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The Man in Blue


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JBurns

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Its never to late to start over........

This is one of my older songs that I never previously recorded beyond a simple guitar and voice sketch. Partly due to that is very story based and to keep the story intact it became a bit long, and due to length I chose not to include a bridge making it a bit repetitive. However, I feel it has a good message and turned decent. Comments much appreciated.
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The Man in Blue (Chances)

One for my son, one for my friend
One for the woman, who shares my bed
One for the thief, who stole my soul
Two for this pain that took its toll

And so you think that life’s just not fair
Two strikes against you is all you bear
Just look around to the man dressed in blue
This ride’s not over till he says, you’re through

Lost an arm in Saigon, fighting men I didn’t know
Lost my wife in Hoboken, to a friend turned foe
I guess a one armed lover, leaves much to be desired
All I could offer her, was a heart on fire

And so you think that life’s just not fair
Two strikes against you is all you bear
Just look around to the man dressed in blue
This ride’s not over till he says, you’re through

Found peace in a house, with a book in hand
Preacher said it was the best place, for a broken man
They say life, is full of twists and turns
Ending up where you started, just on different terms

And so you think that life’s just not fair
Two strikes against you is all you bear
Just look around to the man dressed in blue
This ride’s not over till he says, you’re through

My boy was born, with an autistic mind
He’s the sweetest child, you’ll ever find
He’s taught me more, about faith and love
And ceaseless wonders, of God above

And so you think that life’s just not fair
Two strikes against you is all you bear
Just look around to the man dressed in blue
This ride’s not over till he says, I’m through
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Hits: 1964
Comments: 24
Fans: 13
Plays: 87
Downloads: 0
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Apr 30, 2011 - 10:49:59 AM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2011 - 10:49:59 AM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 04:56:01 PM
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The man in Blue (details)
All parts written and recorded by Jay Burns
Recorded with Line6 hd500/dt50/spider jam/podfarm
Adobe Audition 3.0/Behringer mixer/Behringer B1 mic
Creative multichannel soundcard
Epiphone Ultra II guitar/Dean Bass
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copyrighted 2011
Comments
Char said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
No more
compelling is a song with a story. Maybe, you could bring your vocal out a little more in front of the instruments. But, wait to see what the musicians think. Very dramatic. Thanks.
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JBurns said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
drama
Thanks Char really appreciate you continuing to check out my songs. Thanks for the tip on the song.
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RochaMalhada said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Excellent!
"...that life’s just not fair"

Great incorporation of chord progression and prose

Your vocals fit this very well, Enjoyed!

. - Harold
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JBurns said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
progression
Thanks Harold! Appreciate you taking the time to comment.
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scaustrita said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Radio Ready
Excellent band and vocals.
I agree the vocals could be brought to the front some more.

:: Rockin' ::
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JBurns said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
radio
that's a high compliment, thanks allot!
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Feter said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
The Man in Blue
Great solid work here my friend ...I do really like the guitar ..with the bass ..Rock on !!
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JBurns said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
solid
Thanks Feter, glad you liked it, appreciating you taking the time to stop and comment.
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PeterB7858 said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Epic
Hi Jay. Epic style. As you said in the intro, the story telling is what is important here. Like the chord progression and guitar riff. I was kind of waiting for a soaring guitar solo to break it up a bit? Another suggestion to give it a bit more variety might be to add some higher harmony vocals to the chorus. Just some thoughts, Peter.
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JBurns said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
solo
Ya Peter I restrained myself on the solo bit due to song length, I was afraid I'd get into the 5 minute mark if I added a bridge/solo area. I figured at some point people would lose interest so I opted for sporadic fills. Thanks for the ideas, any idea if there is a way to update a song without starting over on comments etc.?
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PeterB7858 said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Update
No Jay. You can edit all the text accompanying the song (Edit button) but not alter the mp3. The only way to update the music is to post a version 2. People would need to comment again on the new version. Take care, Peter.
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J_Gretch said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Man in Blue
Jay,,,Saying that this turned out decent is an understatement.Imho this is better than a lot of stuff on the radio these days....I love the guitar work, and the restraint you showed on the vocals.
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JBurns said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
radio
your very kind, really appreciate you continuing to listen to my stuff.
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RAVENS said 2186 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Coolness
Love the lyrics, very clever! This is a really great song, glad you decided to post it.

RAVEN ;-)
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JBurns said 2185 days ago (May 1st, 2011)
clever
thanks Ravens, it means allot for you to listen and comment, most people ask "who's the man in blue" but you guys seem to get it no prob.
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neilh79 said 2185 days ago (May 1st, 2011)
The man in blue
Cool Grooves again Jay, excellent tune well done
JBurns said 2185 days ago (May 1st, 2011)
grooves
Thanks neil, appreciate you stopping by and commenting again on my tunes, it means so much
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Sigmund said 2185 days ago (May 1st, 2011)
Man in Blue
Nice work - cool guitar soloing. Enjoyed! Thanks for sharing this -
Sig
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JBurns said 2185 days ago (May 1st, 2011)
cool
thanks Sig, good of you to stop and comment!
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JBurns said 2090 days ago (August 4th, 2011)
sigmund
thanks for taking the time to comment, and the encouragment
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dave_b said 2184 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
The Man in Blue
Has a Tom Petty (Mary Jane's Last Dance) vibe for me. I like the guitar arpeggios and lead break. Verses 1 & 2 show a good sense of structure. So the man in blue is some kind of cosmic karma cop? I'm not sure if I understand your hook.
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JBurns said 2183 days ago (May 3rd, 2011)
the man in blue
Heya dave, I normally don't "explain" the meaning behind songs cause I want people to choose what it means to them. Personally when I was writing the song I envisioned a kind of music video in my head. I kind of imagined the listener possibly laying on the ground and various images sort of peering over... a cop, a paramedic, Jesus etc. The line states "till he says your through" until the end of the song "until he says I'm through" in the end the man in blue is you. The guy is wanting to give up early in the song looking to others to make himself happy or change is life, in the end of the song he has made his own way and makes his own choice. Hope that helps clear it up at least from one point of view.
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Jerry_Quinn said 2091 days ago (August 3rd, 2011)
The Man in Blue
Love your lyrics. It's reality in your face.
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JBurns said 2091 days ago (August 3rd, 2011)
Jerry
thanks, appreciate your comment. I always thought the lyrics were the best part of the song myself
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