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Why We're Alone


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rsorensen

 Genre: Acoustic

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I decided what the hell - if The Beatles and U2 can get away with it, I can too. I think every musician should write a 'Pachelbel's Canon in D Major' inspired song once in their life. Hmmm I see a new Macjams challenge coming...

I decided to keep this one pretty stripped down with just the vocal and acoustic - until the end anyway. Not sure if the outro works, but maybe I like it because it doesn't. Know what I mean?
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Lyrics
I know that I am driving way too fast
But I don't ever wanna slow back down
When you came here I had noting to my name
Now I've got enough to buy this whole damn town

I wish you could tell me why
That you think you can turn back time
Cuz life's caught up with both of us
And left our love behind
And that's why we're alone

When I'm gone you will be much better off
You will live your life the way you did before
You will find another one to fill the space
That I leave behind when I open up this door

But I wish you could tell me why
That you thought you could turn back time
When life caught up with both of us
And left our love behind
and that's why
We're alone
Song Stats
Hits: 3871
Comments: 37
Fans: 23
Plays: 177
Downloads: 145
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Sep 30, 2008 - 11:00:47 PM
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2008 - 11:12:02 PM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 06:33:03 AM
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Comments
Feter said 3278 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
Why We're Alone
this is very elegant and certainly has your own
singnature ...very loved ...very spiritual and can take
forever to end it ...very nice ...and thnx for sharin !!!
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rsorensen said 3278 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
thanks
feter. always fast on the draw you are. yeah I tried to put a lot of me in this one. glad you like it.
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Enrique Gil said 3278 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
Hello there!
love the duo! love the music! sweet and wonderful.
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rsorensen said 3278 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
hello!
thanks enrique. good to meet you.
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kristyjo said 3278 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
Really nice take -
on that particular chord sequence. You have a very appealing voice for this simple guitar/vocal arrangement. The ending is unusual. personally, I think I'd like it if you kept it spare and simple - just the vocals & guitar - right through to the end, but, hey, that's me.
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rsorensen said 3278 days ago (October 1st, 2008)

thanks kristyjo. yeah I hear you about the outro. it's a little out of nowhere but I guess that's partly why I like it. give it another chance it grows on you ;)
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guygrooves said 3278 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
Thanks
is all I can think to say.... besides... WOW... these lyrics are the power in this one, they leave you thinking long after the song is finished.
Peace
Guy
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rsorensen said 3277 days ago (October 1st, 2008)

thanks guy, appreciate the listen and comment. This isn't even the whole story. I was going to add another verse, but it was just too much.
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lavalamp said 3278 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
Excellent
Strong lyrics, even stronger singing.

You've got quite a gift Ridd. Thank you for not wasting it.

Dave
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rsorensen said 3277 days ago (October 1st, 2008)

thanks dave. those are kind words. and you're welcome :)
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gail60 said 3278 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
yes I sure do
I remember Lil Ridd when he was only this tall and he shure has become something fierce in that there music business! Why I tell you what....he owes it all to me, yep he shure does. OK OK Seriously :)
Ridd, just stop it, ok? You have proved your point! You are awesome. There I said it! Fantastically talented all the way around my friend. Wonderful song. Simple and beautiful.
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rsorensen said 3277 days ago (October 1st, 2008)

aww shucks, gail. thanks a bunch. you're pretty swell yerself.
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ktb said 3278 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
never more so
do you display your immense gift than when its just you and the guitar. This is simply perfect. Less is more.
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rsorensen said 3277 days ago (October 1st, 2008)

there's something liberating about stripping things down, isn't there? I'd like to do it more often. thanks for stopping by and checking this out karma.
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SJB said 3277 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
Great
this is really nice. I like the laid back style. The doubled vocals and the little tambourine keeps the interest. It's such a great chord sequence why should Pachelbel keep it to himself?
The ending's a bit of a surprise and maybe I'd prefer it without the long synth note. Whatever -it's a great song!
Steve
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rsorensen said 3277 days ago (October 1st, 2008)

thanks SJB. yeah that note goes on for a while doesn't it haha. not sure why I did that, just felt right. i wonder if pachelbel had any idea what he started with that progression. I think it's just such a natural and intuitive sequence that a lot of songwriters end up unintentionally stealing it.
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sewer rod said 3277 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
Truly
A great song, love the acousic with the vocals and at the end for the last few seconds it gives you a chance to reflect on what you just listened to. Very nice -Thanks!
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rsorensen said 3277 days ago (October 1st, 2008)

thanks for listening and commenting, rod.
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MarkHolbrook said 3277 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)
Stellar
Excellent Mr. Sorensen! The guitar sounds so beautiful. The lyrics deep and moving with great harmony!

