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A song I wrote about a shoe shine man working at the airport. My brother Ed did the guitar work and mix. Thanks for listening!

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My grandfather staked me when I was nineteen
Two chairs, with a drawer full of polish between
Amazing how much of the world that I’ve seen
In the eyes that I meet; on the shoes that I clean

A spit-shined young man bound for a hard time
Fear don’t come off ‘matter how hard you shine
They make 'em fly out in full brass and full dress
If he wears ‘em back home, fifty stars on his chest.

Monday through Friday at Gate 22
Eight bucks for boots and seven for shoes
I sell first impressions, the smile is free
At the foot of my throne on an old bended knee

She told me her dad was a rich business man
He had her this weekend, she told me her plan
I gave her new laces and then wished her well
When he looks at me, maybe he’ll see himself.

The lights are fluorescent, the speakers are loud
The halls full of people alone in the crowd
They stare at their shoes -- they don’t know their size,
Marching off into the unfriendly skies.


They come and they go from morning to night
To fortune to fame at the speed of flight
They twirl on my axis toward skies ever blue
Monday through Friday at Gate 22.


On long dusty trails, pay heed to your step
But you can’t spend your whole life watchin’ the ground
As life wears the leather, sometimes it cracks
So stop by to see me, and put your foot down.

©2007 Paul Nicholson
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Uploaded: Jan 07, 2008 - 04:02:44 PM
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2008 - 04:02:44 PM Last Played: Apr 28, 2017 - 02:10:50 PM
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ajnorth said 3603 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
I really like this, it has a nice feel to it. A simple song. It's a shame the second vocal track near the end was not a harmony but still I like it a lot.
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Feter said 3603 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
Worn Leather
MAn this is amazing .great song writing very genuine
the lyrics just awesome with meaningfull ,thnx alot
for sharin such grem !!
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aclarke said 3603 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
Glad I stopped
and listened to this very pleasing song. Excellent word play, in particular the second verse.

I really enjoyed the classic storyteller feel of the song. Reminded me of the many singer-songwriter performances from the 70's.
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tmcfate said 3603 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
good morning
i think the melodey is beutiful. the harmonica works really well. i think you do tell a good story and i find your songs great to listen to with my day old coffe first thing in the morning sitting in the sun room watching the sun come over the trees and seeing the neighborhood wake up. i will keep listening
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said 3602 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
Great song...
you sing so well. And your guitar playing is right on. For me, I would bring up the harmonica some. It seems too faint to me and if it comes up it would counter play your vocal better. But the song is really good and inviting as is.

Paul, I really like your style... honest sounding singing, simple well-palyed and warm guitar, and a folk song story. Works for me... !

pablatone said 3602 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
you are on a roll
I try to be stingy with the 10's but this one earned it in the songwriting. This is such a sweet tune.
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dajama said 3602 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
Very nice song
Your vocal reminded me of Townes Van Zandt (which is a compliment, by the way! I was a huge fan of his voice - and songwriting) and the guitar work is nicely done - good sound and playing. Some great lyrical images here ("life wears the leather") and a nice subject for a song. Nice work. Peace.
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UncleTupeloFan said 3601 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
thanks to all...
...for the very kind comments! My brother Ed gets all the credit on the guitar work and mix, he really brought it to life. I travel a lot and I think an airport would be the loneliest place to work, but strangely it is one of the best places to people watch. Wanted to write a song about a guy who "knows his size" in the big picture. Again, thanks for listening!

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Worse4Wear said 3601 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
Hey is this song playing on the radio? I could swear I heard it as I was driving through nashville. But great song you got there!
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J.A.Stewart said 3601 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
Old School...
Slice of Life in the tributaries of our notice.

Reminds me of something Leonard Cohen might have written many years ago. A *little* story... with a wider magnitude.

Nicely done, Paul... and Ed. ;)

--- Joe
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said 3600 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
great songwriting
I like the simplicity great story alittle sad but true. enjoyed!!
guitapick said 3600 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
...this is some tune. Wow...lyrics are exceptional, as is their delivery.

Deep respect for you two.

It's amazing how a guitar/voice/some percussion and harmonica can have the fullness of a complete symphony orchestra...when it's done right...which it really is, here.
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UncleTupeloFan said 3599 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
appreciate it
Thanks for the kind words and for listening!

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thetiler said 3598 days ago (January 12th, 2008)
Love the Going to Philidalphia
to this, which means it has nice pop feel here. The flow of this is really nice, really brings me back to a James Taylor via Mark Kopfler, not sure got his name right. But it as very nice pop current folk feel to me. Your voice is quite nice to hear.

This is a pleasant listen for me. Everything about it seem really well done.

UTF, looking forward to hearing more folk gems from you. You really seem to have the gift!
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singingshrink said 3597 days ago (January 13th, 2008)
Great Song
I love it - nice job. Powerful lyrics.

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TobinMueller said 3595 days ago (January 16th, 2008)
Most excellent. You and Ed make a great team. Perfect folk.
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said 3594 days ago (January 16th, 2008)
polished sincerity
perfect projection and attitude
dolby said 3590 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Very very...
...nice. Great job, well done.

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enicholsMJ said 3582 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
you rock non-stop, brother. and thx to everyone for the nice comments.

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thetiler said 3567 days ago (February 13th, 2008)
I've heard a lot of songs here at MJ
but this one seems to be one of the best I've heard here.

UTF, way to go. This sounds PRECIOUS!

Very Impressed!!!!!
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UncleTupeloFan said 3566 days ago (February 13th, 2008)
Thanks, Bill
High praise from my favorite guitarist on this site -- I have watched your video of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and am in awe at your playing. Please let me know if you'd ever be interesting in a collab, have some tunes written that could use a melody and guitar.

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Char said 3152 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Lucky you
to have a brother who can back up your singing. Good song. Thanks.
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