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Nobody Loves You

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Here’s a new one. Well, a new old one, actually… And a bit different than the last one!

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and, er, something blue…

Nobody Loves You - A A J Russe

Nobody loves you
Like you really want them to
Nobody needs you
For the good that you know you could do

You wait for the night-time
But the night always comes home alone
So you hang on for the sunrise
But the sun says what you already know

Nobody loves you
Like you really want them to

Nobody listens
’Til the knife is in your hand
And nobody hears you
‘Til it’s too late to understand

There is peace and forgiveness
But only for the guilty or unwise
Where’s the love, my acceptance?
Are you dreaming?
’Cause you always seem surprised

Nobody loves you
Like you really want them to
And nobody needs you
For the good that you know you could do
Nobody hears you
‘Til it’s too late to understand
Nobody loves you
Like you really want them to

Copyright (C) 2014 A A J Russe. All Rights Reserved.

I originally wrote the song in 2002 sat on a sofa in Tooting, but I only had the first verse and half of the second. I’ve tried finishing the lyrics several times over the years, but nothing really worked - I should have stuck with it when the mood was upon me. I finally managed to complete it April 2014 and started a recording of it… and then that stalled too.

It was written as an acoustic blues on a resonator (in fact, the vocal and the resonator on this version are the guides from the attempt a year ago).

The other day I went to make some space on the recording machine prior to starting something else (even older!) and found it on there, along with some other stalled ideas.

I thought “I’ll give this ONE more go - if I can’t do something with it, I’ll delete it…”

When I opened it up I found a vocal and the resonator, together with two over-dubbed acoustics.

The big problem was going to be a bass part - I think that’s where I got stuck last year. Really it’s a solo acoustic blues with some interesting chords in the first two bars, but I can’t actually play it, or not in a way that I’d be happy to post, anyway. I could possibly wing it live, but not well enough for a “studio recording”.

I’d recorded it with a click because I knew I’d need overdubs to cover up the dodgy bits. But it just didn’t breathe how I wanted it to… My finger got closer to the delete button…

But then I thought - why does it have to be like I’d imagined it when I wrote it?

So I messed with the click track I’d originally used, this kinda trippy-skippy thing that I’d hoped would give me a vibe to play along with… (the original plan had been to leave the drums off afterwards). I started jamming with a bass and hit the same problems I did last year… nothing but root notes worked, and root notes didn’t work…

And then this, er, “groove” started… (I had to play it to Mrs R before I was prepared to actually use it - “grooving” is not naturally part of my musical vocabulary!) … then I knew it was finally time to use the patch called “ADVISORY” on my Bass POD!

The plan was to over-dub some keys, maybe some electric guitars (I’ve been listening to Free a lot since Andy Fraser died the other week), and then come up with a decent slide solo for the middle section. But after I’d put some grand piano, electric piano, and organ on it, I discovered that we were probably done - and the drunken slide part stayed.

All I had to do then was sing a decent vocal and…
Well, we’re stuck with the guide vocal including all its mouth-clicks and stumbles… (and a version of one of the lyrics that I’d rather not have used).

Anyhoo… I really felt like this when I wrote it in 2002… And, strange as it may sound, it cheered me up a lot and made me feel kinda hopeful. The acoustic demo I found the other day didn’t have that feel to it at all… but this version, even though it’s using the same vocal and resonator part, seems to offer me the comforting vibe I felt back in 2002.

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KCsGroove said

cool, slow song strong vocals enjoyed! KC

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Gary Fox said

Wow, amazing transition from the demo. Both are great in their own way...nice work!

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strummindude said

Clean as a whistle, soulful expressions, masterfully produced. Top notch!

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John Robson said

Oh my... this is so good!

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Ed Layne said

I enjoyed the demo version immensely and then this was up next. This brought an already great track up to the next level! It was a real pleasure to hear these back to back.

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H R Music said

I've liked just about every tune that I've heard of yours. Keep it up.

Guest said

Superb, Andrew!

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JR James said

I dig this arrangement as well. :) I like the demo's intimate feel.

stoman's avatar
stoman said

Another great song!

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launched said

Yes, I love it. The subtle/strong cadences switch around enough to easily glide through 4+ minutes. Well done with that - I'm inspired to try something lengthy that doesn't sound like it has filler in it. The heart of the song's meaning kept you from hitting the delete button - That's what makes me like it even more!

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oldfolks2 said

Another gem A

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slkrell said

ohhhh, slide me sad. Great tortured vocal I read the chat about the bass line. I will try to play along to better get the idea.

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Paul Lennon said

Solid track Andrew. Top notch.

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thetworegs said

ain't that it!!

jip's avatar
jip said

Like it - nice instruments and production.

Greg Connor's avatar
Greg Connor said

Simply Stellar Andrew! You hit the mark again!

Nick P's avatar
Nick P said

Wonderful song! Perfect balance of your voice and instruments. The emotion is touching.

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James Michael Taylor said

Such sad realization...well said/sung.

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Johnny Stone said

Nice track, great vocals. Really dig this one

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Colleen Dillon said

Wow! I just really love this. Amazing lyrics and the raw and measured pace of it is so compelling. Thanks for sharing the whole story of how this came to be as well. Keeps me motivated to not hit the delete button too soon.