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Standard Disclaimer: Yes, I am working on more recent songs in moments when the house is briefly quiet. Promise.

Meanwhile, the Great Archival Tape Recovery goes on....

Here we have 'Compromise', a strummy bit of folk-pop... a tongue-in-cheek plea for that middle ground that doesn't really exist in matters of the heart...

Easy to sing, easy to play, a good energy-booster in mid-set. When I wrote it I especially liked that the lead bit, where it goes to Bminor, has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the song. Nan Donald once again does the aforementioned lead bit, as she did on most of my songs. I think all of us played acoustic on this...I think...and Phyl and Nan did the harmonies...

Recorded live to eight track at Splice of Life in Watertown, MA. As Jim Bouchard noted on the last one, it's a "room-y" recording, but I hope kind of fun nonetheless...
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Compromise © 1980 Ed Hannifin


I love you but you don’t want me

I can see it in your eyes

Still your coldness does not daunt me

Can’t we compromise?

Is there a place in the middle of love and hate

Where a man can hide and a man can wait

For a heart to soften and a glance to warm

Let me find the eye within your storm

I love you but you don’t want me

I can see it in your eyes

Still your coldness does not daunt me

Can’t we compromise?

Is there a shelf that can hold me by the side

Where I can wait and I can hide

Is there a place where I’ll be put

Where I can be kept out from under foot



I love you but you don’t want me

I can see it in your eyes

Still your coldness does not daunt me

Can’t we compromise?

Is there a chair in the corner where I can be

Where I’ll see you, you won’t see me

Where I won’t lose, and I won’t win

And I won’t move until you let me in

I love you but you don’t want me

I can see it in your eyes

Still your coldness does not daunt me

Can’t we compromise?

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3 acoustic guitars
six mics
some sort of eight track reel to reel
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said 3995 days ago (October 16th, 2006)
MacJams is becoming...
the old folk's home where all these old passed by musicians share their
memories of music and recordings... the so-called "glory years." I can't
think of a better pasttime here at the home. It certainly beats playing

Ed.... keep 'em coming. This song, and the others, are just lovely
nuggets of gold... little treasures that, after so many years, have been
rediscovered (for you) and found for the first time for us.

Do you really think Eric would sing that song?! *-)

Great songwriting and crisp, lively performances all around on this old
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Well, Jack,
...here I am at Golden MacJams Old Folks' Home, reading T. S. Eliot and
to some James Brown... You know, I'm really enjoying resuscitating these old
tapes and old songs. I know they're not perfect, and I do want to get some
newer things done and posted, but I like adding this sense of history to my
and implied bio.. I do like hearing that the songwriting holds up... And it
really is a testament to the state of my hearing that the word 'crisp' keeps
coming up, and I'm sitting here wanting MORE TREBLE!... With eternal thanks
to Lisa/ledeb for allowing me to know just exactly how many frequency bands
I'm missing... As to your other question, yes, I think that soul/funk tune of
yours would be a lovely Clapton track, and could single-songedly revive the
Eric Clapton thread, something we all are hoping for... Thank you as always
for your good ears and good thoughts and for helping me to feel older than I
usually do... You're just THERE for me, Jack!.....

said 3992 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
Laughing and laughing....
Maybe us old folks should lay the groundwork for a "real" MacJams' Old Jammers Home for the latter years of our virtual careers. Maybe the Second Lifers can set something up for us.

Oh, and yeah, anything to bring back the Eric Clapton thread from the dead... LOL again.

... It's just music
Vic Holman said 3995 days ago (October 16th, 2006)
nice live sound
ed, its great you've benn able to revive these, considering tape over 20
years deteriates. nice live fell and sound.

Check out my latest song called Photographs
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Vic, you have no idea...
I have three boxes of ancient tapes...not all me, some old and irreplaceable
albums and radio recordings and things... and some of them have visible
where the oxide is flaking off the mylar... and some of them are just gritty
dust... The kind of cassettes that kicked around the floor of the car for a
So I'm having fun learning to use SoundSoap and EQ and various mastering
thingies to try to get rid of noise and hiss and bring back a little life... There
weird drop-outs and things, but I'm pleased overall with how they're turning
out... I wish, wish, wish that I could do a little remixing, like dropping the
guitars back and bringing the vocals forward and smoothing them, but... they
are what they are... I'm pleased that some of the 'live feel' comes through...
And I continue to appreciate your listening ears and comments... Thanks...

said 3995 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
Very nice
Very nice. Enjoyed this very much and it is a very good production of
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Thank you, Jonathan...
I'm glad you enjoyed the production. I appreciate you giving a listen and leaving
a comment.

thetiler said 3995 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
terrific ed
Cool folk, so nice to hear the tunes you guys composed and played
A great history of your musical life!

