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Special thanks to Dani (RAVENS) for having the good nature and patience to listen and give me some nice feedback to this song.

This song is the result of a personal challenge by Julian (hackneybloke). He said several months back that I need to write a folk song. BTW Julian, I still haven’t forgotten about the rebellious song you had in mind.

Well, I couldn't do a folk song with the equipment I had, so I purchased a new guitar, amp and mic so that I could get a much better sound that I could from my other gear. I am so OCD!

This song is what happens when a metal guy does folk.
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A Friend to the End

We’ve been through good
We’ve seen the bad
We’ve been so happy
We’ve felt so sad

There is great calm
There are great storms
But when it’s cold
You’ll keep me warm

The time together
Is so damned real
A friend to the end
That’s how I feel
Yeah

(chorus)
I’d take a bullet
I’d give my all
I’d give my life
To break your fall
When we’re apart
I always know
That your spirit
Will never go

We’ve felt true love
We’ve had our fights
We’ve had blue skies
We’ve had dark nights

I want to tell you
In this message I send
That you are the best
A friend to the (end)

(chorus)
Song Stats
Hits: 4175
Comments: 71
Fans: 32
Plays: 118
Downloads: 95

Uploaded: Mar 17, 2011 - 11:32:48 PM
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2011 - 12:28:37 AM Last Played: Oct 06, 2015 - 05:38:51 PM
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Hardware:
Martin DC160GTE Guitar,
Universal Audio LA610 MKII preamp,
Sterling Audio ST69 tube mic
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Comments
sammydix said 2197 days ago (March 17th, 2011)
more
metal dudes should try folk. good crossover, fe. Crispy acoustics coming thru on a well-written tune.
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fasteddie said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Thanks Sammy
It's taken me a while to get the acoustic recording decent. It's a tricky situation.


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racerat said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
A Friend to the End
First that album art has me on the floor. I didn't know what to expect.

Has kind of a western feel to it rather than folk. You new equipment sounds ace, btw. The blistering leads are very Clint Eastwood.

Cool.

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fasteddie said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Thanks rr
for dropping by and having a listen. You are right. I didn't know whether to put this under folk or western. It has a real retro western feel to the guitar chops.

The preamp I have has very dark sounding compression so I have to keep that backed off pretty far so that the amp sounds more transparent.
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Reggie_Pole said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
A metal guy does folk
Well ... well done. Nicely controlled oohing in the start. Like that. There is a surprising dissonance in the vocal line -- just two times --- that adds a very unusual twist. Guitars sounding great. Very present. That's one of the best kitty & bunny pictures I've seen recently.
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks man
This song was fun to do but I'm going to have to do at least half a dozen metal songs now.

The guitar sound should go well with some future had rock metal intro or bridge parts.
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ted23 said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
There
Like a choir of fasteddies in there! What next? Barbershop quartet I hope :)
The intro is excellent but it's all good man. Ehem, you rose to the challenge!
Nice one
fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks Ed
for having a listen.

Folk is not easy. I dunno about rising. More like a smooth free-fall.
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RAVENS said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Awesomeness
I'm still amazed that this is coming from the guitar shredder. Seriously, this has to be my new fave from you. The lyrics are heartfelt, your guitar playing is superb as always. Certainly one of your best, vocally. Honored to have had a sneak preview of it too.

That pic, oh that pic!!!

RAVEN ;-)
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks Dani
Thanks for having a listen ahead of time.
Talk about uncertainty.
Yoinks, I'm going to get back to the hard and driving pronto!

:D
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alackbass said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
A Friend to the End
Great sounding guitar and your playing is smooth. You seem to have a David Gilmour approach to the acoustic. I really like your lead playing on this. And the vocals during the solo are a nice touch.

Come to think of it, your lyrics make use of opposites in a way not unlike what Pink Floyd did on Wish You Were Here (So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.) ( There is great calm! There are great storms).

Way to rise to a challenge Michael! Now tell me you did challenge Julian to produce a hard rock track!
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks Andrew
That is very kind of you! My vocals are a little over the top though. If I ever do this again it will be one vocal track with maybe the most subtle layering.

