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You know, I really AM trying to finish up some newer stuff, but it's very hard to record using a microphone in my home these days. We're a busy bunch, and somewhat noisy, and when it quiets down, it's time for bed... So I'm doing basics and rhythm tracks and waiting for a quiet afternoon...

I may have to take a day or two from work and just stay home in the empty house and record... I do have some newer things on the burner...

Meanwhile, here's another one rescued from an old demo tape recorded at Steve Friedman's Melville Park Studio, back when it was in his living room.

I really enjoy this song, and always enjoyed playing and performing it. The cool lead and bass lines are again courtesy of Nan Donald. This is/was my bid for something like the folk/bluegrass inflected pop that you'd find on Rubber Soul or some Buffalo Springfield tunes. Inspired by a girlfriend who wasn't at all sure that she actually wanted me, but was not about to let me go, either... I always enjoyed Nan's guitar work on this, and the harmony stuff that Phyllis and Nan put together...

Photo is of Wheatstone Bridge opening for Tracy Chapman at Uncle Sam's Backyard coffeehouse in Arlington, MA, in around 1984. Seems like only yesterday (I left my mind behind...)
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Lyrics
Please Don’t Call
© 1980 Ed Hannifin

Intro: G D G

G C
Imagine my surprise
G D
After so much time on hold
Am Em D
Hearing your voice on the phone
G C
But three times was the charm
G D
I plan to keep my heart from harm
Am Em D
I just want to be left alone
G D
Please don’t call
Am - / - C
Please don’t write
G D Am -/ -C
Please don’t drop around here late at night
G D
I am trying to forget you
Am - / - C
And everything I went through, so
G C
Please don’t call,
G C
Please don’t call
G C G
Please don’t call, please don’t write


You think you know me well,
All my wants and all my fears
You don’t think I’ll choose to keep apart
But I’ve had a change of mood,
I’ve grown to like my solitude
I’m not eager for your games to start

Please don’t call
Please don’t write
Please don’t drop around here late at night
I am trying to forget you
And everything I went through, so
Please don’t call
Please don’t call
Please don’t call, please don’t write

[Break: one verse and one chorus]

You say you’re sorry now
But I know that’s just for show
I know you hate to see one walk away
But here’s one that you won’t get
It’s too late for your regret
There’s nothing more for you to say

Please don’t call
Please don’t write
Please don’t try to catch me late at night
I threw out the things you sent to me
And everything you meant to me, so
Please don’t call,
Please don’t call,
Please don’t call, please don’t write

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Plays: 344
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Uploaded: Sep 21, 2006 - 08:20:52 PM
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Comments
vbluesky said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
:/
nice gum chewin 60's double pleasure guitar pickin groove, nice sound, reminds me of 7th grade and my 1st Cat Stevens album,good production, folk, you rock, have you ever done a Folktronic song, you'd be hot...
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Ed Hannifin said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Thank you, vbluesky...
Now you've got me wondering, of course: what's 'folktronic'? Sounds like fun...

Glad you like the groove and the production... Thanks for listening and
commenting.

Ed
Denny Borsboom said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Great rhythm
I like the rhythm of the guitar on this song. Well played - it's easy to
play these rhythms too hasty but this is quite relaxed even though its a
busy pattern. Nice singing too.
Thanks
Denny
Check out my latest song called More interesting times
Ed Hannifin said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Plainly a guy...
...with some knowledge of rhythm guitar...

Yep, it is one of those ones that'd be easy to play too fast, but it's also just plain
fun to play... Glad you like the singing...

Thanks for the listen and feedback, Denny...

Ed
Denny Borsboom said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Great rhythm
I like the rhythm of the guitar on this song. Well played - it's easy to
play these rhythms too hasty but this is quite relaxed even though its a
busy pattern. Nice singing too.
Thanks
Denny
Check out my latest song called More interesting times
Denny Borsboom said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Great rhythm
I like the rhythm of the guitar on this song. Well played - it's easy to
play these rhythms too hasty but this is quite relaxed even though its a
busy pattern. Nice singing too.
Thanks
Denny
Check out my latest song called More interesting times
Denny Borsboom said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Great rhythm
I like the rhythm of the guitar on this song. Well played - it's easy to
play these rhythms too hasty but this is quite relaxed even though its a
busy pattern. Nice singing too.
Thanks
Denny
Check out my latest song called More interesting times
Denny Borsboom said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
oops...
sorry for the repeating comments - I think somethign went wrong in
my browser...
Check out my latest song called More interesting times
said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Sweet tune
Super harmony parts, love the feel and guitar. This is just a well rounded song. I can tell why you like this so well.

