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  1. In Topic:Dollar Store

    16 November 2017 - 09:57 AM

    Edited the song and even came up with a melody I like better. I may post a video later, but here are the revised lyrics:

    Dollar Store
    © 2017 by David Hanners

    Main Street’s boarded up or falling down
    But they say it's gonna turn around
    This town is seniors and single moms
    Most on relief, a few have jobs
    My paycheck’s gone before payday
    Take the kids to McDonald’s anyway
    Grab your coat, I’ll hold the door
    We’ll go to the Dollar Store

    Toilet paper, milk, microwave food
    These days who’s got time to cook?
    Time and money stretched too tight
    What you think about when you’re up at night
    Wonder if it's worth it all
    Your expression’s blank as fresh drywall
    Grab your coat, I’ll hold the door
    We’ll go to the Dollar Store

    In the fields beyond the lights on the two-lane out of town
    They grow beans and corn
    Once could buy anything you need downtown
    Now all we got is the Dollar Store

    This town is old folks and the dispossessed
    Single moms on TANF
    Ghosts of Main Street seem resigned
    Don’t see it bouncing back in my lifetime
    On Wall Street some sharp investor
    Bets on things not getting better
    Rich man always wants some more
    So he builds a Dollar Store
  2. In Topic:Dollar Store

    10 November 2017 - 12:00 PM

    View PostAnneS, on 09 November 2017 - 12:21 PM, said:

    Totally agree and understand that it's the vernacular of your character that matters; but nowhere in my pretty vast experience of living in rural small towns (Wisconsin, Texas, North Carolina) have I lately (or ever) heard "divorcee," (except, maybe in a Doris Day movie? :)), so it doesn't ring true, to me, as a word this guy would use.
    My advice, fwiw, is to keep digging...even if you have to rearrange or invert something.

    Have been playing around with the first two lines. Are these any better?

    This town is seniors and single moms
    And tired people who work two jobs
  3. In Topic:49 Southern Jumbo

    10 November 2017 - 06:33 AM

    How far do you want to ship? The folks who run St. Paul Guitar Repair have been working on my guitars since 1994 and I have never been disappointed. They all used to work in Charlie Hoffman's shop in Minneapolis, but hung out their own shingle last year. They have ages of experience, have worked on LOTS of guitars (including loads of Gibsons) and they're all great people, to boot:

    If Jeff Tweedy or Leo Kottke can entrust their guitars to them, you can, too....
  4. In Topic:Dollar Store

    10 November 2017 - 01:56 AM

    View PostOldCowboy, on 09 November 2017 - 06:29 AM, said:

    Sign of the times, for sure. Like your song a lot (as usual) and can relate to the Dollar Store experience pretty well. They are convenient, however, and save gasoline if you happen to live in the boonies☺

    That's pretty much the story in my hometown. It's also why I wanted to make sure not to sound like I am dissing the stores' clientele; heck, I've even shopped at a Dollar Store (or maybe it was Family Dollar...) a few times. There used to be one a block from where my late father lived. Even shopped at one from time to time when we lived in St. Paul. When something is convenient, "quality" or brand names are considerations that can take a back seat. Then again, living in the Arab world for the past three years, my calculation of "quality" has been wildly recalibrated....
  5. In Topic:Dollar Store

    09 November 2017 - 01:30 PM

    View PostAnneS, on 09 November 2017 - 12:27 PM, said:

    Yes...oh, and don't get up, luv; I'll bring you another beer...

    Indeed, the word "divorcee" is, in definition, gender-neutral, applying to both men and women. But I will grant that in common usage it is often considered to be referring to women. And the song's protagonist means it to refer to women.

    I'm trying to think of a way to recast the first two lines of the song, but there is a lot those two lines have to accomplish. The lines must make reference to the town's demographics and the fact a number of the residents (of all ages, genders and marital status) receive some sort of government assistance.



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    Mik Neville 

    25 Dec 2016 - 20:36
    E-mail Thanks again might help me to make my mind up one way or the other
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    20 Dec 2016 - 14:08
    Mik-- It is a heck of a job. I didn't do it myself, but had a buddy who was in luthiery school at the time do it. Send me your email address at and I'll forward the email he sent me in which he described everything he did and how he did it. It's quite extensive. His work improved the sound.
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    Mik Neville 

    20 Dec 2016 - 13:38
    Looking at some old posts I read where you had the finish on your Texan sanded down. I'm thinking of doing this to a masterbilt did you do it yourself and how big a job was it or did you have it done for you. I can not see how thinning out the finish could not help the sound to improve. Anyhow thanks for any info in advance I enjoy reading your posts thanks Mick
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