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So here's my end-of-the-world apocalyptic type song (everybody needs one!). I wanted it to have somewhat of an 'epic' sound, so I drew influence from old Western movie soundtracks with spanish flavored acoustic solos, and gave the chorus a catchy kind of sing-a-long hook that contrasts the gloomy verses. Perhaps the singer is looking forward to the end?
I had everything recorded and decided there was something missing. It needed a real haunting kind of sound to push the song into a more foreboding kind of vibe. I've used dissonant feedback for this a lot in the past so I wanted something different, and since michael2 is a jedi master at creating sounds of this nature, I asked if he wanted to play something over it. He delivered 2 tracks of awesome eerie ebow, I put them in the mix and the song was complete.
In case some of you aren't familiar with an ebow, it's used on the guitars that you hear come around 45 seconds in and continues through the verses.
Thanks a bunch for your additions, michael. I put them in a playlist together and this song sounds amazing beside our other collabs "Nobody Knows", "Happy" and "We are Marching". I think we're on to something here...
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Lyrics
Our End

I know the time's irrelevant
But I know that we are near the end
the rise and fall of all dishonest men
and you and me my friend

When the oil fields have burned away
and the horses have all gone astray
When the water is not fit to drink
I'll still be by your side

Our end is gonna come x 3
and I know it won't be long

When the stars are falling from the sky
When the oceans are as black as night
When the heavens open up tonight
I know we'll be alright

Our end is gonna come x 3
and I know it won't be long

Our end is gonna come x 3
and I know I don't belong

Our end is gonna come x 3
and I know we don't belong
Song Stats
Hits: 3462
Comments: 54
Fans: 33
Plays: 101
Downloads: 128
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Jan 11, 2009 - 06:40:20 PM
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2009 - 06:40:20 PM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 12:29:09 PM
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Hardware:
(Ridd) Taylor Big Baby Acoustic, Gibson Firebird VII, Squier Vintage Jazz Bass, M-Audio KeyStudio 49i
Software:
GB08
Comments
sheilad said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Doom and gloom
The music really conveys the gloomy message of the lyrics and helps tell the story. Chorus is great though!
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rsorensen said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
message
thanks sheila. Not sure where the lyrics or subject of this one came from. I had the music first and it just kind of sounded like the end of the world to me. But there was something hopeful in the chorus too which was interesting. thanks for listening
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magnatone said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Our End
if it must be the apocalypse, i choose you guys to sing us out.....

awesome as usual - thanks guys
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rsorensen said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
hah
thanks karen. what a great way to end the world - playing music. let's do it!
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cormacbrenock said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Nice one
I like the way it builds up at the start and your use of sounds. I really like the way you used the metal sheet type sound and the gradual build up of the background with the piano .
Tasty guitar playing too.
Everything can be heard and there is a lot going on , well done on this, I could take a leaf out of your book.
Thanks for download.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
thankyou
I was going for a 'constant thunder' type of sound with that kick. Glad you like this thanks for coming
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filmscoremike said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Sounds great!
I like how you start out the song with the wind and thunder sfx; starts it out with the right mood. That drum beat you have at around 0:20, and throughout the song, is perfect; fits the song, and reminds me of rioting and chaos for some reason. The ebow was brought in at just the right times. Really really great lyrics and singing. I really enjoyed listening to this!
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
thunder
thanks. I was a little wary about adding that wind and thunder. I thought it might come off as cheesy. Glad you think it works. I agree michael's ebow is perfect and really completes the song. Thanks alot for the feedback.
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gail60 said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
awesome tune
Another for the downloads of someone I will never get "Ridd" of. :) You are the best and this is a great collab. You two always work well together. I enjoyed this alot. Thanks for sharing.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
Ridd
harhar never heard that one before ;)
Thanks gail! the collabs with michael are among my favorite songs I've ever recorded. Glad you like them too.
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michael2 said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
nicely done ridd
great tune, great sounds, and as usual a blast to listen to. it's always a treat to play on your stuff; second nature really. it's like playing on my own tracks. except you get the chore of drum programming. such a treat to be a fan and a participant. thanks for having me on this one.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
no..
thanks to you for pitching in. the song sounded empty without your ebow. until next time...!
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tempie said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
An update of a classic genre
Lyrically reminded me a bit at first of those old carter family end of the world tunes like no depression or atomic power but the "still be by your side" line is very death cab for cutie so this is kind of a cool update on those old tunes, whereas in the past the promise was that jesus would be with you now we look to the comfort of each other. Cool. Musically I like the spaghetti western intro and really dig the power chorus - especially the end (ironically) with the backups.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
hey
thanks man. i have been listening to death cab's latest a lot lately so maybe it rubbed off. glad you dig this thanks for the feedback.
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Feter said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Our End
Wo what a lament ...great colab ...dark but so powerful ...
what a vocal work ..loved the arranfgement ...thnx alot for sharin !!!
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
lament
yeah it is a bit of a lament int it? really happy you like it, thanks.
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thiscausticautumn said 3000 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
This Rules
The spanish touch is excellent. the mood switch between verse and chorus. i like the upbeat feeling against subject matter like this. It's deliciously ironic, and definitely feels like the singer is glad it's coming. I know I am. The planet will be so much better off when she rids herself of us all.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
mood
thanks rain. i tried to throw a lot of lyrical and musical contrasts in this one. Thanks for recognizing that and I'm stoked you like it. Always love your posts and can't wait for your CD
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Vic Holman said 2999 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
12 0'clock high
your right everyone should have a end of the world song.

