Dyin' Ain't So Bad (two songwriters' tribute to David Olney)

from Songwriting Demo by James Tristan Redding

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Co-written with Sam Cooper.

Dedicated to David Olney.

lyrics

Who ever thought of dyin' as romantic
Takin' one last breath up on the stage
I won't be teary eyed or tragic
When I say goodbye and drift away

Thank you all for comin' out to see me
I don't do this song much anymore
Just a few more notes and I'll be leavin'
Let 'em linger as I'm carried out the door

A legacy of all the words
I wrote and sang and spoke and heard
Underneath my Goorin Bros hat

One last strum across these strings
Lookin' back wouldn't change a thing
If you're livin' right then dyin' ain't so bad

Started out an hour south of Boston
Feels like forever since '82
Went from singin' with the X-Rays live in Austin
To writin' tunes for Townes and Emmylou

Regina with a sun dress in the front seat
A Guild and a Gibson in the back
Somewhere outside Bowlin' Green Kentucky
Scribbed every line to Big Cadillac

A legacy of all the words
I wrote and sang and spoke and heard
Underneath my Goorin Bros hat

One last strum across these strings
Lookin' back wouldn't change a thing
If you're livin' right then dyin' ain't so bad

Thank God I spent my days doin' as I pleased
Before I took the stage
That night on Santa Rosa Beach

credits

from Songwriting Demo, released January 9, 1919
Vocals by James Tristan Redding.

Guitar by Sam Cooper and James Tristan Redding.

Bass, drums, mixing and production by Sam Cooper (www.jericat.com)

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James Tristan Redding Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Godin Guitars Official Artist and Founder of www.songaweek.org.

His catalog of 400+ titles includes collaborations with hit writers Mark Narmore, Steve Dean, Elliott Park and Pete and Pat Luboff, among others both stateside and worldwide.

Redding has landed cuts by recording artists Eli Alger, Dan Whitehouse, Emma Gale, and David Easterling.
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