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Well, I've been away for a long time with work, and haven't posted anything for ages. I saw Dave (Lavalamp) wrote a song in a day, and I've tried to do the same here.... at least, the basics were written in a day, the whole track was done inside 2 weeks, that's REALLY fast for me.
No real instruments were hurt during the making of this song.

This is inspired by a difficult 2 months in England .....

Thanks to Walter/ Vic/ lisa for feedback on the mix, which I've since tweaked
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Lyrics
And now its dark
The summer was so cruel
They used me like a human shield;
They never taught me that at school.
And it rains upon
It rains upon my childhood
And now its dark
I just want to hear something good

I knew exactly what
I knew exactly what your thinking
I couldnt help myself
I knew exactly what your thinking

And now its dark
And always too late to talk
Give me the sedatives
Make me rattle when I walk.
So pump the panic in
I'll suck the beauty out
Now its dark
Within and without

I knew exactly what...

............

I tried to be a son
I couldnt let the horses run.
You tried to fix me up
But there's something broken in everyone.

Here comes the love
Here comes the pain
Here comes the guilt
Here comes the shame
Here comes forgiveness
Here comes the loss
I brought the wood to build my own cross
Song Stats
Hits: 3501
Comments: 49
Fans: 41
Plays: 254
Downloads: 104

Uploaded: Aug 22, 2010 - 01:10:14 AM
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2010 - 01:13:46 AM Last Played: Jan 27, 2017 - 02:44:22 PM
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Hardware:
Shure mic
Macbook Pro
Firewire box
Software:
Logic 9
Real Guitar (acoustic and Les Paul)
Addictive Drums
Alloy
Ozone 3 and 4
Comments
ted23 said 2556 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Nice
Mix and production is spot on in my ears.
I knew you'd hit us with a killer chorus but I'm digging the vocals in the verses very much.
Love your Addictive drums too, man I need to get me that package.
The Otto/solo section is brilliant.
Nice one
moorlandt said 2556 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Another gem
in your brilliant style. Yeah, the drums in the chorus work way better for me. Another one for the iPod. And perhaps we'll have to do that duet one day...
What's this 'Real Guitar' software, Steve? Is it a stand-alone app?
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echoroom said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Real guitar
... is a stand alone guitar app. A bit liable to crashing, but the sound quality is very good
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lavalamp said 2556 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Digging this
Terrific vocals. I'm glad I could inspire you in some way to write this. It doesn't matter how long it took you to write because this a giant piece of brilliance. I'm going to download this when I get back home. (I"m at the in-laws, on my wife's Mac now.) Bad speakers here, but it still sounds great.

Dave
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alackbass said 2556 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
And Now It's Dark
I love the way the parts mesh together. The bass holds this together wonderfully. Great vocal. Everything about this reminds me of Bowie at his best. Downloaded!
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echoroom said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Cheers alack
I'm taking over until dave Bowie comes out of retirement!
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Morning Light said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
And now its dark:)
Welcome back! This is so cool, resonates, well worth the wait!
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echoroom said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Lovely morning!
Thanks for dropping by, ML!
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billykirsch said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Steve
Sounds pro as always. I can't believe there are no real instruments. The guitar sounds really natural. Cool lyrics.
The outro hook is really really catchy.
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echoroom said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Thanks Billy
But listening to your tune, aint nothing like the real thing!
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magnatone said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Now it's Dark
welcome back Steve! instant download - i hope this means you'll be posting more here. this song is just awesome - love your vocal range and pretty much everything about this!
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echoroom said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Hi Karen
I've had a loong three months with work, but hoping to spend more time on my music.... I've also got a puppy cairn Terrier thats been keeping me busy!
Thanks for dropping by
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Bowman said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Just
when we think you're gone you come back with another winner.
I'd listen to anything you post Steve and get pleasure from it. This is really fine work with backbone. Wish you had more time to do what you do so well my friend.
Cheers,
Charlie
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echoroom said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Hey charlie
I've been away a while and missed your orchestral genius! Thanks for the props buddy
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fasteddie said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Sometimes the best stuff comes quickly
Wow this is really great. Why would I expect anything less. All your stuff is fantastic. Have you ever written a song that sucked?

Killer beat, Killer groove, Killer song.
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echoroom said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Yes...
... i wrote a song called Hideaway 2 months ago i didnt bother to post....good lyric, crap song!!!

thanks buddy
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Vic Holman said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
super
your going to be okay kid!

i like the tweeks you made to this excellent tune steve. yeah i like the oh vocals up a bit here.

thx for the d-load
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mike_d said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Damn!
Another excellent track. Really like the lyrics, especially the very last line- brilliant!
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echoroom said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Mix master
thanks mike - really enjoyed you flexing your new mixing muscles on your new track!
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perceptualvortex said 2555 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Really good
Of course it's good. You've got such a great singing voice Steve, and I would say you've got the touch when it comes to writing lyrics too. The instruments sound good too. And I like the drums.
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TobinMueller said 2555 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Broken
Great moody song about a broken person. Love the mix, the tempo, the concept, the arrangement shifts, the simplicity of the bell solo, the vocals. Really nice track.
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ktb said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
And Now It's Dark
Happy to see an ER post. I hope we can hear more soon. You say no real instruments but the backing tracks sound freaking great. Intense lyrics, but your delivery floats hope and light.
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MarkHolbrook said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
LOL
no instruments hurt... Any dents? LOL... Nicely done Steve... This is amazingly good!
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michaeljayklein said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Excellent!
Solid work throughout--thanks!
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racerat said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Stevie!
Back from the Dark Continent! Glad to see you back. I'll have to write a song this weekend to catch up! Been out of the game myself for quite some time due to the grind.