this is a real blockbuster......gosh, where do we go from here. I don't know how to play a harp.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
harp
hah i wonder if there actually is any harp players here. thanks for listening, Vic.
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buckhorn said 2999 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
so clean
so good, you really make gb shine. You have so much stylistic range to your vocals. wish the guitar noodles were of the nylon variety. but im all over anything western and spanish. lush production. very very nice piece of work.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
oooo
yeah that would have been perfect - a nylon stringed guitar. definitely going to rerecord it with one if this song goes any further. thanks for the suggestion
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LunaTrick said 2999 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
You are definitely onto something..
You two could be the next Flaming Lips... great stuff here. Really fine singing!
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
luna
thanks man. I'm a big fan of TFL and I know michael digs em too so I'm not surprised you hear them in our collabs. cheers!
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lavalamp said 2999 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
Remarkable
Guitars sound stellar, vox sensational, song super.

You two are outgrowing MJ.

Dave
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
thanks dave
really happy you like it. I think we're in pretty good company at MJs with such talent. I ain't going anywhere
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lengold said 2999 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
Superb
Cheers
Len


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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
why
thank you sir!
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Bob Rodgers said 2998 days ago (January 13th, 2009)
I
love the spanish acoustic on this mixed with all the great sounds here it sounds fantastic!
Superb song with a catchy chorus.
I love songs with a haunting kind of sound like you have created here!
Great stuff!

Bob
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
hey
thanks bob. haunting but strangely optimistic was what i was going for. glad you think it works.
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davisamerica said 2997 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
man ...
great track
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
davis
thanks dude
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Diviner said 2997 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
Another great track
Well played and put together, Michaels additions really work as well. The spainish guitar was a very good idea. Cool lyrics for very cool song. Nice one Ridd and Michael
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
thanks
yeah michael hit a homerun with the ebow tracks. i didnt plan on playing the guitar with the spanish kind of vibe but it just came out that way. happy accident! thanks for listening
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Lennon714 said 2997 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
you guys
always come up with gems. I think it's a scary song, but massively romantic with the "I'll still be by your side" part. Like Tyler and Marla holding hands watching the buildings tumble.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
you referenced
one of my top 10 movies. now i wanna watch that part with this song playing. thanks for the feedback, eric. stoked you like it.
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Godchaser said 2997 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
Yes it is........
a fine piece of work my friend and I am inspired by your post to complete my 'end times' piece.Don't know if that's a good thing or not.Regardless, you and M2 are a couple of gifted fellows that never disappoint the ears or the imagination.
Glad I dropped by tonight.


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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
heeeey
long time no see. YES definietly finish it. I'd love to hear something from you. Thanks! I'm glad you dropped by too.
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Mckenzie said 2997 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
again..
just amazing. I can't ever offer you constructive criticism because you just seem to do everything right! This is no exception, i really really like this, i want to write an end of the world song now!
cheers ridd

Mckenzie:)
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
:)
thanks mckenzie. I'd love to hear an end of the world song from you. I'm thinking it would blow this one away!
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dajama said 2997 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
Love this
Great acoustic on this (and I mean the lovely clean strumming as well as the lead) and a great vocal. YOur voice sounds really strong and clear, and the lyrics are perfectly delivered. Nice lyrical touches throughout. I especially like the "I know I don't belong" line thrown in there, swinging it to the personal in the midst of all the doom. Great song. Kudos, man. I'm with Karen - if it's gotta end, you guys can be the band for the final show! Peace.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
acoustic
it's the taylor. not a great gig guitar but in the studio it sings. i barely need to eq it. really glad you like this and thanks so much for the review
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airportseven said 2996 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
Well that made my day
now I think I'll go back to bed and pull the covers over my head. Great work Ridd. I like the optimistic chorus idea against the doomy verse. Also like the acoustic piano sound you got in this fine mix. M2 lent his graceful touch (as usual) to this and the "atmosphere effect" is very cool too.
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
a7
thanks bud(?). Gald you 'got' the contrast of the verse and chorus. the piano has a muti reverb and slight vinyl effect on it. I use it quite a bit to hide my pitiful playing lol.
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bud said 2996 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
Ditto what A7 said
those guys have great taste. lol
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
bud
haha thanks again kevin
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kingbee said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
not the end
I'll just add my voice to the many.
Great piece of music.
Really works well together and the ebow sounds great.
Good good stuff
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rsorensen said 2995 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
ebow
thanks a bunch man. michael is the resident ebow master and he sure delivered here. Glad you like it
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aclarke said 2994 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
...?
Man, I never know what to about something this strong. There really isn't anything to nitpick (and that's not my game anyway). A great pre-apocalyptic love song... and definitely not a song of hope.

Outstanding song gentlemen...
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rsorensen said 2992 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
hope
Thanks man. I appreciate the feedback. It's definitely not hopeful, but I think the character is OK with the 'end' as long as he's got his girl there with him
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mowguy3 said 2992 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Our End
Great stuff both of you guys. This song is so full of power with a underlying tone of finality. Just a killer track.
Be well, Russ
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rsorensen said 2992 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
thanks!
Glad you liked this Russ. Thanks for the listen.
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stevel said 2992 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Very nice
Good tune, nice vocals and I really enjoyed the acoustic guitar work
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rsorensen said 2990 days ago (January 21st, 2009)
thanks
I appreciate the feedback, brother
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