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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 03:45 PM
I had an idea for a song today. I thought of an idea, a couple of points/events I wanted to touch upon, and a basic song structure in my head. I can't read or write music, so I couldn't actually score it, and I doubt I have the talent, and certainly not the equipment to record it, so the "musical" part of this is still in my imagination. To help fuel your own imaginations, and perhaps give you an inkling of what I've got in mind, for the verses, think of something like "Snake Oil," by Steve Earl, mixed with CDB's "Uneasy Rider." (Actually, the best song to use is probably "Jackie" by Linda Perry, but I doubt many people here have heard that). For the Chorus, what I've got in my head is something like Arlo Guthrie's version of "Oklahoma Hills."

Lyrics, however, I can write. So, I set about writing them. However, I soon found myself in a Ron "Tater Salad" White situation. Before I could tell you "that" story, I had to tell you "this" story. Sorry, no spoilers as to what "that" story is going to be, you'll find out soon enough. Bring Kleenex.

I needed some prelude material, so I tried to devote the first verse or two to "the seeds." Couldn't do it, too much there. So, the result is what you'll find below. I hope you like it. Keep in mind, though, that the "real" song will come tomorrow or Saturday.

Peace.

Edit: Part one has been revised slightly. To have it balance better with the second part (see below), I've inserted the chorus after verses 3 and 6, instead of having it after every two verses. I think it works fairly well thematically, too.


A Ballad of Brothers, North and South

In a big old house, in a middlin' town,
A band of brothers birthed a sound,
That can still be heard, though some forty years have gone.
And if you ain't afraid of a couple of tears,
Come dance with me on through the years,
While I tell this tale of love and loss and song.

One brother see, he had a dream,
That if he could only find the team,
He could change the world with some love and a lick for peace.
Well he found the team one warm spring day,
And when these boys commenced to play,
A generation paused to taste the peach.

In rented buses and worn-outs vans,
They crossed the country, winning fans,
Travellin' a road, no one could tell how far.
With a newborn mix of jazz and blues,
The brothers and friends all paid their dues
And earned the fuel to feed their rising star.

From way up north where the cold winds blow
To way down south where the peaches grow,
You can find the means to heal your aching soul.
To find the place where this magic's made,
Just go to where the music's played,
And don't you leave until your heart's made whole.


Now most of y'all will know this part,
So forgive me as, with heavy heart
I bow my head to honor life and grave,
Then slide on to the brighter days in
Which the bros, with strength amazin'
Carried on the vision Duane had gave.

Now a country twang shared the jazz and blues
As the brothers played and made the news
Change the only norm off-stage and on.
There was some fun, but a lot of fights,
And many can recall the nights,
When the beloved bros could barely limp along.

Through ice and fire, the boys had come,
And with a hard decision done,
They strove to carry on their legacy.
Armed with guns, new and returned,
The skins they blazed and the strings they burned,
As they set out to conquer another century.

From way up north where the cold winds blow
To way down south where the peaches grow,
You can find the means to heal your aching soul.
To find the place where this magic's made,
Just go to where the music's played,
And don't you leave until your heart's made whole.


Now my facts might be off, but that ainít the point,
The reason I asked ya to visit this joint,
Was to stir your soul and hopefully warm your hearts.
See this band you love and maybe need,
The tale's 'bout how they scattered seed,
'Cuz that's where this here story really starts.

[Instrumental break]



[Edited on 4/20/2007 by TopDroog]

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 03:57 PM
APPLAUSE!!!!!

Randy, that is GREAT! Moooooore!!! Mooooooooore!!!

[Edited on 4/19/2007 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 03:59 PM
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From way up north where the cold winds blow
To way down south where the peaches grow,
You can find the means to heal your aching soul.
To find the place where this magic's made,
Just go to where the music's played,
And don't you leave until your heart's made whole.

Love it, Droogie!

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 04:08 PM
Do you want this to have a country feel to it, or a Blues feel to it???

Great lyrics BTW

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 04:24 PM
Thanks, everybody. To answer your question, DAFan, not straight-ahead blues, I don't think that would work, but the best I can do is point back to those examples I gave in my introduction.

Have you heard those songs?

