I`ve taken a big gamble on doing this but i have faith in human nature so here goes.
for many years now ive been suffering depression off and on,i`ve acted /lied/hidden etc
didn`t tell anyone as i didn`t even understand it myself so how can you explain to others
also i didn`t want to burden those close to me,also a terrible stigma attached.
i was embarrassed  guilty and ashamed.after a recent series of panic attacks i couldn`t
take the acting any more.there was a lot of tears to put it mildly.
looking back at songs ive written over the years i now see they were often about me.
im getting some councilling and being tought techniques to cope with all the unless stuff
going round in my head.
the reason im writing  this is because once i became totally honest with people it has started
an amazing healing process,with out exception every single person has been understanding
and supportive.i don`t want sympathy,but i do want something from YOU,probably a quarter of
people ive opened up to is suffering too.this came as a shock to me.but i found talking to them
was good for me and vice versa,win win.it`s so simple it`s a bloody crime we`re all hiding/acting.
if you`re one of these people im very happy if you email me for a chat,if you notice someone whos
changed and become withdrawn not their usual self please broach this subject with them.
i feel well on the road to recovery now,mostly from just talking and being honest with some support.
thanks for taking the time to read this,am happy if you pass it on.
https://soundcloud.com/rough-as-gut/that-man 

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(9 replies, posted in Poems)

Phill
i rarely post nowadays because of lack of conversation,but i have been moved to make a comment
on your poem,it`s a bit of magic,the best piece of writing i`ve read anywhere in some time.
congratulations     

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(16 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Phil and Tig
yeah i`m still around,look in most days,i always go listen to any new songs posted etc.
i have heaps of music questions /subjects that i`d love to discuss.
But when you get little or no response you kinda stop bothering.
No hard feelings,it`s just the way it is,but i continue to support any new songs/poems.     

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(1 replies, posted in Songwriting)

seem to be well off the mark with this one
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Grah
great title for a song or band     

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(11 replies, posted in Poems)

Peatle,this is a brilliant piece of writing,i guess it might go over the heads of some though.     

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(6 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Grah
thanks for the video,i enjoyed it.
i know it an be a bit soul destroying putting music out there
as few people seem interested.
But i am interested, if that counts for anything,so keep them coming.     

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(10 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Phill Williams wrote:

Hi Jim. I've just run through your song a couple of times....oh dear! I loved your words....but with the chords you put on it the rhythm and tune I gave it woosh!!! Fabuloso!!! I hope to get a few moments tomorrow to do a scratch recording which I'll send you if it's okay.

Phill,how about sending me a copy too
thanks     

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(10 replies, posted in Songwriting)

been lots of new songs here lately,i knew it would only a matter of time
before TIG gave us a new one.good on ya.     

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(14 replies, posted in Songwriting)

good to see a new song from ya Phill
very much looking forward to hearing it.     

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(8 replies, posted in Poems)

I admire you guys who get up there and do it live.
it pisses me off the lack of respect for the working musician

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(8 replies, posted in Poems)

The Pub Band
i`ve been drinking
and singing along
to my local band
singing my favourite songs
with a pint in my hand
i raise my glass
to the boys giving it their all
i guess it`s not easy
playing to a half empty pub
most of the punters
only came for the grub
but don`t worry guys
you`ve got at least one fan
I`ll  be back next week
and we`ll do it all again

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(4 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Well recently i asked for you guys to inspire me.
I`m loving all this new stuff
thanks for the inspiration from this and many other recent posts.     

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(4 replies, posted in Songwriting)

a classic grah,great when a song says something     

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(7 replies, posted in My local band and me)

great to see a new post from ya     

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(9 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Jets
great anticipation,always look forward to hearing your songs.     

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(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Grah
another good song from you.
Recently i posted a song and asked to hear more of you guys
i said come on inspire me,well you have.i`m off to write a few songs.
thanks     

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(13 replies, posted in Poems)

`TIG
i guess if our chordie friend ``classical guitar`` farted that would be ``classical gas`` 
great subject you started Ed

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(13 replies, posted in Poems)

Dirty Ed
enjoyed your poem,i`m kinda partial to a good fart myself
would love to see/hear more of your writings     

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(11 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Peatle
Thanks for that history,i knew a bit about that house but not all.
It`s a house i often pass and think of it as from another time
compared to all the new crappy houses  just up the road from it,
lets hope the developers don`t get hold of it
i used the photo because the song was about living 50 yrs ago
and it seemed an old house may convey that?     

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(11 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

TF & Phill
thanks for taking the time to listen and comment.
i owe you both a beer 
ps the photo isn`t my house in case you were wondering

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(11 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Not many songs on chordie lately,so thought i`d put one here.
still turning out songs like a sausage machine,but none
are tasty.
come on guys inspire me, lets hear some music from ya!
https://soundcloud.com/rough-as-gut/same-street 

Good on you Roger,the sallys do great work.     

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(9 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Ctech
good luck with the comp,competitions are  a great reason to write.     

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(2 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

TF
great reply,i guess we all do it for ourselves,as i`m a rank amateur
i never expected to share the stuff i do.But i was told not to sit on it
and put it out there.Every now and then a kind person will have a listen.
Thats very encouraging,they don`t have to like it,but it`s great that
someone has shown a little interest.
This could apply to any endeavor,i guess it`s part of being human.