I loved the Canon and this really does have the same moving feeling!

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rsorensen said 3276 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)

thanks mr holbrook! yeah pachelbel seemed to know what he was doing when he wrote that. though I don't think he'd be impressed with how many pop songs that have ripped him off, nor how many brides use his canon in their weddings. thanks for listening dude
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drakonis said 3277 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)
sweet...
What a challenging thing to do... and you succeeded. This is a gorgeous transmogrification, pretty much your own thing. Very touching, and yes it has a bit of a Beatles sound to the guitar work. I'm not too sure about the sudden strong lingering synth at the end, it seemed a little out of place... although it might work with a little amplitude sculpting, instead of just a held-n-cut-off note. Great lyrics, great singing, great playing and writing. And I almost recognize the tune (smirk).
ttfn,
Drakonis
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rsorensen said 3276 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)

ok - i'll need to look up transmogrification, but i think i know what you mean. i'm second thinking the sustained note at the end, but it oddly works with the song that follows this one on the CD. perhaps I'll just shorten it. thanks for listening and commenting
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Godchaser said 3277 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)
Less is more
Your vocal talents,song crafting and ability to capture a distinct mood and draw the listener in is a combination we all long to cultivate.Few seem to get them all and you're one of the few,at least in my book.Your gifts are a thing of beauty to behold and I am grateful as well as blessed to have stumbled on to you when you first came here.Thanks for being so willing to share and to do so so often.

Blessings my friend,
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rsorensen said 3276 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)

man, thanks a lot. very kind of you to say. I gotta thank you for your support in my first few days here. guys like you make this place what it is.
Glad you connected with this. Can I look forward to another song from you soon? Hope so.
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tempie said 3277 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)
this is what you do
this is your kind of tune - forget anything else man you should focus on the quiet rambling stuff, you really floor me with it. i'd pay for this easy (but since its free, i'll steal it thanks). like M. Ward and Mark Kozelek, Great Lake Swimmers, etc. just beautiful.
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rsorensen said 3276 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)

thanks man. I definitely like writing/recording these kind of songs but I don't know if I could be exclusive to them. i'm feeling the need to turn it up again soon. glad you like this though. Happy to share
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rsorensen said 3276 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)

oh - and I love great lake swimmers. thanks!
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lengold said 3276 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)
You make it
all sound so easy - like a true master.
I actually like the ending too.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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rsorensen said 3275 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
yeah
thanks len. it aint easy ripping people off :) just kidding. thanks for the kind words. glad you like the ending too
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Vic Holman said 3276 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)
stripped naked
and why not.

this tune to me, seems to work best in a more raw state.
cool ending, seems to work for me.
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said 3276 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)
DOH!
I may have covered the wrong song! Ha ha...

Well done Ridd. Well done...

Take care!
dirigent said 3275 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
Canon
What a great song on Pachelbel's harmonies. Your voice and delivery reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel classics. Simply amazing and wonderful!!! Bravo!!!
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Roxylee said 3275 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
Wonderful
Such clean sound, sounds like brand new strings. :-) Cool use of the chord progression. Nice relaxed singing,and I really like the unexpected ending. :-)
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Lennon714 said 3275 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
Relaxed
Your vocals are always so crisp. Quite jealous, I am.
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craft said 3273 days ago (October 5th, 2008)
this is
beautiful.. What a great track... Nice and easy..
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ageofthedeathtree said 3271 days ago (October 8th, 2008)
man...
i don't know how you do it, but you get some of the best sounding acoustic guitar tracks i've heard....clear and true and full sounding...completely beautiful. another lovely track my friend....i'm speechless!

age
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Scott Carmichael said 3262 days ago (October 16th, 2008)
you understand song craft
I wish I knew your name... the progression is pretty standard or predictable... that's not a knock... a few of my best thing are 1 4 5... go figure huh... but it's your song sense that brings this all the way home... authentic delivery... almost theatre, in a good way... for a song to reach someone on an emotional level... we need to employ a bit of the actor.... you have these chops in spades..

bravo

Scott
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TobinMueller said 3153 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
Speeding car
Really powerful. Your laid back vocal is a marvelous contrast to the speeding car, the impending doom, the caught in the past blindness. Wo. Speeding car, great metaphor. Great track.
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kipak said 3148 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Great
Loved the lyrics and singing performance. I suggest some background harmonies in a few more places. Maybe bring in the accompaniment in the second stanza to add some variation.
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