The time goes by faster and faster as the years pile on me, some memories good and bad seem like not so long ago,...

Thanks for sharing.

. - Harold
Ed Hannifin said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Thanks, Harold...
I'm pleased that you like the feel and the tune. I, too, really like the harmony
parts.

As I get older, memory is one of those things... sometimes things past seem
so
distant...sometimes they seem like they could've been just yesterday...

And going through old tapes is a great way to partake of both aspects of
memory...

Thank you for listening and leaving your thoughts...

Ed
Tadashi Togawa said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Memory of brick color.
The photograph has discolored.
However, the memory revives vividly.

Your singing voice and guitar play.
Companion's harmony.

Harmony that all are good.

Check out my latest song called Mexican taste
Ed Hannifin said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Another comment...
..that could be the perfect autumn poem...

It's true, as you and Harold are picking up on, that anything posted now from
this many years ago has a subtext of memory, time and old stories...

I'm always pleased when you listen to one of my songs, Tadashi, and leave your
thoughts.

Ed
said 3927 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Some precious sounds here...
Time capsule opened up and what do we find? Something sweet and
oh so fine. Ed, this is very Rubber Soul influenced to my ear, an album
of songs which I love. Your clean vocal and honest expression carry
the day here. Crystal clear guitars... hard to believe it's originally
recorded so many moons ago. I especially liked that guitar lede solo in
the middle. It is perfect in it's spirit and execution... just plain
enjoyable.
I am afraid you have forced me to download another of your songs.
Kind of funny that I am further along in having your "oldies but
goodies" compilation than having your current hits CD. But I can fully
relate to your lack of alone time to record. Family trumps every time,
as it should. Thanks for another audio photo of your music past.

Jack
thepeep said 3926 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
Thank you once again, Jack...
...for a comment that gets to the heart of the matter(s)...

Yeah, I really tried, a few times in my life, to get that country-meets-rock-
meets-pop thing that the Beatles did so well on Rubber Soul... That is a
record
that I have listened to for, what?...forty years now....and I still love to listen
again...Rubber Soul and Revolver, to my ears, are Evolution Of The Art of
Songwriting And Recording 101 and 102, respectively...

Nan Donald was and probably is a really wonderful guitar stylist. She sounds
so cool and never like anyone else. Her leads, made up of chord soloing and
single note lines, are distinctive, and during a song she would often as not
be thumping a bassline behind the other guitars. And, as noted, I think Phyllis
and Nan did a neat job on the harmonies here.

You are one of the guys here at MacJams who also gets it about the tension
between music and family and understands that making family number one is
important and essential. And I'll solve this conundrum for myself... I have a
couple of ideas... these other recordings WILL get finished...

Anyway, there's always plenty of meat on the bones of your comments, and I
always look forward to reading them.

Ed
Check out my latest song called Like Horse-Feet To My Ears
thepeep said 3926 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
Oops.
Forgot that the boy and I were changing his icon before dinner... Gotta go sign
in under my own account...

Ed
Check out my latest song called Like Horse-Feet To My Ears
Feter said 3926 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
Great tune !!!
wonderfull song singin and strummin and harmonies
very warm feeling there ...well done !!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
Ed Hannifin said 3926 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
Thank you, Feter,
I'm glad you like the whole package, and particularly the feel. I'm pleased you
took the time to listen and leave a comment. I do appreciate it...

