Mal McCallum

Mal McCallum

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Folk - Rock | Auckland, New Zealand
Total Song Plays: 360   
Member Since: 2013
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: James Taylor, Jackson Browne

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Story Behind the Song

It's a play on words... all those years ago... of course, and initially I was envisioning it as a bar room 'still drinkin' type of tune, then thought the message is actually a lot stronger by being taken a little more seriously.


All Those Beers Ago
©2012 m.e.mccallum all rights reserved
They told me I was a fool, & I believed them
They gave me all the rules, & I broke them
I rodeo'd horses meaner than a mad dog
Busted bones they couldn't put the right names on
I drove six hundred miles of burnin' desert daylight
I got mixed up in one or two too many bar fights
I picked myself up, said it's time to start a new life
But I wound up, right back in the same strife

You'd hope I'd listen
Maybe now I'd know
What I was thinkin'
All those beers ago

I can think of all the wise men that I followed
I can think of how I bit off more'n I could swallow
The little run-away heart-breakers
gone at the next stop
& the get rich deals, a cloud of smoke and then
I'm worse off
I never stopped to see what good this life
could do me
My so-called friends were really only tryin' a screw me
It's the kind of life you live runnin' full throttle
I put my faith down, in every next bottle

You'd hope I'd listen
Maybe now I'd know
What I was thinkin'
All those beers ago

Now every sinner, he don't long for redemption
And that was never gonna be my intention
I still don't know how I came to my senses
Buildin' bridges, mendin' fences...

They say it's never too late to change all your bad ways
Even if you do it right there, on your last day
It might be little by little, it might fall from above
Show yourself some forgiveness, show yourself some love
rpt chorus
rpt chorus soft... last line x 3

Song Length
Country - General, Country - Alternative
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Poignant, Affable

Subject Matter
General, Failure

Similar Artists
Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Mal McCallum
Music Credits Mal McCallum
Producer Credits Mal McCallum (Unreleased Demo)