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Stepping Back From The Edge


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Dadai.2

 Genre: Acoustic

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stepping back from the edge can be a healthy thing.

Been sitting on this for a couple months, not knowing where to go with it... so it is, as it is.
Inspired by the political tide of 2008...

vocal, guitar, harp: Jack Miller
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Lyrics
Hand in hand, we walked that road
They spoke of things- we were never told
Daylight promised- in the night
Drifting near to the edge.

They called to everyone, come this is the way
Thousands in unison, as scripted in a play
Lifting desires- to an empty throne
Drawing near to the edge

To a pilgrim of the tide
Said, I was here just for the ride
As the doorman asked for my pledge
I stepped back, stepped back from the edge.

Turning away, we took another path
The climb was steep, the die was cast
And as we walked along- we left behind our past
Stepping back from the edge.

Raindrops fell, washed away our tears
What we lost was nothing- more than our fears
And as we dreamed- we fell to sleep
Walking back from the edge.

To a pilgrim of the tide
Said, we were here just for the ride
As the doorman asked for our pledge
We stepped back, stepped back from the edge.

Lyrics & Music by Jack Miller 2008
Song Stats
Hits: 3798
Comments: 31
Fans: 23
Plays: 217
Downloads: 143

Uploaded: Dec 04, 2008 - 01:52:56 AM
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017 - 07:57:22 PM Last Played: Feb 19, 2017 - 06:26:12 PM
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Hardware:
Martin DM guitar, harmonica, H2 recorder, Shure M57, M-Audio MobilePre, MacBook 2.4
Software:
GarageBand 4
Comments
Feter said 3215 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Stepping Back From The Edge
Great ...you got these so good bro ...always
enjoying reading and listening to your lyerics !
your style with the harp just fit enough to the
sphere of your songs ...which I admire much !
great song my friend ...thnx alot for sharin !!!
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Dadai.2 said 3215 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
stepping...
along with the harp. Glad you like this one Feter. I had sent you a demo of this a couple months ago. Not much different since. Always good to have your encouragement. Much thanks...
Skean said 3215 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Oh! yes
I agree who want to fall down that cliff... Nice piece with great lyric as the music is too me come around the campfire and enjoy BUT please don't fall.
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Dadai.2 said 3215 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
thanks skean...
Trust me, I'm hanging on for dear life... as we sit around the campfire.

thanks for listening and commenting.
Roxylee said 3215 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Real nice, Jack
You have found the perfect placement for the H2- it sounds clear and balanced. Insightful lyrics about the road less traveled, and as always, the guitar and harp sound great. The art is perfect for this song- where was that taken?
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Dadai.2 said 3215 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
H2...
What a great little recorder. But I had some help via GarageBand and ChannelStrip when it came to the mixing. The lyrics... a lot was going on in me at that time, a couple months ago. I think there a some different levels to meaning on this one now, at least as I have sat on this and reworked the lyrics. Hopefully it's called growth resulting from a little time and reflection. As always much thanks Roxylee.

Jack


Ed Hannifin said 3215 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
First of all, Roxylee's right...
...you're getting a great blend from the H2 with nice ambience on the guitar...

To me, Jack, your songs succeed because so much of who you are gets in them, and comes across...So even when I'm not one hundred percent sure what a song or a bit of a song means in you, the writer's, mind, something good is still coming across...

You are definitely mining the latter-day, Lanois-era Dylanistic vibe in this one, and I would consider that a very okay place to be... It's simple and it's good...

Ed
Dadai.2 said 3214 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
What's it all about, Alfie?

Thanks Ed for, once again, generous comments. Well, this one does have something of me in it... exactly what? That would take a conversation, a glass of wine, and maybe a nice warm fire (I'm in Chicago right now... 10 degrees). Like a few other songs, this is sort of an internal conversation/observation/stream of thought kind of a thing, and as I wrote in my reply to Roxy, the meaning's been evolving with time. Music? or therapy?
... yes.

As to any Dylan references... well, you gave me a smile. Thanks and...

cheers


saymme said 3215 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Very Great song Jack
. . so true in Your Music&songs & really awesome lyrics !!! Its been on replay for awhile now ! Great - a fav of Yours this is

Thank YOU I LOVE YOU*RE BACK HERE !!!!
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Dadai.2 said 3215 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Shouting...
for joy, excitement, and encouragement are all OK in my book!

Thanks for the SHOUT-OUT!

;)
Vic Holman said 3214 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
i like the edge
first of all. Jack the sound quality is great and open.

even with only a guitar, harmonica and vocal this song sounds so full.

i feel like a lemming running to this excellent tune.
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Dadai.2 said 3212 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
The Edge?
U2?... me, too.

Seriously Vic thanks. I am surprised at the recording quality of this little H2 recorder... also the Drop D tuning (on both E strings) gave it a sound that seemed to resonate pretty well. I'm glad you liked this one. Just don't follow us lemmings to close to the edge.

cheers,
D
magnatone said 3212 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
Stepping Back
gorgeous vocals jack, wonderful guitar, and i especially like your awesome harmonica work here. That's HARD to do! Thanks for the terrific tune!
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Dadai.2 said 3212 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
Ah Maggie...
Thank you... from me, me guitar, and me harp! The edge inspires... ;)

D
apb said 3212 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
Great tunage ..

.. it's not often I suggest this .. but .. in a way, I
like that 'campfire' vibe .. and I would go for that in the production: like fire crackle and more lo-fi - I think this piece would really lend itself to that.

Enjoyed it very much- I thought you sounded a bit like our own jamorama (on the vocals)... or at least it would
suit him to a T imo (not that your vocals were bad in any way you understand)... lol .. oh oh .. I've gone and
dug myself in haven't I? .. lol
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Dadai.2 said 3212 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
Campfires, Dadai, and...
smores?? ;)

Interesting suggestion apb. I may experiment with that idea. And kudos to jamorama for sounding like me... LOL. No holes dug... Thanks!


