The Ballad Of A Nice Guy

from by Michael Shoup

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Song-A-Week. Submit Ideas!

Welcome to the 9th episode of Song-A-Week!

I am joined this week by my friend and fabulous Singer-Songwriter, Justin Caldwell [ ]

We diligently poured over all your submissions and found one very common trend in a number of them... which inspired this song.

We had a ridiculously awesome time writing and recording this for you, and a big thanks to Justin for being a sport and putting up with me crazy deadlines.

Hope you enjoy!

Lyrics and Tech details below!




It started out just being friendly
Her heart was broke and I was being gentlemenly
You're telling me he's so refined but
You're aperitif and he's been tasting other wines

So what then should I be
For you to notice me

Nice guys lose again
Always hoping that she'll make the switch
Polite guys never win
Perhaps its time we learn to smack a bitch

Take you to show, I'd buy you flowers
I could sit and stare and listen to you talk for hours
Write poetry for a song like this
I like your company but still there's something that I miss

So what then can I do
To get it on with you


I've resolved to be more criminal less subliminal
Beef my upper body cause that's what gets the hotties
Never date less than two ladies
Always leaving when there's babies
Cause it seems like that's what I'm supposed to do



from Song​-​A​-​Week, released February 1, 2011
Shot with an iPhone 4 using an Owle Bubo. Editing done in Final Cut Pro and extra audio editing in Logic.

Song-A-Week is a weekly video blog where I take submissions / ideas from readers of my blog and pick one [or a few] each week to write a song about. Viewers can submit ideas at the URL above, and a new song will be posted every Tuesday.




Michael Shoup Nashville, Tennessee

My mother calls me Michael. My friends call me Shoup.

A Songwriter, Storyteller, Pixel Manipulator, and Entropic Strategist, I make music and tools for others like myself.

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