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I've been wanting to do a trucking song - i grew up with truck drivers - my uncles drove truck and i worked summers in a distribution center. Everybody is a living breathing story but truck drivers are more obviously so, maybe it's the real wandering they do as metaphor for the wandering we all do, maybe it's just because so many of them are train wrecks and we can't help but stare. And along with all that i've had a buddy on my mind, he went golfing and when he got home his wife had left and taken the kids. That kind of thing happens all the time. Dads in this country get screwed all the time, every day. The guy now pays a fortune every month to his ex wife who is remarried and living a lot better than he does. And he only gets to see his girls every once in a while. It's a damn shame.

Musically, i'm still exploring what I hear as the tempie countrypolitan sound...
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Lyrics
i had a wife once and a family
woke up one day and they were gone
she took the kids to east kentucky
to live with her stepdad and her mom
i saddled up and kept on truckin
try not to think about it much
and when i pass through east kentucky
i hit the gas and pop the clutch

most time there's nothing you can do
most time there's nothing you can say
try not to think about it all the time
you learn to live with it that way

this aint the kind of job
lets you see much of your kids
i just try to pay the bills
fall forward like my daddy did
but it's a damn fine state of affairs
when without a so long, jim
your wife can steal your girls
and leave you pissing in the wind

most times there's nothing you can do
most times there's nothing you can say
try not to think about it all the time
learn to live with it that way
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Uploaded: Aug 10, 2010 - 08:17:31 PM
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alackbass said 2568 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
Keep on Truckin'
Sad story! Good song! Good lyrics. The horns give it a Memphis Stax vibe. The guitar sound at 2:48 seems a tad extreme and a bit out of place in the arrangement. Just my opinion.
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
all the good stories are sad
i love memphis stax. i could listen to nothing but that stuff. everyboody is going hard on the ramp up but i think it necessary to the song, it's a kind of resigned joy. i think i just need to mix it better, slide into it better maybe.
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ktb said 2568 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
countrypolitan
agggghh I just lost the longest comment I think I've ever typed :-)
summary = imagery master, new genre, love the tune, bad laws here in MA
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
that's happened to me more than once
maybe i should write a country tune about that.

i do hope it struck you as a new genre man, that's what i'm trying to do. those guitars that crash in there, that's all part of it, countrypolitan was all about emotion, big sweeping feelings and i want to keep that but add some 2010 frustration to it. glad you liked it man. and bad laws are everywhere.
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Vic Holman said 2568 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
dang shame
well, like ya say, gotta keep on truckin with the do-da man.

nice feel and imagery Craig. very countrypolitan.
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
yeah man
what else are you gonna do? put your head down and get back to work. it's always done it for me.
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fasteddie said 2568 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
No kiddin Craig!
It is a damn shame man! I know all about what youre talking about.

This is THE trucking song. Wild guitar tone.

Great production. great job!
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
that tone
is my new favorite thing. bit of phaser, bit of wah, lot's of raw distortion. sounds like an ebow run amok.
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michaeljayklein said 2568 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
Well done...
Very heartfelt delivered and produced song and track Craig (special nod on the lyrics!). Although to my hears, the strings at around 1:30 seemed a little weak for a moment or so, ya done great!
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michaeljayklein said 2568 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
PS
Thanks for the artwork--been a while since I've seen that familiar icon!
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
those strings
gave me a hard time. so did the acoustic. but really the strings. thanks for the close listen man i'll have to revisit that orchestra - lazy buggers!
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Bob6stringer said 2568 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
On the road again with "Mr. Craig Natural"
There we go, more songs about road-goers. This one's a pretty big departure, and fills-out the theme/repertoire with a really warm-hearted look at life. I really love what you're up to with this stuff, and this one feels so.. so... I just can't give words that you haven't already done in such a meaningful way.

