Life is full of funny incidents, some real some "made up", this is pure fiction! Written in September 2016 after a recent move to Kansas City, I was getting a lot of Blues and Jazz influences locally. Woke up one morning and this just poured out. I had been hitting Garage Sales trying to decorate my new home. The idea of finding an old Martin guitar cheap hit me and then the idea of breaking up with a girlfriend because I bought struck me as funny. So the song began, the bullet hole struck me as appropriate for the breakup! I was playing some local open mics looking for other musicians and some feedback so that went in. As it evolved I realized it was more about not letting "the breakup blues" take over and keep you from moving forward. PolkaDaddy is Chino Ace from Israel and his contribution musically is astounding, I asked for the Dixieland sound and he nailed it. Kudos Chino!
Garage Sale Blues ? Douglas W. Fielder Musical Collaboration - Chino Ace
We broke up at a garage sale I was out of control I bought an old guitar with a bullet hole going all the way through, right where my heart would be It was a D28 from 1953
I headed to a bar, I was feeling pretty low I found an bag of weed and a gram of blow In the guitar case, in a little sack There was an open mic going on in the back
I listened for a bit and then I signed the sheet Pulled out that old guitar, you know it sounded so sweet I played some songs I knew, from 1932 Depression era music that was dark and blue
I got down off the stage and headed to the back Stepped into the alley with my gunny sack I rolled a joint and shared it with the others there Pretty soon I really didn?t have a care
I headed down Main Street to the city park The sun was going down and it was getting dark They had the bandshell lit so I stop to strum And then somebody joined me with an old snare drum
A player from the bar came with his standup bass And people started dancing all over the place We were rocking out, it was a magic zone When I spotted a young lady who was all alone
I handed off the Martin, jumped down off the stage I walked right up to her and started to engage her In a conversation about the silvery Moon It was a warm summer night in the middle of June
We danced and talked until the music quit I grabbed that old guitar and we just split She took me up to her place on that summer night and by the time I left her I was feeling all right
This song started out as the Garage Sale Blues But that old guitar it really changed my views It helped to have a drink and some songs to play It helped to meet somebody else that very same day?.
So if you ever breakup, don?t you despair Just take a walk downtown and breath that city air Where there?s a party going on or an open bar And don?t forget to drag along your old guitar!
And if you?re feeling blue it?s just a state mind Trust me there is someone out there you will find Who is looking for someone just like you You?ve been here before, so you know it?s true
Don?t let the blues take over and bring you down There?s lots of things to do in this big old town Just pick yourself up and put a smile on your face And you?ll find friendly people all over the place
Just sing Garage Sale blues until you?re feeling fine Cause if you?re feeling down it will relax your mind You got to let the music just take control You got to stop worrying bout that jelly roll