Both Feet on the Ground

John Staples

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Liner Notes

Both Feet on the Ground is about a fellow who lives his life in a safe place. He has had some experiences but he learned his lessons and now he just wants things to be calm and predictable and safe!

John Staples johns@visionarywebworks.com

Both Feet on the Ground

You danced into my life
Turned my whole world upside down
You tried to sweep me off my feet
But I have both feet on the ground

I tried to understand your world
every sight and sound
But I can't be the man you want
Cause I have both feet on the ground
Both feet on the ground
Both feet on the ground

I tried so many things
When I was younger
I suffered greatly
from bad breaks and bad falls
But I learned my lessons well
They made me stronger
I built my fences
and my walls

So now I'll say goodbye to you
I just can't have you hanging 'round
You know my dancing days are through
Cause I have both feet on the ground
Both feet on the ground
Both feet on the ground

You danced into my life
Turned my whole world upside down
You tried to sweep me off my feet
But I have both feet on the ground
Both feet on the ground
Both feet on the ground
Both feet on the ground
Both feet on the ground

© 2012 John Staples
johns@visionarywebworks.com

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Comments on Both Feet on the Ground

Man, you're on a roll. Keep it up for a few more days. That mandolin back there is clicking on my heartstings. Gentle tale of the loss of love and the recovery of a broken heart. Enjoyed, the harmonies too are very very nice and the hook is A1.
-Wolf Kier

Great stuff. The banjo sets the mood just perfectly. 'You know my dancing days are through Cause I have both feet on the ground'. Gotta love those lines.
-Ferry Colyer

John, stop posting so much great music in quick succession, I'm running out of superlatives and new things to say! Actually, forget what I just said. Keep them coming! In all seriousness, I'm just staggered by the consistently high quality of your output. As with all the songs you post, I really enjoyed this one, and look forward to however many more you want to post in the coming days!
-OdilonGreen

This is very interesting. I really love the lyrics. I'm not sure how universally relatable they are, but I love them and very much identify with them. Also the cool, laid back banjo in just rockin'. Nice harmonies, and some excellent subtle percussion. Makes for a great sound. On my second listen already.
-Valerie Cox

You keep on piling them on, John! smiley This is beautiful...little Steve Earle-like. Thank you for sharing!
-ShadyWilbury

Great song, John! I enjoyed the lyrics a lot, very lovely lines and similar to Ferry, the lines "You know my dancing days are through Cause I have both feet on the ground" stood out for me. Awesome tune with that banjo, so beautiful...
-Arthur Rossi

The lively banjo reminds me of Travis! This has a lovely, Maggie Maeesque swaying, summer quality. Both the banjo, and the hooky melody. I can imagine playing it at a relaxed outside party, with friends in summer. That is, when it's hot in the Summer here (hey, this is my imagination). "I built my fences and my walls" was great and recalled Paul Simon. "A fellow," eh? Well, it sounds like he's got it sorted now!
-manchini

Geesh! And you thought you were through?? You just needed a bit of a break...that's all...and look at you now!! Great write as usual and really lovely lines as others have pointed out. We want more! We want more! smiley
-writeandwrong

By now all of my comments to your songs are sounding all the same. You have a wonderful voice and your songs are simply awesome. Thanks for your contributions to making 5090 a success this year. Still a week to go and there is always FAWM next year. :)
-Billy Sea

There was a time when something like this could have crossed over into top 40 radio. When was that? The 1970s, maybe. I'm getting old. You have a super sense of melody and harmony. It's a nice, solid groove, too. And the banjo is just icing on the cake.
-life without budgies

Yes, great choice with the banjo on this. Tightly sung harmony vox... Wow, hearing this just after 'Way Back When' I've got to say you have a very focused 'sound'--- Something you could really package as an album or regular gig at a live music venue. You show so much taste and restraint, making sure every part of the music is serving the song. This is a kind of 'comfort music' for me. The stuff I love to listen to when I'm relaxing.... taking it slow. Straight up Americana. Thanks for sharing.
-Izaak

Damn, John, another great one! This one reminds me of someone I know. I'm going to keep an eye on your website, because I really want one of your CDs when you finally release an album.
-Natalie A.

Beautiful, John! Such a great warm production (love that kick drum sound, love the space that the banjo is in, love the crystal clear and up front vocal). Gorgeous melody, and I can definitely relate to those words!
-Pete M.

My partner has fallen in love with your music, pretty much to the point where she recognises your voice and "sound" - all we (your fans!!) need now is a release date for your album, otherwise get on Pozible and we'll all help pay for it
-ChariotBaldwin

Hey, I want the album too this is a great sentiment, I love the insight and conviction of the protagonist. Such a great hook. Love the banjo and overall feel. You're a star and this is another gem!
-kahlo2013