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Another song rescued from an old cassette through the magic of SoundSoap.

Phyllis Capanna helped me finish this song years and years ago, I think in 1980. What I like in this recording is once again each of three guitars is playing slightly differently, and that gives a nice texture. You can also hear all three of us singing. There's a bit of a cappella singing at the very end.

Lyrics seem to largely be about those times when people tell you definitely one thing and then act as if the opposite is true. At least, as far as I can remember... There's also a little nod to T.S. Eliot in there for some reason.

Recorded live to eight track at Splice of Life studio in Brighton, MA. Three people, six mics.
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Lyrics
For The Change
© 1980 Ed Hannifin/Phyllis Capanna


Tara likes the winters here
But she’s in Arizona
She says sometimes you do things for the change

She lets you wait for her return
And promises a letter
When she calls she says that things have changed

[Refrain:]

You could choose to go with me
You could choose to follow
But if you get lonely, blame it on the change

You know you oughta know by now
Nothing stays the same
Still you let it hurt you when they change

You can take your friends to bed
And turn them out at morning
Tell them all that nothing’s ever changed

[Refrain:]

You could choose to go with me
You could choose to follow
But if you get lonely, blame it on the change

Who’s that one who walks with you,
The one who’s at your shoulder?
And have you tried to tell him ‘bout the change?
Song Stats
Hits: 3670
Comments: 33
Fans: 7
Plays: 177
Downloads: 144
Votes: 10
Uploaded: Oct 07, 2006 - 09:32:53 AM
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2006 - 09:32:53 AM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 12:52:02 PM
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As I recall, six microphones and three guitars in Splice of Life studio.
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Comments
thetiler said 3885 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
Thanks for sharing
Wow six mics! Nice singin, I particularly love how Phillis puts the topping
on the cake with the terrific harmony. Thumbs up on the whole tune.

Thanks Ed for sharing these gems with us. Hope to hear more!

So, so great to hear real nice folk music here at MJ!
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thetiler said 3885 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
also like
the guitar leads, nice licks!
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Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Once again...
The lead licks, the fills, were all done by Nan Donald...
Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Thank you again, Bill...
You give me a lot of encouragement, and I do appreciate it. I think Phyllis does a
particularly nice job here, as does Nan... I'm always glad when you get a chance
to listen and comment...

Ed
said 3885 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
Crystal clear.....
This sounds so clean. Every guitar and voice is distinct and blends into
a really beautiful song. And, as usual, your lyrics are worth listening to
and rich with meaning. But I got to tell you, you don't really sound like
T.S. : ) I just had to say that given how I tripped over your comment
on my song. See the note I sent you.

Another fav and another D/L for the pod. Thanks.
Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
I'm glad this ends up crystal clear...
...'cause it started out pretty hissy, and in fact the first version I tried to work
on
was slightly faster and so sounded at a slightly higher pitch. Ah, the days of
cassettes. Whatever one may say about digital recording, there are some
things
you just don't have to worry about. I have to remind myself what Eliot poem
shows up here... But I appreciate your scathing cruelty in comparing my voice
to
his... I need that brutal honesty to keep my ego in check... I really like this set
of
lyrics...It's not one of my sets of 'groaners'... but I have to admit I forget some
of
what I was getting at... We won't call it 'middle age' or 'forgetfulness', we'll
call it, um, the 'depth of my lyrical concerns'... yeah, that's right...

Thanks as always for the good listening and the good hearted comment, Jack.

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Here we go...
"Who is the third who walks always beside you?
When I count, there are only you and I together
But when I look ahead up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded
I do not know whether a man or a woman
—But who is that on the other side of you?"


From Eliot's 'The Waste Land'....
jiguma said 3885 days ago (October 7th, 2006)
1980s - wow!
Amazing recording cosidering it's been via a cassette tape! Lovely
song - you must have been a force to be reckoned with - there's
something more to this than regular folk music - more depth
somehow.
Very nice indeed.
Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Yes, it's the 80's...
...You were alive then, too...I've seen the photos...

This WAS from a cassette, and it took a little more work and practice and
twiddling, even simple as SoundSoap is, to clean it up and tweak it so that it
sounds a little lively...

Doesn't seem that long ago, though...

There's a FUNNY kind of depth to this for me... this and a few of my other
songs are like a coded message from my past... like me talking to me... Gotta
remember what the code was... Yet SOMETHING comes through, even when
I'm a little fuzzy what to make of it...

Thank you for a good listen and a wise comment once again...

Ed



Feter said 3884 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Blame it on the change
this line hit me deep .. I love it ..
and no asnwer of why ..just cos its
live music.. from great musicians ..
ye the lyircs so great as the singin
such awesome ending ... ! perfect !!

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Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Thank you once again, Feter,
...for listening well and leaving a thoughtful comment. I'm pleased that the line
resonates with you. That's cool to know. Please come back and listen to more
songs...

Ed
VicDiesel said 3884 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Flashback!
Thanks for saving this. This definitely takes me back to a different era.

I like the song. Reading your comments, I'm not that impressed with the
guitar parts, but the harmonies are tops! They fill the acoustic space
wonderfully. Cool stuff.
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Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Well, I'm pleased you like the song...
...and that the harmonies make it in your book.... I like the way the guitars blend
together... They're not complicated or hot guitar playing or anything... It took
me a bit to remember you as Tennessee Vic.... Thank you for popping around to
listen, and for leaving a comment.... Ed
Vic Holman said 3884 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
wild horses...
couldn't keep me away. nice song, like the feel. glad i listened!
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Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
Thank you for listening, ...
...and commenting. I appreciate that you took the time, and I'm glad that you
like the song. Hope you'll have a moment at some point to catch some of the
others...

