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March 9th, 2015:

One Gun Salute – Week 4 Challenge

Okay, another tough week – country pop with an EDGE was the order for this week a la Ron Irving… we weren’t supposed to mention marriage or kids, so what do I do – my first line is about a “man and his wife” – but the song’s narrator isn’t married so I’ll take that as compliance with the rules.  I didn’t have time to make a full demo so I layered some guitar and did a rough vocal to get an idea for the song.  The “edge” comes from the cheekiness in the title – “one gun salute” and the double entendre in the last verse…

Let me know what you think and may the Muse be with you… and not shoot you…

One Gun Salute

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For Week 4 of the SAC Songwriting/Blogging Challenge 2015

One Gun Salute

I read in the news ’bout a man and his wife
She took a lover and ruined his life
He couldn’t stand to see that gigolo
So one night when the cold wind blow
He got down low in the dirt & soot
And when he saw him he started to shoot

Gave him a one gun salute

I saw on the TV ’bout a man and his wealth
When he lost his millions he lost his mental health
He lay wounded by the stock market crash
So he took what was left of his cold hard cash
Bought a gun and went to his troubles’ root
Cornered his broker and he started to shoot

Gave him a one gun salute

I was walking down the street one day
When I took a shortcut down an alleyway
Got involved in a little Socratic dialogue
Making sense out of nothing at all
He asked me for my wallet, asked me for my loot
When I refused him well he started to shoot

Gave me a one gun salute

Bridge: Right now I should be in a hearse
Instead of in the arms of a beautiful nurse
She stays up all night and says prayers for me
She gives me life when she takes care of me

I wondered if we could be more than friends
Me and this Angel of Mercy who made me well again
So when I was checking out well she checked me in
She drew me a map on a paper napkin
So I went to her house later that night
She let me in and then she put out light
Love at first sight, there’s no dispute
Ooh baby, you’re just too cute

Gave her my one gun salute…
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