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Chinatown


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Warren Smith

 Genre: Art Rock

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It is funny how some songs get started. The genesis for this piece of "art rock" came from listening to Asian visitors pronounce the three-syllable word "Chi-na-town" as a two syllable construction. And since they went there every day of their vacation, that became the song's conceit. I have been trying to work in more natural recorded sounds into my songs, but the inclusion of a cricket and grasshopper chorus in the ending section here still has me wondering if it is effective.
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Lyrics
CHINATOWN (2009)

Somewhere down in Chinatown
that's where my heart belongs
where tigers and dragons abound
when you see Mrs Fong
tell her I won't be long
going down to Chinatown
where I belong

cheap sunglasses knockoff purses
tattoo parlors street vendor curses
going down to Chinatown
where I belong
I'm ready to walk the walk
talk the talk
get some fat Buddha luck
and Beijing the duck
going down going down to Chinatown

she is always waiting there
with iPod ears and rat black hair
sometimes it feels unreal
an enigmatic riddle in a fortune cookie
it's right there lookie-lookie
even though sometimes I lose my way

in her vicinity
I felt an affinity
going down to Chinatown where I belong

here's my conclusion
I was lost in a delusion
going down going down to Chinatown

this is my confession
I need an intercession
can't stop going down to Chinatown where I belong

as she was standing next to me
I experienced an epiphany
going down going down going down to Chinatown

people walking everywhere
a constant buzz filling the air
sometime I wonder if it's real
she is always teasing me
intriguing me with her mystery
why else would I keep going back
to Chinatown?
Song Stats
Hits: 2367
Comments: 10
Fans: 3
Plays: 49
Downloads: 76
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Jul 13, 2009 - 06:27:27 PM
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2009 - 06:27:27 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 01:35:38 AM
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Hardware:
Aria Pro II guitar, Mac G5
Software:
GB, Audacity
Comments
Feter said 2844 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
Chinatown
Man ..these guitars are creative ...it must be
fun playing such new scales with the guitars ..
the subject all fun ...good job ..thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
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Warren Smith said 2844 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
Rightness
It's only fun when something starts working. Before that happens, it's usually just frustrating : )

I'm always amazed by the after-the-fact feeling of rightness. It's easy to forget how bad things sounded before getting something right - whether it's laying down a sequence of notes or the tweaking the sound of an instrument.

Not that my songs ever get to a place called perfection.

Thanks, Feter, for commenting.
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scaustrita said 2844 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
Hee-Hee-Hee
Very original, our chinatown is in L.A.
Your song is a crazy yet real representation.
You must have laugh and laugh putting this together.
Even the guitars funny!

You gotta love it
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Warren Smith said 2844 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
laugh track
Well, I certainly was laughing when I realized the guitar lick at the end of a passage reminded me of a crowing rooster ... and so I tracked down that big bird sound and inserted it into the song. At one point I was trying to inculcate all of the sounds of the Chinese zodiac, but that idea fell by the wayside. (Which is just as well, as I was having a hard time reproducing the sound of a rat.)

Thanks for listening and commenting.
Check out my latest song called On Your Knees
Richard_Schletty said 2844 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
Walker's-eye view
"Warren Smith" as two syllables is "Worn Smith" but that is not at all indicative of the energy and fun you roll up into your songs. Commentaries from a walker's-eye view. Window shopping from the inside-out. Bravo. Love those guitars. More travelogues!
Warren Smith said 2843 days ago (July 14th, 2009)
Worn
Perhaps I should change my first name to Walker? (That may be tempting fate - at the rate I'm wearing out, I may soon be needing a walker for ambulatory assistance.)

I don't know that I actually achieve a two-syllable pronunciation of "Chinatown" here .. which reveals the limits of my articulation. But it was fun trying.
Check out my latest song called On Your Knees
tmcfate said 2844 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
chord structures
your chord structures have always had a asian feel. the chorus are a cool added element to your work. very clever as always and well constructed. very long passages and the mix is so spot on,bass in just the right spot . i find the competing scales very classical as well. at one point i thought you might break out into a national anthem, not sure whos be i felt it coming
nice warren
next time i am in ny ...........CHINATOWN!
tim
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Warren Smith said 2841 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Certain influences
Recording this piece as "Chinese-sounding" certainly was not the intention. However, as you note, I figured certain Asian influences were bound to creep into it - whether in the chording, leads or sound effects. That certainly and intentionally was a part of the fun in making it.

I never did hear if you made it to that noodle shop in the East Village : )

It's good to see you posting again on MacJams!
Check out my latest song called On Your Knees
Dadai.2 said 2844 days ago (July 13th, 2009)
Are we walking....

I feel like I'm walking through the streets of Chinatown.... heheh. Fun, lively song. Warren... well done my friend. Great production values... and the lyrics... my, my... so enjoyable as I listen to the professional comedic delivery!

cheers...
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crissew said 2810 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Chinatown
ROFL, this song is hilarious. Kinda Zappaesque. Enjoyed it. You definitely have an affinity for putting interesting guitar parts in your songs. thanks for posting
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