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Here's a simple little ditty, the first thing I came up with when I bought my acoustic guitar.
The music has been pretty much finished for weeks but it took a long time to come up with lyrics for this one.
What I've settled on here is, in a roundabout way, inspired by the characters in Ian McEwan's short novel, 'On Chesil Beach', which I can absolutely recommend reading.

Also, I will be uploading an alternate and more rootsy version of this song soon.
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Lyrics
She got all she wanted,
He got almost all he needed,
You were staying home tonight.

Tattoos, birthmarks and cheap perfume,
It's something he keeps from you,
Still, it's not something he feels guilty about.

He's gone the long way home,
Hoping you won't wait up any longer,
The streets are icy cold tonight.

Tattoos, birthmarks and cheap perfume,
It's something he keeps from you,
Still, it's not something he feels guilty about,
Because it's something he feels you've justified,
But you don't ask so won't hear any lies.

He wakes you opening the front door,
But still you pretend that you're fast asleep,
You hear his humming through the walls,
The bedroom fills with hallway light,
And now his clumsy kisses goodnight,
His fingers sliding down your neck.

Now he's had all he wanted,
And you've got almost all you need,
Except a man who stays home at night.
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Uploaded: Sep 26, 2009 - 09:37:34 PM
Last Updated: Jul 19, 2010 - 05:07:56 AM Last Played: Nov 15, 2016 - 09:14:09 PM
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Hardware:
Maton acoustic, Telecaster, Macbook 2GHz, Shure SM57
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Garageband, Battery 3, some NI plugins
Comments
scofugate said 2919 days ago (September 26th, 2009)
Great Tune!
I love the tone, mood, and arrangement! This is very well written and performed.
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dantimmermans said 2919 days ago (September 27th, 2009)
Thanks
I appreciate the positive feedback. I loved the mood of the music and that really helped me with lyrical direction.
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Feter said 2919 days ago (September 26th, 2009)
Clumsy Kisses
Great rockin track ....very nicely done ...
specially the balance between the vocal work
and the others ...well done ...thnx alot for
sharin !!!!
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dantimmermans said 2919 days ago (September 27th, 2009)
cheers
thank you again Feter, especially for the comment on the vox. I spent a little more time on this one and was really happy with the balance of voice and music. In past uploads I haven't really gotten that balance right.
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stevel said 2919 days ago (September 27th, 2009)
Excellent track
I really like this...one of the best alt rock songs to be posted here on MJ for a long time!
Cheers for sharing
Steve
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dantimmermans said 2919 days ago (September 27th, 2009)
wow thanks
that's quite a compliment, can you recommend any other songs/artists in this style?
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Mike_Lynn said 2919 days ago (September 27th, 2009)
Interesting
Dan, I enjoy this piece. Well written, performed and recorded. Very good guitar riffs & vocals. There is good quality in your voice. Cheers / Mike
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dantimmermans said 2919 days ago (September 27th, 2009)
much appreciated
I keep trying different styles to find something most fitting for my voice, so I'm very glad for your comments.
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eleveneyes said 2918 days ago (September 27th, 2009)
lush
great tune. love the lush mix and unexpected chord changes. Great stuff!
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dantimmermans said 2917 days ago (September 29th, 2009)
thanks...
...for having a listen and I'm glad you dug it.
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tempie said 2917 days ago (September 28th, 2009)
beautiful
man just love the lush production, the chimes, the atmospheric choral vox, that chorus is just stunning dude, sounds like the best old original emo stuff, before everybody started doing it, like The Promise Ring or whatever but anyway you're a talented guy.
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dantimmermans said 2917 days ago (September 29th, 2009)
The Promise Ring
I checked the Promise Ring out with the Nothing Feels Good record. Can't quite see the comparison yet, but there are certainly some good tunes here, can you recommend a release?
Anyway, thanks for your positive comments.
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racerat said 2917 days ago (September 29th, 2009)
giant
dan,
I am constantly amazed at how you create these giant expansive lush landscapes of sound. The guitars on this are really beautiful. The ringing-bell-keys are a great punctuation to the tapestry of it all. The break at 3:13 is huge. Well done!
P
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dantimmermans said 2917 days ago (September 29th, 2009)
3:13...
...not really sure how that part came about, seemed too much but I just loved it as it was. then I put 4 more guitars on it!
and yeah, the chimey bell things are something I've been using a lot lately, i think they bring a lovely character and definition to a melody. anyway, thanks for popping by and leaving such a comment.
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rustykangaroo said 2915 days ago (September 30th, 2009)
clumsy kisses...well delivered!!
OMG!! great job my friend!! great lyrics it's good you took your time with them...it really paid off! i always (most of the time) struggle with lyrics and like to wait for an angle before starting. this is a pro arrangement. it feels complete and ready for the lp or radio. clumsy kisses...what a great angle and title for a song. i see you were inspired by this short novel...well this song seems to have legs all its own, its great!!! you have a great ear for arrangement!! the vocals and vibe remind me of billy corgan of the smashing pumpkins.
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dantimmermans said 2914 days ago (October 2nd, 2009)
food for thought
the smashing pumpkins were definitely an influence on me (but only really the mellon collie album), so you've paid me a massive compliment there. thank you.
I think your approach to lyric writing would probably benefit me: i almost always have music written first with some dummy lyrics to placehold any melodies that come to mind. sometimes these find a place and inform the rest of the lyric, but usually they really hold up a song's progression because I don't want to partwith the lines I'd become so used to.
maybe I ought to just hum out melodies until a solid theme comes around....thanks, you've got me thinking.
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Willywagga said 2910 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Great
Really like this. Your voice works very well, lovely sound bed. Backing vox adds a nice wistful edge.
Guitars sound great.
I like it a lot.
Great book!!


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crissew said 2907 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Another really good one
Love the casual singing style here. Very modern sounding with enough retro to be hip. Enjoyed it!
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I grew up on Dire Straits, Def Leppard, Phil Collins, Paul Simon, and Eric Clapton. Then I discovered heavy metal. [long pause] Did the post-rock thing for a while, thinking my 'tortured' soul could could only express itself in chaotic guitar crescen... [see more]

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