Decent Guy

by Matt Wilson

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I’ve always felt a nagging uncertainty about who I really am. Am I an upstanding person? Do I really have a soul? I know that nobody really wants to poke around in this mess of mine, and I think that’s why I loaded down this song with all the delicious rhymes for you. Here, courtesy of my banjo and harp organization, is our second release.

Decent Guy.

Jacques Wait – Bass
Phala Tracy – Harp, BVs
Quillan Roe – Banjo, BVs
Matt Wilson – Guitar, Voice, (and a bit of harmonica at the end, my debut!)

Mixed by John Fields

You can watch a video of this song here.

youtu.be/aOWbyX9xTSc

This song is part of a wide-ranging 10-song batch that I wrote over the course of a year or two. The other song from grouping that has already been released is called Real Life. Here’s the video for that one.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CupB0pU9pLA

lyrics

Decent Guy

Bridge Chords Intro
Dm / Bb / C / / /
Dm / Bb / C / / /

Verse chords interlude
Gm / C / Dm / / /

Verse 1
I’m in the city for another try
This time I really want to be a decent guy
Where people say I’m on the up and up
But there’s a hidden limitation that could mess me up
Some people look into my eyes and know
Some people barely see me and and they turn to go
My schemes and my dreams are gonna fall apart
Not joking that I’m broken up inside my heart

Chorus 1
Bb C F
Even though I try and I believe I’m a decent guy
Bb C Dm
Everyone around is bound to cry
Bb C F D
I think you better walk because as soon as I begin to talk/flow
Eb Bb
I make a smoke machine, castle in the sky
Gm C
All the freaky machinations of a decent guy
Gm C Dm
Walk away (BVs) way away away away away away from a decent guy
Gm C Dm
Walk away (BVs) way away away away away away from a decent guy

Verse 2
Think about a villain in a movie role
Makes a cool calculation and he sells his soul
Fools everybody and it almost works
Until he falls into the hands of some intruding jerks
We see his eye, he’s about to die
And we can tell he might of been a decent guy
But then he slips away into the back of a vehicle
And we know there’s probably going to be another sequel

Chorus 2 (Matt sub in the words go/flow instead of walk/talk)

Gm C Dm
Walk away (BVs) way away away away away away from a decent guy
Gm C
Walk away (BVs) way away away away away
Bridge
Em A
I’m not joking that I’m broken and it’s like I said
Dm Bb C
I don’t believe this dream, I don’t believe myself
Dm Bb C
I can’t believe it’s me, I must be someone else

Verse 3
If I could break up in a million ways
And disappear in the silver of a morning haze
Or find a chasm into the desert floor
I would be in it in a minute to be heard no more
Or hide away in a simple life
Put my arm around the shoulder of a country wife
These are lines and designs I could not pursue
I don’t believe in deceiving but it’s what I do

credits

released May 4, 2019
Jacques Wait – Bass
Phala Tracy – Harp, BVs
Quillan Roe – Banjo, BVs
Matt Wilson – Guitar, Voice, (and a bit of harmonica at the end, my debut!)

Mixed by John Fields
Mastered by Greg Reierson

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Matt Wilson Minneapolis, Minnesota

Okay, it’s not an orchestra.
More like a banjo-harp-gentle-rockin-happy machine.
The group includes Quillan Roe, Jacques Wait, Phala Tracy and me, Matt Wilson. Most of the songs have a light shining out of them, happiness in the sound. We play the most beautiful music from all eras including my own best songs dating back to the beginnings of my songwriting quest and all the way up to the present. ... more

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