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PastPresentFutureTense (with Schletty)


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Warren Smith

 Genre: Rock

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It started with an e-mail. I had asked Richard if he got those outrageous Nigerian solicitations for bank account information in the guise of some kind of financial windfall - a bank error in your favor; a win of the national lottery, etc. His reply was poetically succinct: Yes, I get come'ons from Africa.

That struck me as a great lyric - and suddenly the idea for a song flowed from that single line. Later e-mail contained a reference to Plato and Socrates and that led to creating the sections devoted to harmonies. Over the next seven months a soundtrack was created and revised, the lyrics went through multiple changes and GarageBand glitches were either overcome or worked around ... until this production arrived at fruition.

It is a joy to work on a song with Richard. You never know what you are going to get from him, but you can always expect the unexpected : >
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Lyrics
THE FUTURE IS PRESENT IN THE PAST

VERSE 1
I get come'ons from Africa
I get e-mail from Nigeria
I get tangerines from Valencia
I get a hero's welcome from Albania
I get wontons (one tons?) from China
I get cell phones from Finlandia
I get tech support from India
I get prescription drugs from Canada

VERSE 2
[E-mail solicitation from Nigeria No. 1]
Attn: Mr. Smith
My name is Kingsley Uzor, managing director
of the African Development Bank of Nigeria
and this is to inform you that we have just received
payment instruction from the presidential committee
of financial appropriation that we should harmonize
your accrued payment value at US 5.5 million dollars.

Please, so that we will continue processing your fund transfer,
you should re-send your full receiving bank contact details,
as well as your international passport copy for identification.


VERSE 3
Socrates and Plato
rocking Western Civilization's cradle
(repeat)
Caesar and Pompey
stomping on the remains of the Republic
(repeat)

VERSE 4
I get red meat from Omaha
I get white lightning from Arkansas
I get bluegrass from West Virginia
I get pink pork from Iowa
I get black cherries from Saginaw
I get orange oranges from Florida
I get purple rain from Minnesota
I get green legislation from California

VERSE 5
[E-mail solicitation from Nigeria No. 2]
Attn: Beneficiary Schletty,
We the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria
wish to bring to your notice that we have approved to transfer
inheritance funds worth US 10.5 million dollars
to your bank account

Please respond immediately by sending us
your full name
phone and fax numbers
contact address
age and current occupation
and a complete copy of identity

VERSE 6
Crosby and Sinatra
crooning tunes for lovers and losers
(repeat)
Dylan and Lennon
rocking on that stairway to heaven
(repeat)
Song Stats
Hits: 3470
Comments: 44
Fans: 18
Plays: 94
Downloads: 136
Votes: 7
Uploaded: May 11, 2008 - 04:55:51 PM
Last Updated: May 11, 2008 - 09:07:26 PM Last Played: Mar 13, 2017 - 04:02:44 AM
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Software:
GarageBand, Logic
Comments
Feter said 3242 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
PastPresentFutureTense
ye spam is a spam ..good info song ..and nice colab !!
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Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
Spam Kings
Yes - trying to turn everyday spam into art.

Thanks for visiting.
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Vic Holman said 3242 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
ha ha!
a spam theme song if there ever was one!

cool tune! really like the diversity through out! great production and lyrics. Plus, a fun listen!
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Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
fun in diversity
I'm not sure if that diversity represents the crazy, confused way this song developed ... or just letting go and letting the song go where it wanted to go. But all along I kept stressing the point was to have fun with it ... and hopefully that aspect comes through : >
Check out my latest song called Mind's Eye
lengold said 3242 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
This is mad
and great fun - very enjoyable. Fantastic production. Wonderful collaboration.
Cheers
Len

PS: Just once I'd like one of those emails to be true.
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Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
big ticket item
Yes - we'd all love to win that big lottery, just once ... even though it would probably create more problems than it would solve : >

Thanks for listening and commenting.
Check out my latest song called Mind's Eye
jiguma said 3242 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Great words ...
... fantastic production and an all-round excellent listen.

