkins
Mike Hamer
Karolyne Lafortune
Kenny Kanwisher
Jeff Asselin
Timmy Rickard and Tim Weller (c/o drumdrops)

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joe in the Cheese Factory.

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released July 22, 2019

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Track Name: Barely Even Knew You
Oh My Love
Just an easy stones throw away
From a place in past days
When we made fresh starts

How could I regret someone
If I never met someone
Or if we never gave someone
That little piece of heart

I don't know why it makes me so mad
I miss the thing I never even had
The path we chose it ain't so bad
But I'm still crying out for you

I've been stuck in constant hesitations
Suppress my soul and fake my dedications
I'm honour bound but I won't let this change it
I barely even knew you
But I always miss you

Oh false starts
Ya what was it I even gave away?
What made me wanna stay?
What ruled my heart?

How could I have let someone
Tell me I don't love someone
Or tell me I should leave someone
And split my heart

I don't know why it makes me so mad
I miss the thing I never even had
A path I took and never looking back
I'm still crying out for you

I've been stuck in worse off situations
Lost without a solid home foundation
Ain't with you but I won't let it change it
I barely even knew you
But I always miss you

I know I'm a lucky one
Always in the shining of the sun
With a guiding hand of love
It moved my heart

Albeit ten different directions
If some were good then some were lost intentions
I ain't with you but I won't let this change it
Barely even knew you
I always miss you
Track Name: Honey I Can't Quit You
Oh Honey I can't quit you
No matter how hard I try
My stubborn heart just keeps on drivin' girl
Into a great and deeper lie

When I resent my reservations
And all the loves I left behind
It feels like callings led me nowhere
But far from freedoms I desire

If we were on an open road
Far away from our home
The two of us
Would we be alright?
The two of us
Would we survive?

Oh I done risks throughout my lifetime
Not like I ain't been here before
Is my sentence almost over, girl?
Are you the key that unlocks doors?

I've been obsessed with preservation
But I'm just trying to survive
Should I surrender to endurance now?
Is that the way it was designed?

If we were on an open road
Far away from our home
Two of us
Would we be alright?
The two of us
Would we survive?

Oh our innocence and freedoms, baby
When did all of that expire?
Weren't we made to love through passions, darling?
But all the times we never tried

If we were on an open road
Far away from our home
Two of us
Would we be alright?
The two of us
Would we survive?
Track Name: Since You Been Gone
All of the times that you came to me
When I was down in the dumps
And I didn't know you were there
Bringing me new meaning
And bringing me your love

When I was your beacon of desperation
Your long lost light in the fog
Calling you home to my heart
Bringing me your new words
Bringing me your love

All these days I can't seem to find you
I wonder what you've become
Baby it ain't coming easy
Since you been gone

Is our little love affair over girl?
Quick hit and run on my heart?
You brought me to some deeper purpose
And you made it look easy
Just coming on strong

But I can't steal your few moments
Monopolize all of your love
Save it all up in my pocket
Defeating our purpose
And the sum of our parts

All these days I can't seem to find you
And I wonder what you've become
Baby it ain't coming easy
Since you been gone

I had this friend he played drums for me
When we were both foolish and young
He reached that successful illusion
Now he says it ain't easy
And it ain't even fun

I suppose I should count all my blessings
Instead I just count all my wants
Save 'em all up in my pocket
Like it's everything I asked for
Or all I ever got

All these days I can't seem to find you
I wonder what you've become
Baby it ain't comin easy
Since you been gone
Track Name: Andersonville Blues (Front Porch Version)
Deep south Georgia 1864
Long forgotten story from the US Civil War
Big Pete McCullough was a cavalry man
He was captured after Vicksburg, brought down to the southland
They put the man in prison there, they put the man in chains
Down in Andersonville

Now the Union and the Rebels, back in those desperate days
Put a little hold on any kind of prisoner exchanges
So 35,000 they packed 'em in an open field
No food, no law, no order, just a war for every meal
The sick and dead all lined the camp and more come in each day
Down in Andersonville

All the northern draft bounty jumpers formed a little gang
Robbed and killed their brothers, called themselves the “New York Raiders”
They'd get 'em in their sleep and they'd steal sick man's rags
And trade it to the prison guards for whatever scraps and dregs
Desperate men did desperate things, desperate to survive
Down in Andersonville

But Big Pete McCullough was a righteous man
Couldn't stand to sit by, wouldn't stand for idle hands
So he got some boys together, you know it really wasn't hard
Said “We'll put an end to this thing boys we're taking back the yard”
“All for one and one for all, give every man a chance”
Down in Andersonville

