Play Broke But Free
By Neil Dover
Broke But Free came from driving a flatbed semi. I was very young, and needed a job. I was hauling loads of lumber, steel, hay, ceiling tiles, bulldozer blades, and one time the computerized band saw that cuts out prefabricated desks.
It’s funny how a thought will come to you at a certain time in your life. My song Lonely wouldn’t have occurred to me back in those days. I was alone ninety percent of the time but never thought about being lonely. Loneliness is a byproduct of mortality. The very young have forever to make all the friends they can dream of. Surround themselves with life and love. I wasn’t worried about being isolated. I was certain I’d do this job for a while, save some money, and start recording the songs I’d written. One of which was Superman, which I started after getting home from my pizza delivery job one night when I was twenty.
Broke But Free started in South Dakota on the way to inner city Los Angeles. I don’t remember if the music came first or the song itself, but I do remember that what is now the first verse, “I can see your face superimposed on the interstate and God only knows,” did not. The third verse was first. The face on the interstate was two faces, one of my nieces on her tricycle and a great one of Elizabeth Hurley in worn out blue jeans. I cut them out and glued them to a notebook and the notebook lay on the dash of the truck reflecting up in the windshield. I think this summed up the “stuck in the middle alone” situation of my life. It was the kind of woman I hoped to one day meet, and the little girl that was so close to me and yet not mine. I eventually met a woman much like Liz Hurley, but as it goes, didn’t get to keep her. Ironically, she loved this song.
I think this song symbolizes how most of us feel. We work, work, work, and for what? Wouldn’t we be happy with lots less money if it came with lots more time with the people we love?
Neil’s CD Country Music is available from iTunes and CD Baby.