Edward J Wanted Too Much

from by Andy Getch

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A series of songs for the 50 songs in 90 days challenge was written on the same theme as this album. It started with my grandfather going to prison, for refusal to serve in the military in 1944 during World War 2, a few years after being converted to the Jehovahs Witnesses religion. This bookend song is a look back on his 50 plus years in the religion.

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Edward J Wanted Too Much

[E] [D] [A] [D] progression
Refrain
Edward J wanted too much
Spent his life chasing the next get rich quick gold rush

Once a pillar in the truth, the rules got to be too much he lost his call
Dying last Saturday, his funeral is my last trip to the Kingdom Hall
Now just a building to me, that has lost meaning
Old building was donated to a women’s shelter, hosting 12 step meetings

Once put his foot in the door to make his point heard
Now traipsing into the woods chasing gold climbing fences on someones word
Planning his next get rich quick gypsy adventure chasing treasures here on earth

One by one family members dropped out, the fear had lost its force
Edward J died believing the day of death is better than the day of birth

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from After The Society, released November 28, 2016

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