So he walks up to the dead line and he calls out to the guards
“I need to see the commandant, I could use that man's smarts”
The camp commandant was a mean old prick
But you play that man's ego it's a guaranteed win
So the bossman gave him his nod
'Bring him up'
Here in Andersonville

“Now you see Bossman, we got a little problem down here,
We both don't want no riots, don't want no johnnies getting killed
Let me make a little suggestion, cuz these guys are getting' brutal
I could make a little court, you know, pendin' your approval
Lend me just a few of your guards, we'll round 'em up
Here in Andersonville”

Now Pete was just a private, but he made the big decisions
Some of them boys he let 'em off with just a little whippin'
Some of them boys he put 'em in thumb screws
And the worst o' them boys got the hangman's noose
Like Sarsfield, Curtis and Munn
Strung up
Down in Andersonville

Soon the war was over and they shipped Big Pete back home
To Mexico, Missouri, where the humble man was born
Sometimes the Lord gives a little man a chance
To do something big, little somethin' he could fix
Now I do believe the story's been told of the hanging judge
Down in Andersonville
Track Name: Big Ole Clock
Time is all I got
Burning down some big ole clock
Two are in my thoughts
You are all I want

Run, you always run from your changes
And roots? Your roots will die some day
You wanna see the other side
But I know you'll never try
You're just a careful heart

Countin' down all your past losses
And seeing change for what the cost is
Burnt and beat all the times before
You go closin' up another door

You, you look for hiding places
You, afraid your time's all wasted
So you go burning down the clock
And keep on missing what you lost
Ah you reckless heart

Another day?
Maybe I'll come home to you
Or could you come back?
Let me show you someone new

I don't think I'll ever understand
Baby you've got other bigger plans
Oh I ain't left you know
Just waitin' on some old sunny day.
Track Name: Little Detective
You could be my little detective
I bet you'd find out where I went
You could question me in respect of
Where the money's all been spent

I've been susceptible to your methods
I been at it all again
Honey you're my little detective
Baby you're my ball and chain

The cost I gotta spend it
To get a night inside your bed

Honey you're my little detective
And you been getting in my head

You could be my little detective
But I'd get inside your head
I'm a man with many methods
You know I'd get away with it

And you'd question me in respect of
Where the money's all been spent

You could be my little detective
Ya you'd find out where I went

Oh the cost I gotta spend it
To get a night inside your bed

You could be my little detective.
Track Name: You Just Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
Little baby was a lovely girl
Sweet brown eyes and long hair, so superb!
But every day the sunshine turned into rain
Everyday her dreams all washed away

Hit the streets when she was young
To survive she did what needed to be done
She came to me in that perfect way
But I messed up now shes gone away

You, oh you don't know what you got
You, oh you don't know what you want
Time and time again you just love 'em and leave 'em
Now you ain't got no more friends

Little sunshine was a precious child
She was always somewhere on my mind
I always wanted to take her by the hand
That little girl was always in my head

But the same old story played out
I loved and left her now I ain't got no more doubt
I been hustlin' my way through my whole life
Just a player and I'll never have a wife

You, oh you don't know what you got
You, ya you don't know what you want
Time and time again you just love 'em and leave 'em
Now you ain't got no more friends

Sunshine and lollipops
All my life's been a great big belly flop
Instead of giving the whole damn thing away
I've been wanting and taking it everyday

I'm gonna turn me a new leaf
Find me a girl that makes me so complete
Gonna get me a brand new fancy suit
Hit the road, I'm a new man and that's the truth.

You, oh you don't know what you got
You, oh you don't know what you want
Time and time again, you just love 'em and leave 'em
Now you ain't got no more friends

Oh my baby we got something good
Windows down and we're cruisin' like we should
Finally got you, you make me so complete
Let's pull over and baby let's hit the sheets

You're gonna be my only girl
You're gonna be my one and only girl
I'm gonna give you the whole thing, my whole world
Just you, my one and only girl.
Track Name: Ain't No Love Without The Pain
Oh I know you still stand for something
You stand for something good
Not like you ain't got nothing in this world
You waited like you should
You can't get meaning without sacrifice, darling
So when you resigned to stay
You gave for love but it just kept on takin'
Nah, there ain't no easy way

Woe, now you gotta let your love take you away
Woe, if it's gonna hurt someone
No love without the pain

What you love ain't lovin' what you do
You gotta give it all away
The truth of that escaped me for so long
In all my younger days
And we reached the place we chased down through our songs?
Would you find it's still the same?

Woe, now you gotta let your love take you away
Woe, if it's gonna hurt someone
Ain't no love without the pain

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