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They are on Cordify - https://chordify.net/chords/mexico-sout … nd-brian-b     

Thanks, Pete. I know how she feels.     

Thanks, Ken.     

Thanks, Jim. Selso Martinez got me started on this one, so props to him for that.     

My friend, Selso Martinez, posted a picture on Facebook with the caption, "Only place that ever felt like home." I decided to turn it into the song below. https://soundcloud.com/jets60/the-only- … -like-home

The Only place that ever felt like home Jeff Gilpin

Intro strumming Em


[Em]Breeze in trees at the [C]end of the day

[Am7]Cooling off the warmth of the [D]sun

[G]Takes me back to that [C]place I [G]left

[D]Way back when life had just be[Em]gun. [D]


[Em] Didn’t know how good I [C] had it then,

[Am7]Let me tell you, I had it [D]good.

[G]Didn’t worry a[C]bout a [G]thing

I [D]had that life thing under[Em]stood. [Em7]


The [C]world was just waiting [G]on me.

[D]Felt it calling me to [G]roam.

So, [C]I left the mountains [G]where I was born,

The [D]only place that ever felt like [Em]home.


[Em]Set in my mind to [C]go see the world

[Am7] Waved goodbye to my native [D]shore.

[G]Took in the sites of [C]far-off [G]places,

[D]Not caring what was in [Em]store. [D]


[Em]Came back, but never really [C]made it home.

[Am7]Decided I wasn’t going to [D]stay.

[G]Off to the other far [C]end of the [G]world,

[D]I’d head home another [Em]day. [Em7]


The [C]world was just [G]baiting me,

While [D]I continued my [G]roam.

[C]Thought about mountains from [G]time to time.

The [D]only place that ever felt like [Em]home. [Em7]


Well, [D]I’ve been back a [G]few times since,

Heard [D]echoes from back in the [G]day.

I thought, [D]“Wasn’t it great how it [G]was back then?

Those [C]times, that are gone to [D]stay." [D7]


I [Em]think about it a [C]lot these days,

With [Am7]all my time travelling a[D]round.

[G]Got to see the wonders [C]of the [G]world,

But [D]lost that sleepy old [Em]town. [D]


I [Em]might just go back to [C]live one day,

Or [Am7]might leave that one a[D]lone.

It’ll [G]never be as good as it [C]was back [G]then,

The [D]only place that ever felt like [Em]home. [Em7]


Yes, the [C]world played a trick [G]on me,

[D]Coaxed me, started my [G]roam.

[C]My roaming days can’t [G]lead me back to

The [D]only place that ever felt like [Em]home.


Outro Strumming Em




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Great question Ken.

I have a whole lot of songs that I think were written close to perfect, but here are three: Carole King's You're so Far Away - Townes Van Zandt's Tecumseh Valley - Steve Goodman's Would You Like to Learn to Dance? I know all these songwriters have written more "close to perfect songs", but those are fine measuring stick songs in my opinion.

Each one can sometimes bring tears to my eyes if they catch me in the right mood.     


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Thanks for your insights Phill. The picture, from the above soundcloud.com link, is of me, my mom, and my sister, in my early years. Most likely, it was taken on a visit to my mom's family in Texas where every visit there was an adventure.     


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Hey Ken - I get what you're saying, about writing just to be writing, but what I'm talking about is writing to get in the habit of writing, which means writing a bad song once in a while, or a poem, or just a letter, or just jotting down random thoughts that might make some good song material. It makes it a lot easier now with virtual paper, so no trees have been killed lately by any of my writing, both good and bad. What I've been trying now is to start writing with whatever is on my mind at the time and see where that takes me. It might not always be good writing, but it keeps the wheel moving if you know what I mean. There is nothing wrong with writing a bad song. I've written plenty of those, both in the past and since I've started writing more, but my writing habit is getting easier to keep going, and some of my writing comes out good in my opinion.     


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Thanks, Jim. I never thought about that but I agree; writing relaxes me too.     


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Thanks, Ken. I've actually been writing almost every day, but I didn't want to flood the songwriting forum with all my songs, some good some bad. Some people I have been working with say that you should try to keep in the practice of writing all the time and don't worry about whether the songs are good or bad, just keep writing. The more you write the more the gates of creativity open, so I try to keep it going. I promise to add some to the forum here but I'm not going to post everything I write. That's just way too much.     


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Thanks, Pete - Yes, this is where my writing efforts have been lately.     


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I haven't put much up lately, but here is one I recently wrote and recorded. It is about keeping my mind creative by writing even on days I don't feel like it. https://soundcloud.com/jets60/sowing-creativity

Sowing Creativity Jeff Gilpin


Intro G C G C G C G D


I could [G]write about the weather

Or I could [G]sing about the stars

[G]Dream about the planets

[G7]Jupiter maybe Mars

Or I could [Em]sink

Into my [D]head

Dig a[G]round in there [C] [G] [D]


My [G]thoughts could take me anywhere

That I could [G]possibly want to go

[G]Speeding through reality

Or fanta[G7]size taking it slow

Because I’ve [Em]got

[D] Plenty of

Mate[G]rial in there [C] [G] [G7]


So I go [C]digging in my head

Sowing creative[G]ty [C] [G]

[C]Turning my thoughts

Into reali[D]ty [D7]


Solo on chorus chords then intro chords C G  - C D D7  - G C G C D


The [G]weather’s just a metaphor

The [G]stars a state of mind

The [G]planets are just people

Yet to meet or left far be[G7]hind

Though I [Em]never really

Leave [D]anyone

Far be[G]hind [C] [G] [D]


So I [G]start a little thinking

[G]Letting my mind go

[G]Any old direction it wants to

At any [G7]speed fast or slow


Kicking it [D]in

And leading me [G]on [C] [G] [G7]


As I go [C]digging in my head

Sowing creative[G]ty [C] [G]

[C]Turning all my thoughts

Into reali[D]ty [D7]


outro G C G C G let the last G ring



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Hey, you two. I love the song and I love the idea. I think everyone in the world can relate, especially people who make music. Well done!     

