In 2016, over 64,000 people in the US died from opioid overdoses. ( painkillers, heroin,

fentanyl) To put that number in perspective, that’s more Americans killed by opioids in 365

days than were killed during the entirety of the Vietnam War. Opioids in America are more

than a crisis, they’re a national emergency.I read an article recently in the USA Today

about the opioid crisis in Middletown, Ohio. Having lived some of my childhood in small

Ohio towns, I had a connection to this type of town. I sent the article to Bud Merritt and

then dove right in and started writing. He sent back some lines that formed the basis of

the second verse and first pre chorus. Janice then added her brilliant harmony. Thanks to

all that listen and comment.


https://soundcloud.com/tommyad/middletown

https://tommyadamsmusic.com/music



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Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboard, Tom Adams
Harmony vocal, Janice Merritt
Recorded in Logic Pro X
Plug Ins : Nectar 2, Neutron 2, Ozone 8, Tonal Balance, Waves LinMB, Waves, L3-LL Multi Limiter, Scuffam Amps S-Gear, Waves Vocal Rider




Middletown

The only sound in Middletown
are the sirens screaming in the night
Stores closed up and the mill closed down
And another angel’s taking flight


All we got is family getting smaller everyday
Friends have turned up missing guess they couldn’t stay


She got that call again you know it’s happened twice
All his answers shot into a vein
Round here Dying’s just another part of life
But No No Not this way



she is just Too wasted to turn another trick

The kitchen table’s always such a wreck

her only son is chasing their next fix

And trying to cash her unemployment check


lined up at the pawnshop whatever they can sell
It’s sad to see how my hometown gave up and went to hell


She got that call again you know it’s happened twice
All his answers shot into a vein
Round here Dying’s just another part of life
But No No Not this way

©2018 Thomas Adams/Bud Merritt


Edited by tommyad (03/15/18 03:10 PM)