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This started from a desire to write something in 5/4. I made a few basic drum loops as a starting point and then went about the usual process of developing the instrumental track - all pretty simple so far, including getting some brilliant keys tracks from John Libby (ktb)! Melody was a big issue, as well as lyrics - couldn't for the life of me decide on either. A whole set of lyrics was written and abandoned and i was stuck in writer's block land.

Then we had the cyclone in North Queensland, and knowing a couple of people caught up in it, the lyrics started to simplify and develop into something special. The words you see here came in an hour or so. To top it off, my wife Jan capped the chorus harmonies.

So, it's in 5/4 and it's about a cyclone.

Huge thanks to John for providing the keys, and Jan for her high harmonies.
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Lyrics
Under The Southern Cross
©2011 Neil Porter

Dark night
Under the Southern Cross
Hold tight
Hold tight

Star bright
Look at the things we lost
Do right
Do right

Dark night
Under the Southern Cross
Hold tight
Hold tight
Hold tight

Big rain
Out of the southern sky
Big fright
Big fright

Hard pain
After the longest dry
Not right
Not right

Dark night
Under the Southern Cross
Hold tight
Hold tight
Hold tight

Hold tight, hold tight

SOLO

Don’t know
How much it’s going to cost
Hold tight
Hold tight

Can’t say
How many lives are lost
Hold tight
Hold tight

Dark night
Under the Southern Cross
Hold tight
Hold tight
Hold tight
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Fans: 59
Plays: 223
Downloads: 75

Uploaded: Feb 06, 2011 - 05:33:24 AM
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2011 - 06:50:38 PM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 12:08:33 PM
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Hardware:
Fender Tele
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Comments
Symphony101 said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Firsties !
:-)
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Symphony101 said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Neil,
I think this song is becoming my fave of yours. Beautifully done arrangement, great vocals by Jan and yourself and John is just awesome on the keys !

Thx for the download.
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jiguma said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Thanks Yves
You win the firsties prize! Thanks for the comment - the arrangement was a bit of a challenge, as the usual verse/chorus separation seemed so much more difficult to get around in 5/4 for some reason. John is very good at this stuff.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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KCsGROOVE said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Good song!
Love that rambling bass!
Cool guitarwork!
The keys nicely intertwined
Dig it!
KC
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jiguma said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Cees
Glad you enjoyed the tune - thanks for having a listen. John was responsible for piano, B3, kalimba, strings and a chirpy synth - I love playing with a good keyboard player, it just fills everything out so well.
N
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neilh79 said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Southern Cross
Really good tune dude enjoyed the melodies and a great vocal. Floyd influences abound, well done
lavalamp said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Excellent
Appreciate the 5/4 and the excellent bass sound on this. Despite the topic and lyrics, I found this laid back and mellow. Reminded me a bit like early Police.

Cool tune Neil,

LL
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sloparts said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
An unusual meter to work in,
but you pulled it off admirably, Neil. John's keys and Jan's vocals add another dimension to this that help it to work and work well.

I really like how the lyrics came together, and the inspiration for them speaks to something real and sad, without being morbid.

An excellent song, even if it is in a rather strange meter, Neil. Kudos to all of you for a job well done, my friend.

Ed
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alackbass said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Under The Southern Cross
Very good track Neil. Usually odd time signatures lead to crazy progressive rock riffing. But I like how you managed to stay true to your bluesy rock roots. The production and mix are wonderful. I really like the throbbing bass. Your tele sounds sweet and the solo was really good. Great tone and tasteful note choices.
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MarkHolbrook said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Very cool
Neil! Loving it!
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Cori Ander said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
It is
just crazy how time after another the most terrible weather occasions affects your continent ... it's getting me a bit nervous.

And:

Just a fantastic piece of music! Amazed at how you handle the 5/4. This is by no way any easy thing to do (personally I have never even tried but I can vividly imagine). Anyway, the song is digested by me as among top three or so of all your songs so far (and you already know how much I dig your creations). In sum, I realldy dig this one a top lot.

