John McGrail | Would You Take a Stance?

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Would You Take a Stance?

by John McGrail

Melodic experimental folk with incisive lyrics
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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1. Would You Take a Stance?
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As far as this tune goes it deals with a certain type of person. Their ethics are shaky at best. The question of taking a stance is one that is posed while wondering just where would this type of person draw the line on right or wrong. Are they capable of self-doubt? Is there a generosity of spirit? If they have something good will they share? Would they take what is not theirs if they think no one is looking. Do they see wrong doing and remain quiet. Might they force themselves on another if they can get away with it? Just something I was pondering one day while holding a guitar.

Now for all the personal stuff that lets you know how wonderful I am:

Cleveland based singer songwriter John McGrail has been writing music for over 30 years and performing for most of that period. His tastes are wide as is exemplified by the variety of artist with whom he has shared a stage. He has performed with or opened for Ellis Paul, the Irish group The Chieftains, or the soft rockers The Cowboy Junkies, New Age artist Larkin, native American songwriter Bill Miller and political folk songwriter Dan Bern amongst others.

In his home town of Cleveland they call him a folkie. Is that really accurate? Analysis of his tunes would find things like odd meters, Floydian textures, and the occasional stinging guitar solo. Then there are the lyrics... well there are those who have described him as the Dark Prince of Cleveland Folk....Sure when he performs in concert it is predominantly an acoustic guitar and his voice but does that make it folk music? Is it folk?? Who knows and does it really matter? To John it’s not really a consideration. He just wants to make his music. He does it the way he wants. He will make it so it sounds the way he needs it to sound. At that point he hopes the world will appreciate it. If it doesn’t well, he may be disappointed, but his life is no worse for wear. Call him folk that's ok. Here are the lyrics:

I don’t understand it
can’t there be a better way
seems there’s just too much sadness
can’t we hope for a better day

if you have a chance would you keep it to yourself
if you find an answer would you hide it from all else
I feel I’m in a trance
or maybe just in hell
would you take a stance

so you had a vision
can you tell me bout it too
said its all about division
said its all about the fools chorus

would you drop your pants
would you cop a feel
make your advance
stealing a glance
would you force the yield

must you always be this way
do you always act so grand
can you hear what people say
would you ever take a stand



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Fred Edgerton

Marvelous tune. Fine playing, Interesting lyrics. I have his Merchant of Sorrow album and that is magnificent a subtle masterpiece.