Ed
Alannah said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
I'm a little late ....
... to the podium on this ... but I couldnt help hearing AMERICA throughout this one ... perhaps its the voices .... took me BACK !!!! This genre of music is always so GREAT to drive to ... think I need to make an EJH CD for the car !!
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Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
You know, I saw America in concert....
...years and years ago... In their trio days.... I was not a fan of all their later
songwriting, but I thought they had a very good sense of how to play together
as a trio (even with drums, or drums and bass, in the backing band).... They
worked out good guitar and vocal parts, and seemed to like each other when on
stage... Good ears for texture... I would be extraordinarily pleased if you ever
put together an Ejh mix for the car... Thanks for taking the time to listen and
comment, Alannah...

Ed
DOCTORBIZARRE said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
MR. ED?
SOunds great and how did you get you hand unhooked from your chin! Nice ditty! I hope there's alot more of these tunes on cassette! Looking forward to hearing them all! Nice harmonies with Phylyss.
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Ed Hannifin said 3883 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
One of the (many) things...
I've never told you, is that my hand is STILL attached to my chin these many
years later. I do have a few more tunes to clean up, although I'm running out of
MY Wheatstone Bridge tunes... Someday I hope that Phyllis starts posting some
of hers... And Nan, if she ever discovers Macjams... I'm glad you are enjoying the
tunes, and Phyllis's harmonies... Thanks for the magic fourth vote... With the
notification system a little iffy, that helps it get noticed... Ed
Jim Bouchard said 3882 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
super-duper!
I really like the refrain in this one. Of course it sounds a little roomy (six
mics, live), but it is what it is, as Bill Belichek would say. Great singing,
and along with those trebly strummy guitars, it's all sounding really
Indigo Girls to me. This is definitely a good picture of that time in the
Boston are folk scene.
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Ed Hannifin said 3881 days ago (October 11th, 2006)
Thank you...
...for the kind words, Jim.

It does have that 'roomy' ambience, and do wish I could remix it, but, as you
point out, it is what it is... It's funny, a lot of people have commented on
things like trebliness, and clarity, and crispness on this and the last
couple...and I don't hear it... I think it's the downturn in my aging hearing... I
really do... I'm having to sort of mix and EQ with the notion in my head that
people with actually high end hearing capabilities are going to hear it
differently... I'm thinking back to someone who commented on something
else I posted about how hissy it was, and I also didn't hear it... A funny
thing... I used to pride myself on my hearing...

It's funny--when Indigo Girls first appeared, I think all the Wheatstone Bridge
members had this feeling of, "Hey, we've been doing THAT...(and everyone's
been telling US that it's out of step with the times...) Before we all learned to
Travis pick, we were pretty much a strummy guitar and harmony singing
outfit... with a little lead guitar and mandolin thrown in...

Thanks for listening and commenting. I take your thoughts very seriously...

Ed

FEEL said 3881 days ago (October 11th, 2006)
Hits home
I've been here and there and when you go back things change... They may
change and then you have to go. Loved the lyrics, the melody... the guitar
chord choices and the the choices on back up. Very nice as usual.
Thanks for sharing Ed.
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FEEL said 3881 days ago (October 11th, 2006)
Yes!
I was stuttering there.
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Ed Hannifin said 3881 days ago (October 11th, 2006)
Happy to hear from you, Texas...
It's good to hear that you connected with the lyric. It sort of reminds me of some
of what the song is about. And I'm pleased that you liked the melody and the
guitar chords and harmonies. That's pretty much the package. Thank you very
much for listening and for leaving a comment (and a fav! Cool!) I appreciate it.

Ed
thoddi said 3880 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
what great harmonies
I'll just get in line with what the others have said. Enjoyed the listening:)

This is some great stuff you have in store Ed.
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Ed Hannifin said 3877 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
Thank you, thoddi...
Glad you liked the harmonies. Always glad when you take the time to listen to
one of my songs and leave a comment. I appreciate it very much.

Ed
Komrade K said 3880 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Those harmony vox...
...on the chorus gave me goose bumps! There's some fine guitar work
but I just love that bit where it goes acapella - I was just dying for more.

A number full of melancholy and bitterness.

KK
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Ed Hannifin said 3877 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
Well, I like to think of myself...
...as the guy who brings optimism to melancholy and bitterness.... I like to think
that I end up with a weirdly uplifting downerness... I'm pleased that you enjoyed
the harmonies and the a cappella part... Phyllis and Nan were very good in that
department... Since I have lately been investigating your songs, and liking them,
I am particularly happy that you took the time to listen to this, and found
something good in it... Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment....

Ed
ginz111 said 3878 days ago (October 14th, 2006)
Nice
Hi Ed,
This is a really nice track. Wonderful vocals and excellent production. Sounds great!
Carl
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Ed Hannifin said 3877 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
Hey, Carl!
Thank you for listening and commenting! I'm always pleased to hear from you. I
know what I do is different from your own musical stomping grounds. I'm
pleased you liked the vocals and the admittedly rough production. Thanks again.

Ed
said 3617 days ago (July 2nd, 2007)
Wow!
I found this on the "home" player. EJH!! Awesome lyrics! and your production on this is superb! Love the guitar sound! Sweet.

Favin'
MarkHolbrook said 2908 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
Yet another
great! So glad Ed you took the time to save all of these. I know I have an entire Tascam 8 track tape of stuff that is long gone... Who knows where. So sad.
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daibhre said 2864 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Now, that's folk
Real music... thanks so much. Splendid.
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