Thanks much for sharing! Wonderful harmonies!
Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Thank you, Bill.
I'm glad you like the tunes, and the history lesson. Glad, too, that you appreciate
the harmonies. I hope to have some things going that have a little more going
on in the guitar playing department soon. Thanks as always for the listen and

Feter said 3995 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
Can%u2019t we compromise?
if there s something so wonderfull about this song
is the simple honest lyircs ... how I love it !!
the mood all over so warm and awesome ..the harmony
so good ... the strummings real put a wonderfull
driving beat through the song ... just another classic
well done thnx for sharing it ..!!!!

Check out my latest song called Roll with it
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Feter, I appreciate your comments....
You seem to value a lot of the same things that I do in songs. I'm pleased you
like the lyrics, which, even for a simple song like this, I have always tried to do a
decent job at. And you pick up on the general mood of the song, which I also
think is important. This IS a song where you have to like strumming or you're
just not gonna like the song... it's a strum-a-thon of the first order... but I hope
a fun one... Thanks for listening and leaving your encouraging comments...

said 3995 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
Thats Cool..
Dadai....MacJams is becoming... the old folk's home where all these old
passed by musicians share their memories of music and recordings...I
WITH US ALL....And take care.
Kenta :)
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Young whippersnapper....
We're not DOING it to inspire the younger generation... we are DOING it to get
girls and be cool... even, somehow, in retrospect...somehow... Anyway, after we
impress girls with the coolness of our OLD songs and recordings, then we come
winging back with our NEW songs and recordings... ba-BAMM... ultra-SUPER-
coolness... Well. In any case, you're welcome. Thanks for the listen and the

ledebutant said 3990 days ago (October 21st, 2006)
It's Working
I'm impressed! :-)
bronco said 3994 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
Beautiful example of that lost art known as the 60's folk song. Reminds
me a little of The Seekers. Great harmonies!

Check out my latest song called Playing With the Rain
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
The Seekers. Wow, Bronco.
I don't even think iTunes has caught with THE SEEKERS yet...or Four Jacks and a
Jill... have they got Spanky and Our Gang?... There was a sort of folk-pop-rock
spell in the Sixties that I really enjoyed...Good melodies and
harmonies...Although, truth to tell The SEARCHERS might've been more to my
taste... And that Gene Clark part of the Byrds...lot o' strummin', low-mid lead
vocal and framing harmonies... AND NOW I OWN AN ELECTRIC 12-
STRING!...Well, I seem to have gotten carried away here... Thank you once again
for listening and leaving me a comment. I always appreciate it.

MissChaos said 3994 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
Thank you for this, Ed.
Check out my latest song called Transmission
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Ah, you got it....
Makes my night. So glad you listened and liked it. Thanks right back at ya.

tatin said 3994 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
chord changes remind me of the one hit wonders ,Romantics song, " What
I like About You". But your song has a timeless folk sound and you
certainly are no one hit wonder from looking at your hits here at
macjams. The vocal harmonies and arrangement are what get me the
most about this track. Truly well crafted and performed. You just might
convert me to a folk music fan.
Check out my latest song called freeash aire ( remix-me )
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Funny about that....
You know, when Wheatstone Bridge was in action back in the Seventies and
Eighties I think we originally thought of ourselves as rockers playing acoustic
instruments...Well, we actually started out with electric instruments... And I
heard the Romantics on the radio at about three in the morning on their first
starving tour through Boston and went down to see them at The Paradise... all
in their matching leathers... I bought the "What I Like About You/Tell It To
Carrie" 45 rpm single... I don't know if I'm out to convert you to being a folk
music fan, but I'd love it if you find something good in what we used to do or
what I'm doing now... More to come... I really appreciate that you have been
listening to my latest postings and leaving thoughtful comments... Thanks...

Denny Borsboom said 3994 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
I know this thing
very well; just the three guitars playing and singing harmonies; I used
to play a lot of that. It's a very special feeling when that goes right,
because it's so raw and pure to do everything with just your guitars
and vocals in that small band of frequencies. This obviously went right.
I thought the background vocal dominates just a little bit too much in
the chorus. I love the verses. You have a nice voice to listen to. Thanks
for putting this up.
Check out my latest song called More interesting times
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Thank you, Mr. Bombadil!
You're right about how raw and immediate it can be just getting it right with
three guitars and three voices and not a lot else. And of course you're right
about the mix being a bit off... not a lot to do about that now... the thing is, the
vocals occupy much the same frequencies as the guitars.... it's hard to even
nudge the balance with EQ... It's a very mid-rangey thing... In a perfect world I'd
nudge the guitars back a tad, and rebalance the voices a smidgen... I appreciate
the comments you've been leaving on these recent songs, Denny. Thank you for
taking the time to listen and respond.

perceptualvortex said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Again with the fine ol' recordings! This is just the kind of folk music that I love; lively, sweet and swaying. The lyrics and singing are great too, maybe a little low in the mix (not that there's much you can do about that now, I suppose!) and the guitars sound great. Very nice, Ed!
Check out my latest song called Mercury (RPM 6)
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Thanks, David....
You know, I've been also trying to work on some "not my usual thing" tracks for
you to put magical drums on... I have three or four going right now... I keep
getting too attached to them... As to this, I'm glad you find something to like in
an old recording like this. If I ever could combine the top end of something like
this, with some sparkly guitars and harmonies, with the low end of the kinds of
music you make, THAT would be terrific...