Johannes
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lholden said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
5/4!
What a great challenge... to write a song in 5/4. I love the lyrics, Neil. Your wife has really done a great job on the harmonies and I simply love the keys. The production is fantastic, as usual, with really groovy bass. Cyclones sure are scary!
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magnatone said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Under the Southern Cross
Hi Neil - this is just AWESOME!! Quintessential Neil in unusual time sig - only YOU could do that! such an interesting story of how this came about, and kudos to Jan for the stellar job here!
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Calchas said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
5/4!!!
Love the rhythm of this... The bass drives things along nicely. The keys gently but firmly underscore the seriousness of the theme. Your vocal delivery sounds just right for these lyrics. Soloing is tasty and fits like a glove. Geez! What's not to love?

Be well friend!
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SJB said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Nice one
The bass drives this with a sense of foreboding with a whiff of doom in the air - which given th subject matter works a treat. Faultless performance, recording and mixing.
Cheers
Steve
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Hickling_Stan said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Reflective
A song about a hurricane could so easily lead to some mad thrashing but this has all the more power for holding back and sticking to that 5/4 time signature. Love the "Hold Tight" line and as always the guitar is wonderful. Cheers Mark
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jdholliday said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Hello Neil
you have 117 songs+? That's amazing, quite a body of work, well your hard work has really paid off, everything I've heard is top shelf, you are one of the artists here that I really admire, you consistently deliver the goods and always with class and style, what a fitting song with a great hook message, "Hold Tight" I think what I like most about your music is that it is grown up music, it shows a maturity, so tastefully done. One of all time fav's of yours Neil. John really sealed the deal on this song and your wife sounds great.
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apb said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
I like how the..
time signature kinda keeps you on your toes and is unexpected: very fitting for the nature of such adverse and hard to predict weather systems.
It grooves along very well- all in all very enjoyable and different tune. Catchy too.
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Moviz said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Always 'Blown Away'
(Forgive the Pun, when there have been such dire conditions prevailing over there) by your song, performance and production Neil.... the lyrics though strong with meaning, are about the most minimal I ever heard from you LOL, but fit the song and rhythm perfectly...... another good one, regards M
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SISTERS said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
cool trip
i REALLY like these minimal lyrics = they just work a tasty treat.
i love John's contribution - nobody does a chirpy synth like he does. 8)
you're singing great here, Neil and your harmony is right on. But I don't hear Jan - i'm tryin! wonderfully solid piece of music.
anne
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jiguma said 2330 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Annie
Hi Big Sis!
Minimal lyrics are the new saviour for me for live playing - although I am now able to remember all the lyrics to most of my songs that we do live, I decided to start making life easier for myself sometimes. Despite not really expecting this would become part of our live set, we had a first run at it at rehearsal yesterday and it came up really well - lots of space between lyrics to get your breath (and your bearings). John's contributions always work, and if I get him in early on, they give me lots of ideas for other aspects of the song. Jan is definitely there - I went for the "wall of voices" approach a bit here (a little clumsily perhaps) - top harmony. Thanks for listening - I'm waaaaaaay behind in listening at the moment, so I appreciate anyone who gets here for a listen and comment - you especially.
Hope all is well in Anne-land.
:)
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Ed Hannifin said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
I like....
...that the rhythm and tune sound natural and flowing and not like, "Hey, look at me--I'm in 5/4!!".... The vocal works against the drum pattern without being fixed to it, which is pretty neat.... While the bass stays with the drum pattern and underpins everything....

Your mix and arrangement sound really good to me.... I continue to enjoy the evolving jiguma Tele approach.... The keyboard bits fit the song well and yet have a nice ear candy quality, not being always the same, and never sounding gratuitous.... Very neat ending, too....
Ed Hannifin said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Let's see....
Two continents hit by enormous storms this past week.... Could it be.....

Nah.
ktb said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
5/4
This might be my first. An off time newbie so to speak :-) You were gentle Neil. Actually, I'm thrilled the way you took the one midi track and applied all the cool sounds. Great ear sir. Also thanks for fixing my clams..lol..love the midi. Oh... & I dig the ending.


Hope all affected by the storm are getting the help they might need.



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jiguma said 2329 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Great job John!
I really appreciate your ear too John - not to mention the speed you get these tracks back to me. On this I used your piano/strings track as well as a few different versions of your midi track (with some tweaking to get a bit of harmony happening).

Glad you enjoyed the ending - I was pretty pleased with myself when I thought of it.

