Nicholas Rowe “I Wish I Could Sing It For You” – do I own any originality?

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Here’s a challenging topic from Nicholas Rowe, a song in which he questions every artistic motive he has, singing “What’s the use in trying to write another song? / When I’ve got a hundred others that are only half done” and follows this up with a wholesale shredding of his individuality “what’s the use in trying to explain who I am / I am just the culmination of every book I’ve ever read.

And this is no posturing on Rowe’s part as he describes himself as a “narcissist crippled with self-doubt”, who started out intending to play rock but got sidetracked by Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ and became a folk songwriter instead.  This song is taken from Nicholas Rowe’s latest release ‘The Circle Remains Unbroken’ which was released last month.

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?
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