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I wrote this song for a 17-year-old niece who stayed with us in Brooklyn for a few days this summer. During that time all she seemed to do is emit sighs about wanting to go back home to Pittsburgh, specifically because she missed her cat and her Mom.

To be fair, she had been living on the road for several weeks, sleeping here and there, before she arrived at our place, so her lonesomeness was understandable.

While here, she picked up my guitar and played and sang two songs (Nora Jones and BeeGees) - and the clarity of her pure voice simply knocked me out. I started writing this song for her on the spot.

Unfortunately, I was only able two work on two verses with her using Garageband before she left. After completing the words for the song, I made this demo to send to her.

So - you have to imagine this is actually being sung by a young women with a beautiful voice - instead of a croaking 60-year-old man : )
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HOMESICK GIRL BLUES (2010)

I've been living on the road for far too long
I'm tired of singing these blue highway songs
I miss my cat and I miss my mom
all I want to do is go back home

It costs a 102 dollars to ride the train
If I had the money I would pay the freight
It takes a 5-dollar umbrella to deflect the rain
All I want to do is go home again

You never know what you have until it’s gone
That’s a common cliché, but it’s oh so true
I’m still composing the words for my personal song
But I’m too young to be singing the blues

The midnight cowboys are trying to corral me
into playing their games
I hear fortune and fame calling my name
I see those lyrical lights on Broadway shining like poems
And all I want to do is go back home
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Uploaded: Aug 24, 2010 - 05:13:57 PM
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2010 - 05:13:57 PM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 01:17:24 PM
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Hardware:
Aria Pro II electric guitar, M-audio 49e keyboard
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Gargageband
Comments
michaeljayklein said 2614 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
If I had the money...
"Croaking"--hahahaha, you sound like me talking! You have a fine voice Warren--very youthful sounding. This was really very nice--good song and production and the lyrics are so easy to relate to for many of us. You both did a commendably fine job here. Thanks for sharing it!
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Warren Smith said 2614 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Brek-ke-kex koax
Actually, over the last ten years or so, my voice seems to have smoothed out a bit, for whatever reason. But I'm under no illusions that it's pretty. When I heard purity and clarity of my niece's singing - it was envy as much as altruism that drove me to write this for her.
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tmcfate said 2614 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
hello
i love this. the straight forward emotion. classic warren guitar tones. i missed your sensibilities here. yes it seems as though i am back at macjams with lots of new songs. so inspired. would love to come visit in Brooklyn some time had a wonderful afternoon last year.
tim
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Warren Smith said 2614 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Summer vacation
I kind of took the summer off from direct participation in Macjams. However, I have been listening to a fair amount of music using the Macjams Robo Radio feature, which allows for continuous play ... so I actually may be listening to more music from this site than ever : )

It's good to hear you are posting again. I'll be sure to check out your stuff. And who knows, maybe some day I will make it to Providence?
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tmcfate said 2614 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
fyi
downloaded
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crissew said 2614 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Dont know how you do it
But you can write a song about anything and it is interesting and fun. I can't do that. Not sure why, it always sounds corny and dumb when I do it and end up getting trashed. Well, another greatly enjoyable track Warren, great job!
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Warren Smith said 2614 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
True corn
Well, when I penned "I miss my cat and I miss my Mom," that seemed pretty corny. At the same time, it rang true, so I went with it. Same for the $102 train ticket. I had the sense that her petty plight was representative of bigger things ... and I tried to draw out the themes of longing and loneliness by grounding the song with those New York City references of "midnight cowboys" and the "lights on Broadway."

Don't sell yourself short. You write good songs. It's hard finding the right words. My general strategy is to keep turning phrases over in my head until something positive clicks.
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Jarvoid said 2605 days ago (September 3rd, 2010)
Well my
imagination is good .....buuuuut....seriously tho',it is a good song and with the back story quite poignant....I hope that your neice picks the song up ....



Cheers, Jarvoid
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Warren Smith said 2603 days ago (September 4th, 2010)
picking it up
She's 17 years-old ... and has no focus and many distractions ... so I really don't expect it to happen. But you never know.
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DWL said 2601 days ago (September 7th, 2010)
Late to this
Great fun and brilliantly done.

The edge of anarchy.

Cheers

Dick
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Warren Smith said 2597 days ago (September 10th, 2010)
Edgy
I spend more time on the edge of sanity than anarchy ... although maybe there's not much difference between the two : )

Thanks for giving my song a listen and comment.
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Calchas said 2563 days ago (October 14th, 2010)
Hey!
This sounds like it could be a lost Neil Young tune man...

Great lyrics and, personally, I find your so-called "croaking" voice rather endearing...

Thoroughly enjoyed!

Be well friend!
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Warren Smith said 2553 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
Not in denial
I'd be in denial if I said I didn't enjoy singing - especially singing when recording, where I can do take after take until I can get across an approximate idea of what I would like a song to sound like. However, I'm not under any illusion that I have an expressive tonal range or a tongue that can articulate the nuances of language. For that, I can only marvel at - and envy - what others can do with a song : )
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Char said 2556 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
Ah,
A good song about homesickness. I was reminded of the sound in the movie, Brother, Where Art Thou...bluegrass. Thanks.
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Warren Smith said 2552 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
commenting
I see you are now posting stuff - well, that you have been for a while now (where have I been?) ... so I will check out your stuff.

Thanks for commenting on mine.
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composerclark said 2554 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
102 dollars
Very nice! Sounds a little bit like Mr. Neil Young, which I hope you will take as a compliment, as he is one of my musical heroes.
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Warren Smith said 2549 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
102 dollars
It was funny - as soon as I heard the cost of the train ticket from New York to Pittsburgh was $102 … I knew that was going to be a line in the song : )
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drakonis said 2551 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
Great music
Love the lyrics, guitar work, and the back story... and your singing sounds a LOT like Neil Young. Cool stuff! Maybe she'll sing this for you/us sometime.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Warren Smith said 2549 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
Sounds like ...
If I sound like Neil Young, it's not a conscious imitation. I always seem to have a pretty good idea of what a song should sound like when I am writing the lyrics … and then I am usually surprised how different it comes out when I actually have to fit my voice to the music.
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dave_b said 2549 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
Homesick Girl Blues
I here some Grateful Dead/Neil Young in this. Some good lines "I miss my cat and I miss my mom", "The midnight cowboys are trying to corral me". The dynamics build nicely in the second verse. Vocs/harmonies work well.


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Warren Smith said 2549 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Story lines
My niece actually said, "I miss my cat." I just assumed she was also missing her Mom : ) Plus it gave me a decent rhyme with "home."

Midnight cowboys, besides providing a good place-reference to New York City, added some outside characters to the story and delivered up some word play. "Rope me," "herd me," and "shotgun me" were all considered, before I settled on "corral me" as being OK for the line.

Thanks for listening and commenting.
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Name: Warren Smith
Location: Brooklyn NY USA
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Born in a Minnesota blizzard, I'm now residing in a coastal heat of Brooklyn, New York City. I recorded my first original composition as a teenager using a reel-to-reel tape recorder back in 1967, and I'm still finding it a creative challenge... [see more]

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