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Mark of the Beast (Mama says)

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This is a pretty rough draft of something that just popped into my head and I put together in a couple of hours. I may go back at some point and try to smooth out some of the rough patches.

This is basically about some of the more stupid things a lot of us are told when we are young (and old). Kind of a reaction to all those years of being told I was going to hell for playing Dungeons and Dragons. (Fortunately, not by my mother, but by plenty of others).
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Lyrics
Mama says
there’ll be hell to pay
if you play with that
you will go blind

mama says
beter be a good
or you’ll make
baby jesus cry

mama always told me Santa Cluas
would tempt my motal soul
he was just the devil in disguise
and would drag me down his smoking hole

mama says
those naughty thoughts
show you were dirty
from the day you were born

mama says
those dirty deeds
just show you are
the devil’s spawn

mama always said those girls were unclean
fight to keep your image pure
tempting every man til the end of time
they’ll lead you to the devil’s door

I guess I must be the devil’s son
look for the mark of the beast
all those dirty things are way too much fun
mama better call a priest




















mama says
idle hands
do the devil’s
best work

mama says
if I trust in god
he’ll make sure
I’m alright

mama always told me watch what I think
make sure my thoughts were clean
too many questions would lead me astray
origonal thought was obscene

I guess I must be the devil’s son
look for the mark of the beast
because it all sounds like shit to me
mama better call a priest
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Uploaded: Jul 08, 2005 - 05:43:01 PM
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2012 - 01:53:09 PM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 12:16:59 PM
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Comments
AquilA said 4519 days ago (July 8th, 2005)
Haunted...
...by our Christian upbringing are we? I can sympathize with
that. Like the lyrics, nice touch with the backing vocals. The
overall thrust is working, just needs a little polish and
pizazz. Looking forward to your next take on this one.
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jgurner said 4518 days ago (July 9th, 2005)
Haunted...
Heh, you hit the nail right on the head, AquilA. Is it that obvious? :)

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jackstone said 4518 days ago (July 9th, 2005)
I'm enjoyed it
I want next take too!
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jgurner said 4518 days ago (July 9th, 2005)
I'm enjoyed it
Thanks, Jackstone. I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment. Glad
you liked the tune.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 1967
said 4518 days ago (July 9th, 2005)
I Wanna Hear the Next Version Too
I like the lyrics and attitude here a lot and the "Mama Says"
hook is excellent.
jgurner said 4518 days ago (July 9th, 2005)
I Wanna Hear the Next Version Too
Once I came up with the "Mama says" the rest just kind of fell into place. This
literally fell together in about two hours (which is why it's so rough. Might have
been shorter if I could actually play the guitar). I appreciate you listening and
commenting, Mungo.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 1967
snowdragon said 4517 days ago (July 10th, 2005)
If
you do feel the need to revisit this one, do so with the
utmost care. Some things are better left in their natural
state and I suspect this tune may be one of them. There's
a veracity showing through here that is part of the the
song's appeal and it would be tough, I think, to beat the
"origonal" version.

Worked for me as is.
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jgurner said 4517 days ago (July 10th, 2005)
If
Thanks, snowdragon. My main problem with the tune is that the mix sounds
really muddy when I listen to it on my computer (both on iTunes and in GB).
However, when I listen to it through MacJams, the mix sounds much better. I
probably won't rerecord anything, but I trying to get the mix to where I'm
satisfied with it.

I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 1967
mikkinylund said 4514 days ago (July 13th, 2005)
Good message
Unfortunately I think this portrait many people's
situation... Myself had to be brough up with statements
like "you're gonna burn in hell", or if you don't do this
"satan's gonna take you"... This is very, very good start.
Almost jazzy at times, 70's a capella. The bass is very
well played, perhaps mixed a little bit to high. The guitar
(I think it is) lays very well in the background, rough. Very
important message, and you mixes are really getting
good!

Thanks,

M
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jgurner said 4513 days ago (July 14th, 2005)
Good message
I was luckier than most of my friends growing up in that my parents didn't use fear to try to keep me in line. I think the best line I ever heard, which I included in the tune was "If you do (fill in the blank), you'll make baby Jesus cry." It still just blows my mind at some of the horrible things parents will tell their children to try and make them behave or believe in something.

The mix on this is rougher than I usually go for. I kind of hit a stone wall in mixing it and just decided to go ahead and post it and hear what people had to say.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. It's always good to hear from people who make really cool music.

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Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns.
Check out my latest song called 1967
alackbass said 2011 days ago (May 20th, 2012)
Mark of the Beast (Mama says)
I think your description doesn't give you enough credit for the deep lyrical concepts here. The real topic here is how we teach our children to feel guilt over things that really mean nothing in an attempt to teach morality. It's rather cruel now that you have me thinking about it.
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