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This is the flip side to 'Kung Fu', and its about how when we bought our house we had this plan that we'd get through settlement and then we'd come back to the empty house and 'christen' it - if you know what i mean - room by room. But it ended up that we were so amazed that we actually owned the house that we just sat in the empty living room staring at each other. Musically i wanted to capture that amazement - you know amazed that we were grown up - we felt like kids that bluffed their way into a bar or something. So I wanted the chorus to be like a cork popped on a bottle.
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Lyrics
we swapped our hearts
and we carved them in a tree
me and you
and you plus me

we took that tree
and we built a little house
so our hearts are in the boards
they are rough but they are stout

room by room by room by room by room - let's break it in
(if the house is rockin' don't bother knockin')

we saved our wants
and we traded them for dreams
seen in clouds and heard in pop songs
cut from magazines

we took those dreams
and we papered all the walls
every room an open window
bedrooms, closets, halls

room by room by room by room by room - let's break it in
(if the house is rockin' don't bother knockin')
Song Stats
Hits: 2649
Comments: 33
Fans: 16
Plays: 63
Downloads: 108
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Apr 21, 2009 - 10:10:41 AM
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2009 - 10:10:41 AM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 10:59:29 PM
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Hardware:
usual .... Ovation acoustic, OE30, Epi mandolin
Software:
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Comments
five_extra_arms said 2898 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
One Of Your Best Songs
Lyrically/Conceptually, it might be the best love song you've written.
Musically, it's full of great contrasting ideas, most of which shocked and surprised me that they work so well despite the style clashes they suggest.

You are just beginning to develop what I call a "recognizable" sound.

Awesome tune man.
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tempie said 2898 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
love song
i asked firehose to come up with a verse and scissor sisters to give me a chorus and then i fused the two together with magic bubble gum. if i ever run out of that stuff i'm in trouble. glad you liked it!
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ktb said 2898 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
like a cork
or the hoover dam bursting out :-) that chorus is total wild abandon clothes on the lampshade goodness.
Like the beachboys meet the B52's. Too cool. I like that your songs tend to be about memorable poignant
life moments. You involve the listener by re creating these mini flashbacks. well done Craig.
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tempie said 2897 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
corky
"clothes on the lampshade" lol that's great. And i'm trying to imagine Brian Wilson hanging out with Fred Schneider...
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cjdaley said 2898 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
tempieland
I like the way the arrangement is sparse and lets the song breathing. It's like you can feel the space and silence in the house. The different bits (i really like that guitar at 2:10)make it like you're fumbling for the right emotion or right way to express it as your marvel at the house, before the joy rushed in. very evocative !
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tempie said 2897 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
tempieland
thanks man i feel like lacan just reviewed my tune. :) I try to use empty space like an instrument...or space in general since I like to overfill it sometimes too. very cool comment dude.
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Feter said 2898 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
Housekeeping
This is cool my friend ..really creative ...I enjoyed the arrangement
and indeed the guitars ...but what best I liked is the groovey vocals !!!
Rock on ...!!!


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tempie said 2897 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
Housekeeping
Thanks man i'm glad you liked the arrangement - i think of myself as a song arranger rather than a songwriter - just take a bunch of things i've heard somewhere else and try to make them all work together. Glad you liked it and i WILL rock on lol.
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egobandit said 2897 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
knockin and bouncin
Its like a big break that never ends, changing up and sung with each note in mind , HEy is the end lead from the Mc Donalds commercial Im lovin it? Excellent song but there is one thing about your songs that if find often. The volume is always very low. Do you hit the compression button when you down load. Anyway it dont matter Ill just turn up the volume!
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tempie said 2897 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
knock and bounce
I like the "big break that never ends" description that's cool. And LOL! dude I didn't realize until now that the end is nearly the exact same (at least the first few notes) as the McDonald's "i'm lovin' it" riff. LOL!!!!!! See, that's the subliminal power of advertising.
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tempie said 2897 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
volume
oh and i'll look into the volume. definitely don't want that. I just compile them as mp3's out of GB. Maybe i need to turn the master volume up. I'll play with that and see what happens. Thanks for the heads up.
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Vic Holman said 2897 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
so how many times did you re-paint the walls
wicked arrangement and composition.... a different section for each room

