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Song For Chet


August 5th, 2019 Posted 7:42 am

Getting some questions about this. Song For Chet comes from a scene in Heart of Barkness, the new Chet and Bernie novel, but thanks to producer Bob Edwards and musician/producer Mitch Watkins, it became a real song! The video was made from reader submissions.


Song For Chet


June 29th, 2019 Posted 8:24 am

We’ve been asked to post the lyrics to Song For Chet. Here they are. The music is by Mitch Watkins, who co-produced with Robert Edwards. Andrea House is the singer and Gene Elders plays the lovely fiddle solo. Words by Peter Abrahams.

You’re the kind that runs around

Can’t stop to think until the ship has sailed

Till the milk is spilled, till the safe is blown

Till the day is done and we’re all alone.


If they were all like you, would there be darkness?

If they were all like you, would there be pain?

If they were all like you, would there be teardrops?

If they were all like you.


When I come undone, you are the one

Who gives me hope, who brings the sun

Your big brown eyes say this each day

I’ll always love you, any way.


If they were all like you, then those tears don’t flow

And though the pain may come, it will always go

If they were all like you.


And I’m the kind that loves you back

From here and now on down the track

To sunset, where the birds are flown

And the day is done and we’re all alone.


If they were all like you

If they were all like you.


Ta-Da! Song For Chet Video


June 25th, 2019 Posted 12:12 pm

And now, a big moment in our lives: The Song For Chet video. This is kind of like the Friend of the Month, but super-sized. To everyone who sent in video clips, thank you a thousand times. We’ve had so much fun and pleasure watching them! And if you spot your member of the nation within, please tag and share! Share anyway!

As for the song itself, it comes directly from Heart of Barkness, publishing a week from today and still preorderable with the special promotion that includes the new short story, Upper Story

Song for Chet is an original song written by me Peter Abrahams, Robert Edwards and Mitch Watkins. The beautiful fiddle solo is played by the great Gene Elders. My very first song! I really can’t believe it. I can’t thank the multi-talented musician and composer Mitch Watkins enough; Lucy Carson has been so smart and helpful throughout; and to Bob Edwards, who made the video, produced the song, and thought of the whole idea the moment he heard there was a song lyric in the book: my deepest gratitude. Thanks also to our friends at Muttville on whose youtube channel the video appears.




Some Background …


May 25th, 2019 Posted 8:23 am

… on the Song For Chet video. (See yesterday’s post.)

People who comes to this page know about Chet’s Friend of the Month. This is like that but on steroids. Heart of Barkness is about a country music singer named Lotty Pilgrim who has dark secrets – not even understood by her – in her past. During the course of the story, she makes up and sings a Song For Chet. It has become a real song and – with the help of you and your member or members of the nation within – we’re going to make a video to go with the song. A video that celebrates our best friends and the two-way emotional connection we have with them. All we need is you to help! (The song lyrics are by Peter Abrahams, music by Mitchell Watkins, producer Robert Edwards.)


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