D
kristyjo said 3212 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
Reflective
This has a reflective quality, and the lyrics are nice and clean, so I can close my eyes and listen. That harmonica is fine. Guitar has just the right reverb, too. I like the conversational quality of your singing. All together, excellent.
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Dadai.2 said 3211 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Thank you
kristyjo. I really appreciate your thoughtful comments. And I'm glad you like the song. I think this is the first time I got this good of guitar sound on a song. Hopefully I'll do it again.

cheers
Hydrogen3 said 3212 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
VERY NICE!!!
Like the guitar and harmonica! Vocals compliment it very nicely! Nice prgressions very well written!! Holley :)

A new fav or mine!! Holley :)
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Dadai.2 said 3211 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Hey Holly...
thanks for the generous comments there. Nice to know you liked this one, and to meet you here in comment-land... I'll have to check out your page. Again, thanks for taking the time to listen.

D
thoddi said 3210 days ago (December 9th, 2008)
finally got around to this one
The sparse arrangement seems to suit the song perfectly. Excellent production. The H2 recorder works like magic - stunning quality from that little gizmo. Your guitar sounds crispy clear.

Also a very good song. Had there been two or three voices blending in, it could easily have been mistaken for a Crosby, Stills, Nash tune.

I think this must be one of the best I have heard from you Jack. Keep 'em coming:)
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Dadai.2 said 3208 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
H2 magic...
It is a nifty little gizmo. Some nice comments you gave me there, Thor. I don't know what to say except a big thank you for listening and it puts a smile on my face to know how you think about this recording.
D
Outtaorbit said 3210 days ago (December 9th, 2008)
very, very,
nicely done.... makes be wander a bit.... thanks
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Dadai.2 said 3208 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
Thanks O-bit
Glad to know you liked this and I appreciate your taking time to listen.

wandering also,
D
guitapick said 3210 days ago (December 9th, 2008)
Yeah, Jack...
...tell it, man...

The doorman...perfect...glad you stepped back...

Guitar, harp, vox...just right.
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Dadai.2 said 3208 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
the doorman...
Thanks Bob. Sometimes you gotta step back and change course, cause once you enter... "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave." ;)
Glad you like the mix.
D
RadioChuck said 3209 days ago (December 10th, 2008)
you represent
the name "jack" very well indeed :-] love the harp ... the attick must be a great place. i really do love this .. sounds are spot on and your vox and lyrics are amazing. Very Nice Post D !
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Dadai.2 said 3208 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
Hmmm...
You do get around... and around... The attic has great acoustics for recording and all the old stuff brings forth some inspiration every now and then. Good to know you like the sound of this tune. Much thanks, uh, ... jack ;)
D
lengold said 3209 days ago (December 10th, 2008)
Great song
and beautifully played, sung and produced.
Cheers
Len


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Dadai.2 said 3208 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
Gee Len...
Thanks for the nice comments. Glad you like this and let me know.
cheers,
D
EEFliess said 3208 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
beautiful
wow, this is absolutely awesome, Jack...you definitely have a Justin Hayward Nights in White Satin voice...and your voice is as smooth as silk here...the guitar work is beautiful as well as the harmonica
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Dadai.2 said 3204 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Hey Eddie...
Glad you like this one. J. Hayward, eh? Now that is a generous compliment. Things seem to come together better than I thought on this song. Very gratifying to read the comments, especially your. Thanks.
Jack
Richard_Schletty said 3208 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
The edge
You are good. You are doing it! "Stepping Back From The Edge" is good sound and good sentiment. Nice combo of instruments and voice. You have an excellent production quality. No loss of fidelity in the MP3 file. Bravo.

They called to everyone, come this is the way
Thousands in unison, as scripted in a play
Lifting desires- to an empty throne
Drawing near to the edge

Too true. You were wise to step back from the fall. On the other hand, one must strive to keep their edge, take risks, be non-complacent.
Dadai.2 said 3200 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Good? well...
depends on who one is compared to. This song had a little feeling behind it... and a drop D tuning that gave it a lift. Thanks Rich.

Hopefully keeping the edge,
Jack
jiguma said 3208 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
Nice production Jack!
Jack, there are lots of things to like about this one, starting with the terrific words which set a mood as much as tell a story. I really like the way you've recorded and mixed this - instruments and voice are all clear and sound just about perfect for this style.

For me, this is one of your most enjoyable songs - you sound confident and relaxed, and have written a very nice tune.

Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Dadai.2 said 3166 days ago (January 22nd, 2009)
And...
my thanks to you, oh hound of sound. Your crits have helped.

Jack
lavalamp said 2503 days ago (November 16th, 2010)
oh so sweet
Just a giant piece of Americana, with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Delicious!

LL


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Dadai.2 said 1853 days ago (August 27th, 2012)
Two years later...
... lavalamp, that work's for me!

cheers...
awigze said 1784 days ago (November 4th, 2012)
This is the real Jack
always love your style and worry free vocals and arrangements....

dig this!
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Dadai.2 said 1783 days ago (November 5th, 2012)
"real Jack'
I'm still hoping to find him. Thanks, Andy, for stopping by and stepping back...

Jack
PaulaMunk said 1783 days ago (November 5th, 2012)
Sometimes,
we are distracted by the far distance and just don't notice how precarious our present position is. Lovely singing and playing. Thanks.
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Dadai.2 said 1783 days ago (November 5th, 2012)
thanks, pm...
"we are distracted by the far distance and just don't notice how precarious our present position is."

Wise words you write! Cheers and best to you.
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