December 25th, 2009

Meanwhile, 33 years later…

A few months ago Tim Wheeler brought me a rough demo of a work in progress called “The Human Heart”…

Tim’s insight was poignant and painfully contemporary; having to do with the changing and challenging world we now live in, but the song wasn’t finished. So we started bouncing ideas back and forth. Should we change it to first person? Should it be an up tempo? Of course the lyrics needed tweaking! And let’s change the title to “The American Heart”…

Eventually we came to the final draft below…

Which we used as the guide track for the finished demo below… (Lead vocal by Mike Lusk)

THE AMERICAN HEART

They walked him out with half his pride, and a check for two weeks pay
Now he don’t work there anymore
Drove on down to the county seat to file an unemployment claim
A big ‘ol line stretched out the door

Asked his dad, “ever seen it this bad?” He said no, but his daddy had
Compared to him, son, you and I been blessed
Life is more that a house or a car, or how well-off people think you are
You need to trust what’s beating in your chest

(Chorus)
Don’t give up when life gets hard, if it don’t kill you, you’ll get stronger
Jump back in and do your part and you just might make it through
When they tell you that it’s over, that’s a real good place to start
Don’t ever underestimate the American Heart

Now he ain’t much into politics, it’s a sucker bet when the game is fixed
And guys in suits make all the rules
He just wants to be left alone, keep his wife and kids in their little home
Just give him half a chance and that’s what he’ll do

(Chorus)
Don’t give up when life gets hard, if it don’t kill you, you’ll get stronger
Jump back in and do your part and you just might make it through
When they tell you that it’s over, that’s a real good place to start
Don’t ever underestimate the American Heart

(Solo)

(Bridge)
There’s a hope that’s running like a train
Through them purple mountains and fruited plains
Pumping hard to keep the dream alive

(Chorus)
Don’t give up when life gets hard, if it don’t kill you, you’ll get stronger
Jump back in and do your part and you just might make it through
When they tell you that it’s over, that’s a real good place to start
Don’t ever underestimate the American Heart
Don’t ever underestimate the American Heart

(Words & Music by Tim Wheeler and Skip Adams)

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5 Responses to “chp 16: The American Heart”

  1. Danny Luchansky says:

    Great songwriting!!!

  2. Sis says:

    Love the words to that song, Skip!

  3. James Adams says:

    Woohoo!!! This song makes me swell with national pride.

  4. Terri says:

    Brilliant! You and Tim have delivered one of THE best songs I have ever heard. Thanks for allowing us to hear the creative process at work. A+++++++++