Better Off

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Oldest song on the album. Written slightly before "Begin." So, last century.

"What if we record this song live?" was probably not the question Doug wanted me to ask. It would be a production nightmare, coordinating and balancing two guitars, percussion, and upright bass, along with four vocals. But this song just lent itself to more of an organic approach instead of the slick layered sound of a more contemporary recording.

We snagged Dana Bearror, an excellent upright bass player in the area. Along with Mediocre Bad Guy bandmates Les Slate and Jerry Chapman, we piled into the basement of Doug’s studio late one week night. We worked out the kinks and got a good take. Later I would add some piano and organ, which I know goes against the whole live thing, but hey – it’s my record.

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Susie leaves at dawn’s light from the greyhound station
Taking her far away to unknown destination
She’s running from fear cause uncertainty’s here
She’s not sure if she fits in his life
And when tomorrow comes he’ll find nobody home
It’s the pain that keeps her alive

Isn’t it better off to love
Isn’t it better off to love
Isn’t it better off to love

There’s an empty chair at the family table
It’s where their daughter would be if she only were able
It’s been just a year since she told them through tears
That she’d given her love to another
And they’d love it if she would find solace in he
But till then they can’t seem to accept her

Isn’t it better off to love
Isn’t it better off to love
Isn’t it better off to love
Sure would be better off to love

When the world’s stuck in its madness
And we’re pressured to resign
You know there’s a better way if we reach a little deeper
In time, in time

The ring he holds in his hand, it feels heavy like labor
The diamond shines in the light, revealing fears that he harbors
Cause this step that he takes means he must face his mistakes
And try to move on out of "never"
But if he trusts in this love that seems sent from above
Then his promise can live on forever

Isn’t it better off to love
Isn’t it better off to love
Isn’t it better off to love
Sure would be better off to love

credits

from Let Go, track released May 9, 2011
Written by Steve Lindsley
Steve – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, Hammond organ
Jerry Chapman – acoustic guitar, vocals
Les Slate – percussion, vocals
Dana Bearror – upright bass, vocals
All vocals, stringed instruments and percussion recorded live.

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Steve Lindsley Mt Airy, North Carolina

I'm a singer/songwriter performing for regional gigs and leading music for retreats and conferences. Enjoy the tunes!

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