Dog and Cat

from by Joe Goodkin

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I’ve got a long list of regrets that I keep in my head
I think that most people do the same
Some are big, some are small, some are louder than a train
And I spend my days trying to drown them out
Should I have gone out on the road at the first sign of success
Quit my job and burned my savings for the dream
Said “I love you” to my wife as I walked out the door
To a life of little towns and in between

Did I hide behind a ghost? Did I stop instead of go?
Was I too goddamn afraid to risk it all?
Well I’ve got another chance and I’ll say it so you know
It’s on me and me alone to rise or fall

If I’m asking for it all, I need to give it to you straight
I need to stop wrapping my words up in a code
I’m pretty good at making noise and singing things that sound profound
I take it right up to the edge and pull the punch
Like my song about divorce, it isn’t really about kids
It’s about our dog and cat and how we split them up
Maybe it doesn’t matter much, maybe I shouldn’t bring it up
And there’s regret again just when I thought I’d won

I’m going to pour everything into this record of my life
Every pain and every fear and every loss
All the things that I held back and all the things that I left out
And maybe that will finally, finally quell the doubt
Maybe that will finally, finally quell the doubt
Maybe that will finally, finally quell the doubt


from Record of Life, released June 30, 2015



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Joe Goodkin Chicago, Illinois

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Joe Goodkin (of Paper Arrows and The Odyssey) is proud to release his first solo record, entitled Record of Life. Record of Life chronicles family, love, loss, and remembrance in six sprawling songs, each recorded using only Goodkin's haunted 1963 Gibson ES-125t. ... more

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