Hometown Blues

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Steve Madewell
Stephen Madewell


This demo or scratch version was recorded on an Ipad.

It is a rewrite of a song I actually wrote years ago.  I was a finalist for a state position that I realized I didn't want.  I got the idea for the song in the lobby waiting for the final interview.  

The appointment would have required me to move to Columbus and I was living in Chardon at the time.  The original title was

"I hear its snowing in Chardon".

I always liked the story line but the melody wasn't quite right.  Several years later I stared playing around with it and let it evolve in to a different and more captivating tune.


There is a corner of Ohio

Is where I used to call home

Till I moved to this city

To find a life writing songs

I’m surrounded by buildings

I’m out walking alone

My minds’ in the country

And the town I came from


See the birds on the wire

They should be headed down south

Maybe they lost their way

Or got on a wrong route

This grey rain keeps falling

As I wonder about

I hear it’s snowing in Ohio,

I watch this cold rain pouring down


Sometimes you do

What you have to do

Some choices you make

Some are made for you

I need a moment just to stop

The time to slow down

When something gets lost

That’s when the value is found


I love the sound of the silence

When the snow’s falling down

The soft light from the shack

The boys are boiling sap down

I miss the glow of the moonlight

On the snow covered ground

I miss my life in Ohio

Not the likes of this town


There is comfort in the country

Open space all around

Not the rush of a city

Or the push of a crowd

I’m going to head back up north

If it’s the last thing I do

Find a home in the Ohio

And the life I once knew


I hear there is trouble in Ohio

I heard it last night on the news

I guess nothing stays the same

Like we want it to

I’m going to head back up north if it’s the last thing I do

Find my life in Ohio

Kick these hometown blues


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