Hopefully there will be more collabs to come - you're not thinking of emigrating to Australia by any chance? :)

Cheers,
Neil
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egobandit said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Wow
love all the space in this, what a great arrangement well played by all! love it blown away!
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jiguma said 2329 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Thanks Tim
You want space - wait til you hear the band version :)
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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PeterB7858 said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Droughts and flooding rains..
Hi Neil. We certainly are taking a battering at the moment. But that is Australia - Beautiful One Day, Disaster The Next (or so it has been lately).
Now to the song... This is a fantastic song! Love the way the 5/4 adds real interest but doesn't sit up and say look at me. The throbbing bass lines and the minimalist lyrics suit the mood of the song perfectly. John's keys fit in nicely and Jan fills out the "chorus" wonderfully. I also really like the tone you dial up on the tele but perhaps was waiting for the guitar solo to build into a blistering, cyclonic finale.
All that said, congratulations to all concerned on a fantastic song. Production is absolute first class. D/Led. Regards, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
southern cross
5/4 works very fluid here, i wouldn't of really noticed. the bass pattern is great!. the multiple vocals on the chorus sounds great as well and big.

John does a excellent on the keys and rounds out the song nicely
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Sigmund said 2331 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Southern Cross
Exceptionally well done Neil. The 5/4 really gives this an interesting sway to the rhythm and it totally works! The song has a solemn and serious feel to it. Your playing as always is great, and John adds a real nice touch with his keys and piano. This was a very enjoyable song to kick back to - thanks!
Sig
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FEEL said 2330 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Nice song
The keys sound great. I love the tone and the way the guitar compliments. Thanks for sharing.
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DWL said 2330 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Always good
to hear something other than 4/4 and this has a disturbing, haunting edge to it.

Nice work Neil.

Excellent performances!

Cheers

Dick


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ShadowofNine said 2330 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Great track
Enjoyed...
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tonestones said 2330 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
5/4
Music in 5/4 sounds so exotic, yet most people don't notice it. 7/4 is a little tougher to pull off ;) This is expertly done. Love the vocals and guitar work. The keys sound great here too.
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jiguma said 2330 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
5/4
Cheers Steve - maybe I'll try 7/4 next.
:)
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kevmikwa said 2330 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Wish I had the chops
Drums first: I certainly wish I had the chops to have contributed to this one. I've never been much of an odd-time drummer. When you first mentioned 5, I immediately got "Take Five" on the brain which feels more 3+2 than straight 5. That might be mostly attributable to the swing feel which wouldn't have applied here anyhoo. You expressed concern about getting flourishes to fit - I think you did a great job with them. This is a case where the simple splash-driven fills you've made are just what the doctor ordered.

Excellent groove and mood. Certainly a somber topic which actually plays well with the rest. Some rather interesting harmony choices to explore and enjoy. As always, an infectious melody that sticks around after the song has played. Love the Black Line ending, too ... you always have to wait until the time remaining hits "0:00" when listening to a jiguma song.

Having John on a track is always a plus and hearing his many layers here are a treat. I felt like his piano arpeggio in the "choruses" (0:52+, 1:33+) were a little behind the beat, but that might have been done on purpose to give a little push and pull - in which case, mission accomplished. Oddly enough, the part seems a bit more "on" the beat coming out of the solo (2:53+).

My prayers are with your countrymen and women to the north. Thanks for sharing.
papag said 2330 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Layin back on the 5/4
Sweet mellow groove you have here. Your lyrics are so clean and crisp. One of my favorites from you.

Thanks for the dl :)
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TERRAPLANE said 2329 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
nice arrangement
well done Mr. Porter the blend of instruments , voice & air * just right..

thanks
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guygrooves said 2329 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Great Job everyone!!
I hope your friends weathered the storm Ok.
Peace
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jibes said 2329 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Hold Tight
You have really outdone yourself here Neil! It's amazing how just simple lyrics can say so much! And, 5/4 time too which gives it an even more unique sound. Excellent!!!
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dave_b said 2329 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Under The Southern Cross w ktb
The cyclone pulls everything out of the ordinary, and the 5/4 does too I think. I like the way you stretch yourself musically with the different time signatures. Nice riffs, cool groove.
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tokai said 2328 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
The eye of the storm
Very cool piece of music here chaps. John's contribution is great and does your tune proud. Well played guys.
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scofugate said 2328 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
You know
The best thing about odd time, is when you can
the tough part about odd time is making the groove flow seamlessly. You have accomplished this.
I love this!! wonderful Tune all the way around.
Kudos to you both!!!!!!
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dantimmermans said 2328 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
great tune, Neil
It's great to hear some odd meter, and 5/4 is certainly a challenge! not only to perform, but to write in - kudos, man. loved the lead work and the basslines. songwritingwise, I think you've really nailed the tension of waiting for a cyclone; folks up north were so fortunate there wasn't more loss of life.
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Corporal Beef said 2328 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Great Vibe
There's an underlying tension going on behind this haunting melody, perhaps in part due to the lyrical content. I like the minimalist approach of the lyrics; it leaves room for the listeners imagination to form a mental picture.

