The Selfishness in Man

by Drunken Prayer

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Deer Lodge Records releases a new tribute record this weekend. It's a collection of thirty songs by artists — mostly from the Northwest — in tribute to the late country music great George Jones. Producer Bert Sperling and Deer Lodge owner Ezra Meredith decided to pull the record together after Jones' death in April. Sperling actually met Jones briefly about ten years ago. "He could still hit the notes," Sperling says. "He was very humble, very nice. Really cool guy."

Sperling says many of the artists on the record are one or two generations removed from the prime of Jones' career, but the emotional depth and humor of Jones' work still compelled great performances. Sperling says, "The music does resonate. These artists gave it a hundred percent as far as what they were feeling for the track(s)."

Sperling is a musician and writer working in Los Angeles, but he comes back regularly to visit the Deer Lodge which is both a bar and a recording studio. The record can be ordered from Deer Lodge now, and is scheduled to hit iTunes in January.

lyrics

I saw a little beam of sunlight
Steal across a purple sky
And bent down to kiss a rose bud
Oh, it made me wanna cry

And to think that I've been permitted
To see a part of nature's plan
Oh, there's nothing that stands out more
Than the selfishness in man

Little children painting pictures
Of the blooms and apple trees
Oh, why can't the grown up people
Have faith of one thing?

And to think those tiny fingers
Might become a killer's hand
Oh, there's nothing that stands out more
Than the selfishness in man

Why can't we see the folly?
And the uselessness of pain
Love could lead to understanding
Maybe it's not too late

Then perhaps through His great wisdom
We might learn to understand
Then there'd be no shame or sorrow
And no selfishness in man

Then perhaps through His great wisdom
We might learn to understand
Then there'd be no shame or sorrow
And no selfishness in man


-Leon Payne

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released December 20, 2013
Morgan Geer - Fun Machine, guitars, vocals; Christa de Mayo + Bebe Kern - vocals

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