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Boiled Sweets


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DWL

 Genre: Pop Orchestral
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My wife went to Egypt and was told to keep Bolied Sweets and pencils to give to the kids. My friend Tom Franz from the musesmuse wrote the melody and sang this. It was my first experiment with Garageband and the orchestra jam pack .
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Lyrics
"Boiled Sweets (Full Version)"
( Langford/Franz)

Another long haul visit
Another place crossed off the list
Another post card to be posted
Another history missed
The children ask for money
And this is our reply
Boiled sweets to rot their teeth
Don't look them in the eye


It's Thursday must be Cairo, and tomorrow it's the Nile but
Boiled sweets and pencils cheap will always raise a smile

Verse 2
Alcohol can cover up a multitude of sins
You might as well be getting drunk
As the beer is all thrown in
Outside the hotel's tended lawns
There's poverty and dirt
The people smell, they'll steal your watch
At least this is what we've heard

It's Thursday must be Cairo, and tomorrow it's the Nile but
Boiled sweets and pencils cheap will always raise a smile

Verse 3
My God it's getting hot here
And it's hard to understand
Why anyone would make their home
In such an unforgiving land
The hotel room's got air-con
A TV and a phone
If you don't look out the window
You could almost be at home

It's Thursday must be Cairo, and tomorrow it's the Nile but
Boiled sweets and pencils cheap are sure to raise a smile

(© TUTSongs Ltd)
Song Stats
Hits: 3791
Comments: 17
Fans: 5
Plays: 225
Downloads: 128
Votes: 6
Uploaded: Oct 24, 2006 - 10:40:03 AM
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2010 - 07:25:51 AM Last Played: Jan 11, 2017 - 09:24:31 AM
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Hardware:
Yamaha keyboard and Tascam US122
Software:
Garageband and Jam Pack 4
Comments
Jim Bouchard said 3953 days ago (October 24th, 2006)
Great!
Reminds me of Randy Newman and Warren Zevon, not only the music, but
the observational perspective of the lyrics. I kept thinking that it would be
nice if some piano and drums came in at some point, but the
orchestration is really nice.
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DWL said 3952 days ago (October 25th, 2006)
Thanks
Hi guys, I'm new here so I apologise if it takes me a while to find my feet and
sort out replies and reviews.

I'm also new to macs and this was my first GB effort. It was originally intended
as a country type number with Tom Franz from the musesmuse songwriting
forum doing vocals. I sent Tom the lyrics and he came back with an
outrageous chorus that had me thinking of a completely different treatment.
It's Tom singing btw.

It's deliberately over the top. I wanted the excess of the music to counterpoint
the stark lyrics and neither piano or drums fitted into what I wanted. Similarly
I didn't think there was space for a guitar.

The lushness of the arrangement was also supposed to mirror the kind of
luxury hotels my wife stayed in on the trip with the reality outside the hotel
gates still ever present in the lyrics.

Most of my songs normally have some kind of moral theme underpinning
them but they are mostly within a contemporary guitar setting. This is the
first time I've tried to orchestrate a whole song and on the whole I'm quite
pleased and learnt a lot - like how good GB is but how limiting it can be for
tempo changes for instance.

My next song will be very different :-)

Your comments are much appreciated. I'll get some reviews of my own sorted
later.

Cheers

Dick
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TobinMueller said 3953 days ago (October 24th, 2006)
Wonderfully performed narrative
Really nice narrative very well sung, honest and strong and focus. Just as
Jim, my ears wanted something that could have provided a rhythmic sense
at the outset of verse 2, either a strumming/picking guitar or a piano. But
your singing has such power, it carries the song. I thought the ending was
rather sudden, for the epic quality of the song. I'd place it under Adult
Contemporary, too, since I imagine Pop Orchestral to be an instrumental
category.
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DWL said 3952 days ago (October 25th, 2006)
Sorry
Oops sorry didn't realise I was replying to an individual post.

see above :-)
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midiman said 3953 days ago (October 24th, 2006)
Powerful
Your vocal style and the tremendous orchestation make this a very
powerful song--I like the subject material of your lyrics too--unexpected
(for me) to hear in this style of song.
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DWL said 3952 days ago (October 25th, 2006)
oops
See above
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jie said 3951 days ago (October 26th, 2006)
cool
Enjoyed this adventure. Loved the whole arrangement. Vocal very strong, lyrics thought provoking too.Reminded me of a holiday I had in Turkey,but I suppose it could be about a lot of foriegn climes. Thanks for sharing with us. Cheery
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DWL said 3949 days ago (October 28th, 2006)
Thanks
jie, yes it could have been Turkey or anywhere that extreme poverty lurks underneath the tourist gloss.

Cheers

Dick
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Scott Carmichael said 3949 days ago (October 28th, 2006)
poignant
with a passionate vocal treatment... the emotional rendering is really quite good... and you've made interesting and unusul choices on how to frame the song... the orchestration leans toward the dramatic... I'm not a stickeler for format, but in this case I think the arrangment could use a bridge... it could serve 2 purposes.. break up the toggle between the verse and chorus sections and maybe look at the subject matter from a different angle

welcome aboard
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DWL said 3946 days ago (October 31st, 2006)
A bridge -
it did have a bridge which did exactly what you said but we couldn't get the vocals to sit right so I took it out.

Good idea though

Cheers

Dick
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stevewhit said 3945 days ago (November 1st, 2006)
Hi Dick!
Your orchestration on this sounds superb!

Thanks

Steve

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stevewhit said 3945 days ago (November 1st, 2006)
Hi Dick!
Your orchestration on this sounds superb!

Thanks

Steve

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Monkaton said 3944 days ago (November 2nd, 2006)
Very Grand Orchestration
I thought you did a great job with the orchestration. The horns were particularly fetching. The lyrics also were very good.

It reminds me somewhat of the United States grand objectives in Iraq, with less insight than your traveler.

Colonialism for the juke box.
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DWL said 3918 days ago (November 28th, 2006)
Apologies again
Will get my head around this board eventually.

Steve - many thanks, my first real attempt to orchestrate anything so I'm rather pleased how it turned out

monkaton - comments appreciated. The Symphony pack French Horns are very good but need subtle handling ;) I'll get there......

Cheers

Dick


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said 3364 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
Great!
Great work, I've listened to this before but haven't commented. Amazing music orchestration, great vocal performance... I love it!

Take Care
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said 3282 days ago (August 25th, 2008)
Boiled Sweets
Wow I am totally blown away with this song and it sounds nothing like you. I don't mean to sound unkind that is not how I meant it. I have always loved your songs and still do up to date. Hey a good song is a good song.

My goodness I really mean this. You got 10z from me. I am very impressed. Put this back up I would definately just as it is.
I genuinley love it. Problems are not effecting my song judgements. Amazing sang with such emotions I litterally had tears in my eyes. Thanks for the download.

Peace Dee :)
Char said 2378 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
I don't think
I ever played this one before. That is some fine vocal by Tom Franz. I liked what you did because it gave the song a strong presence and a very serious attitude. Thanks.
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