Fighting a Losing Battle But Having a Lot of Fun trying to Win

images-3Fighting a Losing Battle But Having a Lot of Fun Trying to Win

is one of the finest song lyrics I know. It’s one of my favorites; Maybank and I were playing it the other night, so here it is again. I’ve also posted on x and z. It’s even on that Up in the Bronx/Down in LA CD that I recorded to accompany my first novel of the same name, as I used to play it in the Bronx. (Scroll down on the Bumba Books page)

You know it’s hard to love another man’s girlfriend
Can’t see her when you want to, got to see her when you can
I may be fighting a losing battle, but I’m having a lot of fun trying to win

I thought it over
These two points of view
You know a one-way lovin
Ain’t no good for two.
We may be fighting a losing battle….

I watch the sun come up and I watch it fade away
All I ever seem to have are these sleepless nights and endless days.

I asked that woman: Should I go away?
Your man wants me to leave
Do you want me to stay?
I may be fighting a losing battle, but having a lot of fun trying to win.

Brownie McGee wrote this one back in the late fifties or sixties. He uses this progression on several songs, and it is a great one. If you like this, check out Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry.

11 thoughts on “Fighting a Losing Battle But Having a Lot of Fun trying to Win

  1. I enjoyed the CD, it gave an extra dimension to the book, an atmosphere that now comes to mind whenever i think of the Bronx.

    1. That’s very nice to hear. You know, I made another CD called Chester’s songs, all culled from the second book. I always wonder if they add anything to the books. I’ll have to mail you a Chester’s Songs if you don’t have one.

      1. A CD is a tool that immerses the reader even more in a book I feel, there is a soundtrack that becomes synonymous with a time and place and helps broaden musical tastes as well, which is always a good thing. I would be much intrigued with any new musical offerings you may have lying about, it will remind me and draw me back to Chester’s world and it was a great place to be.

        1. CD received and now I am biding my time so I can get a clear hour in which to just sit and listen, although the handy page numbers means I will be flicking through the book as well.

        2. I have an appreciation for skimpy things especially where women are concerned so it follows that I must like my mucis thus also, or I would just be a hypocrite.

    1. That’s true that I do not talk about my father – or barely any family or friends – in my little books. My father was a very fine man. He died of a sudden illness 25 years ago. Tomorrow night marks his yahrzeit on the Jewish calendar so we will light the juhrzeit candle and remember him, as I suppose I do every day.

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