Gotta Give It Up

I think this song came from an urge to write something more like rock-and-roll. It didn’t really come out that way, but that’s where it started.

I wrote the lyrics first, and then sat down and came up with the chords and melody. The lyrics are about feeling like there’s something you do or think about that maybe isn’t so great for you, something that perhaps you should leave behind, but it’s not so easy to do. I tried to make the music match the tone of the lyrics. Does it work?

This is another song that was really too high for me to sing. So I changed the key from F#m to Em, and I can sort of hit the high notes…

Here’s a link to the song:

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/gotta-give-it-up

And here are the chords and lyrics:

Gotta Give it Up

It’s the sweetest candy but it makes me sick          Em   D
It’s fine and dandy but it packs a kick                      Em   D
It’s the way to heaven but it leads to hell                  Em   G   A
It’s like rolling a seven but it’s a wicked spell            G    A   Em

It’s a fine addiction but it’s my affliction                     G   Bm
It’s the final answer to the final question                     Em   A
It’s the cherry pie on top of the cake                           G   Bm
It’s the final choice you know you gotta make             Em   A

And I gotta give it up                                                    Em
Gotta give it up                                                             G
Gotta give it up                                                             A
But it’s awful hard                                                         Em
I gotta give it up                                                            Em
Gotta give it up                                                             G
Gotta give it up                                                             A
But it’s so damn hard                                                    Em

She’s the sweetest juice but you know I’d pay
She’s fast and loose until the break of day
She’s the breath of air that is making me blind
She’s everywhere and she’s inside my mind

It’s a fine addiction but it’s my affliction
It’s the final answer to the final question
It’s the cherry pie on top of the cake
It’s the final choice you know you gotta make

And I gotta give it up
Gotta give it up
Gotta give it up
But it’s awful hard
I gotta give it up
Gotta give it up
Gotta give it up
But it’s so damn hard

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