Found it on Ultimate Guitar. Here you go: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/u2 … ds-1473997     


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I love it Mark! Welcome back  - what a great song to come back with. Strong vocals and wonderful mix!     


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Very nice Hymn Jim!     

Knocked another one out of the park. I love this song!     


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Yes - Been a bad year for losing too many good people, that's for sure.     


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Loved it Ken. Your music is always soothing to my soul. I'll be clicking through all your SoundCloud songs - sharing this with Michiyo too. She's a big fan too.     


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Hey Jim - Hehehe...yep. We could pass this song around and have never-ending verses...a good "make it up as you go" campfire song I think.


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Thanks, Pete and Phill. Phill, I know I could have made this into an epic song if I wanted, but I figure I should leave a little hope out there. Pete, I have your grandpa's words in my head as well keeping me going when I want to quit.     


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I started this song years ago but picked it up again tonight. I think many of us can relate to how  the most minor inconvenience seems to torpedo your day right out of the gate.

Better quit now Jeff Gilpin – 11-9-2020


Intro - picking or strumming G


[G]Popped off a button [C]putting on my [G]shirt.

[G]Causes me no [C]pain but it’s going to [D]hurt.

[C]My favorite lucky [D]shirt that I [G]usually [Em]wear

[G]Gotta come [D]out for [G]repair.


[C]The day’s routine gets a [G]shake up.

[D]Missed a big step starting [G]off.

[C]Trying but it seems I just can’t [G]make up.

[G]Better quit [D]now; the day is [G]lost.


[G]Put my socks on, [C]toes poke right [G]through.

[G]Some days there’s like [C]nothing I can [D]do.

[C]Holes just get [D]bigger when I [G]try and work ‘em a[Em]round.

[G]Some days there's no [D]luck to be [G]found.


[C]The day’s routine gets a [G]shake up.

[D]Missed a big step starting [G]off.

[C]Trying but it seems that I can’t [G]make up.

[G]Better quit [D]now; the day is [G]lost.


Just a [Em]little complication but it [C]seems to find a way

Of re[D]moving what’s been holding me to[Em]gether.

Even though these slip-ups [C]don’t amount to much

They can [D]turn my sunny days into [D7] mighty nasty weather.


[G]Broke my laces [C]tying up my [G]shoes.

[G]Tried to rearrange but [C]nothing I could [D]do.

[C]When my laces won’t [D]lace my [G]shoe’s un[Em]tied.

[G]Might as well just [D]go on back in[G]side.


[C]The day’s routine gets a [G]shake up

[D]Missed a big step starting [G]off

[C]Trying but it seems I cannot [G]make up

[G]Better quit [D]now the day is [Em]lost.Oh!

I had [G]Better quit [D]now the day is [G]lost



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Thanks Phill - Yep, good to be back but I enjoyed my time away. I can hear that banjo as well. It's a tough balance work and music, but I'm glad you were able to maintain.     


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On my soundcloud page if you want to hear: https://soundcloud.com/jets60/my-paying-job     


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I was watching the movie Once about a talented singer songwriter trying to make it. I imagined what that must be like if I had that kind of talent. A busker's life is a tough and risky life indeed, but how is it so different from the paying job life. This song is about the paying job life.

My Paying Job by Jeff Gilpin




Intro – fingerpicking C


My paying [C]job

Keeps the [F]roof over my [C]head.

It [F]helps me to en[C]sure that my [G]bank account’s not dead.

It [F]keeps me in the [C]niceties that [E]I require to [F]live,

And [C]all I have to [G]do is just put [F]in the time I give

To my paying [C]job.


My paying [C]job

[F]Doesn’t take much [C]time.

I [F]have to get in [C]early, but [G]that’s really not a crime,

And [F]yes maybe I [C]have to work [E]just a little [F]late,

[C]Even then I [G]still get [F]home by eight

From my paying [C]job. [C7]


And [Am]when I get home I grab my [F]guitar,

And I [C]strum a little while until I [G]doze.

Then I [Am]play a little longer, and I [F]amble off to bed,

And [C]sleep if I’m able, and then I'll [G]start the day again,

As I’ll [F]head off once [G]more to

My paying [C]job


My paying [C]job.

It’s not about [F]glamour or about [C]glitz.

It’s about [F]climbing up the [C]ladder from the [G]middle of the midst,

And I’ll [F]climb about as [C]high as my [E]boss thinks I am [F]able,

And I'll [C]put a bit more [G]food upon my [F]table

From my paying [C]job.


My paying [C]job

Been [F]working a long [C]while,

And [F]now I find I’ve [C]grown accustomed [G]living in this style.

I [F]don’t complain a [C]bit about the [E]lack of what I’m [F]taking.

[C]I continue [G]bringing home the [F]bacon

Thanks to my paying [C]job. [C7]


[Am]One day if I’m able I'll put this [F]life away.

[C]Go off somewhere and play my old gui[G]tar.

And I’ll [Am]play all through the day, [F]try and make it to bed,

And [C]sleep as long as I’m able until the [G]nurse comes by again

With my [F]morning meds, all [G]paid for by

My paying [C]job.


Fade fingerpicking Cmaj7