Ed
said 3926 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
great guitar
You have avery sothing voice great leading. I love that acoustic stuff. good lyrics excellent story line

Ed Hannifin said 3926 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
Thank you for listening, egobandit....
I'm pleased that lyrics, lead voice and acoustic guitars met with your approval.
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

Ed
ledebutant said 3926 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
I Vote Yes
I'm a bit torn, I have to admit, about this whole idea of you taking a day
off to finish new tracks. I can only okay it if you continue dusting off
your greatest hits. It's a lot of fun to hear the person you were then
and hear the stories that go with the songs.

This is a universal concept, the she-loves-me, she-loves-me-not, you-
missed-your-chance, given a nice treatment by the man with the
Everyman voice (sorry, that should the spectacular and perfect
Everyman voice, just to be clear). I dig the guitar playing too. I'm trying
to learn to play a little bit and I know how to play all of those bass
notes, except for the Emaj, so I may use this song to plunk along with
and dream of the future, when forming chords doesn't feel like I have
some kind of weird clumsy claw for a left hand.

I seriously enjoyed the guitar on this A LOT and am starting to have a
new appreciation for what the guitarmeister around here can do.
ledebutant said 3926 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
argh!
Note to self: Stop pressing return at the end of lines
Note to Ed: stick an 's' on the end of guitarmeister, mentally, please. ;-)

Love to Mr. Peep.
Ed Hannifin said 3925 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
Well, this is a good thing, Lisa,
...since you would be one of the people that I would be worrying about... I
have this image of you clicking on the new tune and going, "Bleugh... more
old stuff..."

One of my clinical supervisors once, by way of praise of the way we keep our
clinical records, noted that, "I should be able to flip through your clinical
noting and have it tell a story... " I sort of have this notion that, someday in
the far future, when all my old songs are on MacJams along with a pile of
newer ones, it will more or less "listen like a story". You'd be more or less
able to 'get it about Ed' from the listening...

I love and appreciate that you seem to listen past the musical to the man and
the life.

Ed
perceptualvortex said 3926 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
Whew
Breathless pace! I love the energy in the guitar, and the singing is sweet, reminding me of CSNY a little when the harmonies come in. I like the lyrics, I think that's a story most of us can relate to at some point. Really cool song, Ed!
Check out my latest song called Mercury (RPM 6)
Ed Hannifin said 3925 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
Thank you, David...
Being a huge CSNY fan, having it hit the chorus like CSNY would be pretty
darned validating for me...

I'm glad you like the lyrics, too. I look forward to a day when I post something
with great energy, cool harmonies, solid lyrics...AND DRUMS...imagine THAT, he
hinted broadly...

Ed
Cori Ander said 3925 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
Warm heart
I hear the same warm heart that I hear in your later productions, and
reads in your extensive MJ commenting.

And the theme "Please leave me", with a warm heart ... is that possible?
Yes! On one occation in my life, many years ago, I was asked by a
woman that we split apart, in a way that didn't feel hard or hurt heart.
It was not that I lacked engagement in her, on the contrary, but she did
it with love in some way that the message went to the depth of
compassion.

So I think, if a woman could choose a man to tell her to "Please don%u2019t
call, please don%u2019t write" I think you would be the perfect choice Ed.

Great song by the way and a really nice band you had!
Doesn't it make you wish you could occasionally go back in time
sometimes?
Check out my latest song called O store Gud
Ed Hannifin said 3925 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
Johannes, sometimes...
...I think...no, I am quite sure,....that you are giving me WAY too much
credit...

I am not at all sure that this tune is good-hearted. Unless "good-heartedly
fed
up" is an option...

Still, it continues to be encouraging and heartening to know that somewhere
in
the world...in SWEDEN, to be exact... there is someone who sees my strengths
and good side, even when these are noticeably absent...

Yes, I do sometimes wish I could go back... As regards this band in particular,
I would bet that we have now separately acquired musical skills that would
enable us to put this music across more effectively...

I hope that sometime down the years, Phyllis at least, and perhaps also Nan,
will post some of THEIR old tunes on MacJams... They are astounding
songwriters and one of the most exciting parts of being a member of
Wheatstone Bridge was that all of us wrote...

Ed
Cori Ander said 3923 days ago (September 26th, 2006)
To clarify
Ops, I should have been more clear, sorry. Me neither think that the song in
itself is good-hearted or bad-hearted ... rather neutral. What I first of all feel
when listening (to all your songs acutally) is that your VOICE radiates good-
heartedness. And that was what I thought of when listening to this song and
writing the comment.