Really inventive post Warren and Richard.

Neil
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Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
word man
Great words? Don't forget to credit Kingsley Uzor of the Central Bank of Nigeria ... who in his own way helped write this song : >

For some reason I can't access your site. Please send me an e-mail so I can tell you more.
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mowguy3 said 3242 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
lots of fun
but so true. Anyhow, great colab, and just a great tune from the begening.
Thanks for a great song and a chuckle.
Russ
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said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
yessir
Thanks, Mowguy. We appreciate the listen and comment.
said 3242 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Slow cookin
Warren: You do such wonderful and outrageous soundtracks...so full of spunk and funk. You bring out the "wackydemic" in me. Thanks for your patience in this collab which was "a long time a brewin." If we are a comedy team, I am hard pressed to tell which one of us is the straight man and which one is the buffoon. We'll keep 'em guessing.
eanbardsley said 3242 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
I knew this was going to be great,...
when I read the lyrics, criminy, an A in originality. So funny, I get those propositions all the time, become a millionair inheritance from Africa. And yes, we speak with India everytime the telvision sattelite doesn't work. This is really great. The production was great as everyone said. Alot of fun!!!

Ian
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Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
unfiltered spam
The funny thing is, my spam filter never seems to eliminate these fantastic offers, so when they show up in my mail box it always makes me feel special : >

Thanks for listening and leaving a comment, Ian.
Check out my latest song called Mind's Eye
Motu said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
nice concept
Oh so true..lol very well done.love the sounds in the background
Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
conceptual art
The concept was the easy part. It took the lyrics a long time to coagulate. At one point we were singing about Britney Spears and Dick Cheney in the same verse, which, fortunately, fell by the wayside. I'm glad you liked the music.
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Skean said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
You guys
Are fun and in the same time RIGHT on this is cool.
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Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
coolness
I think it's cool that you think it's cool : >

Thanks for commenting!
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guitapick said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
Expect...
..the unexpected.

Got that right...awesome!

Strange how crime gets more and more displaced and impersonal as we move further into the information age. I've been the victim of identity theft, myself...strange stuff...

It ain't exactly Jesse James, anymore...that's for sure. Congrats on a great collab!!
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Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
come-ons
In some ways it seems the more outrageous the offer - the more likely it is someone will get suckered. I remember hearing when I was a kid that more than one person had been duped into buying the Brooklyn Bridge, which seemed inconceivable. Likewise, these fantastic come-ons from Africa seem so over-the-top, it's hard to believe anybody would fall for them. Yet not long ago I read a magazine article relating how somebody lost tens of thousands of dollars in one of these schemes.

Identity theft might be a good topic for a song?
Check out my latest song called Mind's Eye
Roxylee said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
I get...
and you guys did an excellent job, perfect at this look into the crazy world of scam and spam. It is so professionally done, just another irony about this imperfect world we live in. Kudos, guys!
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Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
flattery
Professional? Roxylee, you are being much too kind. When it comes to music, I'm completely an amateur. (Richard is the one considering a professional career.) Nonetheless, thanks for making such a flattering comment.
Check out my latest song called Mind's Eye
said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
The "S" Brothers...
A couple of wild and crazy guys!

Warren and Richard, this is a blast... an audio three ring circus.

Well done, lads!
Warren Smith said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
typo
I think you may have hit the wrong keys on the keyboard - are you sure you didn't you mean "mild and lazy" guys? The circus metaphor is apt. I'm not sure which of us gets to be the ringmaster and who gets to be the clown : >
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J.A.Stewart said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
This Is What You Get...
when you channel P.T. Barnum and Frank Zappa. LOL

Quite a fun ride, Warren. Lots of wackiness going on in this tune, befitting the subject matter. Nice Schletty contributions.

About the only thing I could suggest to improve the presentation of this number would be to rig the player, so that when someone hits the *PLAY* arrow, the song gets... e-mailed to them. ;)


--- Joe
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Warren Smith said 3240 days ago (May 13th, 2008)
wacky fun
Fun is what we were going for - I guess the wacky came along for the ride : >

Thanks for listening and commenting. From what I read, the next target for spam messages will be our cell phones.
Check out my latest song called Mind's Eye
said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
The B-side...
...of "Pre-Approved"?

