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The Story Behind “Don’t Let Me Down” Chapter 7

The Story Behind The Song
Chapter 7

Don’t Let Me Down

Another installment in the ongoing presentation of the musical works by:

Shane O’Brien

Author ©2006 Shane O’Brien
Album/CD  The Genuine One
℗2010 Jungle Music Productions

 

Special Advance Notice:

Look at the end of this post to find an unreleased advance listening to a brand new release from Shane O’BrienThe Posse

About the song

The Setting:

Imagine if you will, a 33 ft sailboat converted into a recording studio. The location became known as the Jungle which from 1999 to 2006, a total of 7 CDs were produced. This was a very unusual environment as far as the music recording industry standards goes…

Here is a highlighted example one nights recording session’s story to enjoy…

-I recall sitting on an upside down 5 Gal Paint bucket for a seat, and in front of me stood a make shift microphone stand. There were 2 microphones duct taped at they’re perfect heights for singing and guitar playing. A recall little extra tape was added for the vocal Mic, since I usually bumped into it so much during sessions.
-I did not own any Mic holders yet at that early stage… Everything was borrowed or bartered for.

-It was about 3 AM
-It was real quiet and settled outside
-the hatch door was pulled back all the way
-The only sound were the longees working graveyard
-the Halliard lines slamming on the mast on many of the surrounding sailboats
-also sensed the cawing from a particular Blue Heron as he swooshed by the Jungle
-my headphones were powered by an old Pioneer 175 watt receiver
-I remember this particular song idea coming to mind and the weirdness of just letting it develop without any do-overs other than a lead guitar track to augment that initial rhythm guitar groove
-Thank you to Kevin Whelan for loaning me his beloved Ovation Guitar. That following morning the resulting recording suddenly featured contrasting tones between a nylon stringed guitar and a steel stringed
guitar which both equally shine simultaneously during that short little
lead break before the final verse.
-By sun up everything was all said and done and I noticed my ears were
ringing big time, and you know, they still do today, every time I record…
-Wouldn’t cha know it huh…
Life was as cool then as it is today, I tell ya!
Just Like Regular…

Lyrics as Follows:

Don’t Let Me Down (4:47)
©2006 Shane B. O’Brien
℗2010 Jungle Music Productions

Hum, hum, hum, hum!
It’s after midnight, and I feel there’s a long way to go now
The hours grow long babe
And it’s a job to keep your love here, don’t you know

It’s killing me to wait baby
And it seems to me that there’s times that
You just don’t care no more
But still I won’t hesitate
I’ll go through the hurt and the pain, and the waiting game

But still, I can’t seem to call it a day now
I’m think about you here now, any ole way baby
I dream of you always around

But don’t let me down babe. Don’t let me down now
But don’t let me down little darlin’. Don’t let me down now

I leave the lights on
Can you see your way in my front door now?
There’s a warm lit candle, a warm lit flame in my front window
It’s got a warm soft glow
As warm as the sweet heat in my heart for you baby
And still I got my open arms
Thinking we can make a livin’, and lovin’ and a happy home yeah

But still, I can’t seem to call it a day now
I’m think about you here any Ole way baby
I dream of you always around.

But don’t let me down babe. Don’t let me down now
But don’t let me down little darlin’. Don’t let me down babe
Alright now, yeah

I leave the lights on babe
Can you see your way in my front door now?
There’s a warm lit candle
A warm lit flame in my front window yeah, yeah
It’s got a warm soft glow
As warm as the sweet heat in my heart for you baby
And still I got my open arms now
Hoppin’ we can make a livin’ and lovin’ and a happy home babe

But still I can’t seem to call it a day yeah
Thinking about you any Ole way baby
I dream of you always around

But don’t let me down babe, don’t let me down now
Don’t let me down little mama, little mama, little mama, little mama
Don’t let me down now

Hum, alright now, Hum, Hum, Hum
Don’t let me down babe
Don’t let me down yeah. Don’t let me down now
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“Don’t Let Me Down” Track No.7 of the CD “The Genuine One”
©2006 Shane O’Brien
℗2010 JMProductions/Jungle Music Productions

TGO CDcover_January23 2010

Shane O’Brien Live New Years Eve at Harold’s Place

Here’s a Sample of what this night was for all who participated on both sides of the microphone at Harold’s Place

Shane O'Brien and O'Briens Edge 12 31 2013
Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge 12 31 2013

To start off the night with a song that has been with Shane since the early days, we’re talking 1977 was a great way to kick off this new years eve gala. The dance floor was packed from the get go with
“Love That Woman” [c]2000 Shane O’Brien
[p]2014 Jungle Music Productions

To follow up Shane called upon a song he wrote in 2004. A Bluesy Rockin’ Ballad about a declaration of friendship between two people. The band performed this live 12 31 2013 for it’s 1st time to the public. This was kept on the shelf for many years mostly because of how important a feeling it’s subject is and the effects on the author…
“Just Friends” [c]2005 Shane O’Brien
[p]2014 Jungle Music Productions

New Years Eve will be Rocking with Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge at Harold’s Place in San Pedro, CA.

Shane O'Brien and O'Briens Edge Members are
Poster for New Years Eve O’Briens Edge Members are

This is the eighth time this band has welcomed the new year at Harold’s Place with every year past being a blast for all who attended these shows brought to you from “The Genuine One”. As the following poster highlights, Shane’s brings his game face to this gig… So 2014 Bring it on, lets all together bring it on strong.
Here’s another captured video from our New Years Eve celebration
Titled: 3 Black Dogs [c]2000 Shane O’Brien [p]2014 Jungle Music Productions

Shane O’Brien Live New Years Eve at Harold’s Place, 1908 Pacific ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

Shane O'Brien Live 12 31 2013
Shane O’Brien Live New Years Eve at Harold’s Place