In this week’s songwriting workshop, the leader reinforced the idea about songwriting that I’ve heard others like Mary Gauthier say (see letter on the main page of this web site) that you should be honest, real, and authentic in your songwriting.

Dig down deep to who you really are, not who you present yourself to be. In other words, show your heart to everyone.

I thought I’d been doing that but after listening to this song I’ve realized I’ve yet to really dig deep. This song inspires me to go there.



“I Told You I Was Mean”

I lied to you
I never cried for you
I swear that I tried to
But I had better things to do
Now you’re on the road with your painful load
And the words I spoke left your big heart broken

You know you still bother
Because love is for the poor
So I left you knocking outside my front door

You knew what this was
I don’t want you anymore
I warned you before, warned you before
Well I, I coulda sworn I told you I was mean

You were a sweet old thing
And I was lonely, so I let you hold me for
A limited time only
You see, you’re nothing to me
Cause I’ll always be a bad, bad seed

And you know you still bother
Because love is for the poor
So I left you knocking outside my front door

You knew what this was
I don’t want you anymore
I warned you before, I warned you before
Well I coulda sworn I told you I was mean

Dum-de-dum dum-dum
I’m just a mean old thing
Dum-de-dum dum-dum

You know you still bother
Because love is for the poor
So cut out your knocking
Cause I will never come
I will never come to the door

You knew just what this was
And I don’t want you forever more
I warned you before, baby
I warned you before, oh honey
Well I coulda sworn I told you I was mean

Dum-de-dum dum-dum
I’m just a mean old thing
Dum-de-dum dum-dum