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Generations


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Hickling_Stan

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Generations. This one came out of a conversation I had some years ago with a war veteran in his late 80’s. Over a couple of beers I found out he’d been a WWII commando and seen some pretty fierce action. What struck me though was how peaceful he seemed to be. He actually said that line, “I’m not afraid of dying and perhaps it’s time to go”.

This is one Steve and I play live every time we perform but we’ve never got around to doing a proper recording of it so we just set up a single mic. and played it live with guitar and mandolin the way we do in pubs, warts and all. Hope you like it in the raw!

Last year someone filmed us performing this under our other name of “Wherelse” and stuck it up on you tube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgQt5Tz5sd4
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Lyrics
Generations

I’m not afraid of Dying
And perhaps it’s time to go
For the world that I am living in
Is not the one I used to know

And when I look around me
At the generation my children bred
I wonder what their fighting for
And what goes on inside their heads

As a young man in my twenties
I saw things young men shouldn’t see
Widows crying, comrades dying
Famine and disease

But somehow I got through it
Got to get on with my life
Provided for my family
Provided for my wife

Back then we feared Big brother
But we always loved the sun
Now the situation is in reverse
And I wonder what they’ve done

Like my friends around me
All our fathers have died
We’re the older generation
And the road got a lot less wide

So please don’t think I’m complaining
Because I have loved my life
I have always loved my country
And I’ve dearly loved my wife
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Uploaded: Apr 24, 2010 - 09:09:29 AM
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2010 - 09:09:29 AM Last Played: Jan 27, 2017 - 05:25:42 AM
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Comments
Symphony101 said 2495 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Many good things
in this song. I love the lyrics and the thema you described. It's also great performance.
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Hickling_Stan said 2495 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
many thanks
glad you stopped by for a listen.
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michaeljayklein said 2495 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Wonderful song...
and superbly performed by you and Steve. This is a song all of us should listen to. As always, another excellent track--thanks so much for sharing your talent and creativity guys. Michael
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Hickling_Stan said 2495 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Many thanks
Praise indeed and much appreciated. Cheers Mark
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dave_b said 2495 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Generations
Great line to open up the song. Simple guitar/mando arrangement suits the song. Vocals are sounding good. A formerly unsung hero is now sung!
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Hickling_Stan said 2495 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
thanks
for the listen.
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Reinholt56 said 2495 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Hi......
I enjoyed this version and the U-Tube version too, although the crowd could have been more polite.

It's great to hear the mandolin again. I've been listening to Vivaldi recently (mandolin concertos) and this is a pleasant change to hear.

Take care.

Paul


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Hickling_Stan said 2495 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Noisey crowd
As you might have noticed we turned up and the PA didn't! so we just had to sing and play as loudly as we could!
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MarkHolbrook said 2495 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Sorry my friend
being committed to a therapy chair and one handed it takes me a while to comment on tunes. I listened yesterday and enjoyed this lots! Nice work man!
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Hickling_Stan said 2495 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Mark
Considering your condition thank you for making the effort. Hope you get better soon
Mark
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scofugate said 2494 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Amazing Performance
What great talent here. Love the flow of this
Kudos!
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ted23 said 2494 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Like
the story behind the song. It made listening a warmer experience. In my head i like to think the old man got to see you play this. I'm sure he'd have enjoyed it as much or even more than me.
I found it a sentimental piece and the fact it was just the 2 of you raw somehow enhanced my connection with the music.
Nice one
Hickling_Stan said 2494 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
many thanks
we always intro this one live with the background story and i think it helps. ta for listening. mark
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Bob6stringer said 2494 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
The textbook on lyric-writing.
Well played and sung. The shining star here? Your lyrics, which give us a clear (and of course, real) setting in the first verse that doesn't quit. What great lyrics. What works most for me in they make for a coherent story whether read as prose, poetry or sung. There are too many great turns of phrase to point to just one.
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Hickling_Stan said 2494 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Lyrics
Ta for your comments. Sometimes lyrics are a bit of a struggle and other times, ( like this) they just fall out of my head. I met this guy at lunchtime and by the time I'd driven half way home I had to pull over into a lay by and get them all written down!
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Dadai.2 said 2494 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
I like songs...
that come out of real life... and this one has weight and presence along with real enjoyable playing and singing.

You guys are good. Thanks for sharing this one.

D
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Jarvoid said 2494 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Quite poignant
Mark and the only thing I would add is that it is not just these really old guys that have seen changes ,and not for the better !! Or am I just a grumpy old man now ? Tho' not ready to shuffle off just yet, but get the sentiment.
Hickling_Stan said 2494 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Know what you mean
....we're the older generation and the road got a lot less wide....but not at the end yet I hope!!
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Hickling_Stan said 2494 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
meant to say
our other "old soldier" song was/is "Not Forgotten Soldier" differnet inspiration but a similar source. it was one of our early posts if you fancy a listen
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hackneybloke said 2493 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
generations
hey you guys...great track...and a really solid and clear recording. love the (is it mandolin?) instrumental. love the way you get to the end of the line and then shout 'yeah'....really catchy. the guffaw at the end is priceless...excellent.
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Hickling_Stan said 2493 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Cheers Julian
Yes thats Steve on his trusty mandolin...all live and the cocked up ending lead to the guffaw!....good fun recording.
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lengold said 2492 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Lovely
song and great performance. Really enjoyed the video too.
Cheers
Len

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Gaylen75 said 2492 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Generation Next
I spent much of my childhood in a resthome my grandfather owned and learned hard lessons early. I feel bad for the coming generations and what they will have missed for not hearing the voices of wisdom. Great song, in the raw.
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alackbass said 2490 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Sorry I'm Late
Nice portrait of the greatest generation. Great lyrics. I'm always impressed when songwriters present their compositions with sparse arrangements. Love the mandolin.
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Hickling_Stan said 2490 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Many thanks
We did do a "studio" version of this one and although it's "ok" it never really got the heart pumping like the live version. Ta for listening. Mark
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bud said 2489 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Real nice tune
Great performance.
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Moviz said 2486 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
There's
nothing like getting older for sharpening one's a sense of mortality as i've come to know, but I don't want to go yet...not afraid, but I just don't want it to hurt when I do go LOL. Nice sound with the Mandolin and all and good lyrics, regards M
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Yordbear said 2469 days ago (May 20th, 2010)
Excellent!
you know what guys..you two have something special! what another great song..this is a beautiful imaged piece and well played. hats off to you guys!# *Y*
Doug Somers said 2441 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Generations
The lyrics speak volumes. Lovely song lads. Cheers,
Doug
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neilh79 said 2244 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
haha
nice tune and a good watch on youtube!!
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