Great fun this! Although the reality which it parodies is quite dark and insidious.

Verses 3 & 6 were fun, even though I found them opaque.

Be well you wackos! Ha ha...
said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
Translucency sought
Verse 3 and 6 opaque? I thought we glazed them quite nicely with Alizaron Crimson, turps, linseed oil and Damar varnish. Seek meaning between the peaks.
Warren Smith said 3240 days ago (May 13th, 2008)
opaque?
Yes, I thought the whole production was rather transparent : >
Check out my latest song called Mind's Eye
said 3239 days ago (May 14th, 2008)
Easy there big fella(s)!
"Opaque" is not an insult. It refers to style of writing in those verses.

Of course, if you were endeavoring to be crystal clear....
said 3239 days ago (May 14th, 2008)
Opacity
Sorry, I had an inkling that, in a literary context, "opaque" meant something other than thick or occluded. But I was too lazy to go to the dictionary. So I made a quick smart-as-can-be response. We accept your compliment.
said 3237 days ago (May 16th, 2008)
Well...
...it certainly CAN be used with those negative connotations. Perhaps I should have chosen a clearer term! Ha ha...
said 3241 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
Cool!
Great fun, cool arrangement. Happy to hear a new tune from you both.... really cool! Thanks for sharing.

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Warren Smith said 3239 days ago (May 14th, 2008)
the birdman
Thanks, Yeman, for visiting. Your stuff is really cool, too!
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MarkHolbrook said 3240 days ago (May 13th, 2008)
Hell of a fun thing!
All the way through! Very cooL!
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Warren Smith said 3238 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
spelling
I like the way you spell cooL with the emphasis on the second syllable : >

Thanks for commenting.
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magnatone said 3239 days ago (May 14th, 2008)
Past Present Future
wow - this is GREAt! I love these lyrics and the way this collab goes together is top notch all the way. So glad I heard this song - downloaded, will be enjoyed many times - thanks!
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Warren Smith said 3234 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
PPF
I've been impressed with the stuff you have posted in the past. Your current song is a winner. And I'm sure you will be adding some wonderful new songs in the future. Thanks for the positive endorsement.
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echoroom said 3237 days ago (May 17th, 2008)
Excellent!
God, it really pisses me off... especially all the viagra spams... how did they know! I love this - railing against current technological ills with humour... this is nuts, and almost operatic!

steve
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Warren Smith said 3232 days ago (May 21st, 2008)
spam content
Thanks for reacting! I wouldn't be surprised if those viagra and cialis pitches don't lead to a spam-based song.
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Macaudion said 3231 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
lol...
Craizy good! Too clever. Intelligently weird! Like that wankn' sound! I'm getting just a little nervous about responding to this - It's like, they'll have me if I do...

Excellent synth work! Excellent drum work! Liked the chorus on this. I hope that it doesen't offend yo,u Richard, when I say that I enjoyed you on this as much, if not more, then on your less than cooky stuff.

Smiled throughout the whole event. Now, when I dl it, where do I place this to que up to play w/ my other stuff... I'll just let it put in where it does... Like it did today...

Great stuff! Thanks, Warren, and Richard! Macca
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said 3226 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
A-Z
Thanks, Macca! File it under A-Z for audaciously zany.
Dj French Toast said 3214 days ago (June 8th, 2008)
Wacky
: )
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Warren Smith said 3213 days ago (June 9th, 2008)
Wacky
!
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EZamor said 3148 days ago (August 13th, 2008)
PastPresentFutureTense
great quirky fun! what an excellent collaboration. d-loaded (but won't send my bank account details just yet).

cheerz,
-=ez
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Warren Smith said 3145 days ago (August 16th, 2008)
I.D.
Thanks for the listen!

Don't forget to include your Social Security number, too, when you respond : >
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