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Ordinary Man

from Last Man Standing by Jim Love

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I was asked at the last minute to do a eulogy for someone I knew and loved. This was a tribute to him. It was how he would want to have been remembered. As I said the eulogy I was haunted by two pieces of literature that I love - a poem by ee cummings and the famous line from Death of a Salesman - "Attention must be paid." The two ideas blended together and the song appeared to me.

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Ordinary Man

Music and Lyrics by Jim Love

He was an ordinary man, with an ordinary life|
With an ordinary job, two kids and a wife
He had an ordinary house, in an ordinary town
And the days went by, and the years rolled around

And the sun came up in the morning, and the moon came out at night,
And he lies in his bed, and he stares at the stars, and he thinks about his life

In an ordinary place, on an ordinary day
He met an ordinary girl, in the ordinary way
And he gave her his ring, in that ordinary town
And the days went by, and the years rolled round

And the sun came up in the morning, and the moon came out at night,
And he lay in their bed, and he heard her softly breathing, and he thought about his life

In an ordinary year, on an ordinary day
He held her by the hand, and he just slipped away
And he looked into her eyes, as she was looking down
He saw the days go by, and the years roll round

And the sun still comes up in the morning, and the moon comes out at night,
And she lies in their bed, and she stares at the wall, and she thinks about a life

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from Last Man Standing, released April 1, 2022

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Jim Love Ontario

I wrote my first song when I was about 14 with the line "write me, box nothing, Trans Canada Highway". A few months later, I ran away to Vancouver. The songs never stopped.

In my 20's a Juno nomination and gold album as a writer for a kid's band. A couple of musicals live and on CBC and a series of songs.

After 40 years I'm back with some of my best songs. Never too late.
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