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Some poorly finished business many years ago
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All the skies are grey
All the roads are wet
All the leaves have fallen now
It’s a wonder it ain’t snowin’ yet
There’s no one here to hold me
No one to see this mess
No one in the world
Knows how lonely I feel
Except for you, I guess

Well I pretend to know what happened
I pretend to take some blame
I pretend that I’ve done
Everything I can
When I’m just too weary
To try again
The cruel rain keeps falling
The air is drippin’ cold
I haven’t caught my death
From the loneliness yet
But a night like this sure makes me feel
Pretty old

I didn’t want to hurt you
I just wanted it to end
You wanted me to keep lying to you
You wanted me to pretend

I can pretend to know what happened
I can pretend to take some blame
I can pretend that I’ve done
Everything I can
But I can’t pretend to take you back again
The cruel rain keeps falling
The air is drippin’ cold
I haven’t caught my death from the loneliness yet
But a night like this sure makes me feel
Pretty old
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Hits: 3687
Comments: 54
Fans: 15
Plays: 184
Downloads: 126
Votes: 7
Uploaded: Nov 28, 2007 - 08:07:51 AM
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2007 - 08:07:51 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 05:37:29 PM
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Hardware:
Alvarez Yairi, Beta 58, M-Audio firewire solo
Software:
GB
Comments
said 3671 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
just right
joe, this is an excellent piece of music.
all sounds balanced to me in the mix - and i applaud your vocal - you found exactly the right amount of angst to give us.
good solid playing and cool crooning makes for an excellent listen.
thank you!
anne
Joe Brady said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Thanks Anne,
I appreciate your ears; I wasn't too sure about the mix. Thanks alot :)

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Godchaser said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Well done Joe
Love the vocal inflections and beautiful lyrics.A very sweet piece of song crafting.A perfect picture of my view here at home.Hrad to beat real,raw and emotion filled.A thing of beauty and pleasing to the ear.Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
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Joe Brady said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Thank you Mr. G...
kind of overwhelmed, but in a real good way. Blessings to you also.
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said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Adding my voice...
to the above chorus of praise for this wonderful, warm sounding tune. Your guitar and voice are married in a perfect blend of folk melancholy and musicality.

I really like this one.

D
Joe Brady said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Jack,
See below, guitapick's comment.
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Feter said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
November
what an Awesome sound this song has .great singin
and lyrics as well so simple so true .KUDOS !!
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Joe Brady said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Hey Feter,
Thank you, I'm really pleased that you like it. All the best,
Joe
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said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Whoa....
Excellent work my man. Sounds as if it was produced by Daniel Lanois (I'm thinking Dylan's "Oh Mercy" album). Poignant lyrics sung with conviction. Classic feel. Bravo!

Be well!


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Joe Brady said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
I'm not familiar with that CD,
Now I'll have to pick it up. Mentioning anything done by Dylan, well, I'm pretty happy with that;-). Appreciate the visit Mike, Thanks alot.
Joe
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guitapick said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Hmmm...
..."poorly finished business"?

...right...I don't think so, Joe...this is a gem. I love it and am very happy to hear your sounds again.

Cheers...
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Joe Brady said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Thanks Jack,
You are too kind, but I'll take it, friend. Hope to collab soon. Harmonica at the ready.
Joe
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Joe Brady said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Opps,
Bob, I don't know how I did that, but that reply was for Jack.
It's good to be at it again; I feel a new desire to record, and it's too cold to be outside without skis on. Thanks for the listen, Bob.
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dajama said 3670 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
This is enthralling
I love the lyrics - great depth and resonance to the words. I was totally caught by the imagery. The guitar work is nicely done. I love the sound, and it sits well in the mix. There is a nice sense of space and the music fits the words perfectly. Very cool. Nice work. Peace.
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Joe Brady said 3670 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Thanks Dave
I'm glad you identified with the imagery, as the day's weather formed the mood. Thanks for listening.
Cheers,
Joe
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jiguma said 3670 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Great song Joe!
Good lyrics and clear clean sounds - voice is as good as expected (and I expected a lot). Guitars are so crisp - very nicely recorded.

Lovely production ... are you using Ozone here?

Good going Joe,
Neil
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Joe Brady said 3669 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Ozone? I wish!
No, Neil, just same old Mac g4 with GB. I miked the guitar on one track and then played through the pickup on another (rhythm tracks), then played a lead through the pickup after I sang the vocal track. I am pleased with your response though:-), and grateful for your listen.
Cheers Neil,
Joe.
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said 3669 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
nice playing
really liked the acoustic playing alot. that firewire is an awesome tool--i run one myself.
my only nit pick would be that the vocals are a touch too loud..other than that, loved it!
Allen
Joe Brady said 3669 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Thanks Allen,
I haven't explored all the ports on that firewire yet, but it sure is an interesting little piece of equipment. I'm glad you liked the song. I'll take the volume under advisement; thanks. Mixing is in an early evolutionary stage for me and I hope to take care of more little nits each time.
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kristyjo said 3669 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Well-crafted
The lyrics have a self-awareness that has me nodding my head. You deliver them very well, and with conviction. The accompaniment is simple, and supports your singing very well.
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Joe Brady said 3668 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Hello Kristyjo!
honored to have you here. Thanks for the kind words and the listen.
Cheers,
Joe.
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psexnyc said 3668 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Oh Man!!
I just love the guitar on this song. Your voice and the guitar blend so well together. I found this tune to be very satisfying on that last November night of 2007.

