Play A Country Song Backwards

By Ken Ashley

(ATLANTA) August 6, 2010

I admit, it is confusing. Our team is busy and our clients growing. I see smiles on the faces of CFO’s we work with. And yet the Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S job market loses steam. Much of the popular media over the past several weeks has suggested we are at a pause in the recovery.

So, while the general media is worried about the sky falling (again), we took a gander at what the commercial real estate world is saying about where things are in the sector:

  • A recent article in NREI reports a surge property sales in the first half of 2010
  • CoStar is reporting that publicly traded commercial real estate services firms are seeing double digit increases in revenue
  • Cushman & Wakefield released a report of mid-year numbers showing the first decline in US office vacancy since 2007
  • Real Estate Forum in it’s own version of a mid-year wrap is mixed, but offers “the clouds are beginning to lift on property fundamentals and investment sales, but the uncertain strength of the economy makes forecasting a dicey proposition.”
  • Recent posts in this very blog here and here suggest respectively that national vacancy has peaked and that now is an opportune time to lease space from the tenant’s perspective.

Yes, it is hard to tell if we are moving out of the summer and economic malaise and into a period of economic growth. Yes, we need sustained recovery in the job market. But isn’t the fact-pattern interesting in the industry reports? Something is happening in our industry which is simply harbinger of the broader economy.

As Todd Harrison says in a post at MarketWatch.com, the “(financial crisis), for lack of a better analogy, has gone airborne, migrating from the tangible to the amorphous, from Wall Street to Main Street, from a distant coexistence to an emerging class war. It, like most viruses, will arrive in waves and infect those who haven’t been inoculated with a steady stream of financial consciousness.” Or perhaps the “virus” will prey upon those that absorb the negative.

Maybe we should all take a deep breath and remember the wisdom of the country band Rascal Flatts in their hit song “Play A Country Song Backwards.” In other words, reverse the negative spin and you will suddenly see that our economy has stopped getting worse and in many sectors is healing and getting better. Recovery is indeed underway, even if it took a breather.

In case you want to hum the song on the way to work for a little inspiration, here is the video with the words below:

Facing Backwards?

I was sitting on a wooden stool
In a barbecue joint in Tennessee
When this old boy walked in
And he sat right down next to me
I could tell he’d been through some hard times
There were tear stains on his old shirt
And he said you wanna know what you get
When you play a country song backwards

You get your house back
You get your dog back
You get your best friend Jackson back
You get your truck back
You get your hair back
You get your first and second jobs back
Your front porch swing
Going ding ling ,ling,ling
Your bling bling bling and a diamond ring
Your get your farm with a barn and a boat and the Harley
That old black cat named Charlie
Sounds a little crazy, a little scattered and absurd
But that’s what you get when you play a country song backwards

Well I never heard it said quite like that
It hit me in the face cause that’s where I’m at
I almost fell flat out on the floor
He said wait a minute that’s not all there’s even more

You get your mind back
And your nerves back
Your achy breaky heart back
You get your pride back
You get your life back
You get your first real love back
You get your big screen tv, dvd and a washing machine
You get the pond and the lawn and the rake and the mower
You go back where life was slower
It sounds a little crazy a little scattered and absurd
But that’s what you get
When you play a country song backwards
Oh play that song
whoo!!!

We sat there and talked about how it would be
if we could just turn it all around and change this C-R-A-P
You get your house back
You get your dog back
You get your best friend Jackson back
You get your truck back
You get your hair back
You get your first and second jobs back
Your front porch swing
Going ding ling ling ling
Your bling bling bling and a diamond ring
Your get your farm with a barn and a boat and the Harley
That old black cat named Charlie
You get your mind back
And your nerves back
Your achey breaky heart back
You get your pride back
You get your life back
You get your first real love back
ohh big screen tv, dvd and a washing machine
You get the pond and the lawn and the rake and the mower
You go back when life was slower
It sounds a little crazy a little scattered and absurd
But that’s what you get
When you play a country song backwards


2 responses to “Play A Country Song Backwards

  1. Interesting when reading things about the song by Rascall Flats because I wrote the following song…

    Play Me A Country Song Backwards – © 24/06/2001 – Leigh Warren – Lyrics, © 26/06/2001 – Leigh Warren – Music

    Go to my website and you can hear the song… glad to see they’ve done alright!

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