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If I Had Time


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"If I Had Time"
Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.














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

"If I Had Time"


Song by Scott Cooley from the album Cherchez La Femme
Position #13
Released 2012
Recorded Scott Cooley Music Productions studio, East Lansing, Michigan
Genre alternative acoustic, Americana, country
Length 5:19
Label Scott Cooley Records
Personnel Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, percussion, slide guitar;  Lenore Cooley - accordion
Publisher Scott Cooley Music Publishing
Producer Lenore & Scott Cooley
Format Compact Disc, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Writer words/music by Scott Richard Cooley
Chronology

"No Reason Flowers" "If I Had Time" "Used To Be Good Looking"
(#12) (#13) (next album)

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This one makes me emotional even writing about it.  It has deep personal meaning for me, which probably means it doesn't have enough universal appeal to be commercial in terms of me licensing it to a famous singer to record.  That said, if I was faced with the difficult choice of naming the best song I've ever written or my favorite song I've ever written, this one would immediately pop into my head.  This is a song I wrote from the perspective of a grandfather speaking to a grandson, and yes, I wrote it about my own grandpa, one of the greatest men to ever walk the planet.  I put myself in his shoes and wrote it about the kind of relationship I had with him and how he used to talk to me.  He always used to ask me what I had going on in my life, and when I would tell him, he'd always tell me something like "well, see I know about that, and I could help you out with that"  and then he'd follow it up with "if I had time, but you see I haven't got the time, or else I would"  or something along those lines.  He was really funny, and this always made me laugh.  You had to know him and hear him to fully appreciate it.  He had moved to Michigan from the south, so the way he talked with his southern phrases and accent was always hilarious to me and my sister Court and especially my cousins Chuck and Pat.  He'd say the same things to them.  He used to help my dad fix things around our house, and he even helped us build a workbench with a vise in our basement when I was a kid.  So, especially on the phone he'd ask about my school projects or the tree house I was building in the woods, or a birdhouse in the basement or whatever.  He'd always ask you what kind of projects you had going on - he loved having projects whatever they might be working in his garage or fixing things around his house or whatever, and he was the kind of guy who liked helping other people out with their projects.  Even after you got something done and told him about it, he'd say "well, I could've helped you with that....if I had time...but I didn't have the time."  He was retired already when I was a kid, so he always did actually have the time!  He also understood that as a kid, I was busy with all the regular kinds of things kids are busy with.  So anyway, long story short, I worked that basic concept into to a song where I switched it up to also be about someone who is older and literally running out of time in life who was wanting to hang out with his grandkid who has his whole life ahead of him.  That's the tough thing about life, but I knew he understood that, and he knew I would understand it when I was older, and even if I wished I could've spent more time with him while he was still around, which I of course do now, I know he understood that too.  That's why this one is a tear-jerker if you pay attention to what the lyrics are about.  He was a big fan of country music too - being a truck driver and all - and he liked Johnny Cash and Tennessee Ernie Ford and guys like that.  We used to play his 8-track tapes on his stereo when we visited him.  So, of course, I had to make this be a country song, and then it was so good when I wrote it, I decided I needed to have Lenore's great accordion playing on there too.  Yep, best song I ever wrote.