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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:15 pm    Post subject: well huh? Reply with quote

Wrote a song. Well, what are weekends for, otherwise? I been doing this for weeks. I claim it's how to write songs.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.recordingproject.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?p=546554#546554

There's a song on Back Here On Earth by Gordie Lightfoot called Cold Hands From New York that's well worth listening to, and which repays comment or discussion.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how does it do that?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It works this way: although Cold Hand From New York is awfully Canadian, he wrote way better stuff on that album. My point is that when he was being nationalistic, the song suffered sometimes.

Here's lyrics from his site for Long Thin Dawn:

"That (G) long thin (D) dawn
That (G) long thin (D) dawn
Is coming (A7) on a(D)gain
I've seen the hills of Frisco and the (G) streets of Montre(D)al
In every town I've been to I've (E7) had someone to (A7) call
From (D) Winnipeg to Edmonton, Van(G)couver to St. (D) Paul
I've had so many good friends I (G) couldn't miss them (A) all

"In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again

"Last night I came to Denver beneath the snowcapped ridge
I thought about my darling as I stood beneath the bridge
And there were times I made her cry but I guess by now she's learned
That any time I've wandered I always have returned

"In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again

"Right now I'm on a highway just east of Omaha
Riding shotgun on the biggest rig you ever saw
With forty tons of pig iron and a trucker known as Bill
All the way to Windsor, we've got some miles to kill

"In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again

"While climbing up a hillside, Bill drops her down a gear
And the engine sings so sweetly 'tis music to my ear
I tell him how I long to be just like him if I can
Driving like the restless wind across this precious land

"In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again

"Says Bill, "The air is clean tonight," as he puffs a big cigar
"And if this rig keeps rolling, my boy you'll travel far
But when you are a trucker you'll come to realize
The only thing a man can do is watch the world go by"

"In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again
That long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again

See, that's just genius and it only sounds better with the music. I reckon he wrote that because he kept at it, like I said. Cool

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And while we're on the topic of writing songs, how's this for cool?

http://www.lightfoot.ca/lyrics.htm#L

Next, you'll be telling me everybody does it.

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