It's a medium tempo number with a great progression; it opens with a guitar hook that sounds like it's orchestrated - it's not riffing, it's a beautiful melody line that doesn't occur again. The bass just plays eighths, and the drums are playing two and four on the snare. Further into the song there's a really sad guitar line, it's turbulent and dark, and his voice has a desperate quality. It makes me wonder - who was Joe? Another dog? Who would throw a dog around? It must be about a certain desperate time in someone's life. I like the line 'It smelled like death, / So I took a deep breath. . .'
When the guy talks about the girl who's left him, it's like he's writing a letter to her. He doesn't say why she's gone away. Your heart goes out to him.
Mark Curry is playing acoustic guitar with a pick-up, which is not a great sound to record. He obviously went for the live vocal and didn't worry about miking up the guitar. So instead of overdubbing, you get music of the moment.
'Musta Been Joe' is on Mark Curry's It's Only Time (Virgin America, CDVUS490)
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