Busier​-​than​-​thou Blues (w/ electric collabs)

by Kathleen Martin

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Ironically the people this piece is inspired by will never hear it because, of course, they're far too busy to push play. :) The religious community has its share of holier-than-thou, self-righteous hypocrites, but the secular set has its own version of puffed-up self-importance as well: the busier-than-thou folks. You know the type, traveling on a 1-way road fueled by superego. You do for them and even do it again and again, but mostly they're too busy to spare you a moment claiming they can't find the time when, as we all know, they'll easily make time for what matters to them (video games, tweeting and texting ad infinitum). Always *implied* when you're told "I know you did but sorry, I haven't got time to reciprocate" are: "You just don't matter that much," and "How lucky you're idle enough to find time for me"—your courtesy and effort taken for granted and brushed off with the same lame excuse of "super-industry" as they slap you on both cheeks at once. How cheeky of them!

Well, a musical influence here, Steely Dan's "Pretzel Logic" asks, "Where did you get those shoes?" B-t-t Blues responds, if the sneaker fits, make like Nike and just do it! If the penny loafer fits, spare the dime and do the time! ☼;) As always, I thank you greatly for *your* time in listening and reading this far! ♥ xxxooo

[Full Chorus]
I've got the biz-biz-biz-biz-biz
And it really brings me down now
How come [Why does] everybody think(s) that he's
The busiest person [The only busy dude] around [in town]?

They say you want somethin' done
You got to ask a busy man.
You can't be what you claim then,
'Cause you won't and rarely can.

[Partial Chorus]

If you cannot spare the time, girl,
To return what you are given,
You take up space in this world
But you sure ain't truly livin'.

[Full Chorus]

You keep takin' from the kitty,
But you ain't no playful pup.
Get all your ducks in order now,
'Cause it's time to ante up.

[Partial Chorus]

When pleased by someone's kindness
It makes you seem a fool
If clueless they'd be pleased by yours
That's called the Golden Rule.

[Full Chorus+Instrumental Break]

Now a one-way street will take its toll
And become a cul de sac.
You're headed for a dead end
Unless you route some back.

[Full Chorus]

The door here it swings both ways
Get and give's what it's about
Push and pull it all to your side
Bound to bang you on the way out.

[Full Chorus]


released September 6, 2015

Kathleen Martin composed song/ lyrics, mixed/ produced and performed on acoustic Guild, keyboards and vocals on all tracks.

See individual track notes for featured artist credits and information.

Album artwork idea by Kathleen, 'shopped by JT Lindroos
Original Bee drawing by JT Lindroos



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Kathleen Martin New Albany, Indiana

For music fans who think outside the boxy confines of genre labels, find here my original work arranged for and performed on a variety of instruments for sounds ranging from sweet to sassy and reedy to brassy; from lofty to lowdown and soulful to hoedown; from serious to silly and urban to hillbilly. I urge you to click on my production notes/lyrics before or as you push play. ☼♥ ... more

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