Song Premiere: Cody Canada, “Pay” (Live & Acoustic)

Written by November 4th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

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As the frontman for Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cody Canada helped the celebrated “Red Dirt” country band sell over a million records. Canada, who now fronts The Departed, will release his first solo album on November 19 — a live acoustic effort dubbed Some Old, Some New, Maybe A Cover Or Two. Those covers include Peter Rowan’s “Ruby Ridge,” “George Strait’s “Unwound” and Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.”

Check out this stripped-down version of CCR’s “Pay” from Some Old, Some New, a gripping song with some heavy, real-life origins.

“I wrote ‘Pay’ about my dad’s best friend who committed suicide, and about a guy I knew that died from drug-related issues,” Canada tells American Songwriter. My dad was very angry at his friend and it broke my heart to see him so hurt. This song was my, ‘It’s OK, Dad’ song.

“Recording this acoustic album was a long time coming,” he continues. “I’ve done a ton of gigs in the past solo, but it’s been many years. I’m getting back to my old tunes as well as the brand new songs that are gonna be on the next Departed studio record. I figure this is a good way to let folks know.

  • D’On Hensley

    Great job, Cody…thanks for doing what you do…Love it.

  • photobugg

    I had the privilege of being in that room while this track was being recorded. Powerful song and powerful message from an incredible songwriter.

  • kid D

    I’ve been on this journey with you since 1994. Thanks for sharing the songs that are hard to share. Those songs are the ones that reach into my heart, rip it out and make me so thankful that God blessed me with two ears to hear and a heart to feel.

  • msVickiFlorida

    Just does not get any better than this.

  • Julie Andrews

    love it !! keep them coming

  • Hollister Morgan

    I love your work Cody.

  • Candace Sturtevant

    I will never forget you coming to Helix Oregon. I love this song and I have listened to it at least a thousand times. Thanks for doing it and sharing it. You are a songwriter that moves this old heart, Cody. You sure moved my mine as I even named my new boxer dog, Cody. Consider that a compliment.

  • Betty

    Cody, you’re a master! Much love and respect for your work!

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