Fred Mertz Blues

Fred Mertz Blues

mike skliar's picture



Liner Notes: 

Was having one of those 'wow, I'm getting old(er)' moments, and thought up the title phrase (from a reference that's even older then I am.. anyone that doesn't know it?)

and the rest just kind of wrote itself

did some fingerstyle blues playin on a resonator guitar, (not a particularly great one, but it does have a little bit of that res-feel)


edit- Aug 19- added harmonica...


I got old, how’d that happen
Who knows, ask the capt’n
My vigor and my vim have gone from bright to dim
I got the fred mertz blues

I was a newborn babe in the woods
Now im wondering if I still could
My energy source could use a little more force
I got the fred mertz blues

Bridge- I thought the journey would be going at a constant speed
But time is moving faster then I need

Oldest in the room, ain’t that a kick
You never look at clocks, I hear em tick
My hearing is problematic, there’s a lot more static
I got the fred mertz blues

(c) M. Skliar 2019

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kahlo2013's picture

Perfect! The title/hook conveys so much to many of us! Love your vocal jump! Sweet! Fun verses that hit home. Love this insightful and personal perspective song on aging!

jcollins's picture

Reading the lyrics...I can totally relate to this. Great rhymes and storytelling. I'm ready for the audio now...hold. Nice guitar intro...vocals sound good. Good melody and vocals. Definitely has a blues groove. Nice bridge. My hearing is Mine too. Awesome, great song Mike!

Oh, I know the feeling here, for sure (even if I had to Google who Fred was). Each verse had me grinning but in particular the line "You never look at clocks, I hear em tick" is classic. And I'm sure the things tick faster these days than they used to!

Fuzzy's picture

Yup, I'm pickin' up what yer layin' down here for sure.
You may be the first person in the universe to mention Fred Mertz in a song, so good for you!
Great playing and humorous lyrics.
Well done!

splittybooms's picture

I looked up Fred Mertz - ah, now I see!
There was a period when I was a kid on summer vacation where I discovered I Love Lucy, and I wouldn't miss it for those three months. Lost touch with it after that, but always watch if I come across it while surfing through.
I didn't know "mertz" was a term to describe such things as bumblingness and stuff.
Anyway, digging the sound of your guitar and method here - works well for the bright quality of your voice. Well sung, gives off a playful but also sad vibe. Lyrics help with that - getting older is sad for a lot of folks...myself included Smile
"Oldest in the room..." - I remember realizing this as I was in a studio once, and it hit me kinda hard.

Chip Withrow's picture

Came across this one in the demos updated thread. And I know who Fred Mertz is/was! So I feel this song in a few ways.
Nifty guitar and harmonica playing. Great song!