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Winterlude - a late Christmas song


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DWL

 Genre: Acoustic

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I've been writing songs with my mate Richard Marris for a few years now. Some of them have made their way here (Muddy Fields, Motorcycle Girl and Monsters to name but 3) and here's another.

Richard sent me these lyrics just before Christmas and I threw a melody around them so quickly I thought I must have stolen it. I was so concerned a sent a copy to Jack who said he'd never heard it before but Harry Chapin came to mind.

If anyone recognises it please say as I'm sure I could not have done this by myself!

Lyrics - Richard Marris
Music - me - one take with an acoustic then added some atmosphere...

Not my best performance vocally but hopefully it does its job.

Photo is one I took last year.

Winterlude - copyright Marris/Langford 2009


"Vicki works in the Christmas Shop"
"Doesn't know where it comes from"
"But she knows when it will stop"
"When she asked about pay all they would say"
"You'll get your money Boxing Day."

"Huan wasn't happy despite her name"
"The factory that took big brother's eyes"
"Will take his shelter just the same"
"But if his tinsel target she can meet"
"She'll keep big brother off the street"

"We all need this Winterlude"
"When the days are short and cold"
"Bright and shiny in the gloom"
"Festive cheer, bought, stolen, sold"


"This is not a cosy winter's tale"
"The only jingle's in the till"
No crisp white snow just freezing hail
"Let's find out who pays the bill"

"A ton to look the other way" ( ton is UK slang for 100)
"Or they could steal it just the same"
"That's a lot on a shop guard's pay"
"But he didn't expect that smack on the head"
"His Christmas present, left for dead"

"Boxing Day it comes and goes"
"Only the criminals get paid"
"Huan hits targets but she knows"
"There's no Christmas cheer in her China town"
"Just a dead eyed fairy with a plastic crown"

"We all need this Winterlude"
"When the days are short and cold"
"Bright and shiny in the gloom"
"Festive cheer, bought, stolen, sold"
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Uploaded: Jan 01, 2010 - 03:58:31 PM
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2010 - 03:20:08 AM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 10:18:14 PM
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hackneybloke said 2734 days ago (January 1st, 2010)
Dude
you know i digged this the first time i heard it...i love the explanation of 'ton' for our american contingent. nice touch...you see how we care about you across the atlantic?
i liked the bridge but you didn't sell the end of it vocally and that's where it needs selling most. i preferred the earlier version of 'plastic crown'....i seem to remember that you didn't split it. anyway...a belter!
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DWL said 2734 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Thanks Julian
I wasn't convinced about the vocal but I couldn't get it any better!

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 2734 days ago (January 1st, 2010)
Wonderful lyrics by Richard...
that are going to take me a while to get my head around. 'Winterlude' is a great word.
Beautifully played and sung Dick, and I love the 'atmosphere', comes in just right.
Looking forward to buying you a pint on Weds - I'll bring a 'cockle' with me for it.
Definite download. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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DWL said 2734 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
I liked the lyrics as well
Richard did a good job with them. None too cheerful though....

Thanks Len, see you Wednesday (with cockle)

Cheers

Dick
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Feter said 2734 days ago (January 1st, 2010)
Winterlude
Very nice my friend ...I love this style wish
to hear more ...great vocal delivery here works
so good for this style ..perfect man ...thnx
alot for sharin !!!!
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DWL said 2734 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Thanks Feter
I'm glad you enjoyed (or endured) it as it's not the most positive message!

Cheers

Dick
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bud said 2734 days ago (January 1st, 2010)
Sounds like an original to me
and darn good one at that. Hell - we've all used the same chords - you did a fine job with them here. The vocals sound real good too.
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DWL said 2734 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Phew!
I was convinced I'd unconsciously copied this.

Thanks for the positive comments (especially about the vocals)

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 2734 days ago (January 1st, 2010)
non-traditional christmas song
i like this. great lyrics.
and nicely played guitar and vox's Dick.
there is a kind of Kinks influence that I hear.
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DWL said 2734 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Thanks Vic
S'funny, for some reason I adopted a vague American accent for this rather than my "English" one. I tried not to but for some reason it wouldn't work otherwise.

Nice to get the acoustic out once in a while!

Cheers

Dick

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echoroom said 2734 days ago (January 1st, 2010)
Brilliant lyrics
This is fab, Dick - the melody does sound familiar, but I cant quite place it. Anyway, I steal everything I do! I think your voice is great on this, have some confidence man!
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DWL said 2734 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Familiar I can live with!
Thanks Steve. It wasn't a great performance but I appreciate the sentiment!

