Todd Burge with Joseph Hale

by Todd Burge with Joseph Hale

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This was the first time that my late friend, Joseph Hale and I got together to play anything. It was back in 2008. I'm happy that I documented it. We went on to play a bunch together over the next couple years or so with our band The Odd Urges and doing some duo shows as well. Listen to the Odd Urges here.


released August 18, 2014

Todd Burge vocals and guitar. Joseph Hale - Keys and backing vocals



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Todd Burge Parkersburg

WV Troubadour, Played everything from Alternative Rock to Bluegrass, but is mainly known for the sharp wit, soaring vocal & guitar prowess found in many of his songs while performing his hybrid brand of Contemporary Americana-Folk. He has performed venues as diverse as NPR's Mountain Stage, CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center. He is about to perform near you. ... more

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Track Name: You Owe Me Nothing
You Owed My Nothing
Fooled me once
And you are the fooler
Fooled my twice
And you’re the ruler

Inched your way out
Day by day
One foot leads the other

I sent myself
On this mission
A hopeless one
But a mission all the same
Hope to place your heart
In debt to mine
Maybe hook up in some grand way
Maybe change your name

But you sapped my big old tree
And left me empty and pining
And I was
Spent out when I realized
Track Name: Singing For My Living (An Imagined Duet with Joseph Hale)
SINGING FOR MY LIVING (An Imagined Duet with Joseph Hale)
( 9-18-2014)

I recall the talks that you and I once had
As we were trapped on the highway so many years ago
We’d pass the time with tales and tunes that we were both into
I wonder what you’re up to now
What are you into?

Well I’m up, looking down and I’m happy after all
The face paint of the clown I was, is all behind me now
The circus is for sale, but I could not care less
Who gets the big top or benefits from it

You once said you were twisted and a somewhat tortured youth
Your teenage mind exploded as the final question was so loaded
The matters of facts were all scattered on the King’s Horse’s back
And in the end, they rode off and they never did ride back

Yes oh yes indeed the meanings ended here with me
They rode in with some calm with the dew of my first and final dawn
They stay with me through each day and the days are never-ending
Here in the land of every new beginning

How’s the music there, are you taking in the scene
I’ve heard they have the best, far beyond our earthly dreams
I’d like to make it up sometime, but can’t be in a hurry
As I’m grounded here for now and singing for my living

The sustain is forever and there’s never a wrong note
The people sing my songs and praise everything I ever wrote
And I too do sing theirs, as voices fall on hearing ears
So loudly and sincere, loudly and sincere

Well, we all do miss you, since you’ve gone away
We long to hear your voice and talk to you to your face
It’s good to know you’re good, I mean, I think I can hear you say
Don’t worry for me, I’m gonna be okay

Yes Yes, don’t worry for me, I’m gonna be okay