Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

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Once Upon A Time
https://johnstaplesmusic.com/50-90-2021/JohnStaples-OnceUponATime.mp3

Once upon a time
I did the crime
Fell from the vine
One lonesome pine

A life assigned
A life I defined
A life I maligned
A life in decline

Once upon a time
I bathed with swine
I missed the sign
Opportunity to shine

A life assigned
A life I defined
A life I maligned
A life in decline

Once upon a time
It didn't shine
I just resigned
To make it mine

A life assigned
A life I defined
A life I maligned
A life in decline

Don't drop a dime
To save the slime
It's my design
I draw the line

A life assigned
A life I defined
A life I maligned
A life in decline

Once
Upon a time



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Comments

cindyrella's picture

I never knew you bathed with swine! .) No, this is good! Love the guitar too!

Jibbidy34's picture

Gosh I am such a sucker for your fingerpicking. All this lovely intimate space around your voice and guitar gives me shivers! Top work on those rhymes - no meaning lost in the chase whatsoever. Awesome

tjeff's picture

Awesome fingerstyle playing - perfect time and consistent sound. Reminds me of CSNY a lot. An an interesting "rough life" story. I enjoyed listening!

Love the folk vibe! Haunting vocals/lyrics.

Sunfire's picture

Very easy and enjoyable to listen to. Vocals, the words and guitar all work well together.

coolparadiso's picture

Lovely guitar mate! great fun doing all those perfect rhymes - always brings in some unusal ideas - very very good skirmish

metalfoot's picture

A deliciously dark take on the theme. Great fingerpicking and melody, John. Very impressed!

Spazsquatch's picture

Everything comes together so perfectly.

Regarding your wife confusing me for John Lennon or Prince, tonight my teenager heard Sweet Child 'O Mine and said "it's a good song, but I don't like it because it sounds like you singing". So thank your wife for me, it saved me from that sucker punch.

writeandwrong's picture

What a beautiful guitar performance!! "Once upon a time I bathed with swine." LMFAO!! I'm so glad I'm not the only one!! HAHAHAHAHAHA. I really love the flow of this, just made me melt right into it. Fantastic work especially for a skirmish!!

cleanshoes's picture

Some beautiful fingerpicking on this folk song. It's gentle, but I can also hear a rock influence and potential arrangement. I like the simple lyrical structure and how you stuck with the same rhyme family throughout, as well as how open it is to personal interpretation. I don't always listen to skirmishes unless I've participated in them, but this is a good one!

vivalarayna's picture

Okay, it is *really hard* to keep a single rhyme throughout and yet tell a vivid compelling story, yet you've done it. Fingerpicking is amazing (duh) and the simple structure augmented the storyline that the narrator only had one road in life to walk. So well done and a beautiful listen.