Oh No, What To Do

Oh No, What To Do

Jackketch's picture



Liner Notes: 

This is a bit of a silly throwaway song, but then that's what this is for isn't it? I'm also trying not to spend hours polishing demos so excuse the bum notes in this.

I read somewhere that John Lennon put an effect on his voice on 'I'm Only Sleeping' to make him sound like a tired old man, so I think that was on my mind here..


Oh no, what to do
I don't know where I'm going to
There's a black dog on my back
My baby's gone, she ain't coming back

My pocket's full of dust
And i don't know who to trust
My bottle's sprung a leak
I ain't had a drink for a week

But if I can't have you..I don't know what I'm gonna do

My bucket's full of holes
And I can't even get on the dole
My car won't start, the battery's flat
And there's an eviction notice on my mat

The landlord smiled at me
As I handed over my key
And as he shut the door
I saw my girl's clothes on the floor

But if I can't have you..I don't know what I'm gonna do

I can't get a job
And I can't even get a dime
And even the preacher says
That i'm a waste of time..

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


Interesting vocal effect, it gives it an old Blues feel sort of. It fits the song really well. I like the feel of this track, solid guitar work. Good job this was an enjoyable tune.

cleanshoes's picture

I didn't read the liner notes beforehand and wasn't expecting that vocal effect, but it adds a lot of personality to the song. Enjoyed the classic hard-on-your luck country lyrics and the percussion, but I think what I like most is the darker feel of the melody as it descends on the verses.

coolparadiso's picture

yup that effect is interesting. The sort of music its impossible not to enjoy! a bit different and that is real good!

wacha's picture

This is a hell of a good "throw away song", I wouldn't be so quick to toss it out. There is a catchy, rockabilly feel to it but the effects make it feel much more gritty. Clever use of effects on your voice. I love this one, for me, it has a White Stripes feel to it. The lyrics have a sense of sad, desperation that works well with the arrangement. Something about the line, "My pocket's full of dust / And i don't know who to trust" really grabbed me. Very nice job on this song!

IA's picture

Is that like rotary reverb? Or some sort of phaser? I'm so bad with effects. But I like how different it is!

"even the preacher says that i'm a waste of time.." Haha Lol Oh man you have a way with words. Even your throwaways are great and memorable.