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What Will It Take by Pat Alaggio

To all of my friends who were wondering where I've been. Well, I've been busy with the release of my book "The Judgment", which is now available (signed with a personal note) directly from me at or from  If you're fed up with the way our political leaders have allowed themselves to be corrupted by corporate power and would like to take a fictional reprieve from the madness then please consider my book and allow this madman to take you on a journey you will not soon forget.

Thank you for allowing me this brief interruption.... I now return you to the normally scheduled programming. "Everything is alright, global warming is a myth, politicians care about us, our corporations are not based upon greed, our media is fair and unbiased and always tells the truth, there is nothing YOU can do about it, your troubles are all your fault, Americans are stupid and can not determine their own future, war is good...."

Sincere regards,
Patrick Michael Alaggio


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Here's a new song I wrote on November 16, 2011 for the 99%. . .


What Will It Take?

by Pat Alaggio (capo 4)

Written 11/16/2011

Am    G    F    Am (verses)

C    G    Am (chorus)



C                  G                     Am

Look to your left, look to your right

C                          G                              Am

you’d better start thinking with all of your might

C                G                                  Am

it’s not only us who’ll defend the constitution

C                  G                     Am

Look to your left, look to your right


Verse (1&2)


The third time they sent him off to Iraq

He hugged his wife and his unborn child


He  told  his  friends  that  he  wouldn’t  be  back

but she could see he had changed, that he’d turned wild

               F                                                       Am

and  he  said his goodbyes,  with  a  tear  in  his  eye

and she silently wondered, what would be returned to her





He was the bravest of soldiers, they all agreed

Now  21  years  old . . .  going  on  fifty-five


The  pride  and  joy  of  the  mil - i  -tary

he asked himself why he was still alive

               F                                                         Am

and he fought like a man, though he enlisted at just 18

and why so many of his  friends . . .  had to die for lies?


Instrumental ride…



His letters spoke of love for the mother of his child

So it came as no surprise when she learned of his fate

In  the  last  few  seconds . . .  of  this  soldier’s  life

For he knew in his heart that he wasn’t the same


but they were scribbled in a scrawl, terrible and wild

of how he had died . . . and of the soldiers he had saved

they were filled with only love for his child and his wife

and she knew in her heart that he wasn’t to blame

                F                                                            Am

and she knew he would not return, no, he would not return

but what she couldn’t know . . . was what was on his mind

and he thanked God above . . . that he would never return

but  something  deep  inside  of  him  had  died





This  story has  been  told  over  and  over again

Another thousand or two?  Maybe TEN Thousand more?

Do we need to wage war against those up above?


How many deaths of our women and men

What will it take to bring an end to war?

Who put power and greed ahead of their love . . .

             F                    Am

Will it take . . .  will it take?

What will it take . . . what will will it take?

What will it take . . . what will will it take?


Repeat Chorus:



You’ve got one last chance to listen to us

You can lock me up, throw away the key


Open your hearts . . . what’s all the fuss?

It doesn’t matter what happens to me

              F                                       Am

We can live without war!  We can live without war!

… there’s TEN THOUSAND more, for every one of me


Chorus 2Xs and out on Am downstrum…


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"Snowfall" by Pat Alaggio


We are all but snowflakes floating for a brief time through gentle winds, sometimes not... but all together in our separateness... we are unique, yet so alike that from a distance we are the same... until we reach the ground and look up at all our brothers and sisters gently joining us... surrounding us with their caresses and their lives... pressing us together into one beautiful landscape... one entity... and we are no longer alone. For it is not in our aloneness that we are great and wonderful… but in our togetherness.


Do not confuse my tears with weakness
they are merely a sign of my determination
to put an end to all who would destroy
everything I have grown to love


"When liars lead, only cowards, accomplices

 and the feeble minded follow."  by Pat Alaggio

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Amateur or recreational musician, Music teacher, Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
My main axes are a Martin J-40 6-string, and a Taylor K65-ce 12string; Been doing some buying and selling and have sold some very nice Taylors' this year only to find all profits falling into the endless black hole of my 96 Lincoln Continental. F.O.R.D. = Found on the road dead! Give me a Toyota any day!
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
The songs I've listed are a mix of those I've written, played and/or recorded for my friends when 1st starting out with my studio in 1994. We enjoyed playing folk, rhythm & blues, folk-rock, rock, western, newer country... and of course original tunes and all of the artists shown in our videos + many more... Love original, never heard before music... what a thrill it is to discover something fresh... like Jaquie Gipson, Pete Christie, Jason Mraz and Trevor Green above... it's a great gift every time. :)

If interested, my two CDs are available on CDBaby.
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I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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At 7:06pm on May 16, 2011, Jeff Lustick said…

Thanks for taking the time to listen to "Swim With The Tide"-it is much appreciated!!! It's funny you mention using a harmonica, I thought about that when I was writing and recording the song and still may try to add it at some point. If you come up with a harmonica part let me know, I would love to hear it.


