I'm Broke

by Oh, that Patrick

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In order to get some privacy to record an album, I rented a cabin in the middle of the desert near Joshua Tree. Upon returning to civilization 6 weeks later, I had pretty much blown through my savings and was coasting on economic vapor. I was not alone, as this was in the spring of 2009, when the Great Recession was starting to afflict millions. This song was my attempt to cheer myself up by laughing at my destitution.


I'm broke. It's no joke, no I couldn't pay my debts off if I wanted to. My creditors are surely screwed.

I'm broke. It's no joke, and I don't know how I'm gonna pay my taxes this year. I wish i could just disappear.

Everywhere I look I see reminders. I wish I had blinders
Each store and cafe torture me; they seem to say,
"if you have no means to pay, you're no customer of ours today. just be on your worthless way."

I'm broke. It's no joke, and i hope my girlfriend loves me for my company. My penury precludes much luxury.

I'm broke, and i know my situation's not uncommon.
That's why the good lord gave us ramen.

No one knows how long this drought will last
I just hope that we all get unbroken fast.


released April 17, 2012
Patrick Tyrrell - piano, guitar, bass, drums, vocals, mixing. Ryan Gentry - mastering.



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Oh, that Patrick Los Angeles, California

Originally from the Maryland/DC border, Patrick moved to LA in 2006. Since then, he's been writing/recording songs as a one man band. His clearest influences are Ben Folds Five and The Beatles. He loves life and fears death. Most of his songs are meant to help people cope with fear/loneliness through appreciation of life's awesomeness. He plays in an LA-based band called Nerds & Jerks. ... more

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