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"Used To Be Good Looking"
Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.














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"Used To Be Good Looking"


Song by Scott Cooley from the album Used To Be Good Looking
Position #1
Released 2014
Recorded Scott Cooley Music Productions studio, East Lansing, Michigan
Genre alternative acoustic, Americana, blues
Length 3:36
Label Scott Cooley Records
Personnel Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, percussion
Publisher Scott Cooley Music Publishing
Producer Scott Cooley
Format Compact Disc, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Writer words/music by Scott Richard Cooley
Chronology

"Cherchez La Femme" "Used To Be Good Looking" "I Care"
(prev. album) (#1) (#2)

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I was initially inspired to write this based on overhearing an office break room conversation at work where a colleague was being complimented by someone on something, like having an obviously-new pair of shoes, and the compliment was that they looked cool.  His reply was "I'm too old to ever be cool again."  That was it right there - the spark for this song idea.  This guy happened to be bald, and while replying, rubbed his bald head for added effect.

A hopefully humorous, funky blues ballad with bongos.  A blues with a bridge, about a subject that is semi-autobiographical.  Now you might think I'm full of myself to admit I used to be good looking, and although I can't know for sure, I've been told that I once was a few times in my life.  Guys don't usually hear that kind of thing like good-looking girls do.  It might be assumed they know, but I never really did, although I suspected I wasn't totally ugly.  So, I am an example of someone who was born somewhat lucky genetics-wise, then didn't do the upkeep.  

This is sad to all onlookers.  I gained a ton of weight for one thing...to the point where people didn't recognize me and I had to tell them who I was and then experience their shocked reaction.  Depending on who it was, the reaction was one where I could almost hear what they must've been thinking in their heads upon realizing it was me...something like "whoa, you're Scott Cooley?" or "wow dude, what happened?" ...things along those lines are what I imagined them not saying anyway.  I've always thought of myself as very average, but when told later in life that I was above, I thought to myself "shoot, I should've used that to my advantage" but wasn't aware of it because no one ever told me, dang it.  Now I'm just an old, morbidly obese, oddly-shapen, short, ultra-pale, hairy white guy with thinning, receding grey hair.  Oh yeah, and I have bad posture now too, and yellow teeth.

Yep, these lyrics necessitated a blues style for obvious reasons.  This is my "fat man in the bathtub with the blues" type of song, whoever wrote that one the Grateful Dead used to play occasionally.  I am especially proud of this one, however sad it may be, because I think I also made it be funny, and worked in some darned good rhymes and lyrics in there, if I do say so myself.  It just so happened around the time I wrote this, my wife saw an old picture of me and told me I looked particularly sexy, so I thought that's it - I've got the cover art, which thereby dictated the album title and designated the title track.  Worked out well, I thought.