Paul Pena’s life story is pretty amazing and his first album (from which this song is taken) is excellent. Apparently his second is too (I’m going to listen to it today) but it took 27 years to get released.
Back in the late 60s he was opening shows for Frank Zappa and the Grateful Dead. Then after his first album* came out on Capitol, his second* got canned due to legal issues and didn’t appear for 27 years (praise be to the legendary jazz man Ben Sidran for preserving it). Read the rest of his story here.
Sometimes […] living is like being punched in the face over and over again while you’re trying your best to walk a straight line. Sometimes it’s like waking up after a long night of nightmares and realizing the dreams weren’t real and that the day you have ahead is nothing but sweet life and freedom.
The trick is to remember the latter exists when the former is riding you into the dirt.
The trick is to remember the upside when you’re down.
There’s a light A certain kind of light That never shone on me I want my life lived with you Lived with you There’s a way everybody says To do each and every little thing But what does it bring If I ain’t got you, ain’t got you?
You don’t know what it’s like, baby You don’t know what it’s like To love somebody To love somebody The way I love you….