Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Posted by: Al-David

Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/20/19 09:35 PM

Hit Me With Your Best Shot


Nope ... Pat Benatar hasn't sung this one ... well, not yet anyway.

It's a song to which I wrote the lyric in 2005 but never put music to it. It has noise now. As most of you know, I played lead guitar in several country bands for about 50 years. But ... I do not have a voice for country music. That probably applies to a lot of other genres, too. But this is my best effort at a country song that might have been contemporary in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sorry I've not been around to listen very much but Di is having more serious health issues. Will visit and listen as I can.

Open to constructive suggestions ... other than "Get another singer!" I already know that!!! Also, is the vocal too hot? Sometimes I think so ... and then I'm not so sure.



File:Hit Me With Your Best Shot.SGU
Key=D , Tempo 115, Length (m:s)=3:13

Style is _BRSOLC2.STY (Country Brent Guitar Solo 2)

RealTracks in style: ~519:Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1515:Guitar, Electric, Soloist CountryBrent Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 844:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryRockPopping Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 847:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryRockRiff Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1669:Pedal Steel, Soloist CountryPaul Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 3027:Vocal Oohs, Background Pop3-part Ev 085
RealDrums [in style:NashvilleEven8^6-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat Open




© February 2006, Alan D. David, BMI
All Rights Reserved

(v1)
Didn’t see her leaving coming
It took me by surprise
The truth’s not always honest
Sometimes it hides the lies

(v2)
I’m here to drown the heartache
That leaving leaves behind
If I can’t lose these mem’ries
I just might lose my mind

(Chorus)
Jim, Jack or Johnny Red
The best of what you got
Put away that barroom stock
I’m gonna need the good stuff
Hit me with your best shot

(v3)
Keep that courage flowing
Leave the bottle on the bar
I need a liquid medic
For a heart that’s battle scarred

(v4)
If I run out of money
Bartender start a tab
If I’m still here at last call
Just pour me in a cab
(but till then)

Repeat Chorus

Tag
Yes, I’m gonna need the good stuff
So hit me with your best shot
Posted by: rsdean

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/21/19 04:37 AM

Alan,

This is great - I love the groove and your vocal. Excellent chorus!

I also think the track selection and mix is outstanding...

Bob
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/21/19 10:33 AM

This is SOOOOOO Clever!! Great angle for a song, and some delicious lines throughout. GREAT job on this one Alan!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/21/19 01:55 PM

Alan,
"Just pour me in a cab"... I think I can picture that! smile Funny!
Cool entertaining song and great guitar playing! Vocals suit perfectly, do not get another singer!

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.
Posted by: Jim

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/21/19 02:36 PM

For a guy that doesn't "have a voice for country music", you do pretty darn good job...
Sounded like a genuine "Jerry Max Lane" beer-joint country voice to me...
Great song...
I really enjoyed listening to it!
Don't worry about not being here to listen... Just take good care of the good woman the Lord gave you!
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/21/19 03:22 PM

A very clever write, Alan. Tight.

Terrific BAND and a good mix. Good vocal.

Enjoyed that a bunch. Cheers!!

fj
Posted by: Rob4580

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/21/19 05:05 PM

A great drinking song. As always AL you've knocked out a great tune.
Great lyrics and I particular enjoyed the chorus and the bridge.
You are talented song writer.
Thanks for listing.Rob
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 07:14 AM

Great country drinking song. Much enjoyed.
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 07:36 AM

Won't lie, the title of this song instantly had the Pat Benatar tune come into my head - but I thoroughly enjoyed this! Really catchy, and some great progressions. I thought your vocals suited the backing tracks perfectly, also. Very, very clever lyricism as well (I see what you did there).

Overall a really solid tune - thanks for sharing smile
Posted by: Joe -PG Music

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 10:10 AM

Hi Al-David, Great work on this! I really quite enjoyed the composition and chord progression overall. What microphone did you use?
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 02:15 PM

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Alan,

This is great - I love the groove and your vocal. Excellent chorus!

I also think the track selection and mix is outstanding...

Bob


Hi Bob ...

Thank you very much! My replies will be rather short as Di is having some very serious health issues.. I appreciate the nice words! Wishing you the best ...

Alan
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 02:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
This is SOOOOOO Clever!! Great angle for a song, and some delicious lines throughout. GREAT job on this one Alan!! Take care. Greg


Hi Scott ...

Many thanks for those very kind words! Wishing you and yours the very best ...

Alan
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 02:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Alan,
"Just pour me in a cab"... I think I can picture that! smile Funny!
Cool entertaining song and great guitar playing! Vocals suit perfectly, do not get another singer!

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.



Thank you so much, Misha. Glad you enjoyed it! Best to you ...

