You're A Nice Guy But...

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Half-Hour Late - Lead vocals: Todd Foxcroft
Music: Half-Hour Late - Lyrics: Todd Foxcroft

Story

This song is one of those ones that was both fun and magical to write.  It at all started during a Half-Hour Late jam session one Sunday afternoon.  We were in-between songs, and as per most jam sessions, this particular in-between song moment ended up lasting about twice as long as the song we just played and the song we were about to play. And, like most of the in-between moments, we were sharing stories and talking about whatever happened to roll off the top of our heads. 

Well, on this particular afternoon, our poor drummer Jeff made the mistake of telling us about a date he had been on the night before that did not go over that well.  He endured quite a few friendly jibes from the rest of us with that story and we all had a few laughs over it.  Evenutally, after cutting him off and finishing most of his lines for him, we finally encouraged him to tell us how the date ended.

Jeff laughed and said,"She told me I was a nice guy but ..." and then he laughed some more and told us he just stopped listening to her after that because he had heard all of these let down lines countless times before. 

Todd jumped in and said something along the lines of "why do girls always have to start a break up by telling us we are a nice guy but ...?"  Sean agreed with him and the three of them started laughing.  I hadn't been paying much attention to the conversation as I was busy goofing around with my guitars, which is par for the course with me, and I suddenly broke into the lick that forms the basis of the song. Todd said, " hey that sounds pretty good. Do that again."  So I did. Sean started playing a chunking rhythm and Jeff followed it up with the drum beat that is in the song.  We played around with a basic structure and within about 10 minutes had all the music done. Honest, it really did come that fast! 

At this point, we didn't know what to do about lyrics. The chorus "you're a nice guy but.." was in place, but we didn't know what else to do. Todd simply told us all to leave it with him, so we did, which was definitely a wise move. I am not sure if it is because Todd has been dumped an incessant number of times, or has done the dumping just as many (maybe a bit of both), or if it is simply because he could easily see through all the stereotypes associated with breaking up, but he came up with a brilliant lyric that is very funny, yet still poignantly true. It is great stuff!

Yep, to say we are all very proud of this song is an understatement.  We all see it as nothing but good pure fun, which is how it came to be written in the first place--by a bunch of great friends sharing music and having fun. Hope you like it!

Lyrics

Dumped again, my heart ripped apart like a condom wrapper on grad night.
I remember it like it was yesterday. Kathy and I were going to last forever.
I loved her, she loved me, nothing could have been better.
But pretty quick the music stopped and I was left without a chair.
You know, I thought she said we’d last forever. I thought she said she’d never leave me.
I remember going over to her house and crying, “baby I love you, please don’t leave me.
But she didn’t care. She just looked at me and said…
 
You’re a nice guy but … it’s not you it’s me.
You’re a nice guy but … you can do better than me.
You’re a nice guy but … I’m just a little confused right now.
You’re a nice guy but … I want to date other people.
You’re a nice guy but … you’re just a friend.
 
I learned two things about breaking up that weekend.
The first: tequila kills the pain. The second: country songs are written by guys like me.
But I moved on. I grew up. I met Melissa. She came, she went, she said…
 
You’re a nice guy but … it’s not you it’s me.
You’re a nice guy but … you can do better than me.
You’re a nice guy but … I’m just a little confused right now.
You’re a nice guy but … I want to date other people.
You’re a nice guy but … you’re just a friend.
 
Now, a couple of weeks ago, I met Shelly at the local meat market.
She didn’t have much to sell, but I was a desperate buyer.
A couple of weeks after meeting Shelly, I met Danielle.
Shelly was nice, but Danielle was everything I ever wanted in a girl … soft, sweet, pretty with legs that could crush my head like a grape.
Now, I didn’t know what to do with Shelley. Me and her just wanted different things.
Shelley wanted me. I wanted Danielle.
I couldn’t tell her the truth, so I went with what works …
 
You’re a nice girl but … it’s not you it’s me.
You’re a nice girl but … you can do better than me.
You’re a nice girl but … I’m just a little confused right now.
You’re a nice girl but … I want to date other people.
You’re a nice girl but … you’re just a friend.
 
You’re a nice girl but … I didn’t want to hurt you. I had too.
You’re a nice girl but … I’m thinking of your needs.
You’re a nice girl but … we tried to make it work.
You’re a nice girl but … you just need to find yourself.
You’re a nice girl but … we’re much better friends than lovers.
You’re a nice girl but … I just need a break from us.
You’re a nice girl but … we’ve grown apart.
You’re a nice girl but … it was never really meant to be.
You’re a nice girl but … you’re just a friend.