Thanks for sharing.
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sloparts said 3668 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
So tell me Joe
why did you name this November? It's a beautiful sad song about loss and the misery that come with it but November isn't mentioned at all in the song. Not that it really matters, but I was just wondering.

I can relate to this one as well as the other song I listened to of yours, "Overtime". You seem to have a gift with lyrics and that's a good thing. The guitars worked very well on this and the mix too.

I like your work Joe, thanks for sharing it with us. Be well friend.

Ed
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Joe Brady said 3668 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Hello Ed,
Good to have you here. Well, it was written on a grey, wet, windy, November day. November in the Northeast has a certain quality when overcast; a quality that on that day amplified my recently aquired aloneness. Trees bare, wind biting, damp. You know, miserable. I'm glad you liked the song because I really like your taste in song-crafting (just getting to know it; that whiskey song is outstanding). Thanks so much for the feedback.
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ktb said 3664 days ago (December 4th, 2007)
heartfelt
and well performed. your vocal is spot on. Nice guitar playin. I like the chorus sound you used on the one. Everything is up front in the mix. great job


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Joe Brady said 3663 days ago (December 5th, 2007)
Thanks KTB,
Appreciate the nice comps. I would love to know your strategy when you build a soundbed. You do some really nice stuff that sounds so full ear to ear.
Thanks for stopping in.
Joe
Check out my latest song called Long Way From Denver
Dennis James said 3658 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Love this....
....maybe not intentional but this reminds so much of mid 60s Stones ballads....Sitting on a Fence...Lady Jane etc, specially the accoustics sounds of mando and/or 12 string.
Nice nice atmosphere.
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Joe Brady said 3657 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Thanks Dennis,
That's mighty fine company for a songwriter, now if I could only sing it like Mic! lol! Appreciate the visit and the time to listen; good to have you here.
Joe
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Moviz said 3655 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
This is
such a good song with those emotional lyrics and you sing it with a heartfelt kind of passion too. I know that I've been there too, but it's all in the past, good song, regards M
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Joe Brady said 3652 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Thankyou M!
Yes, many years past for me also; the song stays with me though I"ve forgotten others I wish I hadn't. Well, working on new ones more difficult to record and little time to spend now. Hope to have them ready soon. Pleasure to make your aquaintance.
Cheers,
Joe
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said 3652 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
Drippin loneliness
Top shelf song about the mess in the bottom drawer. Your voice is present and compelling.

Fix timing in the instrumentation. Good full guitar sound. I like that.
Joe Brady said 3651 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
Thanks Richard,
I did the guitar in two tracks, I may have been slighlty out of time on one of the tracks or not played exactly the same way. I'm trying to develop the discipline to bring the tracks together, but it's like playing with a new band, and I need to develop a chemistry with my other track-personalities. I'm glad you liked the sound; one of those experiments in technique to make the guitar sound warmer. Thanks.
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said 3651 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
Gord-like
I am being blown away by the quality of production of a Gordon Lightfoot cassette I bought at a rummage sale this summer -- Gord's Gold Volume II. Analog is so warm. We have to work so hard to get digital MP3s to radiate fulness. You have a resonant voice like Lightfoot so use it to melt folk listeners. You are on your way!
RickB1 said 3651 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
Crisp and clear!
Great acoustic sound! Production is very crisp! Despite the angst found in the subject of your lyrics, your vocals are very smooth and pleasing to the ear. Very sincere and emotive. A good listen! Thanks!
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Joe Brady said 3650 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
RickB1,
Appreciate the listen Rick, and thank you. Good to have you here.
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John Stebbe said 3651 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
Gordon
You remind me of Gordon Lightfoot, but you sing with more feeling than he did.

"I can pretend to know what happened
I can pretend to take some blame
I can pretend that I%u2019ve done
Everything I can
But I can%u2019t pretend to take you back again" That is powerful. I can identify. You're a great communicator.