---
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Ed Hannifin said 3923 days ago (September 26th, 2006)
Ah. Now I get it.
A good-hearted voice is fine by me...

Ed
AquilA said 3925 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
Bittersweet, but...
...funny too. Like trying to get your own chewing gum off your shoe. It
was fun while it lasted...Tight performance here on vocals and guitars,
very nice. Like the lyrics much. You guys had it going on Ed.
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Ed Hannifin said 3925 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
There you go, AquilA,
I'm glad that you picked up the combination of bittersweet and funny...

That IS the tone of the song...

Great chewing gum metaphor. I'll have to remember that one...

I am always pleased when anyone likes my lyrics. I try to do them well.

And yes, I think this was a very neat band to be a part of, and I will always
wish we were more widely heard. Still, an exciting time of my life...

Ed
jiguma said 3925 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
"Bleugh... more old stuff!"
Sorry Ed, couldn't resist : )
Another excellent tune rescued from the archives for our listening
pleasure! You guys must have been a force to be reckoned with back
in the old days (got me thinking I might ask my former bandmates
about posting some of the old stuff). This just has such a nice feel to it
Ed, and you sound so . . . . . . . . . young!
It must be difficult doing new stuff with family life happening around
you - the old songs are great, but I'm beginning to wonder what your
current stuff sounds like - must go back through your posts.
Keep em coming Ed, new or old - they're all good. Family is ALWAYS
first - no exceptions!
Neil
Check out my latest song called BiiK
Ed Hannifin said 3924 days ago (September 25th, 2006)
Hmmm. Some ancient pre-jiguma Neil...
THAT could be pretty interesting... You and Cori and a few others HAVE
posted
the odd picture from younger and hairier days... I've wondered what the
music
from those days sounded like...

I WISH we were MORE of a force to be reckoned with back then. I thought we
were pretty good, but we just didn't get over that hump...

I really do think that the next thing for me, when I can spare a day or two at
work, will be to just take a day off from time to time and spend it doing the
microphone recording parts... You're right about what comes first, of
course...

First to get over this cold...

Thanks as always for bringing your wit and wisdom to bear on one of my
songs...

Ed
stilesja said 3924 days ago (September 25th, 2006)
Fantastic!
This is great song! Love the guitar work and harmonies.
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Ed Hannifin said 3924 days ago (September 25th, 2006)
Thank you, Mystery Comment Poster!
I wanted to hold out until whatever needs to happens, happens, so that your
identity pops up...

But thanks for the enthusiastic and encouraging comment!

Ed
Scott Carmichael said 3923 days ago (September 26th, 2006)
We can count on you
For song craft... I've come to expect whatever you post to be a clever
and unique take on whatever the subject matter is... the guitars and
production are warm (analog) and do you notice any drop in quality
when converting to mp3 format... you definately know how to write a
song and take it all the way home... guitar playing, vocals,
arrangment... ect... it's all in on the money... I look forward to hearing
what will be coming, and will keep an ear cocked your direction...
Check out my latest song called Dogwood
Ed Hannifin said 3923 days ago (September 26th, 2006)
Hi, Scott!
I am pleased to have someone who has such a great grasp of the
craftmanship of songwriting say something nice about my songcraft... I'm
pleased not to be thought cliché... And I'm pleased to hear a little praise for
the whole ball of wax...

I usually do notice a drop in quality when I convert to mp3, although it's a
different thing with the old analog stuff... I think the mp3 conversion gets
thrown off by the hiss and other artifacts... I think I did have to do this one
twice... I notice it in a different way with the straight digital recordings in
GarageBand...

I can't wait for a little free time some afternoon to start finishing up some
more recent things...

Thanks for coming around to listen once again. I always enjoy your
comments.

