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College Scholarship Blues

from Three Nights (2010) by The Successful Failures



COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP BLUES: This song was perfect the first night we played it – just as it is, it was and always will be. Simple stuff but one of my favorites. It’s a song about that moment when you realize you need to get the hell out of wherever it is you are… “I just don’t belong here anymore”. Each verse is a different story about someone dropping out of college… verse 1 and 2 is a a kid at school in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship. Verse 3 is a track/running scholarship to West Virginia. Verse 4 is a school in Pennsylvania (my story). Home is good ol’ NJ of course. I especially enjoyed playing the piano on this, Rob Martin marked his drum stick on the spot where he got the perfect rim shot hit. John capoed up to play the rhythm guitar and Ron took many takes to nail that high harmony… but he got it. We rarely play this one live though I have a great memory of playing this in Richmond, VA while a couple waltzed in front of us (I remember the girl had a red dress and the guy a white dress shirt). – Mick


from Three Nights (2010), released May 1, 2010


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"The first thing you should know about The Successful Failures is that any attempt to plug them into one genre or another is very much a fool’s errand. Hailing from Trenton, N.J., the band deftly combines Americana, Pop, Rock, and enough of a dusting of Bluegrass that serves as an appetizer to the main course without overwhelming the entire meal." - July 2020, Rock is the New Roll ... more

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