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Judith Avers: Music

Sad Sad Thing

(From the 2009 release, Mountain and Shore. Judith Avers with Anand Nayak, Kristen Gass, James Armenti, and Sturgis Cunningham)
May, 2009
written by Judith Avers. Click on title for lyrics and notes.
I wrote "Sad, Sad Thing" in the middle of the night a few months before making Mountain and Shore. I had sent a bunch of demo songs to Anand so that he could start thinking about the production of each and we could start figuring out which songs to keep and which to get rid of.

The morning I was sending the demos, I thought that for fun, I should send a copy of this new little weird song "sad, sad thing". I remember thinking that he would think it was a joke or something since it was a little differnt than my norm. Anyway, I recorded it really quickly on our computer and stuffed it in the package. When Anand got the package, he reached in and grabbed the disc that he thought had all 18 or 20 tracks I was considering for this album, but actually he got that little copy of Sad, Sad Thing, so that was the only song he had for a while before he realized there was another disc in the envelope.

I think it was that little mix-up that saved this song, because later on, while we were getting ready to record, he asked "what about that sad, sad, thing song?"
I got very excited about the possibility and the rest is history. (always wanted to say that.)

(an embarrassing note: while we were listening back in the studio, the guys were talking about how this was a kind of Tom Waits tribute song. I had never listened to Tom Waits before, which was humiliating enough, but when I got back from recording, I started digging up discs and recordings and watching video's. I've since become completely taken over by my adoration of the man. What a liberating listen he is. Perhaps I should keep this story under wraps...it is humbling just to THINK that I made it this far without him as a mucical influence. Tom, if you're out there...forgive me. Can we please be friends?)
Sad Sad Thing

it’s a sad sad thing
when you learn that you’re all that you got
it’s a sad sad thing
when you learn that you’re all that you got
but it’s better than being what you’re not
it’s better than being what you’re not
sad sad thing

it’s a sad sad thing
standing there staring at a closed door
it’s a sad sad thing
standing there staring at a closed door
but it’s better than who you were before
it’s better than who it was before
sad sad thing

it’s a sad sad thing
sitting here wondering where you went
it’s a sad sad thing
sitting here wondering where you went
but it’s better than seeing you so spent
it’s better than seeing you so
bored, beautiful and bent
bored, beautiful and bent