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Kent’s Songs A-Z – Bloodshot Eyes

This week’s song is Bloodshot Eyes.  Here’s the MP3:

This is one of the first songs that Ronnie Jeffrey and I wrote together, back in the mid-nineties. I came up with the Bridge first (“They don’t make visine for the trouble I’ve seen”), then the chorus. It’s a sad little number, but somehow it rocks too, thanks to Ronnie’s excellent guitar track. Of all of the songs I’ve written or co-written, this is the one that hasn’t been recorded commercially that I think has the most potential. Some of my old songs sound like old songs, but this one has aged well.

Songwriting purists would argue that the song is incomplete because it doesn’t set up the backstory – why the protagonist split from his girlfriend. My point, though, was that after a breakup a lot of people focus on the fact the there was a split (as opposed to why it happened) and wallow (or, in the country music tradition, drown) in their sorrow. That’s the vibe we were going for. People have broken up for countless reasons, but everyone has experienced a breakup of one sort or another. It’s the emotion and resulting downward spiral we were writing about, not so much a particular relationship.

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  • Kent Newsome

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    Kent Newsome (BMI) is a recorded songwriter who has been writing songs for over thirty years. He writes traditional country, alt. country, rock and blues. He has written songs on commercial recordings throughout the United States and Europe.

    If you're looking for songs for your next recording project, please browse our large selection of online, fully produced demos. We have a hit song for your next record.

    This is Kent's music publishing and song demos site. Check out Newsome.Org, his popular tech, music and life blog here.

  • History

    Err Bear Music, Inc. (BMI) (in this case Err rhymes with her) is a publishing company Kent Newsome formed in 1977, when his first song was recorded. Err Bear Music continues to administer the majority of Kent's catalog. If you're looking for some great songs for your next recording project, listen you our full length online demos via the Song Index pages above, or request a demo MP3. We'll send you some great songs for your next record.

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