Ed

Denny Borsboom said 3923 days ago (September 26th, 2006)
Can't get it out of my head
On the risk of taking a disproportionate amount of space in this list of
comments: just wanted to let you know that I've been unable to get
this song out of my head for the last couple of days. The part 'I am
trying to forget you/And everything I went through' kept resonating, a
very strong hookline.
Bye
Denny
PS when I post this comment I will try to press the 'yes' button as
gently as possible ;-)
Check out my latest song called More interesting times
Ed Hannifin said 3923 days ago (September 26th, 2006)
Denny...
THAT is very good to hear... I really try to have hooks that get in the listener's
head and don't let go, so...thanks for letting me know...

You have to set your mouse to SEMI-automatic fire...

Ed
tatin said 3922 days ago (September 27th, 2006)
I 'm not much
of a folk music connesseur but this song has a bouncy ,infectious rhythm
that captures one into the song. The lyrics could be about lovers or about
family members, friends. It's great one can interpret them anyway one
feels. That is the magic of a great song, and this song has that magic. You
just might make me a folk aficionado.
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Ed Hannifin said 3922 days ago (September 27th, 2006)
Hey, tatin,
...thanks for listening. I do appreciate that, and I'm glad you left your
impressions.

I can do a lot worse than "bouncy and infectious rhythm"...I can live with
that...Please feel free to try a few of my other tunes... I have to plead guilty to
folk (style) music, but you might find a melody or two somewhere in the pile
that you'd like...

It is very cool having a MacJams flautist around... I keep imagining all the
people you could collaborate with...

Ed
Roxylee said 3921 days ago (September 28th, 2006)
I'm lookin through you...
This is great. I like how the words are set to peppy, happy music, so I
can sing along without getting bummed out. Great picking,
harmony, arrangement. Faved & downloaded.
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Ed Hannifin said 3919 days ago (September 30th, 2006)
Thanks, Roxylee...
"I'm Looking Through You" would definitely be a touchstone for this song...

I'm glad you're singing along, and very pleased you're enjoying the picking and
harmonies.

Glad you gave a listen and left me your impressions. Thanks again.

Ed
Enrique Gil said 3897 days ago (October 22nd, 2006)
way cool
catchy song...easy to remember, hard to forget....thanks
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Ed Hannifin said 3743 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Hi, Enrique...
Somehow I missed this comment... Sorry 'bout that... I'm certainly glad that you enjoyed the song...'Catchy' and 'hard to forget' ARE things that I try for in songwriting, so it's encouraging when it works...

Thanks for listening and thanks for leaving a comment...

Ed
pablatone said 3371 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
awright!
this is good stuff too! You're a virtual treasure trove.
Check out my latest song called Stars
Ed Hannifin said 3149 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
Hi, Paul...
I missed this comment back when you made it. Sorry 'bout that. I'm glad you enjoyed it, though. Thanks for listening and commenting.

Ed
Mackie said 3352 days ago (April 19th, 2008)
Like this tune!
Like this tune!



/Mackie
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Ed Hannifin said 3149 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
Hey there, Mackie...
I'm very pleased you like this. I'm sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. Thank you for leaving me a comment.

Ed
Sunbeam said 3208 days ago (September 10th, 2008)
hello
hello my name is Anna and i like yore gitar.I come from sweden and i can onli litle inglish i'm ten yerse old.my dad is curry.nice to meat you. bye bye.
Check out my latest song called Inne pa perrongen
Ed Hannifin said 3149 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
Hi Anna,
I'm glad you like the tune. We have actually 'met' before, as you may remember, because you did a collaboration with my son, who calls himself thepeep here at MacJams...

I hold your dad in high regard, you know. It is good to hear from you. Thank you for commenting on my song.

Ed
MarkHolbrook said 2935 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
What a past
Ed! Is there a blog that covers your musical history? If not there should be. You've had quite the past and your catalog of music is so impressive.

This is another really wonderful piece!
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johnnyblues said 2767 days ago (November 25th, 2009)
Ring Ring Knock Knock!
Excellent song. Great Lyrics - great vocals - great guitars. This one is special. Thanks!
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Ed Hannifin said 2764 days ago (November 28th, 2009)
Thanks again, Johnny...
A long, long time ago, I thought this was one of my better songs... I'd love to work it up in a better version someday....

I'm pleased that you like it, though....

Ed
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