Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Songwriter - Hayes Carll

I heard this great song with the hook, "She left me for Jesus." I haven't been able to get it out of my head, so today I tracked it down on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyxEO9dqi44. I also searched for lyrics and discovered Hayes Carll.

I ended up going through a number of his songs and have become a huge fan. A few things that really impressed me:

1) Great hooks - Another song was "A Bad Liver and Broken Heart." Need I say more?

2) Simple chords, but memorable melodies - After hearing once, I can remember the melodies.

3) Each verse gets better - At Song School, Peter Himmelman talked about making the second verse better than the first. Hayes Carll has that down, with the best in the third verse.

4) Short but sweet - I didn't check the timings, but I'm sure they are around 3:00 minutes.

I've now got three Hayes Carll songs that will make it round the campfire.

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At 11:46 AM, Blogger AArdvarker said...

SAw him last night playing at the Green Mesquite in Austin. Totally wonderful twangy and smirky.

At 7:01 PM, Blogger Rob Roper said...

You should get the record, it's called "Trouble in Mind". I like the first song, "Drunken Poet's Dream". The opening line is "I got a woman who's wild as Rome".

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Kristen Joy Williams said...

I love #3. Extremely important, great tip. You'll come up with something better for your 2nd and 3rd verses if you don't jump the gun after the chorus.

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Inglath said...

Thanks for the recommendation. Checked out his songs, and you're right - really good stuff!

At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was surprised that you posted a link to youtube for "She left me for Jesus" by Hayes Carll. I found the song so disturbing that I could not listen to all of it. Though I am not Jewish, you do not have to be a Jew to find this song fowl. I do realize that everyone has a different taste in music. The fact is that if a song is so distractingly offensive one limits their potential audience.

At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Hampus said...

FYI, Bad liver and a broken hear is a Tom Waits song, so either he stole that title or it's a cover.


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