How Grateful Can You Get?

How Grateful Can You Get?

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I gave myself a challenge for this one.

There a many ways to mitigate pain and worry. The Blues has long been one method to make pain manageable. Practicing gratitude is another, and I try to do that often.

I wondered, what would happen if the Blues, instead of focusing on the challenges of life, spent some time on a song expressing gratitude? (I know there are other genres that do this well, but I'm not about to write a Gospel song.) So this is my experiment.

Based on B.B. King's great "How Blue Can You Get," I replaced his evil woman character with a redemptive one. Does it work? You be the judge. I'd be interested in your thoughts, positive or negative. Better yet, I'd be grateful.

Lyrics: 

HOW GRATEFUL CAN YOU GET?
©Mark Greenberg July 11, 2021

I’m grateful, yes I am, but it doesn’t always show
I’m grateful, yes I am, but it doesn’t always show
Though I know life is amazing, you may still hear me complaining
That’s just the way I go

We have seen a world of evil, short-sightedness and pain
Yet there’s a world of joy and beauty we know exists within

Yes, I’d been downhearted baby
Up until the day we met
Your kind of magic changed my life
How grateful can one man get?

I was a cynic, I was bitter; I didn’t care what the future held
Bored with life uneventful, then the next day overwhelmed
Tired when I woke up, restless when I went to bed
Found myself too shy to speak out, or too sorry for what I said

Yes, I’d been downhearted baby
Up until the day we met
Your kind of magic changed my life
How grateful can one man get?

There was I time I didn’t know If I could make it on my own
I asked for a day of shelter You built me a welcome home
I asked for bread and water You served me a 5-course meal
Now every day I am so grateful And want to show you how I feel

Yes, I’d been downhearted baby
Then came the day we met
Your kind of magic saved my life
How grateful can one man get?



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phoenixash's picture

We sure have seen a world of evil, love the guitar and the lyrics! Let's try to reach for that beauty within

richaaaay's picture

That was great and 100% blues. Full approval from over here. Some nice guitar playing, good story too.

standup's picture

Hm. May have to try another device. I can hear some veeeery distant sound, I think. Hard to tell.

But I like the lyric, and I want to hear this blues take on positivity. I like the message — life is beautiful in a world of pain. In other blues songs if you’re thirsty they give you gasoline, but not in this song.

I’ll be back.

cts's picture

I like the positive take on the blues genre. I know it's supposed to be about the ills of the world and how it impacts an individual's life. And yet here you are coming at from a posture of gratitude, thankfulness and hope. You've done right by the blues, man...you done right. Good singin' and a-pluckin'.

pfoo's picture

I think this works. Things weren't all rosy for this soul all along - there's your blues. Nice to hear a happy ending.