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I originally recorded this song with The Wreckards on the EP, The Joy, The Pain. I always felt like it could be more dramatic and thought I could give it new life. I was thinking about Nancy Sinatra and thought to try the fast tremelo and make it really haunting. I really like how it turned out.

I recorded the nylon string and vocal as one live take and then we overdubbed bass and guitars over that. Steve did the bass on this one and really nailed the weird feel of the song. The solo is actually harmonized feedback. We recorded 3 different tracks of feedback that weave in and out of each other like spooky clarinets. Turned out great.

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SHAME

You wanna make it right, but you won’t
Wanna change your tune, but you don’t
Wanna change the world, but you choke

You wonder why the drugs didn’t help
Or how it just gets loud when you yell
Got to stop lying to your self
You’re the only one who can make it change

Don’t try to tell me (3x)
You ain’t got yourself to blame
For the reason who lost love and the money
Now it’s all gone, but it ain’t so funny
Don’t try to tell me (3x)
You ain’t got no shame

I’ll admit I had a hand in this mess
No angel or saint, I confess
Got to come clean with this
Baby, I’ve done all that I can do
Given up on trying to get through
Never giving up on you
No, I’m never giving up on you, baby.

Don’t try to tell me (3x)
Any more reasons why I shouldn’t put up a fight,
That you’re just doing what’s right
Ain’t so black and white.

Why’s it got to be so tough
How can you say you’ve had enough
How can you walk away, we had love
Oh, when we had love baby

Don’t try to tell me (3x)
You ain’t got no shame
Don’t try to tell me (3x)
You ain’t got yourself to blame
For the reason who lost love and the money
Now it’s all gone, but it ain’t so funny

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from The Weight Of These Things, released April 13, 2015
Joel Eckels - vocals and guitars
Steve Rizzo - bass

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Joel Eckels Los Angeles, California

JOEL ECKELS writes from the depths of his soul. His songs are personal and truthful as he plays from the heart. His sound has a nostalgic quality while remaining unique and all it's own. Eckels draws influence from classic artists such as Bill Withers and Otis Redding, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Led Zeppelin. ... more

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