beware hgtv can get you in over your head :-)

excellent stuff throughout dude
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tempie said 2897 days ago (April 22nd, 2009)
painting
yeah we're frantic hgtv types. a few summers ago my wife put in a patio by herself with the baby strapped to her back. glad you liked the arrangement - i'm really trying to be an "arranger" rather than a writer. we'll see.
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Relic67 said 2897 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
I to the IV to the V
Great song! (as usual)
Love the little guitar break, is it around 2:13 or so? neat guitar and horn parts throughout, lots of interesting things.
agree with others who love the spacious/dense contrast which you do so well. Maybe this approach will take off and be the new quiet/loud? ie Tempie the next Nirvana? devoutly to be wished.
new tempie song always cause for celebration, keep em coming amigo.


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tempie said 2897 days ago (April 22nd, 2009)
spacey
lol! i love the idea of space - how what we don't say is 50% of what we say, what we don't do is 50% of what we do, etc. so i like to carry that idea over into the music. jazz has been playing with space for 75 years but rock and roll hasn't really done much with it except for people like Malkmus and MacKaye. And the Minutemen. Have you ever listened to the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime CD(2 cd)? It's brilliant, and they are all over the space/density thing.
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davisamerica said 2897 days ago (April 22nd, 2009)
you
are such a damn fine tune smith
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tempie said 2897 days ago (April 22nd, 2009)
tune smithing
man, that's just a really nice comment. Thanks!
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blindsidedpoets said 2896 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
Housekeeping
I understand :) my wife and I had a very similar experience... thanks for the memories :)
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tempie said 2896 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
and
thanks for the listen!
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racerat said 2894 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
punchy
This is a totally fun punchy pop jam. Love the story. That's what music is all about, a diary of life, the good the bad and the bouncy.--P
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tempie said 2892 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
diary of life
glad you liked it dude - for a good story you can't beat real life.
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lengold said 2892 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
Amazing changes
and twists and turns. I love this - I know I've mentioned 10cc to you before - but this really reminds me of them. One of my all time favourite bands. Great pop sensibility overflowing with talent.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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tempie said 2891 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
changes
hey man i was hoping you'd drop by. glad you liked the twists and turns. and your new one is just great dude.
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segiperkasa said 2888 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
real cool
this is really cool stuff.... cool lyric and sound arrangement....
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tempie said 2882 days ago (May 7th, 2009)
cool
thanks man for stopping by - glad you liked it!
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guygrooves said 2885 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
Love the concept
well written performed and produced gotta have this one too. D/L'd
Peace
Guy
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tempie said 2882 days ago (May 7th, 2009)
concept
thanks Guy glad you liked it enough to D/L - love the idea of tempie on MJ ipods...
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bud said 2882 days ago (May 7th, 2009)
I love this song
the vocals and the ba ba's are great - then the Beach Boys chorus - so cool. Excellent track - very clever and really well arranged - fat bass and cool breaks.
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tempie said 2882 days ago (May 7th, 2009)
ba ba
thanks Bud. If I could get away with ripping off the beach boys on every song I would..
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Lennon714 said 2880 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
hilarious
My wife and I just bought a house in March and we had the exact same idea. It was great in theory, until the day came and there were no window coverings and the kids were with us.

I like the hide and go seek verse/chorus. The sneaky verse and the party explosion of a chorus.
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tempie said 2878 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
kids and neighbors
lol, glad you could relate dude and glad you liked the song...
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Dj French Toast said 2873 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Sweet
song dude :)
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rsorensen said 2822 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
rockin
love the verse vs chorus structure. the overlapping vocals are awesome. great theme. I had the same idea when we moved into our new house, but unfortunately it wasn't mutual!
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