Production-wise, it's a professional job as usual. Great song writing and musicianship. Thanks for posting.
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Doadars Uncle said 2328 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Nice beat!
Great sense of tension, here. Hold tight! Nice instrument choices. Wonderful melodies. Adventurous!
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WharmtonRise said 2328 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Really good 'feel'
A cyclone in 5/4 seems kind of apt. Wonderful work here Neil.
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tf10music said 2328 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
nice atmosphere you've got here
it's got a similar to flavor to Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit." I love 5/4 time, as well...it leaves so much room for soul. Nice!
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johnnyblues said 2328 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Hold Tight
Great Song. Did you Take Five before you took on Mission Impossible? Love the bass, guitars, keyboards, and the vocals really grow on you. Great production. This song just keeps rollin' on. Excellent!
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Dennis James said 2327 days ago (February 10th, 2011)
Atmospheric....
....particularly for me in my horrendous winter.
Very very professional, I can see those clouds rushing in from the southeast...
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rok41 said 2327 days ago (February 10th, 2011)
Southern Cross
Nicely written song Neil; I too enjoy the odd time feel, and of course that big fat P Bass driving the song. John is excellent as always, and along with your subtle tones and tasty blue note choices you guys really make this come alive. Excellent.
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RAVENS said 2326 days ago (February 11th, 2011)
Wowers
Cyclones are no joke, very scary. Hope the people you know who got caught up in that mess are okay.

Terrific song, the music is excellent guys! Awesome lyrics & vocals. The harmonies are lovely, kudos to wifey.

RAVEN ;-)
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I.G.M. said 2326 days ago (February 11th, 2011)
hypnotic sounds
cool harmonies, excellent lyrics, superb sound, another classic jiguma-gem!!
greetings from Germany

(would have loved to play some hurricane-guitar)
:oD
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PaulaMunk said 2326 days ago (February 11th, 2011)
This is
music that draws you in. The lyrics are like commands to listen and act... with that repetition. Beautiful playing by John and yourself. There is that sense of urgency and also the idea that you may be powerless to effect any change but that you need to try to survive. Thanks.
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Loob said 2325 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
Channelling Robbie Robertson!
One of my favorite artists too so that's a big complement! This paints pictures! Very well done man! Love the way you build with your arrangement!
racerat said 2323 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
Under the Cross
Great meter. Haunting and steamy. I can hear the rain and the wind. Love this.
RR
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2318 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
Jiguma!!
This sounds fantastic. I haven't heard anything from you in a while... what a great tune! Top notch writing, performance, and recording! :)
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lengold said 2316 days ago (February 21st, 2011)
Entrancing
Cheers
Len

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BlueAttitude said 2314 days ago (February 23rd, 2011)
5/4
I've never done anything in 5/4 before, very interesting, I'm counting it out as I'm listening and figuring out how it works.
Anyway, very good song! I like the movement in this. Love the lyrics/vocals, and nice, tasteful work on the guitar. Loved the ending, didn't see that coming. A most enjoyable listen!
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Lagusaya2 said 2314 days ago (February 23rd, 2011)
5/4 tempo
OK, I'm ignorant about what a 5/4 beat is, so am here to learn. I'm getting a little bit of it! So, an old man like can still learn?

Good music! I got the image of the cyclonic winds! I like this a lot! Hold tight!

Stan
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ste said 2294 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
love
the beat in this. hold tight refrain is excellent with that guitar. wonderful stuff
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tempie said 2293 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
this is great
brilliant man, incredible mood. makes you want to drive 90mph with the top down at 2am. just terrific. thanks for the DL!
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Philip18 said 2246 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
Good choice
Writing this in 5/4 works - gives it a slightly "out there" feel which suits the topic of the song. Again the production values are high - beautiful tone on the lead guitar. The swirling harmonies are perfect for the song.

And "hold tight" is what a lot of people have had to do this year in the eastern states...
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