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Fathers and Sons w/willnlf


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bud

 Genre: Ballad

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A new year and a new tune.

Will sent these lyrics along before the holidays. As always - they inspired me to get to work. I made a very produced version that I scrapped and went back to basics - trying to keep things simple and stay out of the way of this story.
Percussion and pedal steel are loops - the rest I played.
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Lyrics
Standing right in front of me
Shaking from the cold
Just released from county jail
I’ve come to take you home

Hunched inside a dark t-shirt
Your shoulders thin and pale
Loose jeans hanging from your hips
Your body tells the tale

Love is all I think of
Love words can’t impart
Love that blinds like sunlight
Love that breaks your heart

Your eyes are dark and tired
Filled with fear and sorrow
Hands shoved in your pockets
Your voice is weak and hollow

You put your arms around me
I love you dad, you sigh,
I’m just a fiend for everything
We both begin to cry

I’m so cold you shiver
Here take my leather coat
Your girl steps from the shadows
We walk back to the car

Now you’re in the back seat
Curled up with your girl
Soon it gets real quiet
I know you’re both asleep

Driving Highway 101
From Salinas to San Luis
Beneath the silver full moon light
On the Winter Solstice

Ghostly fields and shadowed hills
Stretching east and west
Just my thoughts for company
In the midnight emptiness.

Love is all I think of
Love words can’t impart
Love that blinds like sunlight
Love that breaks your heart
Song Stats
Hits: 3970
Comments: 59
Fans: 21
Plays: 150
Downloads: 131

Uploaded: Jan 01, 2008 - 08:07:29 PM
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2008 - 08:07:58 AM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 01:31:50 PM
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Hardware:
iMac G5, Ibanez bass, Danelectro guitar, Oxygen8 keys, Samson USB mic
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Comments
Vic Holman said 3615 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
i think i'm first
Will came up with a great story here.
I think you did the right thing. Just a simple setup and let the story dominate.

The pedal loop really does fit in nicely.

happy 2008
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
First on the first
gotta be some special prize for that. Thanks for dropping by Vic. Will wrote a strong one here - coulda posted it without any music at all. Glad you liked the steel - I'm a bit ambivalent about using a loop on a tune like this - but it fit the mood and I don't have one.
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Feter said 3615 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Fathers and Sons
Just wonderfull ..and very emotional ..
just great tight sound of a band .the sound
of the slide just fantastic ..the lyrics
hit deep ..thnx for sharin !!
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Best to you Feter
thanks for the kind comments.
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Joe Brady said 3614 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Man,
Definitely the right treatment Bud. Awesome story(as usual), somewhat dark and draws me in. I was motivated to play along; very cool. Great vocal.

Joe
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
What were you playing Joe?
Lay it down and send it in - maybe a remix. Thanks for stopping by.
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willnlf said 3614 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
I'm amazed...
...by how you switched gears on this song from the first version. Much better fit now between the lyrics and the music. The pedal steel is inspired and the vocal is down but not too draggy. This version definitely captures the "midnight emptiness" of the long ride home. Thanks for the empathy.
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
You should thank Lisa
I was about to post the other version when I played it for her and she suggested the change.
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drakonis said 3614 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
oooof!
Nicely-written lyrics, played simply and and out-front, as it should be... story sure puts a knot in this dad's stomach... crossing my fingers to get my two teens through these tough times, without being too blinded.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
I've got two myself Drak
13 and 17. It takes a lot of love. Really appreciate your thoughts - thanks for dropping in.
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said 3614 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
ya know
in 10 more months my younger brother comes out of prison after 7 years I think i will play him this song. there is so much that can break a heart. thanks for this song it touched me and that means alot!!!!
willnlf said 3614 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
It means
a lot to me that you would save this song for your brother. Most of the stories I tell in my lyrics are based on real experience, and this one is no exception. In fact, it's "realer" than I would like it to be. It was a rough night, but where there's love there's hope.
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
My heart goes out to you and your brother
that's a long time. When you talk to him next - tell him he's got a few more friends pulling for him.
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dajama said 3614 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Great way to start off the new year
This is one of those great songs that you just sit back and let unfold before you like a good movie. Great lyrics, with wonderful imagery (from the sad and sharp "a fiend for everything" to the evocative "ghostly fields and shadowed hills") and a great story. I don't know what the previous version sounded like, but I have to say I find it hard to imagine this any other way. Sounds perfect to me - especially the little touches of organ and that sweet steel guitar. This is a great song. Nice work to both of you. Nice work. Peace.
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Thanks for the support
I'm glad you feel we got it right.
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racerat said 3614 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
family
Great ballad Bud. The lyrics are direct and insightful. The organ and the slide really give this tune it's vibe and atmosphere. Your voice sounds really great on this, particularly the harmonies, really well placed and tasty.
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Thanks Philip
I also like the directness of Will's writing - it forces me to keep it simple and find the right vocal inflection.
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echoroom said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Evocative
Dark and touching, your voice tells this tale simply and directly - wonderful work guys - real poetry.