How is your shoulder doing?? I do remember that you were having surgery. I had shoulder surgery 2 years ago-not as extensive as yours I don't think but it kept me from playing guitar for a quite a while. I was first able to play an electric because the depth of the body was less and a lot more comfortable for my shoulder. It still bothers me if I play for too long but I'm willing to put up with that. Are you able to play at all yet???  I have been playing with my "garage band" but have also become part of an acoustic trio and we have started to play some open mics it has been a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to doing more of it.  Perhaps we can connect over the summer and play sometime.


Take care.



At 8:47am on March 25, 2011, Michael S. Jackson said…

Quite the contrary - the honor is mine.

Take care, m

At 12:09pm on March 23, 2011, Ken Bellingham said…
I'm pleased to accept your invitation Patrick.  Thank you.  It's a comfort to discover new allies in the struggle.
At 2:35pm on March 22, 2011, James P. Royle said…
Snowfall! That some rather nice BS! My wife would love that! All this beauty and creativity gags me!LOL You are a pretty special person apparently. Nice to have run into you in this way! Can you spell irreverent SOB!
At 6:40am on August 27, 2010, Vince Serrioz said…
Thanks for the listen. Also thanks for the ideas on sound and strings. Will check out the string ease stuff. Always like to get other players ideas!
All the best
At 8:21am on August 24, 2010, Robert Hancox said…
Beautiful music here, Patrick.
At 4:33am on July 12, 2010, Edward Sparks said…
Hi Patrick,
Thanks for your kind words...I am wrapping up song number two of a five song EP right now. as soon as I have a pre-mix of it I plan to post them both...I won't do the final mixes until all are recorded and I do the final master mix on them all together. Edward
At 3:00pm on May 26, 2010, Mickey Flynn said…
Hi Patrick,
Thanks for your comment, glad you liked my new piece, I sure had fun making and playing it.
Best to you and yours.
At 6:29pm on April 13, 2010, Jeff Lustick said…

I stop here when I want to hear something beautiful and "Joy" is at the top of my list!!! Hope all is well with you. Are you playing/writing much???

At 9:38am on April 9, 2010, Carrie Katz said…
Wow, what a page, amazing! I will have a listen as soon as I can! Thanks for the friendship!

At 1:20pm on April 8, 2010, Vince Serrioz said…
Great songs, great words. It would be great to jam together. If you ever go to the Winfield Festival let me know as I play there every year and have a great time. We could make some fine MUSE together.
All the best with your MUSE and writing.
At 11:53am on March 30, 2010, Gary Tipping said…
Thanks for your friend invite and for your kind comment on my music video 'Broken' Much appreciated.
At 5:47pm on March 29, 2010, Jeff Lustick said…

"Things We'll Never Know" is beautiful!!!

At 12:13pm on March 27, 2010, Ken Rogers said…
Good stuff here, Patrick. Thanks for sharing it!
At 8:40am on March 27, 2010, Wes Millette said…
Hey Patrick,
Thanks for the invite and input. I'm not familliar with ADAT but will do some research. Living fairly remote in southern MO makes a trip to the studio kinda tuff for now, but we'll see.
-- really like your music, the Chris Isaak comment was meant in a very complementary way. I think the pink suit should be considered optional.

At 9:34am on March 25, 2010, Jeff Hayes said…
Thanks for the heads up on the K4. I see you play a Taylor. I enjoyed your music. I am a huge fan of Taylor guitars. I recently added a 614 to my stable of high end guitars. The K4 is a must have if you are playing acoustic. Jeff
At 3:28pm on March 24, 2010, Michael D Krampitz said…
Hi Patrick I like the looks of your Taylor,my 12 string is a Alverez its not a Martin or Taylor but it does the trick.unfortunatly the bridge is stating to lift off.I have 12 guitars so maybe its time to get rid of a couple and get a Martin12 string.I have been a Martin man for a while and have had 8 of them.But now I'm down to 2,my goal is to get a Taylor and another Guild.I had a Guild about 18 years ago and wouldn't mind one now.I guess I suffer from the G.A.S. syndrome but if I had to have a problem thats a good one to have.
At 3:22pm on March 22, 2010, Jeff Lustick said…

Just finished listening to your music. Your songs and playing are beautiful and a joy to listen to. Thanks for sharing these.

At 9:23am on March 20, 2010, Daniel Cooper said…
Hey Patrick, Thanks for the "add/Invite" and hope you enjoy the Cooperstand you ordered.
Nice page by the way!!! Keep up the good work.
Best, Daniel
At 5:50pm on March 9, 2010, Maneli Jamal said…
Thanks for the kind words! Glad you enjoy :)

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