Alan Marchand

Alan Marchand

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Jazz - General | San Diego, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 1,049   
Member Since: 2007
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Oscar Peterson, Gerry Mulligan

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Song Description

I'm Just A Glass Half Empty Kind Of Guy" opens with a harmonica flourish and continues with a down-and-out male vocal. We just can't help feeling sorry for this fellow!

Story Behind the Song

The song celebrates the American Dream gone sour. Think of Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway in the movie "Barfly".


1. My whole life I've played a losin' game.
Now I've hit rock bottom, not a penny to my name.
Nothin' left for me to hope for, just more of the same.
I'm just a glass-half-empty kind of guy.

2. I'm so down-low; I don't even know where to start.
There's a big hole in my chest where there ought to be a heart.
Seems like I was born to just play a loser's part.
I guess I'm just a glass-half-empty kind of guy.


3. I've looked ev'ry di-rection, but there ain't no way to turn.
After so many years, well, you'd think that I'd learn.
The devil don't want me, 'cause there ain't no soul left to burn.
I'm just a glass-half-empty kind of guy.

4. Nobody knows the trouble I've seen.
I've been to hell and back, I think you know what I mean,
Through times of fat and the times of lean
I've been just a glass-half-empty kind of guy.


5. Now, don't y'all judge me 'til you've walked in my shoes
Not 'til y'all know what it's like to have paid your dues
And you've reached the point where there's nothin' left to lose
Then you'll be a glass-half-empty kind of guy.
(Rubato) Just a glass-half-empty kind of guy (scat-sing and out)

Song Length
Pop - General, Blues - General
Tempo / Feel
Very Slow (Under 70)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Cheerless, Gloomy

Subject Matter
Failure, Pain

2000 and later

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