Be Like Earl

by David Gans

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Written in June 2015, a salute to a dear friend whose untimely passing affected hundreds, if not thousands, of people around the world. I recorded the song in June, then took it out on the road and changed it enough that I decided it needed to be recorded again.

View a slide show of Earl's life (with the song as soundtrack) here: youtu.be/N8KbueeywWo

I'm hoping to recoup the $425 I've spent on studio time, so please kick in a few bucks if you can. Thanks!

lyrics

Earl Crabb was a brilliant man
A gentle man, and generous
His Rolodex was heavy
And his attic was voluminous
He had a million tales to tell
And every one was true
I’m a better man for knowing him
And a better friend to you

Earl Crabb was an easy man
A laughing man, and sociable
To stand before his camera
Was to be well viewed and notable
He had a million friends, you know
And every one was real
A friend of Earl’s is a friend of mine
That’s just the way I feel

Let’s ignore the dominant paradigm
And practice random kindness all the time
Treat our customers like neighbors
Not the other way around
A little more “Share this planet”
And a little less “Stand your ground.”
This world will be a better place
For every boy and girl
If we all do our best to be like Earl

Earl Crabb was a software man
When very few were doin’ it
He made the world a better place
Enhancing and improvin’ it
Call him esoft, call him Earl,
He was The Great Humbead
No one here was ready
On the day he took his leave

Earl Crabb was a helpful man,
Resourceful and encouraging
He led me to improve my life
With optimistic urging
I know I’m not the only one
Who benefited thus
So I’m making it my mission
To pass on his gifts to us

Let’s ignore the dominant paradigm
And practice random kindness all the time
Treat our customers like neighbors
Not the other way around
A little more “Share this planet”
And a little less “Stand your ground.”
This world will be a better place
For every boy and girl
If we all do our best to be like Earl
I will do my very best to be as kind as Earl

©2015 Whispering Hallelujah (BMI)
Perfectible Recordings PERF-12

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released July 14, 2015
David Gans - guitars and vocals. Produced by DG and Jeremy Goody; recorded by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Sound, Piedmont CA aka Ziggy's Coffee Pot!

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David Gans Oakland

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, looper, improviser, social commentator, humorist, etc.

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