CUT#1: "You Can't Take It With You"

"You Can't Take It With You"

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
(308KB RealAudio File)
-Approx. 90 Second DL time-

I wrote and recorded the basic music track for this song back in 1989 on 8-track. I bumped it up to 16-track in 1991 but left it sitting on the shelf for years before I re-discovered it. About a year ago I was going through some of my old tapes, looking for another track when I ran across it and in an instant a song idea formulated itself in my head. Sometimes it just works like that! When I converted the master over to 24-track I "modernized" the original kick and snare by triggering the tracks through my Yamaha PTX8 sound module as I dubbed the master track. Doug Deforest heard the song and demanded to play 6-string bass on it. I wasn't going to argue with him as he's bigger than me! The brass is guitar MIDI, as well as my MIDI guitar solo in the middle section. I added a stereo Leslie guitar part with hard left/right pans which are accentuated when the rotors are switched from fast to slow. Scott Hardy of the "Blues Cruisers" hooked his souped-up Leslie to my A-100 Hammond, which belonged to my mom, and former bandmate Tony Hines played some tasty chops at the end of the song. The RealAudio sample above is the last verse and part of the ending.

"You Can't Take It With You"
(Bob Ketchum)

I was drivin' my car down the road just the other day
didn't know where I was headed, I just had to get away
my bills just keep on pilin' up, and driving me in debt
I can't go home, I got no phone, my love life is a wreck
I tried to save some money, put my paycheck in a bank
bank got robbed, lost my job, my mind has drawn a blank

You can't take it with you when you go
You can't take it with you, didn't you know
You can't take it with you, don't even try
You can't take it with you, so baby won't you dry your eyes

I been so damned depressed I lie in bed awake all night
searchin' for an answer, am I wrong or am I right
I just don't know which way to go, my life is such a mess
the more I make, the more I owe, I try to do my best
it seems like my lifestyle has got a hold on me, baby
I just can't seem to make ends meet, I'm as broke as I can be

(CHORUS) - INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

When I was young I thought that I would live forever
I'd never get sick, never be poor, always have sunny weather
and then one day I turned around, I got a big slap in the face
I got stepped on, by the whole damn human race
no one said that life was fair, you take what you can get
but if you don't watch out, you'll fall right in the shit

(CHORUS)- OUT

Bob Ketchum (drums, guitars, percussion, vocals & sampled effects)
Doug Deforest (bass)
Scott Hardy (Hammond organ)
Tony Hines (guitar at the end)

Dime-A-Dozen Music (BMI) - 1991.

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