Singled Out: Sugar Ponies' Give This Girl a Break

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Sugar Ponies' Suzanne Kramer tells us the story behind their single "Give This Girl a Break" which comes from their recently released "It's A Sign" album. Here is the story:

"My problem's very simple. If you listen, you'll agree. It's just that I love you more than you love me." So simple and yet here we all are loving someone more than they love us. Okay, maybe not all of us at this very moment, but a whole heck of a lot of us are either living or have lived it.

So, what's our story behind this song? Well, this particular song was written for a friend going through a bad relationship. I was thinking a lot about it one day in the shower and the lyrics just starting popping into my brain. I had to keep running in and out of the shower in order to record each line that I thought of! That may have been the longest shower I've ever taken.

But you know what? It's not just about that friend and her crush on that guy, I've lived it. I've been the person who thought, "Won't you turn and walk away because I'm not strong enough to leave - even though I know what best for me and true, I'll be your fool." Who hasn't felt that at some point in their life?

After I had about 80% of the lyrics written, and all the soap rinsed off, I got together with Michael and he put them to the lovely music you hear now. Some people think it's a simplistic, 3-chord composition, but in reality there are 5 chords. And who cares anyway? More chords would just get in the way of the simple message of this song, "I love you more than you love me."

Eventually we went into the studio with Ari Rios at Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, CA. Ari arranged the absolutely perfect and beautiful cello part, which was performed by Rebecca Roudman of Dirty Cello. Ari also arranged the piano line performed by Austin de Lone. We then later worked with Ed Stasium on the mixing of the song and then with Greg Calbi who mastered it.

It's been awhile since this whole affair began and I've lost touch with the friend. I don't know if she's over him or not, but since sharing the song on YouTube via Facebook and Twitter, we've made so many new friends who are going through the pain of an unbalanced relationship. So many wonderful people have written to us to tell us how the song is their song and to thank us for writing it. Our plan and our hope is to continue sharing the song with the world. Maybe it'll help.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the group right here!


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