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Why Do You Torture Me?

from Selcouth by Marc Gunn



I was performing at the Maggie McGuinness Pub in Marietta, Georgia in 2017. One of the regular attendees was Chris. He loved a song by my old band, the Brobdingnagian Bards, called “Christmas Time in Texas”. He requested it at nearly every show. It didn’t matter what time of year it was.

One summer day, he made that request, and I was in one of THOSE moods. I decided to write a song on the fly. Fortunately, I recorded the show. The lyrics were preserved for posterity.

This song is about more than that one Christmas song in July though. It's about every song request that is made... and that musicians don't remember.

There are so many songs I recorded in the studio. They never ‘worked' live. As a live performance pieces they were dead. Yet, they lived on albums. Thank you Chris for keeping a fun song alive. At the same time…. CURSE YOU!!!!!!!


Why do you torture me?
Oh why… Do you Request a song that I can't sing?
Why do you torture me?
Oh why… Do you wanna hear a song I can't sing?

Believe me when I say that I am happy you like this song.
It makes me smile when you light up at the chance to sing along.
The problem is I read the lyrics in the studio as I recorded it.
I haven't played the song since then. Never thought that you'd look forward to it.

You ask me for a Christmas song in the middle of July.
What's wrong with you? Why that song? Do you want to make a grown man cry?
Don't get me wrong. I'm proud I wrote it. But that was my old band.
Good satire, sure, but it's not a great song. You're the only one to make that demand.

I'm pretty sure I know most of the lyrics to your fine song request.
But as I sing, I forget the punchline my eyes dart around in distress.
If I’m gonna screw up the words to a song, at least let it be great.
Cuz the chances are I played it enough that at least I'll make it out the gate.


from Selcouth, released February 14, 2022
Lyrics and music Marc Gunn. Marc Gunn - autoharp, vocals. Nathan Deese - bass, saxophone. Rich Brotherton - guitar. Richard "Nox" Miller - percussion. Mixed by Rich Brotherton, Ace Recording. Mastered by Marc Gunn.




Marc Gunn Atlanta, Georgia

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats--Sci F'Irish music.

He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans alike for its unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic.
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