Count Your Blessings

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I wrote this song about 20 years ago. I was wanting to have my own ''dream on'' moment and some words and melodies hit me while visiting an artist by the name of Sanford Biggers. On his piano I sculpted this tune.
For some, the rock opera stadium status production might be too much.. hahem, Pascael, but for me, it hit the nail on the head.

This song means the most to me. Dewey performing bass on it in my studio will always be a memory as no one has hands like that kid. His loss is unfillable.

The band in Atlanta must have recorded it at least 5 times until someone stopped me. It just touches me like that but I wasn't considering that they might be getting warn from the same song with a ten minute ending.. we spared you all the musical antics on the end. dig the creaky piano chair at the top..



a child of so many talents
she wonders where he'll go
trying to instill the values of balance
love and self control
but something had a hold on him
and would not let go
so she said

baby count your blessings
and wish upon a falling star
things have always been
exactly like they are

the child of a man (*his inner child)
he was his closest friend
and how they used to run together
until no end
eventually life would separate the two
society had stripped him of all he knew
and so he returned

remembering his blessing
before his bridge had burned to far
things have always been exactly like they are

sometimes what we have seems like
the very least of anyting
and all that we don't seems like
the very most of everything
but baby without love
we both have nothing
girl don't leave me with nothing
I thought we really had something

you've been
chatting with your simple minded friends
got you putting me down
said a lil tasty something over there
is where I've been getting down
girl you need to call for a new dealer
before you play that hand
remember where we began
oh you'll see exactly where I am

baby count your blessings
and wish upon a falling star
things have always been exactly like they are
oh baby count your blessings and wish upon a falling star..

things have always...


from LOVE IS THE HERO, released July 3, 2012
Written by Martin Luther McCoy
Produced by Martin Luther McCoy with Don McCollister
Mixed by Don McCollister
Bass by the late great legend of the bay, Dewey Tucker of Vallejo, Ca.
Drums by Niki Glaspie
Guitar by Steve Wyreman
Piano by Kev Choice
Strings by Don McCollister
Organ by Sundra Manning
Editing by Pascael Arceneaux


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MARTIN LUTHER MCCOY (homepage) San Francisco, California

Martin Luther McCoy pka Martin Luther, was born and raised in San Francisco, Ca. His love for soul and rock and roll music was enlivened by his peers as the tsunamic wave of hip hop began to take form. He writes his own words and plays his guitar. Former member of the Roots touring ensemble and star of Julie Taymor's Across The Universe (Sony Pictures 2007) Martin fearlessly shares his new music. ... more

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