steve
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Nice of you to stop by and comment Steve
I know typing is tough for you. Getting any better?
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lengold said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Lovely
gut-wrenching lyrics and excellent accompaniment. Well done to you both.
Cheers
Len


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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Hey Len
nice hearing from you.
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DWL said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Tough song
really well done.

Love hurts .......

Excellent

Cheers

Dick
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
You're right about that Dick
love can be tough and sometimes it hurts. Thanks for stopping by.
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davisamerica said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
wow bud and right then
some story line here and grabbed me by the heart strings. simple treatment is perfect. brother will and you have done it again and hats off x2 brother [s].........very nice indeed and loved the steel pedal!
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Hey Jack
glad you could make it. I got a notice for a song of yours that was gone when I got there. What's up?
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said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
cool stuff
happy NY, Bud. keep rocking like this man.
bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Thanks JB
happy NY to you too.
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five_extra_arms said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
When My Son Goes To Prison
I'll think of this.... What?

Beautiful heart felt story and well performed. Bud, your vocals are rich with emotion and the harmonies are the best.

How you made that slide fit so perfectly just amazes me. This is the third hit I've heard this year on our site and I've only listened to 3! What a way to start the year. I can't wait to see what's next.

Here's to BudWill Industries!
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Hey Bob
Never Fell In Love is one of my all time faves. Thanks for dropping by.
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michael2 said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
this is great
the music: perfect for the lyrics and the sentiment. the pedal steel really fits in well, did you change the notes in that loop or just get lucky? your voice is awesome in here, fits perfectly. deadpan yet full of emotion. the verses of this one almost remind of Galaxy 500 and the American Music Club and I think your voice may be why. really great job guys.
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bud said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Thanks Michael -
you sing so well - a compliment from you is really high praise in my book. I got lucky with the pedal steel - no pencil just some cutting and pasting to get them to fit.
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thetiler said 3614 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
how personal sounding
Thanks for sharing this terrific personal jouney.
Nice singing, Like the steel guitar sound and of course nice beat and the list goes on.

Interesting when you mentioned 101, was just on that about an hour ago.
Small world!

Thanks for sharing
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bud said 3613 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Thanks to Will for the story
it's all his - for better or worse. Appreciate you taking the time to comment.
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said 3613 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Early seventies country rock...
ala Neil Young. A heartfelt story wrapped in a warm guiar/organ backdrop. The pedal does give the cry of the heart feel as you sing and matter of factly tell the tale.

Choice tune, bud... many kudos.
bud said 3613 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Thanks Dadai
I can't seem to get off that Crazy Horse no matter how hard I try.
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Willywagga said 3613 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Brilliant
Man really love your voice, lyrics are amazingly strong, one of the best song I've heard 'round here in a long time. Bloody fine fine song. The subtle edge makes it soar, the quiet brutality and the love. A masterpiece Bud.
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Willywagga said 3613 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Oh and...
Yeah I have a sixteen year old son he drives me crazy with worry most times. I hope he can reach adulthood without getting banged up. I hope he can find real happiness sometime, and all the sons out there, on the edge, I hope they find it too.



