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Back in the day (a year ago lol) I was writing alot of songs with top 40 pop rhythm structures and an indie vocal approach (check out my "Why is it You Don't Want Me?) tune. Anyway after listening to Chris Cornell's new Timbaland project (Scream) I was inspired to detour back in that direction. The cool thing with this tune I think is that I tried to put just the right amount of space between the sparse instrumentation to allow for "imaginary" sounds, you know the sounds you hear when you listen to a tune but aren't really there. Kind of like dreaming shapes into clouds. Anyway I think it worked because I hear something different each time I listen to it. The picture that goes along with this is of the wicked cool Tempie beanie that our own 5XArms created. Should you want your own band swag, send him a note. The cost of an email to Bob - 3 minutes. Walking around in your very own band gear? Priceless!

Oh and the lyrics...I used to have a girlfriend that was addicted to those stupid free gifts that gals get when they buy a sh!tload of makeup. pay a million dollars for some estee lauder or whatever and get a cheap little bag. And she had a drawer full of all those "gifts" that she never used...
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Lyrics
i was struck by you
and you were struck by me
but i was a tired sonny liston
and you were muhammad ali
you were muhammad ali
and you messed me up
i couldn't catch my breath
i couldn't keep it up

yeah you love me like the cigarette
stuck on your lip
you hold my like the clenched fist
that you keep upon your hip
you relate with a swagger
that would sissify clint
and you treat my like the cheap plastic makeup bag
that you got free with your lipstick

you were out of my league
i was out of my depth
i was treading water
i had nothing left
i had nothing left
and you were sunning on the beach
you told yourself i was just waving
i told myself you were in reach

yeah you love me like the cigarette
stuck on your lip
you hold my like the clenched fist
that you keep upon your hip
you relate with a swagger
that would sissify clint
and you treat my like the cheap plastic makeup bag
that you got free with your lipstick

i don't get you woman, but you sure got me...


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Hits: 3182
Comments: 50
Fans: 20
Plays: 207
Downloads: 107
Votes: 0
Uploaded: May 12, 2009 - 09:23:21 AM
Last Updated: May 12, 2009 - 09:23:21 AM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 03:45:55 PM
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Comments
five_extra_arms said 2873 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
You Told Yourself I Was Just Waving
Last thoughts of a drowning man. That's an awesome lyric. You are a clever guy.

Thanks for the download and thanks for the pimpin'


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tempie said 2873 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
clever
speaking of clever, how many bass players can macrame? I mean really!
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davisamerica said 2873 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
this is
perfect .. lyrics..music.. performnce ... just a really great tune
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tempie said 2873 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
thanks dude!
i like this too. which is not to toot my own horn, just sometimes you write something that you actually enjoy listening to, if you know what i mean, which i'm sure you do
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ktb said 2873 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
imaginary sounds
I'd say it holds true for most of your comps. You always command an excellent negative space component in your wizardry. The understated guitar head with the head bobbin beat was a coup. "sissify clint" you are a lyrical chieftain Craig. Way cool swag.
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tempie said 2873 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
sissify
how many metaphors are too many? boxing, drowning, and the good, the bad, and the ugly. why not? lol. thanks dude i'm glad you liked it. and i have a thing for disco rhythm guitar...
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Vic Holman said 2873 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
you're on to something
somethings cooking under that tempie cap. And I don't think it's Bob's grill

excellent way of breaking down all the elements to make a whole scenerio. very slick man.

re: Chris Cornell I dig his first solo album, Euphoria Morning
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tempie said 2872 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
on to something
lol, yeah lots of people are slamming Cornell for "selling out" (as if he needs the money) but I think the new one is interesting. Glad you like whats cooking!
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lengold said 2872 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
I am reading
the lyrics before playing the song (I was waiting for a download to finish before listening). Can't see much about useless gifts, until the last line, but these are really great inferiority complex love lines. I also love the 'sissify clint' image. 'Come on big boy - make my day'.
Listening now... the lyrics fit the tune perfectly. I like the sparseness - I can really imagine this growing on you - totally understand why you like it - I do too - a lot!
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len
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tempie said 2872 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
inferiority complex
yeah every once and a while you find that partner that you know just outclasses you in every way, but you get in the ring regardless. The folly of man lol. Glad you like it!
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lavalamp said 2872 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
Funkin' Cool
Tempie, This a great tune you have posted. Really funky and tremendously cool lyrics.

