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One of the comment I received on this song when I first posted it back in 2008 was that I needed to stop being lazy, and do the harmony parts I mentioned in the info section.

Well I've finally got off my butt and finished the harmony parts for it even if it did take me over 18 months to do it. While I was at it, I did some other tweaking and remixed it as well. This is a hotter mix, with more detail in it.

So for those of you who like a tear jerker Country song, here's your sign. For those who don't listen up anyway, I think you might just like it, in spite of yourself.

All kidding aside, I do hope you like the new version.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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The Only Time
By Ed Wemmerus
Copyright 10-31-2008 Edward C. Wemmerus Sr.
All Rights Reserved
Key of A 90 bpm


Verse 1

I been working in this steel mill, nigh on twenty year

Workin' like a hungry dog, spittin' blood and tears

Got my family to keep goin', thru the hard times and the strife

It's an all American story, it's the story of my life.

Verse 2

Well my daddy came be for me, working in this mill

He showed me what it took to live, and I remember still

How he taught me how to fish and hunt, he taught me what was right

He said an good man doesn't need to run, or go out an pick a fight

Chorus

The only time I saw my daddy cry, was when my mamma said her last goodbye

He took her hand and gave her a smile, said I'll see you on the other side

But I could tell it did not ease the strain, of watchin' mamma lyin' there in pain

Then he kissed her on the cheek and said goodbye, and was never the same

Verse 3

My daddy's gone and I'm the family's man

It's my turn to teach my son, to help him understand

That the the only thing you really own, is your integrity

I'm working in this Steel Mill, raisin' up my family

Chorus

The only time I saw my daddy cry, was when my mamma said her last goodbye

He took her hand and gave her a smile, said I'll see you on the other side

But I could tell it did not ease the strain, of watchin' mamma lyin' there in pain

Then he kissed her on the cheek and said goodbye, and was never the same


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But I could tell it did not ease the strain, of watchin' mamma lyin' there in pain

Then he kissed her on the cheek and said goodbye, and was never the same
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Hits: 3010
Comments: 46
Fans: 23
Plays: 176
Downloads: 76
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Jun 14, 2010 - 10:42:37 PM
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2010 - 10:42:37 PM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 06:18:00 PM
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Hardware:
Intel iMac 2.0, Tascam FW1804 firewire interface, MXL 4000 Lrg Diaphragm condenser mic, MXL 603S condenser mic, Electro-Voice ND257b dynamic mic, Yamaha SY99 synth/sequencer, Peavey Generation EXP (Tele Copy), Ibanez RX49 (Strat Copy), Takamine GX200 solid body electric guitar, Yamaha RBX800a Bass, Laney HCM65R amp plugged into a Kustom KPC15 PA Speaker, some midi tracks I programmed along with some loops
Software:
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Comments
Char said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Well,
Ed, this is one of those sad but true, live and learn kind of song lyrics. You put a lot of feeling into this. It is really good. Thanks for the work and thought that went into the performance. :)
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sloparts said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Thank you Charlene
Glad you like the new version. It was a labor of of love, and and of course the goading I got about the harmonies not being on the older versions.

Thanks for the kind words my friend, and for stopping in to listen.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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alackbass said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
The Only Time
Classic country like Daddy played on our big cabinet record player in the den. Just a great great song. I love the instrumental arrangement. The fiddle, dobro, pedal steel, and teles add some real authenticity, as does your vocal. Did you play all those instruments? As for the vocal, your resonant lead vocal stands on it's own. I like the backups. But a lazy man can't write a song this good.
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sloparts said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Thanks Anrew
I remember those big old stereo units, they made a good place to set the 19" big screen TV on after the stereo quit working. That's back when vinyl was king.

Thanks for taking time to listen to the new version my friend, I appreciate the cool comments.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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tempie said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
i do
like a tune like this. I liked this a lot when you posted earlier and i like it even more now. I like the detail in the mix (the rhythm guitar - the distorted track with the slight tremolo - sounds especially great). the harmony is really nice and homey, it's a great addition.
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sloparts said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Thanks Craig
Glad you like the way the new version came out. It needed the harmonies, and while I was in there it needed remixing too. Didn't make a lot of changes in the mix, mostly just tweaked what was already there to build a little more intensity into it.

