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The Time is Right

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Notes: As a teacher, one of the most difficult parts of my job comes every June when I have to say goodbye to a group of seniors. In our school, I get to work with the same students for three out of  

Everybody Wants to Burn

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Notes: The renewed interest in banning Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code (both movie and book) inspired this song. Everybody burns inside with questions. Everybody burns for answers about complicated issu  

Jose, Can't You See?

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Jose, Can?t You See' Notes: One of the most difficult aspects of writing a weekly song is committing to a song's direction. There's no time to get halfway through the lyrics and decide to scrap the  

Pumped Up as Folk

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Notes: One of my songwriting missions involves singing out against injustice. This week's song strikes out against the media's refusal to cover the out-of-control steroid use that's driving a hamme  

"Walk Away"

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
4/30/06 Jake Speed: Guitar/Vocals. Kentucky Graham: Tenor Guitar. Notes: I wrote this song as a call to consciousness about the dire situations in Uganda and Darfur. The song dreams of a day whe  

Ain't Saved Enough

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Notes: The Freddies and I recorded this song live at Go To Your Room Studios on Monday night. We got it right on the second take. I originally wrote this song as one of those Talkin' Blues numbers,  

Mel Almada's Leap

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
NOTES: Mel Almada made the majors in 1933 as a Boston Red Sox outfielder. He was the first Mexican national to find a professional place in America's national pastime. Mexicano Mel's famous leap at  

Judas

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0 Comments · Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Notes: My wife gave me the idea for this song after she learned that the ?newly? discovered Book of Judas revealed untold secrets about Jesus? final days. Since I enjoy the stretching of the truth, I  

Daylight Loser

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Notes: My dad always refers to Daylight Savings as Daylight ?Losings? because we all lose an hour. (He?s like a living Shakespeare the way he can play with words.) While my dad merely jokes about Da  

It's Hard to Be A Red

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 29, 2006
I read an article about redheads during the week of St. Patrick?s Day (the only day us Reds are celebrated) that suggested redheads make up only 2% of the United States population ? and the numbers   

The Game is on the Line

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 22, 2006
The current madness in Iraq has me on the march. The situation over there is so absurd that I sometimes wonder if it?s all just a huge tournament to see how many Holy Wars can be waged simultaneously  

Black Oil On Tap

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I drank a tall glass of Guinness a few weeks ago, and couldn't help but notice that it looked like crude oil's twin brother. I knew such a likeness would eventually find its way into song, and it ha  

Giving Up Lent

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Like many of my righteous forefathers, I found a loophole in the system that allowed me to put a positive, self-indulgent spin on an otherwise cumbersome religious tradition. If people would just do   

When the Saints Return

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Fat Tuesday and the Mardi Gras season has thankfully rekindled the quickly fading images of the jazz-singin?, sax-swingin?, feather-flyin?, tap-dancin?, pirate-prancin? city of New Orleans. Six month  

President of the Internet

Jake Speed -

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Naturally, I thought I'd be writing about Shotgun Dick Cheney and his bout with lawlessness. However, by the end of the week, the whole thing had pelted me in the face so much that I didn't want to h