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michaeljayklein said 2568 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
That was great Bob!
You really are very talented! I think we all copied the Robert Crumb style back in those days--you look really good all Crumbified™ and stuff there!
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
dig the portrait!
"i was a 15 zep head" could be a new russ meyer film. really glad you liked it man. i wanted this one to get across more than anything and it looks from the comments that it worked at least a little.
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Relic67 said 2568 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
east kentucky blues
another cool song! I like the lyrics which exemplify all that is good about the country song lyrical tradition. ie. honest, direct and hurtin'.
I also really like the (I assume) fingerpicking guitar part, if I'm not mistaken that's a bit of a change from your usual? sounds great.
I have actually been thinking of doing a tune with fingerpicking guitar, now I know I have to try it.
applause!
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
fingerpicking
yeah i took 148.3 takes to get that acoustic right. first of all i hate the tone of my ovation for stuff like this, it sounds great behind distortion but by itself it's outclassed by whatever i'm trying to do. then i fingerpick like an arthritic monkey. but now that it's done i dig it. you don't need practice, i've heard you play. looking forward to that tune!
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Symphony101 said 2568 days ago (August 11th, 2010)
Great work
Nicely done Craig, enjoyed this !
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
thanks for the listen man
glad you enjoyed it
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lavalamp said 2568 days ago (August 11th, 2010)
It's about time...
...someone came up with a new trucker song. Surprisingly laid back and sentimental, but no B.S.

Very nice song Craig. Enjoyed.

LL
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
the scratch version of this
used the dead as a template, it was REALLY laid back but i thought it sounded too derivative and it was so laid back that it didn't bite the way i wanted. glad you enjoyed it man.
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kingbee said 2568 days ago (August 11th, 2010)
man don't give a truck
Now if more country and western stuff was like this I'd listen to more of it.
Really like the lyrics and your take on this and the production and layout is top notch.
The guitar at 2.48 was maybe a little out of place but that's what made this an interesting song.
good stuff
cheers
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
mother truckers
i'm going to play with the mix/comp for that 2:48 guitar. it has to remain but i might lead into it differently. or maybe i'll just can the verse part and head right into the headbanging chorus bit after the strings. don't know. but it will definitely stay, i think the tune needs it.
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Hickling_Stan said 2568 days ago (August 11th, 2010)
Great Lyrics
Paints such a full picture without too many words. Poignant and heartfelt. it's the same over here by the way. Like a few others I'm not too sure about the guitar after 2.42 but the strings sound great as do your vocals. Top notch. Well done Mark
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
thanks man
poignant and heartfelt are great descriptors, that's exactly what i wanted. glad you liked the strings too, they were a hassle. the national symphony doesn't return my calls...
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davisamerica said 2568 days ago (August 11th, 2010)
"countrypolitan sound"
.... Craig this is really good .... really good.
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
thanks man
i always hope you like the tune. i appreciate the listen!
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RAVENS said 2568 days ago (August 11th, 2010)
LIS
"Livin' in sin is the new thing" well according to Britney Spears. I guess marriage has its pros & cons too. Poor guy!

This song is bittersweet. Great track & vocals yet sad lyrics. You've composed a terrific tune!

RAVEN ;-)
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
well
i guess life lessons from britney spears are as good as any. although living in sin is hardly new. it is a bittersweet tune, glad you liked it and thanks for the listen
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dave_b said 2568 days ago (August 11th, 2010)
Keep on Truckin'
I like the sparse soundscape. The resigned vocal realizes the bitter lyric perfectly.
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
that vocal
took a few tries. i didn't want it to sound like i was trying, i wanted it to sound natural, but it took a while to get into the vibe of the tune - i'm a generally sanguine kind of dude.
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magnatone said 2568 days ago (August 11th, 2010)
Keep On Truckin'
very cool, heartfelt and raw. great work craig - congrats on this. i'm sorry for your friend.
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
don't be sorry
nothing that can be done. and anyway he's not unique. best to keep on trucking! glad it struck you as heartfelt, i really wanted to hear comments like that with this one, as always thanks for the listen!
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ste said 2567 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
top tune
wish i could write this way. nice job - story and music go well
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
ha
man you writing your own way is a treat. btw, it looks like i've missed a tune. gaijins? i can only imagine. i'll have to check that out. glad you like the story, and the tune ... i think you probably understand the guitars too :)
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five_extra_arms said 2567 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
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That's what the google ad says under your list of hardware/software.

