The Way You Do

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This one was really about my deciding not to go to a class reunion, though my Dad has always been very supportive of my music! It's funny...I wasn't playing music professionally when I wrote this, and now that I am I feel it in the exact same way.

I'd done it once before on "Real Still Life," an album that I had printed but outgrew. That version had a vastly different arrangement and was in a key I couldn't sing very well, even at the time. There's no kick drum on this song. Floorboards, man. Floorboards.

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I was talking to a girl from back at school the other day
She said our class reunion's coming up
It was the damndest thing; I couldn't think what I was going to wear
Should I go, so I stayed home

I could play by what they'd want for me and wear myself a suit
I bought one, after all, when I loved money
Or wear cutoffs and flip-flops, and flash the double-deuce at what they think
Why do I gotta say anything at all?

I said "Hey man, I just wanted to get it a little better"
There's more to life than money and talkin' 'bout the weather
I just can't think of nothing that I'd like to do forever
How 'bout you?
Are you happy living life the way you do?

Last night, my dad said I don't try at life; I should get myself a job
I said "I got a job; I sing and play guitar."
I took the 20 that he gave me and left his advice behind
I got all that I need to get me by

I said "Hey man, I just wanted to get it a little better"
There's more to life than money and talkin' 'bout the weather
I just can't think of nothing that I'd like to do forever
How 'bout you?
Are you happy living life the way you do?

I make my music just for me in a room I rent myself
I wake up each new day and do nothing that I hate
Except not having money, but that's a price you pay
And you pay a price for everything these days

I said "Hey man, I just wanted to get it a little better"
There's more to life than money and talkin' 'bout the weather
I just can't think of nothing that I'd like to do forever
How 'bout you?
Are you happy living life the way you do?

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from Soon, released June 1, 2018
Nelson Wood: Dobro
Dale Wicks: Everything Else

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