Yep, I would love to hear Julian do some hard rock! ;D
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billykirsch said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Heavy folks
Some of the best folk renditions I remember come from heavy weights (specifically thinking of Zeppelin, Tull, Pearl Jam, Tom Morello and Fasteddie).

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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks bk
That's funny man! I appreciate the listen and the kind words man.
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dave_b said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
A Friend to the End
It feels more acoustic rock to me, like some of the tunes that GNR did. Nice vocals & harmonies. Congrats on making that Martin sing. I have a D18 and I have problems switching to it from the strat when playing runs. I admire the way you've been pushing your songwriting comfort zone lately.
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks man
My Martin has such wonderfully full tone. It has been a struggle to try and capture it in rocording. I definitely admire people that do that for a living and get the best recordings.

The action on an acoustic is so different than an electric. You have to be so clean on the acoustic. I played several of the parts over and over before I got a nice clean track.

It was brutal.
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lavalamp said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Great acoustics
Cool tune. soothing to the hears. That's music in my book. Yeah, some Floyd there, but original.

Be proud of this one.

LL
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks man
for having a listen and for the kind words.

I like acoustic Floyd. Plus I tried to mix in some spighetti western flare in there too.
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lavalamp said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Great acoustics
Cool tune. soothing to the hears. That's music in my book. Yeah, some Floyd there, but original.

Be proud of this one.

LL
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neilh79 said 2197 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
A friend to the end!
You have nailed it Mike. Really love the flamencoesque middle section really good tune. I feel you did want to really bash some heavy stuff!! Well controlled man awesome job!
fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks Neil
Now that this song is done it's time to bash some heavy stuff.

:D
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Moviz said 2196 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
As a
Genre jumper myself, I advocate that more people should try this... let's people see more than one side of a person. Great clarity here Michael, and the guitars sound great separated like that..... good harmonies too; not forgetting those nice sentimental lyrics.... Good one, regards M
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks M
Yes I agree. Skip around and experiment a bit.

At least I got to discover that I'm not so good at folk. HA! :D
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PeterB7858 said 2196 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Opera next?
Hi Michael. Welcome to the acoustic club. You have done a great job first up of recording the guitars. They are tricky. Good song. Interesting vocal overlay. What's next? Opera? :-) Take care, Peter.
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks Peter
for having a listen.

Yeah the vocals are weird. I'm not sure what compelled me to layer them as such.

Next time I'm sure I'll keep them a lot more simple.
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Mosaica said 2196 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Really nice work
sounds a bit like The Moody Blues and Jethro Tull, very interesting harmonies - keeps it quite original.
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks
for dropping by. I greatly appreciate it. I listened to the Moody Blues and Jethro Tull a lot when I was growing up.
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michaeljayklein said 2196 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
Dani will never steer you wrong...
This was very different Eddie--and not being well versed in some styles, I'm not sure how to describe or label (if one is applicable) it--I just know I greatly enjoyed this. The harmony line you added had this wonderful atonality to it that I'm thinking was quite a challenge--it worked out excellently. Good song and your performance of it was solid. You do great work--thanks again O Fast One! Michael
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thank you sir
for having a listen and for the nice comments.

I just don't know about the thick layering. It's like a cake with 4" thick frosting. Dani was nice to listen. She's a sweetie!
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Vic Holman said 2196 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
superb
very cool tune Michael

unplugged sounds really cool. cool counter guitar patterns. and great vocal harmonizing.

........ and you spent how much?
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks Vic
Yep, I'll have to use this gear every day for the niext 10 years to put a dent in the price.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. Means a lot.
Check out my latest song called On Borrowed Time
jdholliday said 2196 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Michael
This is amazingly good dude, it's Metallica meets Pink Floyd meets Crosby Stills and Nash, the harmonies, the guitars, the lyrics, wow, do more, do more! You should collab with Sammy!
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks jd
for having a listen.

