Ain't We Great

from by Paul Washington

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about

Back in the 1990s I had the privilege of spending a bit of time with the fine Nashville songwriter, Lisa Aschmann, when she taught at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (PSGW) in Washington State. She composes in her head, not playing any instruments. I have used her songwriting style too; I can often hear her saying "use familiar chord progressions... use your magpie mind...Don't worry about being original -- you will be." I picked this beauty but I could have picked many other songs of hers.

Oh, and let me also thank all the great instructors at PSGW, especially the swing guitar teachers, Chris Grammp, Rebecca Kilgore, Sylvia Herald, et. al. who taught and influenced me so much...

P.S. Thank you, Marty Jones, for playing God. Is God from Yorkshire?

lyrics

AIN'T WE GREAT?
© 1998 Lisa Aschmann - Nashville Geographic (ASCAP)

You’ve got the prettiest nose
And it goes with your face
It goes with your clothes
When God made a nose, he said
“One of those would fit you just perfectly”
So God made a nose and ten perfect toes
And someone to tickle them – me

Aint we great? Aren’t we smart?
Wasn’t it a genius, made us?
Aren’t we a work of art?
How did I get so lucky?
Isn’t this first rate?
I love you; you love me
Ain’t we great?

And you’ve got the prettiest chin
‘bout the prettiest chin there’s ever been
When God made a chin
at the base of your face
His eyebrows wiggled all over the place
He said “I know there’s someone, gonna like what I made
There’s a grin, to go with that chin”

Aint we great? Aren’t we smart?
Wasn’t it a genius, made us?
Aren’t we a work of art?
How did I get so lucky?
Isn’t this first rate?
I love you; you love me
Ain’t we great?

I’m gonna give you a hug, my snuggly bug
I’m gonna give you a kiss, like this
I’m gonna be right here ‘til you fall asleep
Now don’t you peek, just go to sleep

Aint we great? Aren’t we smart?
Wasn’t it a genius, made us?
Aren’t we a work of art?
How did I get so lucky?
Isn’t this first rate?
I love you; you love me
Ain’t we great?

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from A Soft Spot For You, released November 22, 2015

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