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My Dad was a real character and he had a bunch of great sayings. I was thinking of some of

his well worn lines and realized this was a treasure trove of song ideas. I bounced this one off

Bud Merritt and he was able to point me in the right direction for the 2nd verse and the ending

chorus. Against his objections he gets a writing credit because without his contribution the

song would not have gone where it went. Thanks Bud, and a big thanks to Janice for her

impeccable harmony.



Recorded in Logic Pro X
Plug Ins : Nectar 2, Neutron 2, Ozone 8, Tonal Balance, Waves LinMB, Waves, L3-LL Multi Limiter, CLA Acoustic, Waves Vocal Rider,

Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Tom Adams
Harmony Vocal, Janice Merritt

RealTracks in song: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2718:Guitar, Nylon, Fingerpicking CountryBrent Ev 085
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You Don’t Know What You’re Missing


through teary eyes he tried not to show he said Dad can we please go home

I don’t fit in with the other kids so maybe I’d be better off alone

I tried to give it my best swing and then I went and struck out again

I think that baseballs not my thing so what’s the sense in practicing


Son I only hope you’re listening
You’ve got to stand up every day
It never will be easy
when you’re trying to find your way
Don’t be sad don’t be bitter
I think that you should reconsider
I can only hope you’re listening
Cause you don’t know what you’re missing


Years later he said you won’t like this but I think I’ve had enough of it

i feel like it’s all just a waste of time and i think that I’m going to quit

I said I remember I felt that way back when I was in college

But it’s something they can’t take away that’s the most important piece of knowledge

Son I only hope you’re listening
You’ve got to stand up every day
It never will be easy
when you’re trying to find your way
Don’t be sad don’t be bitter
I think that you should reconsider
I can only hope you’re listening
Cause you don’t know what you’re missing



And when you find the right girl

Don’t mess it up and let her get away

If it had happened with your mother

We wouldn’t be standing here today

Don’t be sad don’t be bitter ff
I think that you should reconsider
I can only hope you’re listening
Cause you don’t know what you’re missing

©2019 Thomas Adams/Bud Merritt

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Wow!

A beautiful and heartfelt song,

love it when the mandolin comes in

a super write, so good

you have the best harmony singer that maybe I've ever heard

Tom, it's top notch, makes me want to write about youth going by so fast

and a loving guiding hand.

Kenny

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Great song Tom (& Bud & Janice)...
You certainly have your songwriting skills well in hand...
Great lyrics, melody. vocal, harmony, & production...
I always look forward hearing one from you.


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Tom & Bud

Simply gorgeous song - wonderful vocal, lovely lyric and pretty guitar playing.

The acoustic sounds excellent. And to top it off a really beautiful harmony by Janice.

The production is flawless - great mix and sound.

An excellent collaboration.

Peter

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Tom, Janice & Bud,

Very nice, down to earth song that is done very tastefully. Clear vocals, well balanced choice of instruments (not over populated smile ) and pro mix. Not a bit that I would change. I enjoyed it.
Thank you for posting!

Misha.

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This is a very endearing song, and very well written. Thanks for sharing!


Cheers,
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Thank you Kenny. It was an honor to play a small role in this production.

J&B

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Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Wow!

A beautiful and heartfelt song,

love it when the mandolin comes in

a super write, so good

you have the best harmony singer that maybe I've ever heard

Tom, it's top notch, makes me want to write about youth going by so fast

and a loving guiding hand.

Kenny
Thanks Kenny. That is one fine review. Your words are greatly appreciated, Tom

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Excellent!

Pure perfection in every way from the lyrics to the arrangement, the vocals (great harmonies from Janice), the performance and the mix.

Loved it!

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Tom & Bud,

A beautiful write! Sincere, heartfelt, meaningful.

And a gorgeous production. Excellent guitar. The fiddle is extremely nice. Extraordinary mix.

Wonderful vocals. Beautiful harmonies.

Everything is just as it should be. A hallmark of Tom Adams offerings...

fj

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WOW!!! That is so sweet!! Just a beautiful, heartfelt song with a perfect arrangement and vocal. So much easier to say what's right: EVERYTHING!!! LOVE IT!!! Take care. Greg

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Beautiful song Tom. Super vocal and lyric. Kudos to Bud for helping you out on this one. Janice' harmonies were excellent as well. Fiddle was cool.. Your dad sounded like a cool guy.


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Beautiful song Tom and Bud! And a memorable one at that! Your right about Janice's harmony....it really makes this one shine! Lots of great stuff going on in here! Thanks, Torrey




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Originally Posted By: Jim
Great song Tom (& Bud & Janice)...
You certainly have your songwriting skills well in hand...
Great lyrics, melody. vocal, harmony, & production...
I always look forward hearing one from you.
Thanks Jim. Appreciate your taking the time to listen and comment, Tom
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Tom & Bud

Simply gorgeous song - wonderful vocal, lovely lyric and pretty guitar playing.

The acoustic sounds excellent. And to top it off a really beautiful harmony by Janice.

The production is flawless - great mix and sound.

An excellent collaboration.

Peter
Thank you Peter. The acoustic is my new Martin OM-18 sinker mahogany guitar. Just a superior instrument in every way. I’m pleased you commented on the sound, Tom

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Amazing how much truth and wisdom can be found in sayings from old folk. They had a way of summing it up in a line or two. Nice production and contribution from Bud & Janice. Good write.

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Your vocal is always so good. Excellent delivery! Production is tops.

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Really nice y'all! The vocals here are excellent, from everyone. Indeed a touching song. Super lyrics and well chosen instruments.

You co-writers are on a tear!

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Wow-- this is really good-- First the vocals and harmony are great. The instrumentation and mix was really well done... Thanks!

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Originally Posted By: Jim
Great song Tom (& Bud & Janice)...
You certainly have your songwriting skills well in hand...
Great lyrics, melody. vocal, harmony, & production...
I always look forward hearing one from you.


Thanks Jim. It’s always fun to be part of a Tom Adams production!

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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
This is a very endearing song, and very well written. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Ember. I’m glad you liked it, Tom
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Excellent!

Pure perfection in every way from the lyrics to the arrangement, the vocals (great harmonies from Janice), the performance and the mix.

Loved it!
Thanks for the wonderful review Dave, Tom

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