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Stranger (version 1)


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jiguma

 Genre: Acoustic

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Written and recorded over the past 12 hours (I did cheat a bit with some lyrics from my youth though), Stranger started out as an excuse to try out my new Seagull guitar - at first I was aiming for a Blue Nile feel, but Neil Young snuck in from somewhere and so you have it - a Neil Nile number!
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Lyrics
Stranger Copyright 2005 Neil Porter

A friend of mine had wandered
And he wrote a song
All about his travels
And his travels were long
One way or another
Had to make his stand
Now he is a stranger
In a strange land

I’ve seen a lot of things
I’ve heard the pipes of Pan
Felt alpine snow
On a warm hand
Getting down to basics
Knowing where I stand
I have been a stranger
In a strange land

Chorus:
I’ve been flying to the stars
I’ve been howling at the moon
Sleeping rough and dodging cars
This can only end too soon

I’ve seen colours in the sky
Like you would never guess
The northern lights exploded
Oh blood red Marakesh
All the time she’s with me
Driving on the sand
Holding out through winter
Thank god for strange lands

Chorus:
I’ve been flying to the stars
I’ve been howling at the moon
Sleeping rough and dodging cars
This can only end too soon

A friend of mine had wandered
And he wrote a song
All about his travels
And his travels were long
One way or another
Had to make his stand
Now he is a stranger
In a strange land
Song Stats
Hits: 3797
Comments: 15
Fans: 4
Plays: 257
Downloads: 162
Votes: 9
Uploaded: Jun 19, 2005 - 08:09:41 AM
Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010 - 06:38:58 AM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 07:00:33 PM
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Hardware:
Seagull S6 CW Quantum II Cedar top guitar (love it!)
Yamaha PSR 300 midi Keyboard
Shure DM1000D
iMac G4
Software:
Garageband
Comments
snowdragon said 4560 days ago (June 19th, 2005)
Diggin' your stuff
You're quickly becoming one of my favs, jg.

Like to put a philosophical suggestion to you.

I'm wondering if the line "stranger in a strange land"
might be better served by the inclusion of the word "very"
or something. ie "Now he is a stranger in a very strange
land."

For me, it improves the metre of the line in this
application but that's not why I suggest it. Heinlein's
classic line has become something of a cliche and while
that in itself is neither here nor there, I couldn't help draw
comparisons with Leon Russell's Stranger in a Strange
Land. Perhaps it's just Joanna's forum thread has me in a
strange land, philosophically.
enjoyed the tune a lot.
Check out my latest song called Nightmares
jiguma said 4560 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Diggin' your stuff
Thanks Snow - always appreciate your comments. I know what you mean
about THAT line! I was a little nervous about it when I put it on, but it was
just one of those songs which came to me in a rush and I just had to get it
down. To be honest, I wasn't aware of the Leon Russell SIASL song - must
look it up - but agree that the line is a big cliche. Will try out your suggestion
though and see what that brings - I'm pretty much a weekend MacJammer, as
work keeps me very busy, so it may take awhile.
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
jiguma said 4560 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Diggin' your stuff
Enjoyed Joanna's forum - see what you mean!
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
rovert10 said 4560 days ago (June 19th, 2005)
Ditto...
... on Snowdragons comment... and extra 2 syllables on that
line work give that part of the chorus a nice bounce.
Definitely Neil Young flavoured, this will go straight into my
4 stars playlist.
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jiguma said 4560 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Ditto...
Thanks Rovert10 (can I call you Trev?),
The song just fell out, and the Neil Young channelling was very wierd - I
didn't know I had that voice, it was just on the track when I stopped singing!
Thanks for the comment and support.
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
alley-oop said 4559 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Whoa!
This is really, really nice! Very pretty. You do have a Neil/Comes at Time thing going. Vocals are excellent, guitars and instruments are excellent. Melody is sooo nice. Lyrics take the listener on a nice ride. I love this! Great job!
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alley-oop said 4559 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Whoa!
I just had to stop by again and tell you how much I like everything about
this song. I don't think anything needs to change. The vibe is so great!
Check out my latest song called rain
Jim Bouchard said 4559 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Yes, "very"
I think that additional word would work very well. Excellent suggestion!
This is a really cool song. I like it a lot. It's a little flat, that, is I keep thinking some lead instrument would be good, and there's a funny sort of drum fill that strikes me a little oddly, so there's definitely ways to improve it. Pretty good for a 12 hour turnaround. It reminds me more of the group America than Neil Young.
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jiguma said 4559 days ago (June 21st, 2005)
Yes, "very"
Thanks Jim,
I have another idea for the "Stranger in ...." line. The other things you
mentioned are exectly what leapt out at me too. The drum fill is definitely
going to get a fix. I kind of like the flow of the song, but agree about a need
for some instrumental highlight - the double track guitars was planned to be
it, but maybe there's room for some more parts to that. Will work on it and
resubmit.
Good to see someone else remembers America!
Appreciate the comments!
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
jiguma said 4559 days ago (June 21st, 2005)
Aaargh!
Struck by the dreaded 4-bomber!
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
thetiler said 4558 days ago (June 21st, 2005)
The guitar sounds very nice
Plus the quality of your voice sounds right on. Like the
guitar work on there. Love the duet of the guitar, very
touching! Sounds like a very nice guitar!

I hear a little Neil Young sound in your voice.
The guitar really sets the tone of this song. When the duet
of the guitar comes in at various times is a real treat!



Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
jiguma said 4558 days ago (June 22nd, 2005)
The guitar sounds very nice
Thanks Bill, I really appreciate the guitar comments from you. The Seagull
I've just bought is the first 6 string I've owned since I was a kid (and that's a
long while!), so it's been a steep learning curve. Years of playing 12 string
have developed a curious style though. I'm glad you like the duet - it just
sounded so damn right when I first played it - looking at extending the fade-
out instrumental to include some more variations.
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Retro Plien said 4556 days ago (June 23rd, 2005)
nice and simple!
up front production on this - love the guitar duet bits - maybe that's enough of an instrumental break because you wouldn't want to clutter this one up
i think this works so well because its so restrained - vocals are out there, but make the song - the drum fill does grate a bit tho
love this!
Check out my latest song called YOU WHAT?
jiguma said 4556 days ago (June 24th, 2005)
nice and simple!
Thanks Retro Will see how the changes go over the weekend. May just leave
it the way it is (but without those pesky drum fills).
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
BoiAfrica said 4527 days ago (July 22nd, 2005)
intriguing
your vocals remind of of Ben Gibbard, a la death cab for
cutie or postal service, both bands I enjoy immensely. very
intimate, wish i could sing like that. I agree with the above
suggestions about additional syllables for the 'stranger...'
line, i sang along in my head and it definitely adds a
bouncy bouncy bounce...fun.
Check out my latest song called It's Just A Birthday Party
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Name: Neil Porter
Location: Pambula Beach, Sapphire Coast NSW Australia
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