Ain't Got Nothin'

Donna Devine's picture

Ain't Got Nothin'

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Real quick just now. Will come back later to fine-tune it, maybe upload an a crappella. You've been warned. Wink
Was partly inspired by the message in @barbara's lovely 'In the Blink of an Eye'.

*(Just realised the song meets the Week2 Challenge (write a song about giving or getting advice).

Written for FEMALE vocals, but changing 'girl' to 'boy' would make it OK for MALE vox as well.

Donna sez: Thanks so much, @Chip Withrow, for your fine take on the lyric. Lovin' the vibe here. Smile

Lyrics: 

V1
My mama told me
Girl, some days you’ll feel fine
You’ll think your life’s a page of coloured-in lines
But don’t forget
Long as you got breath
…Yeah, somethin’s gonna take you down

Chorus
Now don’t drag around no bag full of blues
An’ don’t moan about roads you choose
You can’t stop rain
But you can beat down pain
Cause you ain’t got nothin’
No you ain’t got nothin’
If you ain’t got nothin’ to lose

V2
My mama told me
Girl, I learned long ago
How love can break you fast and kill you real slow
So don’t forget
Long as you got breath
… Yeah, somethin’s gonna take you down

Chorus
Now don’t drag around no bag full of blues
An’ don’t moan about roads you choose
You can’t stop rain
But you can beat down pain
Cause you ain’t got nothin’
No you ain’t got nothin’
If you ain’t got nothin’ to lose

Solo

Chorus
Now don’t drag around no bag full of blues
An’ don’t moan about roads you choose
You can’t stop rain
But you can beat down pain
Cause you ain’t got nothin’
No you ain’t got nothin’
If you ain’t got nothin’ to lose

© 2017 Donna Devine



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Comments

cindyrella's picture

Oh this is super! How can anyone not love, "now don't drag around no bag full of blues"?? Brilliant!

kahlo2013's picture

I love the mother's advice in this song and the character you gave her! This has a great cadence and the chorus will be contagious when sung with a great. Bluesy sound! Love it!

TheTau's picture

As one of the 5090 Swamp detectives, and like @cindyrella I'm starting to suspect that you are... well, Just Brilliant
Russ Dirol

Acousticmaddie's picture

Great message delivered in a very rythmical and creatve lyric. Nice writing as always Donna

Chip Withrow's picture

I dig this so much, and it fit right into some chords I started strumming, and I couldn't help but record a quick demo. Send me an email to chip...@yahoo.com and I'll send you my version. You can decide if you want to post it. It's a country/rock/soul thing.

JamKar's picture

"Love can break you fast, and kill you slow." Great line Donna. This whole song is steeped in the blues!

Good recording, it has a nice bluesy sound, Donna's lyrics are solid as well! Nice vibe.

katpiercemusic's picture

I love the hook to this... bag full of blues. Gotta love alliteration! Great musical treatment and performance as well.

artyredsocks's picture

Great Collaboration both befitting of the other, the first lines of the chorus really do it for me and add the strength to the final hook which is a real hook

AndyGetch's picture

a super collab, gripping lyric and great delivery!

Deaf Steever's picture

"Now don’t drag around no bag full of blues"

I love that line, Donna. Smile

And fantastic job putting Donna's words to music, Chip. As always, I love your guitar work. So rhythmic and tasty. Vocals are superb, too.

JamKar's picture

I came back to hear the Chip treatment on these already cool lyrics. So glad to get this treat to my ears. Authentic Southern blues feel complete with guitar fills gives me a pleasant morning listen!

writeandwrong's picture

Donna and Chip...what a fantastic collaboration! I wanna hear more from the two of you! So many great lines and Chip performs them wonderfully. A+++ Kudos to you both!