Solo Sampler

by Brad Brubaker

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Four crowd favorites from my first two solo records. Also included are four brand new tracks. Please also check out Foster Avenue, a full-band EP.

"Beautiful Day" and "Cold City, Warm Heart" are from First Leaf, Falling.
"Spring Broke" and "Lullaby" are from For My Enemies, With Love.
"Six Little Words (Reflections from 7,000 ft.)" is for the 44 Songs for 44 Presidents project.
"It's Kind of a Funny Story" is based on the book by Ned Vizzini and has been featured on his website.
"Gosnold's Hope Park" and "Hampton in Winter" are from The Reunion.


released October 19, 2012

Cover photo by Logan Conner.



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Brad Brubaker Chicago, Illinois

Brad Brubaker & The Crowd Goes Wild brings together the richness of acoustic music, the charm of alt-country and the energy of melodic punk. Whether playing distorted power chords or fingerpicking crisply, the songs whiz past and make the listener wonder what hit 'em. With witty and relatable lyrics, performances offer neurotic sincerity, balancing humor with darkness. ... more

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Track Name: Six Little Words (Reflections from 7,000 ft.)
Six Little Words (Reflections from 7,000 ft.)
© 2012 Brad Brubaker

My father was a banker
And got elected by the state
I became an oil man
Through connections he had made

One thing led to another
And I found myself one day
Leader of the free world
President of these United States

And it came to me / So easily
But I worked as hard as any man while serving my country
And it came to me / So easily
Can you blame me? / Can you blame me?

I was not the wimp
The pundits claimed that I would be
I think Saddam Hussein
And Mikhail Gorbachev agree

But the only thing you’ll ever hear
About my legacy
Six little words of a broken promise-
Lips and literacy

And it came to me / So easily
Six words are more than most men ever add to history
And it came to me / So easily
Can you blame me? / Can you blame me?

I’m a man a few regrets
But one stuck in my mind
Not the one you’re thinking
Those six words I’ve left behind

You see, back in World War II
I came screaming through the sky
But I pulled the ripcord early
Falling fast and terrified

And it came to me / So easily
I’m screaming through the sky again now in my seventies
And it came to me / So easily
Can you blame me? / Can you blame me?