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I Did A Bad Thing


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

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

"I Did A Bad Thing"

Song by Scott Cooley from the album Cherchez La Femme
Position #2
Released 2012
Recorded Scott Cooley Music Productions studio, East Lansing, Michigan
Genre alternative acoustic, Americana
Length 4:55
Label Scott Cooley Records
Personnel Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, percussion, hand claps
Publisher Scott Cooley Music Publishing
Producer Scott Cooley
Format Compact Disc, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Writer words/music by Scott Richard Cooley

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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.  This one has commercial potential for sure if you had a faster, electric version with pros and a great singer - I'd like to hear what a fully-produced demo of this would sound like with session musicians and a pro vocalist.  This is saleable (sellable?) or 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.