Everybody’s Got A Record

Written July 2006

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in this world in which we live people have so much to give,
and they’d like to give it to you in a song
that they recorded at their house, with backing vocals by their spouse,
and they think the whole world just might sing along,
they’ve been shopping it around, it’s in the record stores downtown,
and they’re hoping for a boutique record deal,
when they learn you write songs, too, they will swap CDs with you,
and discuss their 12-point plan to “keep it real…”

+++ everybody’s got a record that they’d like to sell,
+++ and they’ll tell you about it, there’s an awful lot to tell,
+++ it was recorded in their basement, so it’s high fidelity,
+++ everybody’s got a record, welcome to musical democracy!

some guy at the airport asked me what I do,
I told him I make records, and I quickly added, “I know, you do too!..”
he said that his wasn’t out yet, but if I’d just take a look,
while I’m waiting for his record I might like to buy his book?!

+++ everybody’s got a record that they’d like to sell,
+++ it’s getting airplay in Poughkeepsie and Schenectady as well,
+++ it was recorded in the bathroom, if you listen close you can hear the leak,
+++ if you don’t have a record yet, you must be some kind of freak!..

I have a friend who made records, yeah, he recorded sounds,
he mastered microphones and outboard gear, he was the finest in this town,
but now he’s out of the business, and he’s scanning kidneys, livers, spleens,
‘cause when sound won’t pay your bills, it’s on to ultrasound, you see..

now, I imagine a day, and it’s not far off,
I’ll go somewhere to play, but the audience will scoff
when I say I’m sellin’ CDs, they’ll say “funny.. we sell out CDs, too!”
everybody’s got a record, buddy, what’s so special about you?”

+++ everybody’s got a record that they’d like to sell,
+++ and they’ll tell you all about it, till you wonder if you’ve died and gone to hell?

it was recorded in Nashville, so you know that wasn’t cheap,
everybody’s got a record, right this way you can throw yours on the heap,
everybody’s got a record, right this way you can throw yours on the heap,
it was recorded in LA, with DJ Shadow on track #3,
everybody’s got a record, welcome to musical democracy,
everybody’s got a record, welcome to musical democracy!

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