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bud said 3613 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Your comments are very considerate and
compassionate. After a point - best we can do is be there when they fall. Isn't that the way it started? Nice of you to drop in. The real talent here is Will - he's one hell of a writer.
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guitapick said 3613 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Pedal Steel...
...couldn't be more perfect. You do this style very, very well, Kevin. Sad tune. Sad love is better than none at all.
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bud said 3613 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Very kind comments Bob
I wish I could play steel like that. It's been a year now that Will and I have been working together - funny it took so long to get started - but I owe it to MJ. His lyrics help me find my comfort zone.
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paul f. page said 3612 days ago (January 3rd, 2008)
Another great song from Will..
...Lyrics/story makes complete sense and there are some beautiful images there...The arrangement fits perfectly, especially the bent guitar licks...a real pedal steel would be wonderful...maybe some day...(vocal pitch is iffy now and then, but easy enough to fix with a little more breath support. Sorry for the negative, but, well, it's important.) This is such a comfortable song and now I have listened to it three times and it just sticks in my head.
Peace.
Paul
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willnlf said 3612 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
Good...
...to hear from you Paul. As always, I thank Bud for finding the right sound to complement the lyrics. Glad you liked the images.
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bud said 3612 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
Thanks for the comments Paul -
you're always honest and I like that. Some voice lessons would probably be a good thing - or I suppose I could learn some pitch tweaking in GB.
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Moviz said 3612 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
excellent
lyrics with great feeling. A very emotional song altogether and you've sung and backed it extremely sympathetically.... excellent, regards M
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bud said 3611 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Thanks Maurice
I value your opinion.
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apb said 3612 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
Not much left to say ..
.. other than "I agree" and enjoyed this alot. Really fine heartfelt song. The theme/concept/lyrics and delivery is what stands out most for me. Arrangement is sweet, nice attention to little variations throughout. Slight REM feel about this one in some pop/country elements..."man on the moon"

I'd like the chorus (which is great and mellow feel) to be a bit 'bigger' somehow (my taste).. so it falls back a bit more to the verses ..perhaps like Snow Patrol's "Run" or something... I hear it wanting to go that way feel wise because of the perc. picking up the pace at the chorus and then dropping back to slower pace afterwards.

A small observation in an already excellent song.

Happy New Year Bud.
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bud said 3611 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Cheers to you as well!
Nice of you to stop by. I think you're right about the chorus - it could either be a little bigger or have more space around it - it's definitely the soul of the piece. Thanks for the comment.
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lavalamp said 3611 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Bud Nice to hear ya
Good song. Made me think of Neil Young a bit. Great guitars, too.
Once again, good to hear you again.
LL
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bud said 3611 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Thanks LL
Real nice of you to stop by. Hope your year is off to a good start.
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BossHook said 3611 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Dano sounds cool
Great tone and vibe on this with the Dano guitar.
bud said 3611 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Hey there BossHook
Just checked out your latest. Great tune. Thanks for stopping by - I love my Dano.
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Peter Bauckham said 3611 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
This could have been
a lost Robert Forster song (from the Go-Betweens)! More than a passing resemblance. One of your very best posts - excellent in every way.

Peter
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bud said 3611 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Gotta check out these Go-Betweens
they seem to pop up with some frequency. Thanks for your kind comments. BTW - when I need a lift I still go back and listen to Let It Shine.
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Ed Hannifin said 3610 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
I know that kind of love...
And if this was half as well done as it is, I'd still listen to it because of that.

This is a great song. Nice Neil Young-ish rhythm guitar bed. Touch of John Cale in the vocal.

The lyrics are astonishingly perfect. "I'm just a fiend for everything" is great. The chorus is great.

That little bit of organ is also just right.

Ed



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bud said 3610 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
Thanks Ed
Your enthusiasm is really appreciated. This one happened quick and from the heart - for Will - and for me.
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timothy devine said 3609 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
wow
credit the lyric with driving you to a great place
nice tune
great delivery and lyric
interesting how you got the peddle steel to work for you so well...
did you sculpt the loops
very well done
impressive
peace
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bud said 3609 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
Hi Tim
I do credit the lyric. I got very lucky with the pedal steel and didn't have to tweak too much - just a little cut/paste/pitch shift.
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Heightened said 3565 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
THis song is
filled with life and emotion. Very beautiful! And loved the country feel.
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said 3530 days ago (March 25th, 2008)
Very emotional
and thought provoking song very well sang you have a nice voice production was sound.

Cheer Peace Dee.
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