Depression Jig

With this week’s jaunty number, “Depression Jig,” 52 Teeth is goin’ country, y’all.  I woke up on Saturday morning with the Stones song “Dead Flowers” in my head.  Mick’s reference to “makin’ bets on Kentucky Derby day” makes it an anthem back in my home state, and here it was, at long last, the first Saturday in May — Derby day lui-même. So, I was in a country mood.  I was also in a mood to write a light and comical song about heavy feelings, as a songwriting (and emotional) challenge.

I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out.  There’s nothing all that original about it — I’m borrowing heavily from the Willie Nelson “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” playbook — but the lyric came together in a natural way, and I love playing country-style piano.  I have no idea what my bandmates will make of this one.  Then again, another country-flavored song about depression (“Lookin’ for a Road”) made it onto a previous Baby Teeth album.  Perhaps this one will have legs as well.  For the time being, it’ll settle for having boots and spurs.

3 Responses to “Depression Jig”
  1. The personification of Depression reminds me thematically of “Hopeless Bleak Despair” by They Might Be Giants. I’m always glad to see a stylistic deviation, myself. I also read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s THE SCARLET LETTER within the past week, and he had a real penchant for capitalizing (and thereby personifying to a degree) words like Providence and Hope and so forth (I also feel pretty confident I’ve never read a novel that used the word “ignominy” as much as TSL does). Your own penchant for country piano licks (as alluded to) really does shine here.

  2. Okay, I knew this song was trying to compare itself to another popular country song inside the confines of my brain-grapes, and just now I realize that it’s “Act Naturally” by Buck Owens.

  3. Abraham says:

    P M S: You are right on about “Act Naturally”! That is the playbook, much more than “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Glad to hear you’ve been reading the Scarlet Letter. For some reason, I’ll never forget this moment during a cheesy TV movie version we watched in high school, when the Rev. Dimmesdale stands before a restless crowd and intones, “People of New England….” For what it’s worth.

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