Can’t Win For Losin’

  • Title: Can’t Win For Losin’
  • Writer: Conrad Askland
  • Vocalist: Chris Maher
  • Released: 1994
  • Album: New Faces ’95
  • Label: Road Records
  • c 1994 Conrad Askland
  • Style: Blues, Country, Vocal

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Can’t Win For Losin’ – New Faces ’95

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If this had been a real life
I would have been told what to do
And if it’s just a test
Why do I feel like such a fool?

Well the only thing that I’ve learned
Is that I don’t know everything
The only thing I know for sure
Is I don’t have much room to complain

Well they tell me to look on the bright
And wait for what is meant to be
But if it’s all the same
When you can’t win for losin’
You don’t even want to play the game

Now why won’t you tell me
Why I got to be more than just a man?
And tell me why I got to smile
When happy is the last thing that I am


When you can’t win for losin’
You just don’t even want to play the game


I wrote this song in early 1994 while spending 3 months playing along the DMZ in South Korea with a band called the “Hardriders”. We did mainly Southern Rock music at military bases in South Korea to entertain the troops and officers.

It was a tense time in South Korea with constant threats of attack from North Korea. The band and I were shuffling every night to new locations to setup for the night’s performance on different bases. I was really exhausted  and felt like I wasn’t utilizing my talents to the best of my ability.

So “Can’t Win For Losin'” was an expression of that time and the feeling that no matter what you try to do, nothing seems to work out.

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1 comment for “Can’t Win For Losin’

  1. Laura
    May 29, 2010 at 6:23 am

    I quite like this song! All of us have been at cross-roads where we’re looking
    for that small miracle to pick us up and get us mobile again.

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