Monday, August 10, 2015

Secrets Of My Songs #9 (Can't Say No)

This is another song I originally penned back when I was in the navy. In my last segment, I told you about a girl from Michigan who came to visit a family member in Virginia of whom I was friends with and wrote the song "I Want Your Love" for. Well, that person my friend from Michigan visited was named "Bonnie", and it just so happens that I wrote this song about "Bonnie" and her then boyfriend, a fellow sailor and friend of mine from back in the day, Glenn. In fact, it was Glenn who introduced me to Bonnie who introduced me to the girl from Michigan. (See how everything is connected?) lol

Anyhow, one night, or should I say morning? after some heavy drinking, me and my two friends ended up at Bonnie's house where we were to pass out, wake up, eat breakfast and start drinking all over again. However, Bonnie and Glenn decided to have a lovers spat, which took me from sleeping on the couch in the living room and into the kids bedroom where I crawled up on the floor and tried to go to sleep. But their arguing kept me from doing that, so instead, I turned on a little table lamp and pulled out my tiny notebook and started writing down things they were saying. The next day, when eventually I made it back to the ship, I wrote "Can't Say No" from the notes I took. However again, I decided to flip flop the characters. Instead of writing how Glenn cheated on Bonnie, I wrote it as the girl cheating on the man.

When I first wrote this, I did so without writing a bridge for it. At the time, I didn't feel it needed one, but when I was about to go to the studio and record it, I began to wonder if I should add a bridge to it or not. Then about two days before I was to go into the studio, my mother called me and broke the news that she and my stepdad were thinking about getting a divorce. After the phone call, I began writing what would end up becoming the bridge for this song. As for my mother and stepdad, they got back together and about ten years later, they ended up getting that divorce. But thanks to them, and my friends from my navy days, I ended up with a song.

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