30 DAY SONG CHALLENGE- DAY 4- A SONG YOU KNOW ALL THE WORDS TO: “GRIEVENCES”- DANIEL JOHNSTON

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30 Day Song Challenge- A Song You Know All The Words To- “Grievances” by Daniel Johnston.

This song has always been a special one to me- because the artist always told me that I was the one who discovered it- and the song became one of his signature songs. I did have a contribution to the song-one line ” Well the only thing you ever done for me was help me waste my time.” “Grievances” appeared on Daniel Johnston’s first album which he made in his basement beating on a piano using a cheap cassette player to record- certainly not like Fleetwood Mac spending millions in the studio. Daniel fans love the lo-fi early recordings that he made- they are my favorite too but it wasn’t like he set out to invent lo-fi music- it was simply costs. He had the family piano. He had a cheap cassette player and would buy the packages of cassette tapes that were maybe 3 for $5.

How did I ‘discover’ it? Songs were pouring out of him in the early 80’s I’d go over in the evenings and I’d pull a chair up and he’d play me the songs he’d written. I’d throw out a request and he’d play it. This was a song that he didn’t think was anything special- I loved it- and kept requesting it and after a while he saw the greatness in the song himself.

If I had my own way, you’d be with me here today
But I rarely have my own way
I guess that’s why you’re not here with me today
And the librarian said, “you can’t buy no respect”
I said, “hey, lady, what can you expect when I’m lying on the floor?”You’re a lovely lady but you don’t wanna be no girl of mine
Well, the only thing you ever done for me
Was help me waste my time
And I saw you at the funeral, you were standing there like a temple
I said, “Hi, how are you? Hello”
And I pulled up a casket and crawled in
Yes, I didClimbed up a mountain and I looked around
Some kind of circus with all them clowns
I said, “hey wait a minute, can we slow down a bit?”
And I almost got hit by a truckWell it just goes to show you that we’re all on our own
Scrounging for our own share of good luck
Stab your brother in the back
And pick up your paycheckGoodbye, lonely heart drawings, you never did work anyhow
I’m looking for a nice girl, and I don’t want no cowI’m heading out west
Gonna find me the best
Well, I played the game, but I failed the test
If I can’t be a lover then I’ll be a pest
Yes, I will

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