It's kinda out there for certain.
I appreciate the kind words.
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michael2 said 2196 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
ha
i love that you bought new gear to live up to a challenge. certainly not a poser. this is pretty awesome man. i love twisted psych/folk and this is great stuff. your voice sounds perfect for this. great job.
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Twisted/psych folk
Ha! That sums it up perfectly!

Thanks for the kind words.
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RobLeBanc said 2196 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Wow!
You floored me with this man! Really awesome! I could toss out some of the same "sounds like"s as above, but what it all gets down to is this is really all you. I agree with Dani, this is a serious fav!
I can hear how much you worked on those harmonies, I love harmony, and I know how difficult it is to nail em. Your accoustic tracks are clean and nicely played as always.
Sometimes stepping away from the comfort zone can produce some surprising results, Julian's brain seed payed off here for sure!

Awesome job Bro! Loved it!
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks Robby
This song is out there. The guitars turned out pretty cool. The vox though. I'm still up in the air about that.

I really appreciate the kind words man!
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ShadowofNine said 2196 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Excellent
A new leaf that exposes a new part of you, this is sooo fine...total enjoyment...
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks SoN
for the kind words.

This was way out there for me. We'll have to see how if at all this progresses in the future.
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Corporal Beef said 2195 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
A Friend to the End
Very heartfelt and melodic. Great job with the guitars: recording, eq, and panning (not to mention performance). I really enjoyed this, thanks for posting.
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks Corporal
for having a listen. This was a challenge not only to play but in the mix as well. It's not what I'm used to for certain.
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michaeljayklein said 2194 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
Eddie...
...very simply, and quite easily: one of your all time best! Big applause and a solid standing O for this!
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks again MJK
For the nice comments. I always appreciate that!
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tempie said 2194 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
dude
when you wear that bunny costume, you look like a bunny in a biker suit. leave the folk to the julians of the world. this is the intro to the baddest assed heavy metalest tune on the new fast eddie 'tryin and dyin' LP.

Guitars sound sweet btw.
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Yes indeed!
The guitar will have to be used in intro and bridge sections of heavy hard hitting metal!

Thankd for having a listen.
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apb said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
I liked how I thought ..
I heard glimpes of Ozzy and Led Zep in this, with a hint of Spain. Quite a catchy effect that almost consistent separation in the vocals had. Loved the sound of the Martin... must get myself one .. after drums. Enjoyed this and the fun & excitement of taking on a genre hopping challenge shines through.
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fasteddie said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Thanks man
for having a listen and for the kind words.

It was a challenge trying to come up with something resembling folk.

The Martin sounds so nice and rich. It would be hard to make the thing not sound good.
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scofugate said 2193 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Hetfield and Garfunkel!!
Really man, this is super cool and the production is on top!!
Outstanding Guitar and vocal work man!!!
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fasteddie said 2184 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks Scott
For having a listen and for the kind words.
Hopefully I'll never try and duplicate this again. Ha
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Saltaireguru77 said 2193 days ago (March 22nd, 2011)
A friend to the end
Michael, the recording on this is flawless! I've tried to record acoustic before and it's a complete minefield but you've just done it perfect! Buying a complete new set up is a little extreme, but I applaud you!(I'm just jealous..) Beautifully produced song, executed with a deft touch and a well crafte4d tune into the bargain. I hear what people are saying about that western vibe but I think it's not really folk, nor western. You may have just created your own genre! Brilliant. Simply brilliant!
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fasteddie said 2184 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks man
The setup will be used a lot for many years provided I'm alive to do it. I just got a new mic for my guitar cabs. Now I'm pretty much set for a while on gear.

Yep, I was kind of going for western but I don't know how to play it.


I do appreciate the kind words sir!
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awigze said 2192 days ago (March 22nd, 2011)
Folk
FOLK ON METAL GUYS
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fasteddie said 2184 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks man
Metal guys should never do folk. ;D
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FEEL said 2192 days ago (March 23rd, 2011)
Very nice
I especially like the noodling of the guitar. Your vocals sound good and the subject matter fits well with the tune. Good job refraining from ripp'n out with a high octain lead. We need more! Thanks for sharing.
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fasteddie said 2184 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks
for having a listenand for the kind words.