I could go on and on, but I just listen to it again and again....

LL
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tempie said 2872 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
Funkin!
Thanks dude. That's a funkin' great comment! Keep listening...
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Bob Ancona said 2872 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
i don't know how...
...you ever came across my song (I Just Wanna Go Home) but i'm glad you did so i could listen to this song. i like it a lot. great lyric.
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tempie said 2871 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
my attention deficit disorder
causes me to surf around when I should be working. Glad you liked the tune - i'm looking forward to following your work on MJ...
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Lennon714 said 2872 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
This
is very very cool. I feel like developing a cool walk for when I listen to it on my iPod. Bob's right... the clever lyrics are wonderful. I know the gifts you're talking about. I had a girlfriend that wanted the perfume "pleasures". It came with the most useless gizmos and goo. Great song.
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tempie said 2871 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
you can tell by the way i use my walk
lol! love that idea...
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Relic67 said 2872 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
not waving but drowning
great song!
the recording and mixing seem right on. I like the sort of martial sounding funkiness in spots, like a less angular gang of four... lyrix up to your usual high standard, sissify clint LOL... cool outro as usual, you're really good at those. too many neat bits to comment on them all... Long live the Tempie army...
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tempie said 2871 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
martial funkiness
If I had to name the biggest influences on my (sad excuse for) rhythm guitar i'd have to say the Clash first and Gang of Four second. Love how they throw in those short little quarter note chords here and there. I think i used up my outro credits with this one and the last two - next tune is going to have to end abruptly...anyway glad you liked it dude, looking forward to your next tune. Remember to keep me in mind for your next bluegrass/Appalachian project...
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egobandit said 2871 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
Fantastic
Thumpin and funkin making my feet move. All the little elements combining, free flowin. I think its the thump! Excellent!
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tempie said 2871 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
keep on thumpin'
i think i'm going to thump for the next couple tunes. it's almost summer, why not?
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thepilot said 2871 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
whoa whoa whoa
This has such a chill, head bobbin vibe to it. Stuck in my head! And your lyrics are awesome! I always pay attention to lyrics, so I'm glad you didn't disappoint! I love it!
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tempie said 2870 days ago (May 15th, 2009)
whoa is for horses
hey dude thanks for stopping by - i'm glad you like it. really dug Missing You - listened to it a couple more times since i DL'd - i'm a sucker for anything with a good pop sensibility...
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Dj French Toast said 2869 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
This is
Mixed very well and balanced great ....I love as always your lyrics ....nice song man :)
yeah you love me like the cigarette
stuck on your lip .....dig it :)
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tempie said 2869 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
There we go...
man, i have to tell you that as I mixed this down i thought i bet DJ French will dig on this one ... lost you for a couple i know so i'm glad to once again be frenchifiable yo :)
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2869 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Cheap plastic make-up bag
... Tempie gold. Love that sparse guitar work Craig. The vocal has a Jeff Tweedy vibe in both the texture and the melody, one of your finest performances. Everything you do just improves on the previous composition.
Top tuneage!
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tempie said 2867 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Cheap and plastic
Thanks dude - sparse is the new wall of sound lol. Jeff Tweedy wow i'll take that comparison even though i don't deserve it (hasn't stopped me before). Glad you liked the tune!
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racerat said 2868 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
open
Really cool and sparse. tasty to the extreme. I love the RESTRAINT. The lyrics are so off the cuff they hit it just right. That guitar solo is KILLER. Love this one. D/L'd and iPod'd.
P
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tempie said 2867 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
passive restraint
hey man see the thing is that i only know how to do a few things. If i was steve vai i'd probably have as much restraint as i don't know...steve vai! lol. Glad you liked it enough to DL dude thanks!
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Char said 2867 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
You sure
can write. I get it. Perfect all around. I hope she's worth all the angst. Thanks.
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tempie said 2865 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
angst
is the key ingredient of the best pop. suffer for success! lol - anyway she didn't last long. And glad you like the tune!
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stevel said 2866 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
Groovy
This is a really cool funky pop tune, a bit Beck a bit Talking Heads...nice clipped guitar riffing. Very enjoyable!
Cheers
Steve
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tempie said 2865 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
groovy
thanks for the listen dude - Beck dabbles in a bit of everything which is what i like to do so glad you heard that.
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tokai said 2865 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
Love me like a cigarette
good line. Great lyrics. Groovy bass line with the funky licks. Thoughtful song structure with a very enjoyable pace and sound.
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tempie said 2859 days ago (May 26th, 2009)
cigarette
thanks dude - my 7 yr old tells me that she's told all her friends about the "love you like a cigarette" song that her daddy sings. bet their parents think that's grand lol.
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buckhorn said 2862 days ago (May 23rd, 2009)
Funky Cool
Lyrics,Harmonies,and cool groove. Its all good.
Best wishes from a sissified Clint.
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tempie said 2859 days ago (May 26th, 2009)
sissify clint
hey man glad you liked it! i was wondering if that sissify clint line was too much but everyone seems to dig it. just goes to show if in doubt throw it out there and see what happens lol.
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Calchas said 2858 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
Alright!
This is excellent pop music man. I can't believe I've never heard your stuff before.

