Hard To Breathe Blues

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Hard To Breathe Blues is the result of a prompt I gave myself to write a 12 bar blues song. I think the main riff is pretty cool and I was happy to see that a lyric I'd had floating around since high school could be successfully modified to fit the format. This was another one that I had considered for a full band format but I liked the idea of doing it as a Robert Johnson-style Delta number. I suppose having Robbie play some slide guitar on it was a nice compromise.


It's hard to breathe
Making sense of what I'd done
So hard to believe
Making sense of what I'd done
The shock in her eyes
Looking down my loaded gun

I try to run
Everyone knows my name
I try to hide
Everyone knows my name
They see the signs
And they know that I am to blame

I feel like I'm sinking
I must've been possessed
I feel like I'm shrinking
I must've been possessed
You know I've been thinking
Why didn't I just let her rest

Until I die
In this bitter empty space
I'll sit and cry
In this bitter empty space
It's an image of pleasure
That will never be erased


from Hope For Winter, released March 21, 2017
Music & Lyrics: Chris Latta
Slide guitar by Robbie Sherman



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