The three major themes ended up being Love, Work and God, so that’s how I ordered it. It starts off with a cover of one of my favorite Hank Williams songs, Long Gone Lonesome Blues, not because of its lyrical depth or meaning to me personally, but because it’s fast, there’s yodeling and it’s just plain fun to sing. So it starts off that this man has lost this woman.
Then the album get’s very auto-biographical actually, as Goin’ Down is essentially the story of Jeri and I getting together and getting married and Shared Secrets continues that story. Undone (The Sweater Song) is the other cover song on the album (by Weezer). Followed by My Love.
So then we needed a transition between this happy, love relationship to the world of work and I thought The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions would be just the song. And it works really well.
American Man (the song) starts off the world of work portion and is about how life doesn’t necessarily turn out like you had dreamed it would. But it’s hard to find something better (Hard To Find).
The God portion contains Search Me O God, Don’t Believe ‘Em, and Heaven Is My Retirement Plan (bringing a sort of reconciliation with the world of work). And then as a final statement Make A Difference caps off the album with how we can make a difference in the world, even if it’s a small one. It’s not so hard after all.