Bittersweet

from by Jack Garton

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lyrics

We used to stay up late nights, drinking wine
At the Gates of Harmonious Interest
I used to think someone would come along, hear one of your songs
And name you the winner, name you the winner
Name you the winner
Of one of those stupid contests

But now I'm on the road, and you're on the road
We're playing badminton behind the main stage
I'm going to have another baby and your boyfriend left
And both of us look better with age

I'm too sad to celebrate it but too happy to have a regret
As we listen to the indie band fumble through their headlining set
I just think, how bittersweet can it get?

I got 1,297 emails, yeah i'm feeling pretty special today
it says here that I could be the winner, could be the winner
Could be the winner
If I send my money in right away

Ever since I was a boy all I've wanted to do
Is make a living singing songs
It's nice work if you can get it, all you gotta do is sit there
On the internet all day long

I'm too sad to celebrate it but too happy to have a regret
Sometimes the only break from the boredom is doing something that I dread
I just think, how bittersweet can it get?

And they say, "Time heals all things"
But I think Time is like a lung surgeon
Sneaking outside to smoke another cigarette
And I think, how bittersweet can it get?

Then one day I hear your song on the radio
And turn your voice up loud
I say to everybody that I know the singer, I know the singer
I know the singer
But nobody seems that proud

And I'm too sad to celebrate it but too happy to have a regret
There's a lesson in here somewhere but I don't want to find it yet
I just think, how bittersweet can it get?

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from Love You Over Time, released July 1, 2018
copyright 2018, Demon Squadron Recordings
Written by JF Garton, SOCAN
Recorded by Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron Feb 2017 Hipposonic Studios, Vancouver, BC
produced by Steven Drake and Jack Garton
engineered and mixed by Steven Drake
mastering by Ryan Morey, Ryebread Mastering

Personnel:
Jack Garton - lead vocal, accordion, trumpet
Brendon Hartley - bass
Amrit Basi - drums
Adam Farnsworth - piano, hammond, bg vocal
Steven Drake - guitars
Sage Trampleasure - violin
Carly Warkentin - bg vocal

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Jack Garton Galiano Island, British Columbia

Coming from Galiano Island in the Salish sea, Jack Garton's pursuit of foot-stomping beautiful songs has taken him as far as Europe, Canada's arctic, and the Southern USA, playing his unique combination of trumpet and accordion. Parts writer, composer, player and showman, Jack's show is a roller-coaster tour through roots music in the folk and blues traditions. ... more

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