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about

I go to a lot of open mikes, and one evening I went to one and there was a gentleman there who sang a song he wrote which had a chorus 'I've got a soft spot ... in my heart for you.' I was super low on sleep, and whenever he got to the chorus my overtaxed brain wanted to fill it in with 'I've got a soft spot ... on my head for you.' I went home that night and wrote a couple of verses on that theme as a joke and shared them with some friends.

It could have ended there, but as it happened I was supposed to play at a baby shower the next weekend, so one of my friends suggested working those lyrics into an actual song and playing it at the shower. So I added a bridge, rewrote and expanded the lyrics a bit, and ended up with this.

When I first started performing the song, it was still pretty overtly jokey, but Chris Monti suggested that I should just try performing it straight, and that's how I do it now. My dad described it as the second-strangest song he's heard. (The strangest was a blue yodel I wrote about time travel, but I'm still tinkering with that one; maybe it'll be on the next album.)

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I can't tell where I begin and you end.
Can't distinguish between me and you.
To my earthly needs you always tend.
Now hold me. You know that it's true:

I've got a soft spot on my head for you.
I've got a soft spot on my head for you.

When you leave I feel like you're gone for good,
And all that I can do is cry.
Without you I could barely lift my head.
Now hold me, I'll tell you why:

I've got a soft spot on my head for you.
I've got a soft spot on my head for you.

I have no words to say how I feel.
When you're near I am weak in the knees.
With you, I can take this world's ordeal.
Never leave me, mama, please ...
Never leave me, mama, please ...

You're always there when I need a change.
You're there when I wake in the night.
I know that whatever the day will bring,
You'll make everything all right.

I've got a soft spot on my head for you.
I've got a soft spot on my head for you.

credits

from Circumstantial Evidence, released November 11, 2011
Jacob Haller: vocals, acoustic guitar

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Jacob Haller Providence, Rhode Island

Jacob Haller has been a fixture of the Rhode Island music scene for ten years, and has been frequently featured in popular shows such as AS220's Empire Revue and Common Fence Point Music's annual Gathering of Fiddlers & Fishermen.

"Jacob Haller is not only a talented musician and songwriter, he's also a talented songwriter and musician."

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