Disturbingly sad for dad. I too like the pure and essential country elements that you've included, but what I like is when you dump a warm bowl of tempie viddles over our heads at 2:48. That filthy dry guitar sound is exactly what I was thirsty for. I like what it turns into at 3:25. The sound of your lead guitar reminds me of that noisy guitar the Beatles used on Revolution.

The acoustic guitar parts make me think that you might've tuned that rickety old ovation of yours. Actually sounds pretty good!
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
tempie viddles
man i'm kind of disturbed that so few people got the guitar. i love it, but maybe i presented it wrong. i knew you'd dig it. but maybe you're too small a target audience ha. course not that it matters. would kasey kasem like it? i lie awake at night wondering.
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sloparts said 2567 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
Another one
of your great story songs Craig. Been there done that, for about 10 years. Got tired of being married to a truck, so I quit and went to do anything else I could.

Great song although I'm not too fond of the guitars right after 2:48 or so. But the rest is great.

Ed
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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
Ed
man i appreciate your comments. you might have quit driving but i can still hear it in your tunes. glad you liked the story and the song and thanks again for the listen.
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Daugrin said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
Ah, this is interesting
Thanks for sharing the track. I enjoyed the guitar bits.
The vocals are not haunting, but they have a great feel. The horn chart works too. Love antipop feel...

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tempie said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
antipop
don't know what that is, but i dig that it strikes you that way. really glad to have another voice in support of the guitars. glad you like the feel of the vocals too man, i spent a lot of time on that aspect. thanks for the listen
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Daugrin said 2566 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
antipop
Ah, so you have expectations suggested by a formula. Along comes tempie and he is using formulary components (horn line, drum sound, etc...), but the results are very different from the expectations.
So my comment describes the piece as a bold reorganization of the dominant mode of expression in this form. A compliment to be certain! Well done Sir!

Daug
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Lennon714 said 2566 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
Countrypolitan
Love this. Snapshot of the American experience in the lyrics and the music. Since you begged and pleaded: Here is my assessment of the Countrypolitan sound...

It challenges the listener. In a good way. In this song and East Virginia Blues you break the predictable style and shift in to something rock-centric. But in both songs, the edgier rock parts slowly evolve back to the original genre. That's what I think is most impressive about the sound. The initial shift really jars you, but before you know it, you're back to the sound you started with. It's like a magic trick.
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tempie said 2565 days ago (August 14th, 2010)
magic
for kicks i took an mp3 of the entire song and cut the distorted guitar part out. i have to admit it sounds just as good without it. i think i shot myself in the foot by doing a really straight serious job on the first part, with no 'tempieisms', and so the guitar part is maybe too much of a shock. i also think it's one of those tunes that has to have two versions. i'll do the acoustic only in small intimate venues and pull out the extended rock and roll version for arenas. there, problem solved.
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Lennon714 said 2560 days ago (August 18th, 2010)
Countrypolitanne
For the love... what the shit are you talking about? I just got done complimenting your style and you talk about how you're going to change it? What gives? Let me explain this in terms you mountain folk will understand. I don't want no more of them sloppy, slimy eggs. Sack up and take a compliment.
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ted23 said 2566 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
Love what youve done here
The jangly guitar and simple bass is really sweet. Had an everybody's talking vibe.
I really like this. The pauses and transitions are so nice.
Nice one
tempie said 2565 days ago (August 14th, 2010)
everybody's talking
i haven't thought of that song in a long while thanks for the reminder. great comment man i'm glad you liked it and thanks for the listen
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lengold said 2566 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
Wonderful
song Craig and a great lesson in less is more (I need to learn that). And in the middle more is more. Love the little echo touches here and there. Great performance and mix.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
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tempie said 2565 days ago (August 14th, 2010)
i don't know
rococo seems to work for you :)

glad you liked it len, as always, thanks for dropping by and for the listen
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Bob Rodgers said 2565 days ago (August 14th, 2010)
I
love the way you sing the vocals on this Craig, very nicely done.
The strings add to this very well, a nice feel with some good lyrics.

Bob
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tempie said 2563 days ago (August 16th, 2010)
this one
tested the limits of my sm57. it took 25 years but i'm finally convinced of the need to buy and actual vocals mic. really glad you like it, thanks for the listen
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Calchas said 2563 days ago (August 16th, 2010)
I agree
with what you wrote in your Description re dad's getting screwed. I've seen a lot of that. It's tragic. The American Justice system is an abomination... and it's getting worse... But enough of that.