Thanks for coming back to have a listen to the new version Craig.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed

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five_extra_arms said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Crazy Heart
I just watched Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges and really loved that outlaw brand of country-western music. The slide guitar, the twangy guitar, the fiddle playing...

This coulda been on that soundtrack.

Really love everything about this tune.

Thanks for the download!

Bob
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sloparts said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Thank Bob
I would not have minded if they'd included this in "Crazy Heart", but alas they never call anymore.

Thanks for the great comments Bob, the are appreciated. I'm glad yo came to listen and enjoyed the new version.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Classic tear-inducer
Great mix, great tune. Never heard the original version--but it's funny, I think the vocal harmony is my favorite part, it's just perfect. Did you really play steel guitar and fiddle on it?
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sloparts said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Thanks mike
I really appreciate the comment on the Harmony parts, I wasn't sure if they worked or not.

As for the Steel and Fiddle, no I didn't, I took some loops and cut them up until I had what I needed for the song Sorry about that, but a guys gotta do what's best for the song.

Thanks for listening and the great comments my friend, they are appreciated.

Be well and be cool, Mike

Ed
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stevel said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Crazy 'Art
Great stuff....are you Willie Nelson incognito perchance? Digging that pedal steel!
steve
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sloparts said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Thanks Steve
God, I wish I were as good as Willie, although if I have a choice, I'd still rather be me. That's a very nice thing to say, Steve, and I do appreciate it, but no I'm not.

Thanks for listening and that great comment my friend. You just made my day.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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Moviz said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
And....
it was worth waiting so long for that harmony Ed... classy. Love the steel and the clarity of the recording as well as the lyrics and song of course. Looking at the 'Hardware' list on the right here... I think you're a better man than me to understand it all and also come up with a great sound like this LOL, regards M
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sloparts said 2719 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Thank you Maurice
It was a long wait, but I finally got to it.

As for all that equipment, I never said I knew how to use it all, just that I have it all. Silly me, leaving that part out.

Thank for the kind words my friend, glad you enjoyed the new version.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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jdholliday said 2718 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
well you know
I'm a big fan of your work and this is no exception, this is real country! Great arrangement love the vocals, they fit perfectly, as do the harmonies, looooove that steel guitar sound!
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sloparts said 2718 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Thanks Jim
Glad you enjoyed the remake of this oldie. Only been trying to get it right for a couple of years now, but this time I think it works.

Thanks again for the listen Jim, I appreciate the kind words you left for me.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
dave_b said 2718 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
The Only Time
Heartfelt lyric and authentic well crafted country style arrangement. The vocal fits the lyric like a glove, and the harmonies are worth waiting for. Like that pedal steel especially!
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sloparts said 2718 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Thanks Dave
It was and is a song worth going back to and adding the harmonies to. It took a while before I finally got it done, but I feel better now that it's finished.

Thanks again for listening Dave and for the very kind words about the song. I'm really glad you liked the way this version came out.

Be well and be cool, Dave,

Ed
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davisamerica said 2718 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
where the heck
did my comments go and better still...did i post them ?? well here we go again.... pure country and excellent track. Steel guit is reall wonderful and the fiddles are perfect. Ed.... kudos man
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sloparts said 2716 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Well there Jack,
I saw that you fav'd it, but I didn't see your comment. I figured you were on the way out the door or something and didn't have time for anything but a listen.

But now I see you suffer from the same thing I do, OFD (Old Farts Disease) Hell, I do that more than anyone knows, and I never fess up to it. - (I didn't just say that, so erase, erase, erase)

;-)

Anyway, thanks for dropping in for yet another dose of "The Only time". Glad yo enjoyed the new version and especially the Steel & Fiddle parts. I do appreciate the kind words, and the listen.

Thanks again Jack, See you in 3 weeks and 2 days.