Always thanks for listening....

jiguma said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
black and white days
Shades of Buddy Holly! I see you have 3 boxes of these - I have maybe
6 songs, so I'll have to spin them out, that's for sure! Isn't it amazing
how well these old songs stand up to the scrutiny of time (and younger
MJers!). Another piece of gold from your vault Ed - keep em coming, I
really liked lots of things about the "black and white days" as my
daughter calls them - referring to all TV shows being in B&W here in
Oz during the 60s and early 70s.
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Ed Hannifin said 3993 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Well, I don't, really.
I have three boxes of TAPES. Lots of duplicates, so I'm trying to find the best
extant tape, or choose to work from the Dolby or non-Dolby version or
And some of the recordings are cheesy enough that if I want to rescue the
song I
think I'll have to re-record it, even if I have to import Phyllis from wherever
may be right now. You know, frustrating as those two-track and four-track
and eight-track hissy expensive days were, I've sometimes felt that it'd be a
good artistic or spiritual practice to do recordings limited to a certain number
of tracks. I tried to do that when I got the Boss BR-8... after all, it may seem a
little outmoded to me now, but heck, the Beatles would've KILLED for the
capability that packed, much less the stuff in this iMac I'm a-typin' on... And
while we're on THAT tangent, I just recently watched "A Hard Day's Night", in
glorious black and white, with Edge/thepeep... There is much to love in those
black and white days... Funny, we had color TV over here, but my parents
didn't have a color TV until after I was almost done with college...
Parenthetically, I've been listening to some World Party recordings from
Australian radio this week...

Thanks again for the listen...

Ed_Moran said 3992 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
Great Sound

Very nice song. Love the live sound on the guitars pure. The vocals are
aslo well balanced and overall a refreshing song.


Check out my latest song called Cowboy (WIP)
Ed Hannifin said 3992 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
Thank you, Ed...
Good to hear that the live vibe is pleasing... I do wish I could balance the vocals
against the guitars, but there we are... I love hearing that word, 'refreshing';
what a great comment and compliment. Thanks for listening and leaving your

said 3992 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
It does my...
...aging heart good to hear pieces from the past like this. Nice tuneage.
Clean playing. Spirited lyrics. Yummy solo work (so crisp and clean).
Lovely vocal work. Very pro. Thanks for sharing this Ed.

Be well!

Ed Hannifin said 3992 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
As one fellow with an aging heart...
...to another, thank you. I feel bad, on this older recordings, that I can't boost
Nan's solos up just a db or two... Nan's a very distinctive guitar stylist, and I
always enjoyed hearing her play... You seem to have found something to like in
just about all aspects of the song, so I'm a very pleased guy. Thanks once again
for listening and for leaving a comment. I really do appreciate that.

said 3992 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
...forgot to mention...very nice photo!
AquilA said 3992 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
...beat resistance. I can definitely empathize with the lyrics. I won my
wife's hand that way. You appear to be rummaging about in a pot of gold
with your back catalogue. Again, excellent vocals, tight playing and a
great story to boot. Thanks for taking us on a guided tour of your
memory lane.
Check out my latest song called Bounce Buffet w/ Hectorious
Ed Hannifin said 3991 days ago (October 20th, 2006)
Having once been...
...to the end of the rainbow, I take seriously all mentions of pots of
gold...Thanks for telling me that connection with the lyrics... That's awesome....
I'm happy that you like the vocals and playing... Thank you for your very nice
comment... Glad you gave a listen...


ToneDef said 3946 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
How fun! The tempo is so upbeat and happening it keeps me humming it long after hearing it. Great harmony - WOW.
Loved it!
Check out my latest song called New Mix-Stereo
Ed Hannifin said 3945 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Thank you, Lynn....
I'm glad you like it. Your response is completely in keeping with the song's general vibe and intent...

I'm pleased you took the time to listen and comment. Hope you can check out a couple more at your leisure....

timothy devine said 3807 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
Man do I miss this sound
that is..., the sound of struming guitars.
Simply Fine
Reminds me of 'Astec Two Step'
from way back.
great to here
love the lyric and performance.

Check out my latest song called Inside of You
Ed Hannifin said 3805 days ago (April 24th, 2007)
Thank you again, Tim...
Getting compared to Aztec Two-Step is a great compliment. They have been a great influence on me, anyway, and I've gone to see them many times over the years... I love Neal's guitar playing, and the way they sing together... So, whether that's deserved or not, I'm very happy that someone would think to make the comparison...

Thanks once again for a thoughful and appreciative listen.

MarkHolbrook said 3027 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
I know I'm commenting on some history songs here but man... record even with the house noise! You are simply too good! Get er down!

Really great!
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Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. In the original and narrowest sense, the term referred to a genre that arose in the United States and Canada around the mid-1960s. The sound was epitomized by tight vocal

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