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Here’s one I posted very early on and then took down as I was not happy with the mix. I guess keeping just ahead of the rain is a bit of a metaphor for all the crap that closes in round all of us from time to time.

Unlike the lady in the car next to me in the traffic jam hopefully most of us for most of the time at least can avoid “getting wet”!! Cheers Mark
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Ahead of the Rain

Woman with a pinched and scornful mouth
Do your features become your personality?

Sitting so still
Stone, stone cold
God never let me get that old

The mist hangs heavy on the hedgerows
Your breath hangs heavy on the air

Robins in cage
Heavens in a rage
But we’re not like you
We can make it through
We’re keeping just ahead of the rain
We’ve done just enough
To numb all the pain

She drifts back to places
Where it all began
To the woods and fields
Where she knows the land

She really can’t believe
That it’s come to this
Her heart beats faster
And her hand makes a fist

Robins in cage
Heavens in a rage
But we’re not like you
We can make it through
We’re keeping just ahead of the rain
We’ve done just enough
To numb all the pain

© Spruce 2009
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Uploaded: Jul 06, 2011 - 11:00:26 AM
Last Updated: Jul 06, 2011 - 11:06:42 AM Last Played: Nov 25, 2016 - 07:54:44 AM
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neilh79 said 2121 days ago (July 6th, 2011)
Ahead of The Rain
Really good tune Mark thoroughly enjoyed very well done, I love your style and the 2 vocals are brilliant
Hickling_Stan said 2121 days ago (July 6th, 2011)
Thanks Neil
I did play around quite a lot with vocal tracks on this one. Ta for listening
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bud said 2121 days ago (July 6th, 2011)
I really like the open framework
and the breathing rhythm. So much music is driven and this flows. Very nice. Awesome artwork you found there.
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Hickling_Stan said 2121 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Cheers Bud
I guess somewhere I was thinking about a slow moving storm front advancing and trying to keep just ahead of it.
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hackneybloke said 2121 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
ahead
loving the mando on this one...particular in the sparser moments. nice clean mix so worth the wait. catchy hook with evocative lyrics.
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Hickling_Stan said 2120 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Mando?
Actually Julian the "mando" was a guitar with the treble pushed up in the mix...just me on this version guitar, vocal, piano and shaker! Cheers M
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Lightman- said 2121 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Enjoyed
I like the sound of the drums... well mixed... And the vocals is good... Enjoyed listening...
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Hickling_Stan said 2120 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Thanks
for listening and glad to hear the effort on the mixing was worth it!
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PeterB7858 said 2121 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Vocals to the fore..
Hi Guys. Lovely spacious mix allows the two vocals to really be the centre of attention, as they should be. This is a slightly unusual song structure but I really like it. The understated instrumentation works a treat. Auto D/L. Thanks, Peter.
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Hickling_Stan said 2120 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Cheers Peter
Have to confess this one was entirely me though Steve and I might have a go at doing a live version sometimne. Bit of a "song of two halfs"!!
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Jarvoid said 2120 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Ahh...... the old
mouth like a cat's bum imagery,love it.


Jarvo
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Hickling_Stan said 2120 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Chris
You've lost me on that one mate?!! ...but glad you like the song cheers M
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Jarvoid said 2120 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Pinched and scornful mouth.....
she has a mouth like a cat's bum .....have a look at one next time one walks past....it's truuuuueeeeeeeee .Lol

Cheers
Jarvo
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Reinholt56 said 2120 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Hi Mark/Steve....
This is a great song.

I enjoyed the arrangement and playing too.

Take care.

Paul
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Hickling_Stan said 2120 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Cheers Paul
glad you enjoyed it and thanks for listening. Mark
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dave_b said 2120 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Ahead of The Rain
I like the hook. The more upbeat feel to the chorus reflects the sense of escape from the problems alluded to in the verse. Nice vocals.
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Hickling_Stan said 2120 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Glad you got it
that was the sort of feeling I was going for in this song. Just got to keep ahead of the rain! Thanks for listening. M
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FatherTime said 2116 days ago (July 11th, 2011)
harsh words for somebody
This was a mixed bag, I found the lyrics biting but good and to the point. A bit atmospheric, the touches of piano were nice.
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Dadai.2 said 2115 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
Nice feel to this one Stan...
glad you reposted this so I could listen. This one has some, I don't know, feeling, a depth that is in your singing. The sparse piano, guitar set up really adorns this nicely. I like you mix of the panning. Cool one.

D
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Hickling_Stan said 2114 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
Thanks
for listening and glad you enjoyed it. It is a little different in style to many we have done. Cheers M
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DWL said 2107 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
Has an improvised feel about it
and sounds like it was recorded live.

The sparse instrumentation works very well.

There's a bit of bile in those lyrics!

Cheers

Dick



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Hickling_Stan said 2107 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Cheers Dick
well if it's got a "live" feel I am pleased but it's actualy several layers. Steve and i did a proper "live" recording the other day and I might post that next just to see the contrast. Thanks for listening. Cheers Mark
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lengold said 2102 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
Very good
idea for a song and great treatment. Original.
Cheers
Len

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