Gun-Shy [new song]


I used to dream of being a professional songwriter. I didn’t want to be famous (still don’t) because I didn’t love to perform (still don’t) — but to be the mind and heart behind the music? That appealed to me so much.

Life has taken me in a different direction than music, at least in any sort of “professional” sense. I don’t dream of making songwriting my bread and butter anymore, mostly because (full disclosure) I don’t think I’m all that good. But every now and then, I follow an idea on a chase and wind up with a little something.

Here’s what I’ve discovered about writing songs: it’s my favorite thing, regardless of whether anything happens with those songs. I like the challenge of it — figuring out how to tell a story, turning words this way and that, and hopefully making someone feel something. That’s all. That’s my only aim in writing songs these days — to make someone feel something — even if the someone is just me. Which is easy because, as you know, I am all feelings, all the time. Cheap date.

All that to say, here’s a new song, recorded with my friend Jeff Harper in Nashville, TN. It’s called “Gun-Shy” because LOOK WHAT LOVE HAS DONE TO ME.

Thanks for listening!



  1. Julie deRosier-Paul on April 4, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    OMG Annie this is just awesome!

  2. Stacey Degen on April 4, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Lordy lady, the talent you have…Love this!

  3. Peg Achterman on April 4, 2017 at 9:29 PM

    Gorgeous Annie – thanks for sharing. Made me think of this piece I heard on NPR this afternoon – with Aimee Mann. Like you, she gets at the human condition and hard things. I like the “it’s hard to be a person” You get that so well in your writing.

  4. Mandy on April 4, 2017 at 9:49 PM

    No idea on earth why you don’t think you’re “that good.” Your words are powerful. Your voice is wonderful. Keep writing music–it’s an incredible gift.

  5. Allison on April 4, 2017 at 9:49 PM

    I love (and hate?) how real life this song is. Well done – thats how songwriters make people feel. :)

  6. Bree Jeffries on April 5, 2017 at 12:09 AM

    Oh yes. Another favorite. <3

  7. Pat Cassidy on April 5, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    This is beautiful Annie!!

  8. Michael Rhyne on April 7, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    This is kind of the other side of the coin from “Wish that I was” to me. It is also layered very skillfully with meaning. Not going to try to tell you you’re better than good…I’m just going to say that some years ago now, you and your words and your voice touched a soul in a very dark place. You made a difference! That, my friend, is no mean feat. Love, Michael

  9. Sassy on April 9, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Love ❤
    I love the country version (of course!)
    but somehting makes me think you need to sell this to Pink.

  10. Margret on April 12, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    And for you, dear Annie Parsons (loved by God and many, many people), I continue to pray.

    All of Heaven’s best to you…and not just because of your beautiful musical gift.

  11. K.C. Yatsko on April 29, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Like Peg, I agree with the comparison to Aimee Mann’s brutal honesty and perfect portrayal of all types of betrayals. You make listening to gut-wrenching pain absolutely stunning.

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