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VC: lead vocals, Moserite acoustic guitar, Gibson 335 electric guitar, Tacoma Thunderchief acoustic bass, drum programming; Mike Grow: Telecaster electric lead guitar; and featuring: Amber Lee Baker: harmony & backing vocals, accordion
This song dates back to the summer of 1995. I had enforced a self-imposed “no songwriting” rule the previous fall after I had written 7 songs in about 6 weeks while still in LA going to school and became somewhat consumed by them. I had moved back home and begun my first teaching job and focused on that until the following summer when I was working teaching preschool. I was beginning to feel like my old creative self again (although very briefly) and wrote both this song and “I’ll be Dammed” (which my band is currently performing) over the course of two weeks. I had found many years ago that sometimes my songs became prophetic: I didn’t quite know what they meant when I wrote them and then they came true. I tried to take advantage of that by writing this song one lazy afternoon while lounging at Tennessee Cove in Marin. I had fallen so far over the course of the previous two years and I was ready for redemption. Nearly twenty years later and I’m still waiting for it.
Take Back This Town