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Liner Notes: 


host Chip Withrow
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I was in a bit of a mood this morning about my career or the current lull in it, so this fits perfectly. I was reminded of the "paid to ride" quote by the most excellent Ken Burns "Country Music" epic. Worth watching again.

Guitars: Guild D-25
Note: Skirmish: 1 hour to write and record



Play me a melody
On that sweet guitar
She smiled at me
I didn't know what to say
But I picked it up and strummed a hit song
Four to the bar
She said thank you
Turned and walked away

Was it my job to be a jukebox
Only play what people want to hear?
Playin's just a job to me
Ain't no fun at all
I want to just sit in the crowd and drink an ice cold beer.

Later on we was packin' up to travel
To another dive somewhere down the road
We don't get paid to play
We just get paid to ride
Then pull up in our truck
And unload


(inst vs)

It used to be such fun the girls were watchin'
We could make the crowd get up and dance
But late nights draggin' on
Just play us one more song
Gonna leave it all
If I ever get the chance.

[Ch] (It ain't my job)

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AndyGetch's picture

I like the Was it/It was/It ain't variation in the chorus lead phrase. Music fits the feeling perfectly. Well done.

jcollins's picture

Looking at the lyrics...nice opening verse...the punch line kills me. Chorus sounds like the life of a cover band. Yeah, the life of a traveling musician. Very well written and I'm ready for the audio...hold. Gutar...vocals now...sounds good...can clearly understand the lyrics....she said thank you turned and walked away...it was my job to be a jukebox. Another dive somewhere down the road...lol. solo now...sounds good. Melody and vocals are very good. Also, you have the great lyrics so this is probably the best skirmish in the group today.

cindyrella's picture

This idea came to me-but I went another way. I couldn't begin to beat this one anyhow. Good one!

Chip Withrow's picture

This is excellent! I've been there, as the human jukebox. You have a great, emotive country voice. Nifty guitar rhythm and lead. Wow!
I loved the Ken Burns series so much.

kahlo2013's picture

This sounds great - wonderful flow to the melody. The lyrics feel sad... it’s a drag when there is not joy in your work or when your work is under appreciated - I think that is true for any job but more so when your career is built on the creative passion one has and the hard work and long nights it takes to do the job people see - many don’t realize all the hours musicians put in getting ready for that one hour at the mic.