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Better Memories

Marvin Adcock

October 05, 2018

Genre: Country

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Mid tempo song written in the styling of Merle Haggard, but with a retro Chris Stapleton feel. The picture is of my younger brother Gary, my mamma and myself, and was taken at my grandparents farm just outside of Rodessa, Louisiana. Some of my earliest and best memories! Love you bro!


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Courtney Babcock

Nice job Marvin! Very well constructed song flow. Nothing seems out of place and the bridge is right where it should be. The lyrics are well phrased are well suited to the story and feel of the song.

October 05, 2018

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Walter Lamberg

Marvin, This is a wonderful song.  You do just what is needed for a song about “Better Memories”:  You use the verses to present very specific concrete examples of those memories, like “Grandma scoldin’ grandpa for teasin’ us.”  Then you use the chorus to sum up the effect of those specific memories on the person years later. “Better Memories” is an excellent title/hook.

October 05, 2018

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Noora Särkinen

I love that melody !!

October 08, 2018

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Myrna Riquier

I’m new here so I’m not familiar with you and your previous work but I have to guess you’ve been writing quite a while for this is surely a wonderful song. Put together so nicely. The demo is also excellent. The subject matter is timeless and the imagery will lend itself readily to a country video. So you’ve got yourself a perfect package here. Good for you.

October 12, 2018

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Jack Speer

Marvin, I always enjoy your songs, but this one really speaks to me.  Maybe it’s our close proximity in age, but as I seem to be more reflective these days, I often ponder how those early years shaped my life.  And, inasmuch as I think back on most of those moments with a smile, I, too, have no desire to go back.  I’m on board with Myrna Riquier’s comments in terms of timeless imagery and being video ready - GREAT WORK!

October 16, 2018

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Bob Abner

Once again, Marvin, I think you have a very nice gift for evocative lyrics—on the strength of your lyrics alone, I would think you would be getting, if no REALLY BIG BITES, at LEAST BUNCHES OF NIBBLES.

If I EVER have SMALL “quibbles” with any of your songs, it’s that they’re almost TOO “formulaic” musically—I almost always know where you’re headed musically (chords/bass line/melody) even before you get there—BUT—let me quickly add that this sort of thing bothers very few folks—I guess I wish your songs were SLIGHTLY less musically predictable.

Again, let me restate—I think you’re an OUTSTANDING lyricist, and always look forward to the words you string together any time I see a new song of yours here on the site.

Best wishes in ALL of your songwriting endeavors (though I have no doubt that good fortune is ahead for you in your songwriting endeavors)!!!

November 01, 2018

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Courtney Babcock

Nice job Marvin! Very well constructed song flow. Nothing seems out of place and the bridge is right where it should be. The lyrics are well phrased are well suited to the story and feel of the song.

October 05, 2018

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Walter Lamberg

Marvin, This is a wonderful song.  You do just what is needed for a song about “Better Memories”:  You use the verses to present very specific concrete examples of those memories, like “Grandma scoldin’ grandpa for teasin’ us.”  Then you use the chorus to sum up the effect of those specific memories on the person years later. “Better Memories” is an excellent title/hook.

October 05, 2018

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Noora Särkinen

I love that melody !!

October 08, 2018

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Myrna Riquier

I’m new here so I’m not familiar with you and your previous work but I have to guess you’ve been writing quite a while for this is surely a wonderful song. Put together so nicely. The demo is also excellent. The subject matter is timeless and the imagery will lend itself readily to a country video. So you’ve got yourself a perfect package here. Good for you.

October 12, 2018

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Jack Speer

Marvin, I always enjoy your songs, but this one really speaks to me.  Maybe it’s our close proximity in age, but as I seem to be more reflective these days, I often ponder how those early years shaped my life.  And, inasmuch as I think back on most of those moments with a smile, I, too, have no desire to go back.  I’m on board with Myrna Riquier’s comments in terms of timeless imagery and being video ready - GREAT WORK!

October 16, 2018

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Bob Abner

Once again, Marvin, I think you have a very nice gift for evocative lyrics—on the strength of your lyrics alone, I would think you would be getting, if no REALLY BIG BITES, at LEAST BUNCHES OF NIBBLES.

If I EVER have SMALL “quibbles” with any of your songs, it’s that they’re almost TOO “formulaic” musically—I almost always know where you’re headed musically (chords/bass line/melody) even before you get there—BUT—let me quickly add that this sort of thing bothers very few folks—I guess I wish your songs were SLIGHTLY less musically predictable.

Again, let me restate—I think you’re an OUTSTANDING lyricist, and always look forward to the words you string together any time I see a new song of yours here on the site.

Best wishes in ALL of your songwriting endeavors (though I have no doubt that good fortune is ahead for you in your songwriting endeavors)!!!

November 01, 2018


Better Memories

Written by Marvin Adcock

We were skinny towhead kids in Louisiana
Livin’ not to far from the Arkansas line
Barefoot walkin’ hot blacktop with a quarter for a soda
From the farm to town in the summertime

Sunday dinner always centered around the family
In the shotgun house out in the red dirt pines
Grandma scoldin’ grandpa for teasin’ us and bein’ ornery
It’s like a Kodak moment in my mind

The older I get, the more it sinks in
I wouldn’t be who I am if not for where I’ve been
Every stage of every age rollin’ down life’s road
I swear there’ll never be better memories than those

I remember tiny fingers holdin’ tight
From a little hand graspin’ on to mine
It was like the Lord had pulled a chord turnin’ on the light
Puttin’ my priorities in line

The older I get, the more it sinks in
I wouldn’t be who I am if not for where I’ve been
Every stage of every age rollin’ down life’s road
I swear there’ll never be better memories than those

Sometimes I think I’d like to have those moments back
But I wouldn’t trade those days for where I’m at

Cause the older I get, the more it sinks in
I wouldn’t be who I am if not for where I’ve been
Every stage of every age rollin’ down life’s road
I swear there’ll never be better memories than those...Lord knows
How could there every be better memories than those

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