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I Did A Bad Thing


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"I Did A Bad Thing"
Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.

I met the perfect woman for me, didn’t realize it at the time 

All she wanted was my love, and all I did was make her cry

We had a great thing goin’, but then I blew it so bad 

I couldn’t resist the temptation, and it made us both so sad


I did a bad thing - I think I broke her heart

Didn’t know how great she was until we were apart

Had to have this other girl, who was hangin’on me

So I broke up with my true love, just so I could be free

And I thought I was doin’ the right thing

But I was wrong, and now I feel so bad

Never felt so guilty, never knew what I had

Now she’s gone, and it’s too late to get smart

I did a bad thing – I think I broke my own heart


I tried to be so nice to her, I tried to be so polite

I tried to do it quickly, and I tried to get it right

I thought that before I cheated, I’d break it off with her first

But all it ever did was make the situation worse


I did a bad thing - I think I broke her heart

Didn’t know how great she was until we were apart

Had to have this other girl, who was hangin’on me

So I broke up with my true love, just so I could be free

And I thought I was doin’ the right thing

But I was wrong, and now I feel so bad

Never felt so guilty, never knew what I had

Now she’s gone, and it’s too late to get smart

I did a bad thing – I think I broke my own heart


Technically, I never did cheat, but all I had was a few nights of fun

It wasn’t worth it, but then it was too late, the damage was already done

I knew she’d never take me back, although I tried a time or two

She went on to get a new man, I went on to get blues


I did a bad thing - I think I broke her heart

Didn’t know how great she was until we were apart

Had to have this other girl, who was hangin’on me

So I broke up with my true love, just so I could be free

And I thought I was doin’ the right thing

But I was wrong, and now I feel so bad

Never felt so guilty, never knew what I had

'Till it was gone, now it’s too late to get smart

I did a bad thing – I think I broke my own heart


Copyright © ℗ 2012 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.

I Did A Bad Thing
Album cover drawing by Lenore & Scott Cooley
Song from the album Cherchez La Femme
Position Track # 2
Duration 4:55
Released June 21st, 2012
Label Scott Cooley Records
Format CD, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Genre acoustic garage rock, indie folk pop
Studio Scott Cooley Music Productions
Producer Scott Cooley
Songwriter words and music by Scott Richard Cooley
Publisher Scott Richard Cooley Music Publishing, ASCAP
Personnel Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, hand clapping
Track Chronology
"Forever In Shame"

(#1)
"I Did A Bad Thing"

(#2)
"Cherchez La Femme"

(#3)
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Brief Description

I Did A Bad Thing is one of my more catchy tunes.  It's quite sparsely-produced instrumentation-wise, but I think the overall sound quality is pretty cool.  It features hand-clapping, which works well.  Anyone who records songs should have at least one that has hand-clapping in it.  My singing was good (for me) on this one.  A faster, electric fully-produced version with pro players and a great singer might even be pitch-worthy for a major artist to record.

The story is unfortunately loosely-based on a true one from my past.  It's about having a current girlfriend who is great, then having some other girl want you badly, and so since you're tempted, you decide to break up with the current girlfriend first so you're technically "free" to hook up with the new chick, thinking this is somehow respectful to the current girlfriend and the right thing to do instead of just cheating on her.  It's one thing to make up your mind character-wise that you're not going to be a person who cheats, but it's an example of a stupid thought process of a way younger and less wise version of myself.  Prior to this girlfriend, when presented with a similar situation, I didn't think twice, I just went ahead and cheated.  This time, I may have thought my own maturity at the time was improving with this approach, but it turned out to be incredibly poor judgement.  I not only hurt my girlfriend, I hurt myself, since I regretted it from that point forward in a classic case of not knowing what you had until it was gone.  A lesson learned for sure.
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