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This was another song in my "Father and Son" series. My father was a philosophy major in college. He wrote this amazing poem inspired by Plato's Allegory of the Cave (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_cave). I wrote this song based on his poem. It reminds me of him, his wit and oddball sense of humor.

I never considered this finished, but it is close. The mix is pretty crowded in places and sparse in others.

I hope you enjoy.
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Imagine since childhood you've been chained in a cave
With a fire behind you and the light that it gave
Cast shadows you knew for all practical purposes had to be true

You are just one among many that are restrained in that way
Seeing nothing but shadows, never light of day
Then by sure determination you somehow break free
From the cave and its change, and its a new world you see

Once free from the cave you see a world of light
Fills with colors and awesome marvels of delight
But most important of all you've discovered what's real
And you life has been changed... How you think and how you feel.

You're Dazzled at first but you gradually know
Your obligation to others and where you must go
But when you return your friends all agree
Your mind is confused it is easy to see

That by leaving the cave you suffered delusion
And you would be strong for fostering confusion
So far you've imagined just how it might feel
To escape from the cave but what if its real...

What if instead the cave were the earth and the fire the sun in the sky
And all the things that we see are just shadows, we have no idea they're a lie
We may think that we are free but we are actually be the slaves of a world of illusions
And as long as we're left in the dark with the rest we're happy with our delusions.

But those that break through know slavery is not freedom
And shadows aren't really true.
The origin of all that's worthwhile and right comes from
Freeing our spirit from its previous plight.

You are just one among many that are restrained in that way
Seeing nothing but shadows, never light of day
Then by sure determination you somehow break free
From the cave and its change, and its a new world you see
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Uploaded: Aug 16, 2009 - 03:17:31 AM
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Feter said 2872 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
The Cave
Amazing ...its just floored me how you think of
these songs ..I dunno if this not finished what
would I expect you ll add to it ? ...on some
spots you used synth strings I would love you
used keys instead ...gorgeous vocal work as
always ...another nice and interesting so to
listen and enjoy and see how you work with it
kudos ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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tonestones said 2872 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
The Cave
Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate it. I found this link on the wiki page referred to above:

http://platosallegory.com/

It is a very cool animation of Plato's work.
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Feter said 2872 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Thank you !
This is amazing link !
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Reggie_Pole said 2872 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Nothing but shadows
I remember this from college days, back in the Age of Pangaea, as my kid says. Well, what an eclectic mix of styles, all handled with panache. You are a unique voice here, and I appreciate the privilege of listening to your work for free. I love the intellectual themes you're presenting. Always thought provoking.
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tonestones said 2871 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Mix of styles
I try to mix things up when I can. Sometimes you can't help getting into a groove and milking it, but I find energy in music that builds tension and releases it. Mixing styles is one way to accomplish it.
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Wummimann said 2872 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
yes,
great to have such a great musician here at mj. very good lyrics. very good music.
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tonestones said 2871 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Thanks
I'm going to post another song from my Father and Son collection soon. You may like it. It has a cosmic theme.
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awigze said 2872 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Father and Son
I feel close to my dad thru music too. Musical in every way... great dynamics. Can really sense a profound maturity in your concept of it all.
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tonestones said 2871 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Fathers
My father introduced me to music at a very young age. He was a classical pianist, but loved jazz. I could never play the piano like he could, but found that the guitar was my natural instrument.
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Calchas said 2871 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
All good questions! lol
Nice to meet ya Steve! Some great tuneage here. I LOVE Plato's cave allegory. You've done it a certain kind of justice.

Be well!
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tonestones said 2871 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Nice to meet you too.
This is a great forum for musicians. I'm new here, only a few weeks. I'm having great fun just sharing my music with other musicians. I've met some really interesting people here.
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah [Leonard Cohen Cover]
VicDiesel said 2871 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Mellotron?
The strings add an interesting flavour to the arrangement. Nice job. You've clearly thought about the arrangement.
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tonestones said 2871 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Mellotron
I love the mellotron. A good friend of mine has two. You can never have just one because they need constant repair if you gig with them. Me, I just use the sampler. Much lighter and sounds the same to my ears...
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah [Leonard Cohen Cover]
The_Shoe said 2871 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Been a long time...
After 36 yrs... you never cease to amaze Vick and me! Can't wait to assimilate more of the "Father and Son" series! Keep Jammin' Bro!
tonestones said 2871 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Shoe!
Glad to see you here. Thanks for the kind words. Say hi to Vickie and the kids for me. BTW, the 36yr comment really ages me... I've been telling people I'm in my 20's;)
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Daugrin said 2860 days ago (August 28th, 2009)
Cave Dwelling Questioner
Ah, my hat if off. You have raised the bar Steve. Thanks for sharing your tunes with us.

Daug
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Bob6stringer said 2853 days ago (September 4th, 2009)
Great tune; cool dad.
I dig the old parable, and the verse where the earth is the cave and the sun the fire. So - true story - these four blind men and an elephant meet these guys who grew up in a cave...

Some pretty crunchy guitar fx here, it jarred me, but I settled in. Do you think the vox might need just a little more high-end crispness and a little less lower/mid level? Maybe, maybe not, Great tune; cool dad.
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MarkHolbrook said 2807 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
wow
This kicks! The lyrics are really great. A very enjoyable listen with lots going on!
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tonestones said 2807 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
Thanks, Mark
Still seems incomplete to me. I need to devote more time to this one in the future. Sometimes it is hard calling a piece "finished". You just need to stop working on it and consider it good enough.
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah [Leonard Cohen Cover]
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