Lowdown & Lonesome

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Lowdown & Lonesome (written 5/1998, recorded 08/2016) Wrote this song in my head during a shower. Why can’t they all be this easy? Guitar 2000 Martin DM, 1998 Cremona Upright Bass, Fender Mandolin, Rogue Travel Banjo, 1911 Gibson L-1 (Solo Guitar part)

Over the years this song has probably been the one song that has received the most attention from various people. Back when garageband.com was running, Joe Boyd (Nick Drake/Pink Floyd producer) and Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam producer/lead guitar) both took the time to write some very nice reviews of this tune. It also ended up in a 2002 independent film called "Goodbye, Guy Guy" (tworatsfilms.com) as the song that helps introduce one of the characters.

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Lowdown and Lonesome, I walk these streets alone
Lowdown and Lonesome, just a stranger in this town
Everyone here looks at me and they wonder who I am
I’m just a lowdown, lonesome kinda man.

There’s a lady down in Lafayette, she’s lonely just for me.
Cause her love ain’t over yet but I just had to leave.
That ole ball and chain don’t look too good on me
I’d rather be Lowdown lonesome and free.

Chorus

Instrumental break

I must admit that sometimes I get down
I’ll settle in a bit with some girl in some town
Till I hear that highway song calling out my name
I tip my hat say thank you darling just the same

Chorus

Instrumental Break

I got some women in Wyoming, some girls in Gatlingburg
There’s arms waiting to hold me in towns you never heard
You know a city boy would probably lose his mind
this kinda livin' suits this country boy just fine.

Coda:
Lowdown and Lonesome, I walk these streets alone
Lowdown and Lonesome, just a stranger in this town
Everyone here looks at me and they wonder who I am
I’m just a lowdown, lonesome
lowdown lonesome
lowdown lonesome kinda man…

credits

from Tales of The Bed Yam, released October 1, 2016

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Brett Allen Gregory Livermore, California

I've always been compelled to write.

Early on it was journaling and poetry, but then that merged with my guitar addiction to become songwriting.

The process was always a bit manic, pressured, as if a large gorilla had stepped into my room, grabbed me by the lapels and said, "I will not let you sleep until you write this idea down." And so for years the gorilla and I danced madly thru the night.
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