What a stellar tune. Your new guitar app is spectacular, totally realistic. The bass is killer as well. The bass that starts up at 3:20 is gut busting. Great harmonies. Another classic E-tune to to add to the iPhone!
Cheers mate!
P

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racerat said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Stevie!
Back from the Dark Continent! Glad to see you back. I'll have to write a song this weekend to catch up! Been out of the game myself for quite some time due to the grind.

What a stellar tune. Your new guitar app is spectacular, totally realistic. The bass is killer as well. The bass that starts up at 3:20 is gut busting. Great harmonies. Another classic E-tune to to add to the iPhone!
Cheers mate!
P

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echoroom said 2553 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Bass
man, i soooo miss working with you, cause now i have to mix my own tracks!

Hope you are well, and can give us a new song soon

S
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jiguma said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Love it!
Great tune, playing, singing, mix and taste ;)
That's a guitar app! Next thing you know there'll be pictures being sent by phone!
Great to see you back around MJ - difficult months seem to work for you.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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tokai said 2554 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
stevo
A difficult 2 months in Blighty. An apt theme. Your words as always are a pleasure, thought provoking stuff. Your backing track is clear and balanced, you can't do anything wrong. Dare i say a little bit of U2 towards the end.
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echoroom said 2553 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
U2
thanks Steve. U2? Yeah, well the best way to cover up the fake guitar was to put loads of distortion and delay on it!
hope all is well with you

steve
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RAVENS said 2553 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Wowzers
You have a great voice, diggin' that falsetto. Awesome track & lyrics. Terrific mix as well, great stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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Calchas said 2552 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
What a homecoming Steve!
Damn that chorus is HOT! But in fact the whole piece is a cornucopia of sonic textures. The rhythm section is tight as hell. The lyrics are dark and intriguing. The vocals are stellar as per usual!

From "I tried to be a son..." on to the end is some of the finest music I have heard at MJ in quite awhile. BRAVO!

Be well bro!
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DarkPlanet said 2552 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Great Track
Instant hit! Welcome back Steve! Great work on all fronts!
From production to arrangment... Vox go without saying
Glad to hear ya again!
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DWL said 2552 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
Classy work Steve
I see you're still on top form.

Nice to see you back.

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 2551 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
Really been
missing your music Steve - so pleased to see you post.
Love this.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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Carrie71 said 2550 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
Bowie
Man your voice totally reminds me of Bowie. Diggin this one. Great groove. Love you vocals!
Henke said 2548 days ago (August 29th, 2010)
Totally awesome
You're such a good singer, Steve! With music and lyrics like these added it's a sure hit, a fav and a dl, of course. So thanks a lot for sharing.

Take care,
Henke
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Psychikosa said 2545 days ago (September 1st, 2010)
Great
I really enjoyed this song. The whole thing. The lyrics especially. I liek the truth in 'there's something broken in everyone'. I'll be coming back to play this again. Thanks.
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Ed Hannifin said 2540 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
You always have solid songs to start with....
So I'd have listened happily to the acoustic demo of this, but despite your disclaimers, this has a nicely rolling groove that sounds pro, sounds like a band, and sounds nicely alive... It's never metronomic...

I always love your voice and phrasing...
egobandit said 2536 days ago (September 10th, 2010)
Sorry Im so late
You never disappoint, great mix crazy there are no real instruments in this if you didn't say it I would never have known excellent and downloaded thanks!
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RobLeBanc said 2526 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Creative
and well crafted as always! You and Philip were my intro to MJ, and I like checking in to see what you are up to. You probobly get tired of the comparison to Bowie and Iggy, so I won't do it. Oops! maybe too late!
Anyhow Steve, great as always!
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bud said 2525 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
I'm definitely not paying attention in class
how'd I miss this? So nice to hear your voice again - and in such a cool mix too. Great track.
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Einarus said 2477 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Very tight!
The production in this is quite outstanding.
I'm looking for something - some minor nit to pick - but I can't find anything.

That said - very nice writing, both musically and lyrically, and allover a very cool vibe.

Very nicely done!

-Einar Sv.
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Parichayaka said 2477 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Excellent!
Wow. Polished. Love the subtleties in the programming and the intensity from beginning to the end. Great to hear from you again.
The mix is balanced and sounds crisp and full and I love how you structure the various voices and instruments.
Vocals and lyrics are nothing short of compelling and the way you build the energy throughout the song is impressive too.
Hope you're well and distilling those emotions into a song helped getting them out of your system. What an excellent post.
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papag said 2477 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
If I could do this
Frankly...I'd be you :) What a great song. I dig it.

Fav'd and dl'd
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racerat said 2464 days ago (November 22nd, 2010)
the darkness
Hey Steve...I've been underwater with work for ages and am now coming up for air again. Can't believe I missed this gem. Your orchestration chops are as sharp as ever and it never ceases to amaze me what you do with your voice and a keyboard. The guitars are particularly spooky on this - and then the break out at about 2:55, well done. The bass at 3:24 is KILLER! Man it just builds and builds, excellent U2-ish lead at the end. Thanks, DL & Fav'd.

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woofer3 said 2426 days ago (December 30th, 2010)
excellento
I liked it straight from the off.
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Char said 2421 days ago (January 3rd, 2011)
Well,
I can only imagine the experience you went through that produced this lyric. I love the varied way you sing and the range you have. Very excellent back up chorus. And you can really play, too. A very important song that moves me. Thank you.
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timothydevine2 said 2291 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
hey dude
long time.
Macjams random song picker shuffled this tune up.
Great soun.
I lv it when aproject comes out quickly
lv it
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