Your guitar work is appealing and listenable. Sounds like you really like playing the guitar, but you like songwriting and singing even more.
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Joe Brady said 3650 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Hello John,
I do really love playing and singing, think it comes from my father; he once told me he was singing "South of the Border" to my sister as a lullaby when he was stuck in a bus station with a few of my siblings. A woman sitting nearby was moved to tears. After settling my sister down, he approached the woman and said he noticed her tears, apologized for upsetting her, then asked if she knew someone in Mexico.
She said no; she was a music teacher. ;-)

Thank you for your compliments, John. I play by ear, can't read music, therefore learning has been slow. It's great to have you here, and very encouraging.
Cheers,
Joe
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gail12 said 3649 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
From Gail
Joe, just had to join to reply to the previous note...if I remember the story correctly, the lady on the bus was a voice teacher:-). It's like the 13th floor they were supposed to build on that downtown building...ah, but thats another story! Enjoying all your songs!
Joe Brady said 3648 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Darn it!
I blew the punch line! Thanks Gail. lol!
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thetiler said 3638 days ago (December 30th, 2007)
Terrific lyrics
Love those personal type lyrics cause they seem so real. But they don't seem so real when the music is not good. But you really seem to come through in flying colors. Nice stereo pickin too to go along with the nice sounding vocals.

Way go go!
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Joe Brady said 3636 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Hello Bill,
Thanks for listening, your comments on my guitar playing are encouraging coming from such an accomplished player as yourself ;-);much appreciated. Recording is a continuous experiment here. I put you and Curri in a league by yourselves; the sound you get is incredible, and your fingers are amazing.
Take care,
Joe
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Dennis James said 3636 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Neat....
....very neat Joe. Guitars remind me (pleasingly) of early Stones ballads....Lady Jane et al.
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said 3634 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Talent
I lived in the Virgin Islands for a few years and got to see many acoustic players. The best part of the gig was when they did their originals.

You have created yet another excellent song and performace. I'ld go watch your gig...heck, even on a Monday night..keep it up!

Trevor
Joe Brady said 3600 days ago (February 6th, 2008)
Thank you,
I have the first live job I've had in awhile coming up; kinda nervous. I don't remember how I managed to have 3 sets memorized. And I'll be playing alone, something I don't know if I'll like. I'll miss my lead player (rac927) and Coop is too far away. Thanks for the kind (and timely) words;-)

Cheers,

Joe
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davisamerica said 3614 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
right then joe
this is my cup of tea x2... just wonderful
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Joe Brady said 3600 days ago (February 6th, 2008)
Thanks Mr. DavisA...
Appreciate the listen and the comment
Much obliged!

Joe
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bud said 3607 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
What wonderful heartfelt song
I'm really with you on this one. Great tune Joe - really well realized too.
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Joe Brady said 3600 days ago (February 6th, 2008)
Appreciate the sentiment......
Many lives, common themes. I glad you connected with this as I enjoy and identify with all of your posts. Thanks Bud,

Joe
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said 3574 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Great!
Great vocal, great guitar playing, great feeling here. I love this piece very much. Excellently recorded and performed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Joe Brady said 3573 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Thanks Yemen!
So good to see you around the site again. Appreciate the comments from such a great player as yourself. Take care,

Joe
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Dennis James said 3512 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Love this....
....my kind of ballad....and again....instruments remind me of early Stones ballads.
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SJB said 3221 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
nice one
Great song writing and performance Joe. You've really got this style nailed and it makes for a great listen. The lyrics as usual are well thought out and I love the how you use the weather to set the scene.
cheers
Steve

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TomFairnie said 2633 days ago (October 1st, 2010)
Lovely
Great intro. This is a superb song. Well done Joe. If I were offering some critical comments it would be that I would be more sparing with the guitar as it's a bit like a dobro in that there are some instruments you need to treat like another voice. It's not a bad way to think about it when it comes to arranging and mixing. I would also want to hear how you sing it now as I can imagine you will have dropped words here and there to give it a more relaxed feel. It's always good to try taking out superflous words; it's amazing what can be lost and still keep the meaning (and sometimes gain ambiguity). Sorry if this reads like a criticism; it isn't meant to be. It really is an excellent song and I enjoyed it a lot. I just can't stop myself. Still pals?
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Joe Brady said 2612 days ago (October 21st, 2010)
Thanks so much,Tom
I really appreciate the critical ear; please don't hesitate. Your approach to me has always been writer to writer and, frankly, I am honored to be in the conversation. When I listen to my songs and I am not completely satisfied, I tend to do more as opposed to less. But also, my approach to the lead was haphazard, just hoping for magic. It makes sense: if I treat it like a voice the phrasing of the lead would compliment the emotion. At first I was thinking, "why didn't I think of that?" But if I could write million dollar songs on my own, I'd already be doing it. I am currently struggling with hard drive issues (hence the slow reply) but that should be resolved very soon. Then I am looking forward to a productive winter of recording and you may have given me the encouragement to take another shot at this one. Still pals? For life, no doubt about it. I just wish we could sit in the same room with our guitars. Well, someday. Thanks a million, Tom.
Joe
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