This is a fine piece of work Craig. Nice guitar picking. Judicious use of keys. Love it when you start bringing the electric guitars in towards the end. The real treat herein though is your vocal. Well done man!

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tempie said 2563 days ago (August 16th, 2010)
hey, a vote for the guitars
glad you like that part man, i just listened again for the first time in a few days and i do really like those guitars. and glad you liked the vocals. i find that i enjoy singing a lot more these days, for whatever reason.
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TERRAPLANE said 2563 days ago (August 16th, 2010)
Enjoy
This tune much,, Excellent lyrics, top notch mix,,creative unique sounds in the instrumental section.. Just fab,, thanks for the DL

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tempie said 2563 days ago (August 16th, 2010)
thanks man
that's a great comment, makes a guy want to record another tune. appreciate the listen!
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tmcfate said 2563 days ago (August 16th, 2010)
yes
right to the point and very well arranged. the chord structure and vocal settings are beautiful.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2563 days ago (August 16th, 2010)
reading the comments
while listening for the first time made me unconsciously tense up waiting for the guitars at 2:48. I didn't know exactly what would be coming but I knew that maybe I should be scared.

When it finally came around it was less jarring than I expected, by far! I actually feel like it would have worked better to be more aggressive with those chords--more distortion, bigger in the mix, maybe a couple tracks of the electric, so you feel the guy's pain even more viscerally. After 3:06 or so everything's all right, it's just that one bit that seems "neither fish nor fowl," if you will.

Alternatively, you could make that bit faster-picked--more funk chicken-scratchy, to fill the space a little more.

Great sad song, by the way, and I really like the instrumental outro as a whole.
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2560 days ago (August 19th, 2010)
Truck you!
Dude, this is sweet. It's like a long lost Jimmy Webb song covered by Beck. Love the picking. Those single plink piano notes in the chorus and the strings, man the strings rock, especially the one beat stop, part way through. That dirty guitar sits wonderfully at odds with what went before and the outro just builds beautifully. This is a bit of a watershed in the Tempie sound. There's a maturing here of your overall musical vision that I really like. Keep on truckin'. Sorry I'm late to the party. Recovering from surgery so I'm kinda at 6's and 7's.
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tempie said 2556 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
that's an acute listen dude
from what i know of Beck, i'd guess he's a big Jimmy Webb fan. Always glad to see you at the party, late or otherwise.
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davidmurphy1899 said 2560 days ago (August 19th, 2010)
restrained emotion
is held back right to the end and then there is the great great greatness of the final guitars.this is a wonderfull song of again quiet depth under pinned all the way through by the hypnotic guitar picking.anyone can learn a lot from this song and i am q ing up to be one of them.will give it many listens.masterly
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tempie said 2556 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
i was actually thinking of your tunes when i wrote this
how you get that first person feel just right. really glad you liked it, happy to know you'll be listening.
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DarkPlanet said 2553 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Real
This is so good on many levels, I really dig the real vibe of this. You really break it down and turn it out, I truly enjoy that...You didnt take any shortcuts on the guitars, great stuff, way to go on the exploration!
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woofer3 said 2552 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
I am reminded
of Loudon Wainwright's Motel Blues which I love. I think this is a very attractive song and well performed.
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tempie said 2552 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
thanks man
you're a hand with a pop tune so I'm happy you liked it. thanks for the listen!
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jiguma said 2547 days ago (September 1st, 2010)
Love it!
You sure are versatile Craig! This could easily be straight off a modern country radio station.
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FlorryMcCarthy said 2544 days ago (September 4th, 2010)
Excellent
That wild guitar is excellent such a surprise takes the thing to a higher plane I love it I can almost smell that big old diesel engine I really love it
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davezero said 2521 days ago (September 27th, 2010)
crazy lo-fi
hello, the chaos of the songs changes illustrate the feelings well, and it is cool as it is. i'm sure if you wanted to spend anymore time in this mood you could work it up a little cleaner, but i like rough songs, they are the ones f my own i listen to 'cuz they are closest to the first feeling of the song. hilarious,
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