Kathleen Edwards, “I Make The Dough You Get The Glory”

Metaphors are one of the most effective weapons that a songwriter can deploy. Anybody can come up with descriptive adjectives, but finding that perfect comparison really puts a fine point on it for the listener. Most songwriters are happy if they can manage just a single good one in a song. In “I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory,” Kathleen Edwards pretty much devotes the whole song to metaphors, and each one that she conjures is more evocative then the next. Edwards included “I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory” on her outstanding 2008 album Asking For Flowers. It was written in honor of fellow Canadian musician Jim Bryson, who made contributions to Edwards’ first two albums and also toured with him. Since Bryson is a singer-songwriter in his own right, Edwards seems to be self-deprecatingly suggesting in the song that her own success was obscuring her bandmate’s talents. Singing on top of a mid-tempo alt-country lope, Edwards opines in the verses about life on the road. At the start, it’s all “Basement bars we played from the heart/In the company of our friends.” Eventually, the band progresses to “Big fish, small town, and some cover songs.” The…

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