PARDON MY HEART
Notes on Song writing

Chords with Lyric
AUDIO/LYRIC
Pardon my Heart, Pardon my Heart
I hope she didn't interrupt you.
And all the love and happiness that you pursue
I'm sorry if she got in the way.

Pardon my Heart, this clumsy old thing,
But she just wanted to confirm.
Honey have you fueled all the love that you care to burn?
Honey have you got another drop?
Honey have you fueled all the love that you care to burn?
Honey have you got another drop?

(Guitar Solo)

Honey have you fueled all the love that you care to burn,
Honey have you got another drop?
Honey have you fueled all the love that you care to burn,
Honey have you got another drop?

Pardon my Heart, this broken Heart
I hope she didn't startle you.
I should have told you baby it's a mess when she's broke in two,
Watch out she's gonna spill on you.
I should have told you baby it's a mess when she's broke in two,
Watch out she's gonna spill on you.

Pardon my Heart, Pardon my Heart
I hope she didn't interrupt you

(Guitar Solo 2)

Pardon my Heart, Pardon my Heart


NOTES ON SONG WRITING Back to top ^

I started writing this song sometime in 1978! It was supposed to be a kind of joke tell-off song. A 'well excuse me!' type of tune. I couldn't seem to make the song go anywhere way back then, so I just wrote down what I had and set it all aside. At that time I had written three verses and had the melody and chord progression up to where the first guitar solo presently comes in. I had the lyric finished. The only hope for completing this song, lay in finding another song section, something to pull itself away from the short and endlessly looping 5 chords. Nothing seemed to attach itself to the existing chord progression so 'Pardon my Heart' just languished in obscurity behind a garage door in Chuck O`Neill's mind for 37 years. A classic back burner song project destined for the trash heap.

Then in August 2005 along came a corporate sponsored song competition called 'Burning to Sing Your Heart Out'. Of all the song contest requirements, and there were many, none was more important than the song's lyric were to use the words 'heart' and 'burn' in it. (Yes, you've guessed it! The corporate sponsor was from the acid reflux trade). The two words didn't have to be together and it didn't matter which word came first. So after hearing about the contest, I scanned my mental files and low and behold, there it was. 'Pardon my Heart', somewhere between the half empty paint cans, the blue tarp and ladder. I dusted it off. I realized that in spite of numerous eligibility requirements and going against improbable odds that I would most likely not even have enough time to finish writing this and then record it to video by the receive-by deadline of September 7th. But I still proceeded. My thinking was, it is now or never for this little runt of a song to either sink or swim. Win or lose, good or bad, at least there will be another original song I can call my own. Besides, I was starting to imagine Kelleigh Taylor singing this.
In mid August 2005 I was in the midst of writing and recording 'O Soul of Mine' with Dwane Hall at Sessions Studio in Buffalo. I mentioned the song contest to Dwane and the possibility of this unfinished song coming to life in time to compete. After hearing a rough demo I had just finished, he was all for trying to make it happen right away and offered the services of the studio. We dove right in. On the writing end of it...I decided to burst through the end of the unfinished song with a guitar solo in a modulated key. I then found the answer to completing this tune was to keep the same 5 chords and naturally modulate to various keys. I say naturally, because there was no conscious effort to work this out mathematically. The song just kept insisting it be allowed to modulate. So off we went. I just let it flow until we arrived at an ending point and then quickly decided, like an unapologetic mother defending her newborn's funny looks, that 4 separate keys in a three minute song just gave it some character.

With the heavy thought of Hurricane Katrina obliterating New Orleans fresh on our mind we headed into Sessions on September 2 2005. We had a finished demo in the mail enroute to Omaha Nebraska by September 6th.
The first day in the studio I played acoustic guitar to a drum track I programmed in a Yamaha RY8, while Jim Brucato listened to, and got a handle on the song in the control room. Then it was Jim's turn to play bass and add the Fender Telecaster part, which included the octave solo (solo #2). After that, Kelleigh Taylor sang the song a couple of times before being filmed by Jay and Dwane Hall lip-syncing her vocal performance. I added tambourine, the first and last guitar solos and some hammers and harmonics throughout the song. We needed a bunch of other pain-in-the-rear entry requirements the following day e.g.. converting the digital camera work to VHS, omitting all but Kelleigh's face in the video, etc. which we did during mixing and editing. Over the next few months we redid my guitar solos, added Cave Wilson on real drums and tried, mostly successfully to fix a single measure where everyone seemed to drift off beat at the same time. The end example, and my first original song set to video shows a beautiful Kelleigh Taylor capturing the essence of the song and claiming it for herself. This is definitely what I wanted her to do. Although we didn't win the acid reflex song contest, we all had a great time bringing this little number into the world. I was very happy with the results of everyone's effort, and I am thrilled this song was able to swim when I pushed it in the water!


CHORDS WITH LYRICBack to top ^
G   GMaj7 A7sus4  A7  G  GMaj7  A7sus4  A7
//  //        //        //   //  //        //        //
 
G               Gmaj7 A7sus4    A7
Pardon my Heart, Pardon my Heart
 G                 Gmaj7         A7sus4 A7
I hope he didn't interrupt you. 
      Am                                    G6
And all the love and happiness that you pursue
      Am                                  G Gmaj7 A7sus4 A7
I'm sorry if he got in the way.

G              Gmaj7       A7sus4     A7
Pardon my Heart, this clumsy old thing,
     G               Gmaj7      A7sus4 A7
But he just wanted to confirm.
                      Am                                G6
Honey have you fueled all the love that you care to burn?
Am                                     Em7
Honey have you got another drop?
                        Am                             G6Am  
Honey have you fueled all the love that you care to burn? 

Honey have you got another drop?  G Gmaj7 A7sus4 A7 
 
(Guitar Solo)       D   Dmaj9  E7sus4  E7   D     Dmaj9   E7sus4    E7
                          //   //         //          //   //       //        //          //         
 
                      Em7                              D6                     Em7 
Honey have you fueled all the love that you care to burn, Honey have you got another drop?
 Bm7                          Em7                            D6                      Em7 
Honey have you fueled all the love that you care to burn, Honey have you got 
              
              D  Dmaj9  E7sus4  E7
another drop?
 
A              Amaj7   B7sus4  B7
Pardon my Heart, this broken Heart
A  Amaj9                      B7sus4  B7
I hope he didn't startle you.
                                 Bm7                          A6  
I should have told you baby it's a mess when he's broke in two,
          Bm7                          F#m11
Watch out he's gonna spill on you.
                           Bm7                          A6                                Bm7
I should have told you baby it's a mess when he's broke in two, watch out he's gonna
              A   Amaj7 B7sus4 B7
 spill on you.
 
 
A             Amaj9 B7sus4      B7  
Pardon my Heart, Pardon my Heart
A                Amaj9          B7sus4  B7
I hope he didn't interrupt you
 
(Guitar Solo 2) Bm7  A6   Bm7   F#11  Bm7  A6   Bm7   A  Amaj9  B7sus4  B7
                       ////  //// ////   ////  ////  //// //// ////  ////    ////   ////  

E              Emaj7  F#7(add11)   (Guitar Solo 3 vamp to fade)
Pardon my Heart, Pardon my Heart



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