Pre-release treats - Serving Time (Alt Version 1) Podcast

at the bottom of this page is an alternate version of my song a that appears on my upcoming album Fluke or Flounder. i first wrote Serving Time more than 25 years ago after a difficult breakup but the lyrics began to feel whiney and cliched so i dropped it but never really forgot it. a few years back i decided to try to revive it by writing new lyrics and, after kicking it around for a while, i managed to do just that.

when it came time to record Serving Time, Producer Paul Rigby and i talked a fair bit about how we wanted to approach it - either stripped and stark, or fleshed out with a full band - both approaches had their merit. i'm going to share with you today Serving Time (Alt Version 1) - it has only Paul playing beautiful his old Gibson (which he told me "fixes everything") and me singing. 

Paul and i both liked this version but we wanted to try it out with the full band as well - i'll get that to you all very soon too.

hope you enjoy it and here's those reworked lyrics for you:
 

Serving Time 

I let the back door swing 
She could keep everything 
I never liked that chair anyway
Leaving it back there would be easy 
I wish everything was so well left behind 

She threw the books at me 
I pleaded endlessly 
And when all was plead and done 
She said she’s let me off easy 
I wish everything would just let off for a while 

I can’t reverse them 
These things that seem to eat my life 
It only seems a matter of time 
And I didn’t rehearse it 
And I can’t figure out what I’ve done wrong 
And I don’t even know the manner of my crime 

You call this living free 
But don’t read your guarantee 
You should be well on your way 
They say the money here is easy 
As if everyone was earning what they buy 
They say the money here is easy
As if everyone could get there if they only tried 

I can’t reverse them 
These things that seem to eat my life 
It only seems a matter of time 
And I didn’t rehearse it 
And I can’t figure out what I’ve done wrong 
And I don’t even know the manner of my crime

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  1. Serving Time (Alt Version 1)

2 comments

  • Brian

    Brian Glasgow

    Beautifully crafted song that will stay with you... Looking forward to the album!

    Beautifully crafted song that will stay with you... Looking forward to the album!

  • Elaine moodie

    Elaine moodie Scotland - Glasgow

    Great song big J, looking forward to hearing the rest.

    Great song big J, looking forward to hearing the rest.

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