Instead – Madeleine Peyroux

[With Dean Parks’ gorgeous guitar backing, this song is pure heaven … New album just out. -DS]

Instead of feelin’ bad, be glad you’ve got somewhere to go
Instead of feelin’ sad, be happy you’re not all alone
Instead of feelin’ low, get high on everything that you love
Instead of wastin’ time, feel good ’bout what you’re dreamin’ of.

Instead of tryin’ to win something you never understood
Just play the game you know, eventually you’ll love her good
It’s silly to pretend that you have something you don’t own
Just let her be your woman and you’ll be her man.

Instead of feelin’ broke, buck up and get yourself in the black
Instead of losin’ hope, touch up the things that feel out of whack
Instead of bein’ old, be young because you know you are
Instead of feelin’ cold, let sunshine into your heart.

Instead of acting crazy chasin’ things that make you mad
Keep your heart ahead, it’ll lead you back to what you have
With every step you’re closer to the place you need to be
It’s up to you to let her love you sweetly.

Instead of feelin’ bad be glad you’ve got someone to love
Instead of feelin’ sad, be happy there’s a god above
Instead of feelin’ low, remember you’re never on your own
Instead of feelin sad, be happy that she’s there at home
She’s waitin’ for you by the phone
So be glad that she is all your own.

Get happy
She’s waitin’ for you by the telephone.
So get back home.
Video here (but not as good as recorded version)

From King of the Hill – 1972 by A.E. Hotchner (also Paul Newman’s partner in Newman’s Own)

I tried every which way to get my mind off food. I had read all my books, so I got out the pile of old Woman’s Home Companions that my mother had stored in the back of the closet. Looking through these was how I started to eat roast beef and chocolate cake. There was this absolutely gorgeous roast-beef-and-gravy ad a whole page high with little potatoes and carrots, and I took a scissors and cut it out and began to eat it. What was amazing was how the paper actually tasted like roast beef. The same with the chocolate cake. I cut that out and then found an ice cream ad, and I put the ice cream on top of the chocolate cake and it really tasted like chocolate….