Ed

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Feter said 2718 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
The Only Time
You production is just a very tight net which
I admire so much ...beside all the real authentic
sound which many lack of and you has it all made
anything you do just a treasure ...kudos ..thnx
alot for sharin such gem !!!!
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sloparts said 2717 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Thank you Feter
Glad you got to hear the new version my friend. dajama encouraged me to do the harmonies back in february of 2009 when I posted that version, but it took till now for me to get off my butt and actually do them.

I'm please that you enjoyed this one Feter and I appreciate the listen and the kind words.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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magnatone said 2718 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Only Time
i totally see what FEA means about the soundtrack to "Crazy Heart" - this is excellent work Ed!
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sloparts said 2717 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Thanks Karen
If only they had called me, I would have ben happy to let them use it in the movie. (for a nominal fee of course)

Glad you liked the new version Karen. thanks again for the great comments.

Be well and be cool my friend

Ed
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kipak said 2718 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Nice vocals
Nice vocals and lyrics. I think you got the arrangement and genre down well. Youve got a nice baritone going there which really suits the song. Really good job telling a story through music.
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sloparts said 2717 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Thank kipac
I appreciate the kind words and you're taking time out to listen. I wrote this song to express how life changes and we have to move on and learn form the events that threaten to tear our lives part.
It's a story as old as mankind, and this is how I see it.

thanks again for listening kipac.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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scofugate said 2717 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Ed
Just like the old days when cars had carburetors and the high beam switch was on the floor.
LOVE IT BRO!!!!
Takes me back to the days when my parents took me to Dollywood (silver dollar city then) to watch Con Hunley concerts!!
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scofugate said 2717 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Oh yes I saw
Moe and Joe as well.---we will see who remembers those guys.LOL
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sloparts said 2717 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Well, we are old now Scott,
or at least I am so it fits that I'd be doing this particular brand of Country music.

Thanks for listening my friend, and for what you are doing on bandcamp. I can't tell you how much that means to me.

Be well and be cool, Scott

Ed
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sloparts said 2717 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
I've never been to Dollywood,
much less Silver Dollar City, so I have no idea who Moe & Joe are. I get the impression from the way you say it, that they did some kind of comedy routine.

But I'm willing to bet there are others on here at MJ that do know.

Be well my friend,

Ed
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sloparts said 2717 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
I do remember
Moe Bandy, and Joe Stampley also sounds very familiar to me. I didn't know that was who you were talking about with the Moe & Joe comment.

Ed

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scofugate said 2717 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Ok I had to do it! "Moe and Joe"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch41ZEtGIe4

This is the time and place your music takes me.
A wonderful time for country music. Thanks Ed for keeping it alive!!
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FEEL said 2717 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
The Best
You're the best Country on macjams. Fantastic tune.
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sloparts said 2717 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Thanks John
Don't know what to say to that except thank you. Glad you liked the new version. It only took me 18 months or so to get off my butt and do the harmonies for it, but they'r done now. I like the way it sounds, but it would have been even better with a couple of ladies doing some of that harmony along with me.

Thanks again for the kind words John, and for listening. Hope to see you in Texas come July, but I know you have plans for that weekend.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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Doug Somers said 2716 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
Well the 18 months was sure worth it then
Great song Ed. I hope that you had fun during that time, cause this is a first class example of country. (Aren't you already in the hall of fame?).

This is quite the production - it sounds so good that it becomes like radio tunes - you don't realise all the hard work that goes into making it sound that good. And clearly there's a lot of work and talent here.

Thanks Ed. Good one!

Doug
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sloparts said 2715 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
Thanks Doug
Sometimes it's hard to make yourself go back and work on a song that just needs those last few little things, in this case the harmonies and a final remix to finish up the song completely. As jiguma (Neil Porter) calls it, "doing the hard yards) and finishing up the song.

But since February of last year, when I posted the last version of this song, the words of another of our MJ friends, dajama, (David McGuire), kept ringing in my ears, He said in his comments on the song, "Hope you do the harmonies sometime. Let me know!".

Finally after all this time I sat down and put the voices of these two great MJ'ers to rest, and did, "the hard yards". Now, I'm glad I did, so thank you Neil and David for giving me the push I needed to stop being so lazy.