Means a lot!
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hackneybloke said 2191 days ago (March 23rd, 2011)
friend to the end
YAY....fasteddie is going ooooo ooooo ooooo...can you believe it fellow macjammers? hang on, i've just got to go and change into something tie-dyed...and roll a joint. hang on...did i take some acid...the guitar solo suddenly went really fast. man can you play guitar Mike! this is totally BRILLIANT. you could have fallen into the trap of creating something banal and obvious with predictable chord progressions.....but mike you came up with a GEM....and went to interesting and dangerous places....and it totally worked. your vocal delivery is excellent and assured - the lyrics are my only nit...but you know i'm always on your case about your lyrics....but seriously, i'm just after fasteddie perfection.....and this is pretty close to the perfect acoustic folk tune. i'm going to read the other comments now and see what the crowd thinks.
lol @ racerat....yeah....what hilarious 'art' work. everyone's saying you nailed it. you need to do more of this....it's just so much more interesting than you think.
so...dude....you totally blew me away with this....well done.
and, as i said to you in PM, i have just finished the demo of my teenage angst rock rebellion tune....there is synchronicity in this universe.

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fasteddie said 2184 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks Julian for
the inspiration. If anything I'm pretty much hooked up for the mecca rock ballad because you need acoustic guitar for that kind of stuff.

Who knows maybe I'll put something together on the acoustic that is worthy of an English gentleman's talents. I dunno... are you a gentleman Julian?


I did get another mic so now I should be able to double mic the acoustic for even better results.
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Loob said 2191 days ago (March 24th, 2011)
Tastery stuff Eddie!
Showing your namesake huh? Alice In Chains unplugged...

Love it!
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fasteddie said 2184 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Man
I wish that I could sing like the members of Alice in Chains. The old bass player from A&C just died here in Salt Lake City. Tragic situation!
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egobandit said 2188 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Folk
You sure do have a range, the mommas and the papas would be jealous , the spanish leading is tops ,most excellent downloaded and thanks!
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fasteddie said 2184 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks man
I'm working on the range but I do get a little squeeky when I hit those high notes.

I should have added some grind core growls then. That would have been sweet.
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Calchas said 2187 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Back for a return listen...
You did a fine job on this, even if it is a tad outside your comfort zone Michael.

Nice progression. Great tone on your acoustic guitar. Really good vocal track.

Color me very impressed!

Be well friend!
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fasteddie said 2184 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks mike!
I dunno, this song was kind of loose in spots. I got sort of sick of listening to it. That's my biggest downfall. I get disinterested before I get the song completed.
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magnatone said 2186 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Friend to the End
how the heck did i miss THIS??? i ask you, HOW?? this is so different from you - you've been holding out on us with this soft side! i love your guitar in here, what a sweet heartfelt song - ya got me!!
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fasteddie said 2184 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Thanks Karen
Although I'm probably going to have to do 10 metal songs to counteract what just happened here.

:D
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Slashh! said 2155 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
double vocals --
Gets me every time! Hella good guitar playing on her as well.
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scaustrita said 2151 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
Eagles?
Eagles or Simon and Garfunkel.
Those are big shoes to fill and you did it!

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Spiderland said 2060 days ago (August 2nd, 2011)
Nice track
It's cool to hear you moving into new territory on this one. You certainly made a very smooth transition from metal to folk. That says a lot about your musicianship!
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Carrie71 said 1689 days ago (August 6th, 2012)
A friend to the end ...
Great tune! Man I missed a lot of great tunes. So glad I found this one. Nice to see a soft side. You can play that guitar...amazing!
Timothy_Martin said 1689 days ago (August 6th, 2012)
nice..
the vocal harmonies remind me a bit of Alice in Chains... cool stuff!
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Cheeto said 1497 days ago (February 14th, 2013)
...most excellent..
Well played...well played indeed!!
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