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Don't Quit Your Dayjob

by Joe Brownrigg

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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 our 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 But I always miss you
2.
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?
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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.
6.
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.
7.
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.
8.
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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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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