Clever and fun lyrics. Nice chord changes.

Really pro sounding vocals, and a clean and spacious mix.

Enjoyed very much!

Be well friend!
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tempie said 2858 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
pop music!
hey man thanks for stopping by - and glad you had fun while you were here!
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guygrooves said 2854 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
DUDE!!
Had me right from the start. Very cool tune. D/L fo sho.
Peace
Guy
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tempie said 2853 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
dude!
thanks Guy, glad you liked it man, and thanks for stopping by...
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mikkinylund said 2846 days ago (June 8th, 2009)
Great Lyrics
To a great pop song! This is different, has a bit of 80's british vibe to it, at least in my ears. Very well arranged and performed, I love how clean it sounds, yet still leaves me with a "full" experience. The lyrics are really good, very creative and colorful. I love this!
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tempie said 2842 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
bobby smith
hey man thanks for the listen - yeah when i was 13 i wore all black and talked with an english accent. went over great in rural virginia i tell you.
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hooverfry said 2846 days ago (June 8th, 2009)
sissify clint
enjoyed this much. great sound, vocals, clever lyrics. thanks for sharing.
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tempie said 2842 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
clever
thanks man i'm glad you liked it. thanks for stopping by - hadn't seen you around before and i always appreciate a new (to me) face - means i have some new music to check out. be listening to you soon...
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Bob6stringer said 2842 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Street pop?
Really fie lyrics - great specifics. The second vocal works great, and this angers me because when I TRY to do a second vox it's not as effective as your seeming toss-off, which seems to be all attitude. The drum to me adds a little humor in its simplicity. My personal mixing taste would be to shove the guitars and mids up, and lower the drum and even the vox a little. HOWEVER, my advice isn't necessarily good advice; I think you've got the mix it just right for achieving a kind of street-meets-pop vibe.

Oh, and about the girl: I'd say she sounds like a knockout and you might have been punch-drunk at the time. Hope you escaped her!
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tempie said 2839 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
the streets
yeah i was trying to do a timbaland meets bedroom rock type of thing a la mike skinner - i like the way he chromes up his simple production, and for the drums i was just thinking a little drum machine plugged in next to the bed in some teenager's room lol. and my second vox are normally all attitude - once somebody reveiewed one of my tunes and asked "and who's the 12 yr old screaming in the background?" lol that to me is perfect.

and that girl didn't last long - thanks for dropping by!
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koike said 2824 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Stuck on it, add 10 plays.

Love the momentum and dragging bass line.
Your voice, when it's doubled and coming out at different angles
sounds so good. What better way to express feelings then through music.
Thanks for sharing.
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tempie said 2823 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
sharing
thanks dude, glad you stopped by. i think we share an affinity for quirk.
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rsorensen said 2818 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
the lyrics
really stand out for me in this one. great writing. especially that chorus.
the guitar solo is so simple but perfect. really dig the vocal sound you always wrangle, too. great post and a great summer song.
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seadogbluesband said 2794 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
Blondie
Here's what I kept seeing, a guy sitting in the house looking out the window at this great looking blond in short shorts putting up the laundry. She's all in the sun and in love with herself, anyway, and he's sittin' in the darkened room stirring a dead cigarette in the ashtray. It's a great song and mood and picture. I did keep hearing 'flint' not clint, but they are almost the same the older he gets. Lyrics couldn't be better.
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