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Fragile Men


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Hickling_Stan

 Genre: Acoustic

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A little solo song based on conversations with blokes in pubs and discovering quite a few had tortured relationships with their mothers
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Lyrics
Fragile Men

All the fragile men
Only just holding it in
Smiling on the outside
They fix you
With a rictus grin

Spy lethargical tears
Sliding from their eyes
There’s no flooding here
Just restrained
Desperation

Will this feeling ever go away?
Will this feeling ever fade?

Brown paper and string
Wrap up the important things
In their heads
But they just can’t seem to untie
The Know

He just phoned you up
To ask when you died
The last time he saw you
There was no spark of life
In your eyes

Will this feeling ever go away?
Will this feeling ever fade?

Praise them, love them hold them
Look at all the things they’ve done
I’ve done all this for you
Have I been a good boy
Mum?

There’s no end
To what they could receive
No amount of love
Could fill them empty hole
In their hearts

© Mark Spruce 2010
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Comments: 31
Fans: 21
Plays: 72
Downloads: 59
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Feb 03, 2011 - 03:29:01 PM
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2011 - 03:29:01 PM Last Played: Mar 22, 2017 - 02:29:30 AM
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Comments
mrattue said 2241 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Mid-Life Blues?
Powerful stuff!

The verse melody sketches out a sort of inevitable, childish dance to my ear, which complements the sort of helplessness and repetition well, and the loss of a defunct moment. Very clever, i think, as if demonstrating the absurdity of trying to be a child again to please a mother wearing rose-tinted spectacles?

Like the way the accompaniment occasionally has something of itself to say between vocal parts.

Sad song this, though, all the same. Even the question of the chorus, though more open melodically, is about something going away, fading out, rather than something better coming.

Were you all on the gin?

Thanks for sharing this. Good song.

Marc
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Hickling_Stan said 2241 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Cheers
it always interests me what other people hear/read into my/our songs. Thanks for listening
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neilh79 said 2241 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Fragile Men
Very powerful man. The instrumental parts are beautifully played the power you get in the bass lines to cause the atmosphere is just perfect. I like the way it transgresses as the song progresses. The short chorus works very well. Like this a lot mate well done
Hickling_Stan said 2241 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Thanks
Not one of thje most cheerful songs I've ever written!!
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Moviz said 2241 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Guitar
sounds wonderful Mark.... love that picking and very sympathetic vocals to go with the sensitive lyrics, which definitely strike a very strong chord with me (forgive the pun). Enjoyed, regards M
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Hickling_Stan said 2241 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Ta maurice
I suspect this one will strike a chord(!) with quite a few. Ta for listening
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jimmyrus said 2241 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Nice song
Great melody, the words flow well with it. Nice sound on the guitars, well done!
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ZoltanTougas said 2241 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Very interesting....
I really like the structure change between verse and chorus...unique and interesting to the ear. I also say it has sort of a Pink Floyd feeling to the chorus. Well done.
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ted23 said 2241 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
The
Description worked. I was playing the video to this in my head as I listened. Kind of time-lapse, beer glasses emptying, becoming more slouched in the seats, more depressed....
You paint a good visual in the music.
A cool song helped along hugely with you fine playing and vocal.
Hickling_Stan said 2241 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Cheers ted
maudlin drunken blokes in pubs.....you gotta laugh!!!
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ted23 said 2241 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Ha
Or join em!
alackbass said 2241 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Fragile Men
I really like the smooth guitar sounds. I had to look up "rictus." I love a song that builds my vocabulary. The acoustic guitar and 2 part harmony recall some classic Pink Floyd (which is always a good thing).
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Hickling_Stan said 2241 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Cheers
To be honest I wasn't sure on that one and i'm sure i made up the word "lethargical" but I kind of like it now though it might be a bit obvious if i use it again in another song!!
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Reinholt56 said 2240 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Hi Mark.....
An excellent song. Love the arrangement and the way it was performed.

Take care.

Paul
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hackneybloke said 2240 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
fragile men
hi mark - great to see this finally posted. one of your best....up there with lapwing. we exchanged many messages on this subject - i'm pushing mine over a cliff next thursday.

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Hickling_Stan said 2240 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Cheers Julian
might there be tickets for the great event!!!
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magnatone said 2240 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Fragine Men
Hi Mark - wowzers, this is just plain excellent! love these thoughtful lyrics and beautifully played - KUDOS!!
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Jarvoid said 2239 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Get a touch
of the Moodies come through on the chorus ...and nowt wrong with that......almost music to slit your wrists to !! Depression and all sorts of pissed off at life in general imagery abounds ....hey ,I cannot even think of a wisecrack for it ...jeez.


Nice one

Chris
Hickling_Stan said 2239 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Whoops!
Sorry Chris, this was a serious downer of a song....I'll make sure the next is full of tra la la's, daisys , butter cups and fluffy lovliness!!
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ste said 2239 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
wow
this is quite something. well played guitars, good phrasing. great lyrics, like the concept a lot. well sung too. faved
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SISTERS said 2238 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
mmm hmmmm!
that intro was a Thing of Beauty.
can't remember the last time i heard "rictus grin" as a lyric. 8)
the story, guitar, and vocal make for one delicious little gem of sound.
bravo!
anne
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DarkPlanet said 2238 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Fragile
Love the overall feel...your choice of notes, very nice!
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DWL said 2237 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Bleak stuff
I hope you use an electric razor.

Very well done. I like the change between verse and chorus.

Cheers

Dick
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Hickling_Stan said 2237 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
yeah ok
I'm getting the drift that this is not the happiest tune I've ever written Dick!!!
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Daugrin said 2236 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Strong tune
Enjoyed this tune. Thanks for sharing here.

Daug
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jiguma said 2236 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Moody
Lots to like here - "fragile men" are everywhere. You just have to look a little. Certainly resonates with me.
I really like this - you've done a very good mix, and the song is terrific.
N
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Briguy777 said 2235 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Rictus smile
Definitely left me with one. Great tune! I like every bit of it. Reminds me of Pink Floyd in a way. Thanks for sharing.
Brian
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smokey bacon jnr said 2233 days ago (February 11th, 2011)
Very true...
Yeah, I always feel like I'm trying to please my mum (even though she now has alzheimers and is in a home). Nothing is ever good enough - but I think that's a very common thing. Don't usually read lyrics that closely but this one is sooooo true. Nice one.
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thetiler said 2229 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
nice singing
and the background fits right in. Interesting arpeg's at the start and nice jangle feel to it

Thanks for sharing
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lengold said 2224 days ago (February 21st, 2011)
Beautiful
song Mark.
Cheers
Len

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pablatone said 2220 days ago (February 24th, 2011)
beautiful guitar
lines. good song. there might be a bit much reverb on the solo guitar in my opinion. but a lovely tune.
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