1. A Hard Life

We’re winding down work on the latest CD, and would like to share some insight about the songs with you, one at a time. First up is Hard Life. Without giving you the music, here’s the lyric:

it’s a hard life, you never seem to get enough, it’s a hard life for sure
it’s a hard life, you always have to play the rough, well it’s a hard life for sure
it’s a hard life, walking straight into the wind, it’s a hard life for sure
it’s a hard life, one more time to start again, it’s a hard life for sure
give me hope —– shelter from this storm

it’s a hard life, when every step is measured, lately it’s a hard life for sure
it’s a hard life, saddle’s worn and weathered, baby, it’s a hard life for sure
give me hope —– shelter from this storm
it’s a hard life, when you stare into the distance seems like a hard life for sure
it’s a hard life, and you’ve faced enough resistance to know that it’s a hard life for sure
give me hope —– shelter from this storm

©2012 Tom Townsend (BMI) all rights reserved
from the upcoming CD Band Not the Weapon, American Catapult (FSR)

We have played this once, or twice, live in the past year. Reflecting on the strains of living, and thinking of some we know who seem to always have it tough. It’s not meant to be a downer, it’s only meant to be realistic, and maybe empathetic. Musically it has its highs and lows as well. With a big finish of course, as is the way of old for AmCat song, at least that’s kind of how it feels to us, we think that we have done that too many times before but it still seems right to us. The whole song comes in at about 4:30. Shawn on the kit & vocals, John on bass, Michael on the tele, Tom on vocals and guitar w/the solos.

It’s from a song idea started early 2009; we recorded the whole thing once before, a year later, and it sat on the shelf for a while until this year when we decided it needed a fresh start. There’s actually a few songs like that on this recording, including Sight For Sore Eyes, which we’ll comment on in the next installment.

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