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47 Channels

47 Channels – 4:20 – I spend my working life as a pilot on the road, with far too many nights in bland, antiseptic hotel rooms. Often, due to time zones, I’m awake in the middle of the night. This driving, haunting blues ballad explores the alienation of being away from home, on the move, away from loved ones, with nothing to do but surf the channels; always wishing to find something better.

Jerry Levine plays a passionate, driving blues fiddle here with a wonderful instrumental break.


 

47 Channels           ©2004 Dave Hadfield
[strong, driving, blues in DADGAD tuning, with first line’s lick through most of the song]

Fourty-seven channels… on the TV set.
Haven’t seen anything… I wanted to yet.
One more night… of this hotel room,
And I’ll hit the road… and come back soon.

And I’ll see you… in the morning,
I’ll see you… in the night………..

The only thing we really have is time.
Why in the hell then… do I give up mine.
Spend half the day… played for a fool.
(and) Take my pay… as somebody’s tool.

It would be nice to look across the breakfast table
And you pour coffee in my cup.
Take the dog for a little walk along the river,
And never feel this all used-up.

47 channels… on the TV set.
Haven’t seen anything… I wanted to yet.
One more night… of these talkin’ heads,
And I’ll hit the road… and enter your bed.

And I’ll see you… in the morning.
And I’ll see you… in the night………….

In the night…
In the night…
In the night…

“Written for the BADASSS group (Barrie and District Association of Sensitive Singers and Songwriters), on 17/06/04, to the theme “played for a fool”.”