From Uneasy Rider -

I was about to leave when the biggest one,
Said you tip your hat to this lady, son,
And when I did, all that hair fell out from underneath.

From Snake Oil -

Ladies and gentlemen, attention please
Come in close so everyone can see
I got a tale to tell
A listen don't cost a dime
And if you believe that we're gonna get along just fine.

Another song that comes to mind is Johnny Cash's "Boy Named Sue"

Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes
And he went down, but to my surprise,
He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.
But I busted a chair right across his teeth
And we crashed through the wall and into the street
Kicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.

In hindsight, this last example might come closest to what I'm hearing in my head as I write the words.

Is there a category for country-tinged rock ballad?

[Edited on 4/19/2007 by TopDroog]

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 04:29 PM
real nice words

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 04:37 PM
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Is there a category for country-tinged rock ballad?

[Edited on 4/19/2007 by TopDroog]


Sheesh Droog, who cares about the Category (although Sang or Coot may be able to "help." )

Very Nice Lyrics!

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 04:44 PM
Great lyrics.

Do you need a band to compose the rest?

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 05:15 PM
Nice Droog...

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 05:32 PM
Awesome stuff!!

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 07:38 AM
You're right Droog. You can write and very good I must say. Keep it up bro!

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 07:46 AM
Love it Droogie...my foots a tappin

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 08:15 AM
you are right about needing kleenex buddy.....

nice.

when the story of the allman brothers is complete, i do hope that the community that sprang up on the net as a result is included.


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Now my facts might be off, but that ainít the point,
The reason I asked ya to visit this joint,
Was to stir your soul and hopefully warm your hearts.
See this band you love and maybe need,
The tale's 'bout how they scattered seed,
'Cuz that's where this here story really starts.



 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 08:19 AM
WOW! Great work Droogie, I love it!!

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 08:24 AM
I love it! I'm a big Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie fan, of what I'd call American Gothic. Oh that very dark humor can get me howling. To make the gruesome reality of what we do and have done to each other bearable to listen and look at is talent.

In my opinion, our best musicians know absolutely nothing about Music. The mind can kill it. The best instrument you can possibly write, sing, paint, etc...with is the heart. My brother taught me to put my hand over my heart before I write anything down. Before using any expression. To do it with a full heart.

Right on and write on Bro. Great job!

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 09:26 AM
You might want to talk to Patterson Hood about this one.....nice
 
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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 10:21 AM
Thanks again. I'm back to work on it this morning, but as I also have to do a lot of "work work" it might be a while (a few hours at least) until I can get to part two (there will probably be three parts).

Buppalo1, please have a look at your PM's when you have a minute.

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 10:27 AM
I read the first line and stopped...I am in a writing phase and I don't want to rip you off unintentionally..but i can tell by the responses, it is good..rock on brother

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 11:30 AM
Don't know if it was intentional,but I loved the use of the word slide(as well as the rest of the song)

 

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Don't know if it was intentional,but I loved the use of the word slide(as well as the rest of the song)


Heh, yeah, that was intentional. There are a few more little things like that, snippets from lyrics, song titles, quotes, etc., either in the above or in the parts to come.

Thanks for reading.

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 12:03 PM
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I read the first line and stopped...I am in a writing phase and I don't want to rip you off unintentionally..but i can tell by the responses, it is good..rock on brother
Lefty, why don't you write a score to the lyrics for this? You and Droogie are both Chicagoans, as well as fams of who it was written about. Collaboration, baby!

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 12:10 PM
Nice job- feels like it's right on the money. If you can find the melody you've really got something
 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 12:59 PM
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I read the first line and stopped...I am in a writing phase and I don't want to rip you off unintentionally..but i can tell by the responses, it is good..rock on brother
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Lefty, why don't you write a score to the lyrics for this? You and Droogie are both Chicagoans, as well as fams of who it was written about. Collaboration, baby!

i am in ..droogie ? Call me ?

 

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 01:04 PM
Will do, my brother. Give me a little time. I'm busier then a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest, basically trying to clear my pile so I can give this my full attention.

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  posted on 4/20/2007 at 01:15 PM
Droog, have your people call Lefty's people and maybe do lunch.....


 

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