Don't Fight

from 10 Covers by Richard Turgeon

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This is a cover of a song written by Donnie Emerson, a wonderful musician from Spokane, WA.

Donnie and his brother Joe were teenage farmers growing up in Fruitland, WA. Their father, Don Sr., knew his kids were serious about music, so he took out loans on his land to build them a $100,000 studio called the practice place. This is where they recorded their first LP, "Dreamin' Wild," which they put out themselves on vinyl in 1977.

Nothing happened with the record until 2012, when a record collector and blogger found a copy in a Spokane antique shop and wrote about it. The LP was reissued by Light in the Attic (LITA) records in 2012. The record and especially the song "Baby" went on to garner a lot of attention in the press, including the New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR, and the Guardian, to name a few. Several of their songs have since been featured in major movies, including "Celeste and Jesse Forever."

"Don't Fight" is the lead track on the Emerson Brothers' 2nd LP, ""Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81," released by LITA in 2014. It's full of energy and passion, and shows off Donnie's musical talent as the writer, producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist featured on the track.

To cover of someone else's song is a labor of love. I truly love the Emerson Brothers' music, and this song is one of my favorites. I hope you like this take on an underground classic (for what it's worth, the Brothers dug it!). Special thanks to my friend Tom Bruce for turning me on to their music.

You can read more about the Emerson's story at my in-depth blog post on my website here:

www.richardturgeon.com/blog/2018/7/20/the-record-from-out-of-time-the-extraordinary-story-of-donnie-and-joe-emerson

lyrics

When I was the younger boy
I feel in love with the toy
She gave me all her love
She gave me so much

Now i can't go on
Now i can't go on

But i feel inside
All the love was right
Now i can't go on

When i was the older man
I fell in love with a friend
She gave me all her love
She gave me the simple touch
Now i can't go on
Now we get upset and i don't know why

Baby get up
And don't fight
Don't fight
Give me one more chance to make it up to you (gonna make it up)
Don't fight
Don't fight
Give me the chance to make it up to you
Give me the chance like we used to
But don't fight

When I was the younger boy
I used to find a girlfriend of mine
She gave me all her love
She gave me it in the night
But I can't go on
And I don't want to live without her

When I was the older guy
I fell in love with my teacher
She gave me everything
She gave the wet nose dreams
And I can't go on
And I won't fight
And I won't give in
But I don't try

Well, don't fight
Don't fight
Give me one more chance to make it up to you
Don't fight
Don't fight
Give me the chance, Baby, to make it up to you

Give me the chance like we used to
But don't fight

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from 10 Covers, track released July 16, 2018
Original recording — Music and lyrics, vocals and instruments by Donnie Emerson.

This recording — All vocals and instruments, recording, mix, and master 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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