I remembered that once told a young man who was working with me as a singer, and had a tremendous amount of natural talent, that success in the music business was base on about 10% talent, and 90% hard work.

I told him this right before I fired him because he wouldn't do the hard work it took to be successful. I heard later that others that had recognized his raw talent and hired him, had also done what I did and let him go for the same reason. I guess he didn't believe me, or them either.

Now, I'm the one who should be listening to that advice.

Anyway Doug, thank you so much for the listen and the great comments. You made me think of things I already knew about this craft called song writing and music production, but was failing do because I was being the "Lazy", one.

I'm very pleased that you liked the song, and by your comments, made me remember the words I'd spoken to this young man, but forgotten to heed myself on this song.

Be well and be cool my friend.

Ed
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Vic Holman said 2715 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
yes i do like the update
harmony parts really give the song the full treatment. excellent song, very pro if you ask me.
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sloparts said 2715 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
Thanks Vic
Hey, I like the new avatar1

I just couldn't bring myself to do the harmonies for a long time. But now they're done and I can move on. I do like the way it sounds now, but it would sound even better with a couple of the Ladies of MJ adding their beautiful voices to the harmonies.

Thanks for coming back for another listen Vic, it is appreciate, as are the kind words.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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michaeljayklein said 2713 days ago (June 20th, 2010)
Good job Ed!
Normally, country is on the other end of the scale as far as my listening habits but I can appreciate good work in any genre. The lyrics are especially excellent and you delivered them with a fine reading.
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sloparts said 2713 days ago (June 20th, 2010)
Thank you Michael
I'm all over the place genre wise, except I'm not much into Electronica, Hip-Hop, or Rap. I like telling stories in song, so I can really appreciate what you're saying. We do share that love for quality lyrics and a well put together piece of music, just at opposite ends of the musical spectrum.

Thanks for listening Michael and the kind words. I'm pleased that you like how the new version turned out.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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hackneybloke said 2713 days ago (June 20th, 2010)
the only time
hey ed. wow....a real unashamed country and western song. i don't think i'd be on scribbling terms with a proper C&W songwriter. this is fantastic. you put johnny cash in the corner...especially with the line about a man not having to have to raise his fists in order to settle something....unlike his "coward of the county" which advocates violence under the guise of 'standing up for oneself. i know i shouldn't have smoked that stuff earlier. great track...great delivery...sold.
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sloparts said 2713 days ago (June 20th, 2010)
Sometimes I do Country
and sometimes I'll do something from the other end of the musical spectrum, like Blues,, Rock, Funk, or maybe even some light Jazz or classical. Never know what I'm gonna do with a piece of music until it's done. That said, I do like to put together a good Country song when I can come up with the lyrics.

Thanks for listening, glad you enjoyed the song. I appreciate the kind words, Julian. (by the way, I have an Uncle and an older brother named, Julian).

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed

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PockBluesman said 2709 days ago (June 24th, 2010)
Only Time
Love the slide guitar. This works so well on all leves Ed Great Work. Your vocal remind me of Rodger Whittaker " If youv'e hear of him. And suit this down to the ground.
Really Enjoyed it
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sloparts said 2708 days ago (June 25th, 2010)
Oh yeah, I know Roger Whittaker
Used to listen to him years ago. He had quite a voice he did.

This is just a little song about life, but I like it myself. Not autobiographical mind you, but close to home never the less.

Glad you enjoyed the song Bluesman. Thanks for listening and the kind words on it.

Be well and be cool,

Ed

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tmcfate said 2692 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
well done
love the steel pedal. wish i had one. great timing and harmony. well done
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sloparts said 2692 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Thanks Tim
Glad you like the Steel and the rest of the song too. Thanks again for coming to listen, and for the kind words about the song.

I look forward to listening to your work, as soon as I catch up on all that's been going on around here lately.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed


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I've been playing guitar since 1962. Over the years since then, I've also learned to play Bass, Drums, and Keyboards, as well as playing the Guitar. I live in western Arkansas now, and I am retired. I'm just kickin' back with my new found freedom, ... [see more]

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Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music. Howe

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