After I Left Home (Song for Buddy Guy)

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Inspired by Buddy Guy's autobiography "When I Left Home: My Story" with David Ritz.

“Kirsten Thien’s AFTER I LEFT HOME channels all the grit and glory of Buddy Guy’s epic story. Kirsten lives at the crossroads where the blues are as new as they are ancient, forever fresh, an unstoppable force of impassioned life.”

David Ritz

lyrics

My dreams as a boy
Made me a man
Didn’t wanna be nobody’s hero
Just doing the best I can
Never saw time heal a wound
The way good blues music can
Gives you life when you feel like dying
Brings on soothing tears
When you feel like cryin’

That’s what the blues taught me
That’s what I learned
After I left home

When I come to your town
Your sons and your daughters
Gonna boogie down
They’ll be a Boogie Chillin’, Child
Oh, but, they’ll be diggin’ my sound
Carry the fire long after our time
Just like John Lee said
It’s all in the rhythm, Baby
Don’t you worry about the rhyme
Blues keep coming at you just like a weed
What I came to do is plant the seed
That’s what the blues taught me
That’s what learned
After I left home

(Driving that truck, you know there were…)
So many times at the end of my rope
Holdin’ on with these fingers, don’t you know
Do right by my kids and never give up
Never gave up, no I never, never did!
If the path you’re leading ever feels too hard
Listen to me, I’ll play you this here guitar
For you I came to play
For you I came to play
This here guitar, oh, ‘cause
That’s what the blues taught me
That’s what learned
After I left home

Here’s what the blues taught me…

…Set me on a path under these lights
Gave a tired soul wings ready for flight
That’s what the blues taught me
That’s what learned
After I left home

That’s what the blues taught me
Blues was my teacher
Blues was my school
From down in Louisiana, Baby
All the way up to cold winter, Chicago
That’s what the blues taught me
After I left home

credits

from Two Sides, released August 28, 2020
by Kirsten Thien and Erik Boyd
KirstyMac Music ASCAP / Erik Boyd Music ASCAP

Kirsten Thien: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Erik Boyd: Bass
Arthur Neilson: Lead Guitar
Steve Holley: Drums
Tommy Mandel: Organ

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Kirsten Thien New York, New York

Guitar Player Magazine: “Thien’s supple voice can act out a song’s lyrics with both honesty and cinematic effect…a real treat is Please Drive, where Thien is joined by blues legend Hubert Sumlin on guitar”

Pat St. John, Legendary NY DJ:“The album is flawless. She’s gonna be a BIG, big star!”

Music News Nashville:“This is as close to a perfect album as I have heard in some time. Thien is a star!"
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