Alan
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 02:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Jim
For a guy that doesn't "have a voice for country music", you do pretty darn good job...
Sounded like a genuine "Jerry Max Lane" beer-joint country voice to me...
Great song...
I really enjoyed listening to it!
Don't worry about not being here to listen... Just take good care of the good woman the Lord gave you!


Jim ...

Occasionally one will slip through that's almost presentable. Thank you very much for the encouragement! Glad you liked it! Wishing you the very best ...

Alan
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 02:19 PM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
A very clever write, Alan. Tight.

Terrific BAND and a good mix. Good vocal.

Enjoyed that a bunch. Cheers!!

fj


Thanks Floyd. I really appreciate that! Wishing you & yours the very best ...

Alan
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 02:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Rob4580
A great drinking song. As always AL you've knocked out a great tune.
Great lyrics and I particular enjoyed the chorus and the bridge.
You are talented song writer.
Thanks for listing.Rob


Hi Rob ...

You are much too kind., But I thank you for all those things you said! Best to you ...

ALan
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 02:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Great country drinking song. Much enjoyed.


Hello TangoMan ...

Glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate the listen and nice comments! Best to you ...

ALan
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 02:21 PM

Hi Deryk ...

Well, you never know. Pat Benatar might hear and give it a go! Ya never know! Thank you for the kind words!

Alan
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 02:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Hi Al-David, Great work on this! I really quite enjoyed the composition and chord progression overall. What microphone did you use?


Hi Joe!

Many thanks. I threw in a couple of unexpected chords to keep it fresh. Glad you enjoyed that! Best to you ...

ALan
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 03:11 PM

Alan, just when I thought another clever twist on words could not possibly be used for a country tune, you went and did it! You are probably the envy of every country writer on this forum after this one! Beautifully written, sung and produced! Thanks, Torrey
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 03:14 PM

So sorry to hear about Di's health. That can't be easy.

As always your songs are wonderful, and having a name like you do for the title of the song certainly grabbed my attention! Glad you made a nod to it in your opening post.

Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/22/19 04:48 PM

Cool country tune Alan. Loved the title. Was thinking Pat Benatar when I read the title. Super vocal and loved your guitar. Super backtrack
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/23/19 03:06 AM

Sounds good to me, Alan!

You are a gifted lyricist, very clever and engaging lines.

Mix sounds good too, and I like the arrangement. Also I think your vocal fits the material well.

Overall a good listen!
Posted by: Belladonna

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/23/19 08:10 AM

Love the lyrics, such a great idea and country spin on Pat Benataur. The melody was upbeat and danceable. Your vocals were just fine. I always say "don't compare your vocals to someone like George Jones" no one can probably top that, but we all have the voice God gave us and it's unique and we need to appreciate it. Good song.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/24/19 02:40 PM

Love that chorus...strong stuff you have going there! Really fine write.

The bands sounds like a well honed and talented bar band that's been at it for a while. Very cohesive.

Don't sell yourself short...the vocal worked well for us! And the level sits fine in the mix.

Yep...we like!!

J&B

Best to Di and you.
Posted by: Noel96

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/24/19 04:19 PM

Hi Alan,

These lyrics are such a clever creation. I wish I had your imagination! I'd love to be able to come up with something half as clever as this. Your writing skills are powerfully on display here.

Also, I LOVE these vocals. The backing is a perfect match for highlighting your vocals.

From start to finish, I was with you every beat.

My best wishes to you and Di,
Noel
Posted by: MarioD

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/24/19 04:36 PM

Hi Alan,

Two things:
1-I pray that Di gets better soon
2-You don't need another singer, you did just fine.

I really liked this toe tapper. Your backing is is spot on, your vocals are perfect and your lyrics are fantastic. Put this all together and you have a very good song.

Excellent work!

PS - have you seen me at closing time? It sure sounded like you did grin
Posted by: Al-David

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/24/19 08:51 PM

Hey Everyone ...

Thanks so much for the really kind and encouraging comments. Will get back to everyone over the next day or two ... we're being overrun by home healthcare folks at the moment.

Alan
Posted by: animarorecords

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/24/19 11:35 PM

Alan,

Great country drinking song!
Very clever.
Very good proportion of vocals and guitars.
Jim, Jack or Johnny Red.
I drink every whiskey every day.
I like the half with soda.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: Hit Me With Your Best Shot - 04/25/19 02:17 PM

I came here expecting Pat Benatar, hehe

Al, this sounds like a sh#t kicking classic, that's what they used to say in the 90s.

All kidding aside this is a very good write and well mixed and well sang.

You always pick your instruments very well, really like that Brent 1515 soloist

don't give that call stuff, get out the good stuff and hit me with your best shot

enjoyed the listen,

Kenny