Song Notebook #3 - 'Problems'

Song Notebook #3 - 'Problems'

Car won't start? Cat is sick? Money's tight? Business sucks? Basement flooded? Roof is leaking?

Or maybe you have no basement or roof...

Work issues, love issues, family issues, health issues. Maybe your boss is a jerk. Maybe you have no boss. Hell, maybe you ARE the boss. 

It's always something. We're all down here together trying to work this thing out best we can. Sometimes it gets a little messy and when it does its good to have a song to whistle to while you're mopping up.

This is a blues - rock jam about something we all have in common, written in 2003. The recording (and video) were done in 2013 at home in Toronto. 

 

PROBLEMS  

Problems...everybody’s got problems

Everybody sings the blues.

 

It don’t matter if you’re black or white when the blues come to call...

There, in the dead of night you know a little rain must fall.

It wouldn’t be the first time for the wind to blow hard and fast...

For forty days and forty nights...but this too shall pass.

 

Problems...everybody’s got problems

Everybody sings the blues.

 

I heard you whistlin’ down the alleyway, the echoes of a sad, sad song

The soundtrack to another day in a world gone wrong.

In the distance on the radio, in the headlines, on the news...

So many reasons to be justified in feeling confused...

 

Problems...everybody’s got problems

Everybody sings the blues.

 

Well, maybe your mama dropped you on your head when you were so very small...

Maybe you had to learn how to run before you learned how to crawl.

Maybe you ran until you found a safe place to hide your heart...

Hide it away ‘til it all comes around, and it all comes falling apart.

 

Problems...everybody’s got problems

Everybody sings the blues.

Words & Music © Matthew Giffin

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