Damaged One

from 10 Covers by Richard Turgeon

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I saw Big Head Todd and the Monsters play for the first time on 9/13/18 in Santa Rosa, CA, with the Gin Blossoms. I was actually there for the GBs, and knew nothing about BHTM, as they're known. They blew me away with their musicianship, energy, professionalism, and positivity. They had to be the "headliners" that night since Robin from the GBs was sick... but BHTM won me over, anyway, and probably everyone else who stayed to see them.

They played "Damaged One" early in the set and it just struck me like a bolt of lightning. It's a song that's as timeless, powerful, and passionate as rock 'n' roll itself—the best of pop, country, and rock mixed into one. It gave me chills. I remember turning to my wife and just saying, "This is a great song." I knew I had to cover it.

Now, I know my version will not top BTHM's, and for me, that's never the point. It's to dig into the original, revel in it, and just interpret in my own way. It's my homage to this incredible group of musicians and the incredible night they gave us. I've heard the song, and my own mix of it, probably dozens—maybe a few hundred—times by now, and it still grabs me. There's something joyful and spiritual about it, even though it's about a relationship gone wrong, like most great rock songs.

I hope you like my cover as much as I enjoyed working on it. And please, do yourself a favor and check out BTHM's version. You won't be sorry.

Rock on!
- Rich


(Original song and lyrics by Todd Park Mohr)

I had a crush of madness
advances so reckless
then came the sweet day when
your walls came down

There was no trace of malice
I never thought i would have this
I got it so wrong
This love was so wrong but so fun, so fun

I was already
already the damaged one
You ran off and left me
I turned into a lawless gun

You left one cold September
that letter's now ash and ember
now we don't talk
yeah you don't call anymore

But this judge ain't sentimental
I can see life is a rental car
but I wanted a home...

I wanna go home
right now, right now

I was already
already the damaged one
You ran off and left me
I turned into a lawless gun

Our love was so wrong
we should have been done by now
by now

You were careless and got captured
Your wounding days are numbered
Both your charm and your desperate devices have failed

Now i ain't the one who can rescue
I ain't someone you can lean on

Our love was so wrong
We should have been done by now

I was already
already the damaged one
You ran off and left me
I turned into a lawless gun


from 10 Covers, track released November 1, 2018
Recorded, mixed, mastered, all vocals and instrumental parts performed by Richard Turgeon.


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Richard Turgeon San Francisco, California

I'm a suburban dad who writes, performs, and produces original rock songs. I play most of the instruments myself.

My new EP, 'Campfire Songs,' is available now on all digital outlets and on Kool Kat Records (CD).

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