Cheers

Dick
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racerat said 2734 days ago (January 1st, 2010)
pickin
Man, do I feel late to the DWL train... where have I been?

Great pickin on this gem. Just how I like my holiday songs a dose of sugar and a dose of healthy pessimism and schepticism. Well done, and Echoroom is right, don't be afraid of your voice man, very strong on this one. Belt it out!
P
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DWL said 2734 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Normally I'm not worried
about my voice but I tried a few different keys on this and I'm not sure I settled on the right one!

Thanks for stopping by and I'm just off to check out your latest.

Cheers

Dick
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Hickling_Stan said 2733 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Great tune
Sometimes the spontaneous ones are the best rather than the ones we slog over. This has a great feel to it. Reminded me a little of Fairport Convention/Richard Thompson. A lovely twist on Christmas
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DWL said 2729 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Thanks guys
much appreciated.

Fairport eh? My old heroes!

Cheers

Dick
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VicDiesel said 2733 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Good thing you posted this after christmas
It's kinda depressing. Well executed, though. And a good reminder that the simple things in life are hardly ever simple.
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DWL said 2729 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Bleak as well
I've still got a few more cheerful songs coming through....

Thanks for the listen Vic.

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 2733 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Love the way
you sing these interesting lyrics full of imagery that you manage to get hold of... nice bit of guitar playing too Dick.... enjoyed this little 'Winterlude', all the best M
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DWL said 2729 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Not at my best
but it all worked out in the end. I'll find the right key for this one day!

Thanks Maurice

Cheers

Dick
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MarkHolbrook said 2732 days ago (January 3rd, 2010)
A fun
and cool tune/melody with catchy lyrics... Great guitar work too!

Love this guys! I love how the chorus sounds with the backing work!
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DWL said 2729 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Thanks Mark
Not exactly fun lyrics!

I'm rediscovering my acoustic so they'll be some more picking to come with a bit of luck

Cheers

Dick
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cchaplin said 2731 days ago (January 5th, 2010)
This is wonderful !
One take... Wow ! Love the quality of the voice in this. Suits the lyrics so well.

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DWL said 2729 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
One take but
you don't know how many takes there were! I can guarantee it wasn't the first....

Thanks Chris!

Cheers

Dick


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eleveneyes said 2730 days ago (January 5th, 2010)
bright
and shiny in the gloom. that's just one of many great lines in this song. especially love the ambient additions in the bridge. great stuff!
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DWL said 2729 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Thanks Ray
You put together some decent words yourself I see. A very nice back catalogue there!

I really appreciate the comment.

Cheers

Dick
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woofer3 said 2730 days ago (January 6th, 2010)
Christmas songs
Christmas has past now as I'm listening to this but nevertheless it's still a good and valid song. Really enjoying this, seeing you tell how it really is. An evergreenmaybe, no,- definately.
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DWL said 2719 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Thanks John
Evergreen it is!

Cheers

Dick
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blaky smith said 2728 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Cool
Nice song Dick, very nicely sung and played. Your voice is perfectly adapted to this style and your guitar playing is perfect. All sounds very well. Enjoyable listen, bravo... And Happy New Year !
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DWL said 2719 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
And Happy New Year to you!
Thanks for the listen and the comments.

Cheers

Dick
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jibes said 2728 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Winter
song and late or not it's great! Love it.
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jiguma said 2727 days ago (January 9th, 2010)
Good one Dick
I've been late everywhere lately - sorry!
I like the simplicity of this amongst all the big productions. I like the way it seems so personal - would sound great in a pub over a pint or three, althoughas I'm a slow drinker, you might like to do a few other songs as well :)
Cheers from Oz,
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DWL said 2719 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Late?
You and me both!

Thanks for the comment. I'm not a slow drinker so I'd better be careful or by the 3rd song I'd be slurring and falling of my chair.

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 2724 days ago (January 11th, 2010)
Nice folk feel here Dick
It feels real - something I find in all good guitar songs. I love your effects on the bridge - deftly handled. Well sung sir, and clean sound.

Pardon for being late to the holiday party!

Cheers,
Doug
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t_bonemann said 2719 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
winterlude
awsome song! I can feel it. Nice guitar playing.
Bob Rodgers said 2718 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
A
wonderful song with some great lyrics.

Lovely guitar sound with some nice playing, I really like your vocals Dick, excellent!

Bob
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Monkaton said 1592 days ago (February 16th, 2013)
Good One
Good song Dick. The lyrics are poetic, especially the Winterlude.

Excellent guitar and production.

Thanks for posting.
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