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Journey To Forty Acres, And A Mule Named Melody


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I've had this song for a while, something I tried after hearing Nina Simone's "Work Song" but not too similar really. Thoughts as always very welcome. And thanks for taking the time to listen!
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I was hanging by the river side
(Not by myself, not by myself)
Chillin' with my friends
And he caught me by the river side
(River side, water flowing high, my my)
Bound to send me on a trip, a journey
Don't know where, don't know where
You speak such strange words to me
(This is the King's English you must speak it)
Shall I go bring my family?
Shall I go bring my friends?
Or is this trip not for them?
Why me?...

And you plunged me down in darkness then
(Darkness, take 'em away)
You took my far away...
Took me years to get there
Now here I am on your big land
Can you tell me why you had to take me so damn far,
I could have done your work for free
Just tell me
You're gonna take me back some day O!
Some day O!

Why must I be here on your plantation?
(Quitin' time! It's quitin' time! It's quitin' time!)
Why must I be here for your celebration of those big 'ol rights you've got?
Those big 'ol,
Shops you got
(Why won't you take my money, I work as hard as you?)
I was waiting for the melody
But it ran away and left me here
(No forty acres gonna soothe my mind it's gonna take more than that)
You found me all alone instead
(Take my dime, take my life, O I'm running out of time...)
(Swing by Jesus come down and save me...)
(O I hope I'm gonna wade in the water tonight)
(My dear lord is waiting on the other side)
(If I prayed on Sunday would you save me Lord)

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Uploaded: Oct 30, 2010 - 10:21:24 PM
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2010 - 10:21:24 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 12:31:20 PM
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Ovation Acoustic, Macbook Pro, AKG Perception 200
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alackbass said 2598 days ago (October 30th, 2010)
Journey To Forty Acres, And A Mule Named Melody
Haunting! Love the lead vocal! The harmonies have that authentic spiritual sound. Impressive!
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BoiAfrica said 2589 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Many Thanks
Thanks so much, I appreciate the listen very much, I'm glad it comes off well, I was afraid it would sound random, or out of phase somehow. many thanks.
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michaeljayklein said 2598 days ago (October 31st, 2010)
Beautiful work!
I really loved this--what a great voice you have!
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BoiAfrica said 2589 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Oh blush
Thanks so much Michael, I feel quite blessed when I get that reaction, and I hope to keep working at it.
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perceptualvortex said 2597 days ago (October 31st, 2010)
Melody
This is really cool; I love the way it sways, and the backing vocals are all great. They're what make this song really groove. I like that the guitar and snapping are really minimal but effective--testament to how your voice alone is good enough to carry the song. Nice going man!
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BoiAfrica said 2589 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
WOW
thanks so much for that, I keep things minimal usually out of necessity LOL but I always have fun with it. Those voices were fun to do, I had to make some tough choices on what to keep because it started to sound noisy at some point. I appreciate the listen very much!
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DWL said 2589 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Hypnotic and haunting work
Wonderful song. Excellent singing and arrangement. I loved the lyrics and the interplay of the vocals. Very effective.

Impressive!

Cheers

Dick




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BoiAfrica said 2541 days ago (December 26th, 2010)
Awesome
Thanks so much Dick, I'm always excited to see your comments :)
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carlajpatterson said 2577 days ago (November 20th, 2010)
Oh Boi! I am in love...
... 'cuz coz, you is de BOMB! I am so happy that I saw your name/photo on another person's page as I was surfing through the site. They intrigued me so I came to hear what kind of music you were doing. WOW! If you ever want to do a collab, please let me know. If not, no worries, I'll still love you to death. ;)
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BoiAfrica said 2541 days ago (December 26th, 2010)
very thank you
thnx so much Carla, it is so great to get your comment. I am such a lazy collaborator, but after hearing you I think I would be a more disciplined partner just to impress :) Love the tone of a lot of your stuff, very inspiring!
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