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Mercury Rising (New Version)


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PaddyNavinCaryatid

 Genre: Rock

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A long time back I wrote and recorded this song, using my first ever electric guitar. That guitar, a Behringer strat copy, had horrible intonation, couldn't stay in tune for more than five minutes, had a horrendous action and I struggled to play it.
I know a bad workman blames his tools, but that first version of this song suffered as a result of that guitar, as was pointed out to me on the comments section.
It's taken me the best part of 3 years to get round to re-doing this song. I have better guitars, for sure, and I suppose three years of playing has improved my technique. I feel the song was strong then and was wary of diluting it by going back and being too tempted to change it. To the best of my ability I have re-recorded the guitars, bass and the vox in their entirety but attempted to keep the vibe of the original.
I think this version sounds very strong, and it wasn't until I played the old and new side by side that I heard just how out the intonation was on that horrible strat copy. (An 'E' power chord at fret 12 on the old guitar actually registered as a D!).
The main opening guitar is the Dot Studio, through the Irish Echoes preset in Logic (with a few tweaks). The lead riff is played on my Ibanez, using the Stadium Stack preset, again tweaked and with some EQ sculpting. The rhythm section in the verses is the Dot played through Dublin Delay, EQ'd and with compression by the Liquid Mix box.
I hope I've done this song proud, many people told me it deserved it.
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Lyrics
Could Adam know the truth of things
As he stepped into God's land?
The withering, the suffering
The forests turned to sand
Could our hope survive as our planet dies
And we tumble through the void
the ship we sail has lost it's way
The Earth has raised her voice

Mercury, Mercury Rising...
The race is run, the signs are there, our time is running out

The seas comes flooding back to claim
The mistakes that we made
And mountains sit impassively
As our presence starts to fade
The hourglass is running low
On our shabby, rented land
Mother Nature's taking it
From our ungrateful hands

Mercury, Mercury Rising...
The race is run, the signs are there, our time is running out
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Comments: 11
Fans: 7
Plays: 49
Downloads: 60

Uploaded: Jul 10, 2011 - 09:00:33 AM
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2011 - 09:00:33 AM Last Played: Feb 11, 2015 - 04:36:14 AM
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Hardware:
Ibanez GAX 30, Epiphone Dot Studio, Fender PB, Liquid Mix 16
Software:
Logic Express 9
Comments
alackbass said 2323 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
Mercury Rising (New Version)
Well written and very well performed. You have a Big Country vibe happening here I really enjoy.
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Catalina22 said 2323 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
Mercury
I was really impressed by the chorus in particular; "Mer-cu-ry" is not at all easy to sing, and you make it sound great! This is some really good songwriting. This song has a sweeping quality. It is really broad and unafraid to be expressive. Good work. :)
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2320 days ago (July 12th, 2011)
Mer-cu-ry
Of course now I realise that I've in fact posted the wrong version! The lead out vox are placeholders and should have been replaced with a different set. Thanks for stopping by.
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gator4040 said 2323 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
Mercury rising
Cool tune. I dug the chorus and vocal harmonies. Nice one!
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johnwhitehead said 2322 days ago (July 11th, 2011)
Rising
This has a great anthemic feel to it, Nicely written lyric and the singing is great. Drums, bass and guitars are spot on. I love that little instrumental bridge you throw in.
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bud said 2322 days ago (July 11th, 2011)
I've yet to go back to the original
but this sounds great. I've been tempted to do the same - and perhaps I will. Very solid tune deserving the attention it got. Big sound - I like the break 3:15.
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VicDiesel said 2321 days ago (July 12th, 2011)
Three years makes all the difference
Good song and well performed. The guitar under the verse is too far back compared to the other ones. Other than that I like the sound of this.
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awigze said 2320 days ago (July 12th, 2011)
Paddy
Here comes Mercury... Dig that bass line. cool writing
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finkeldink said 2319 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
Cool!
Sometimes I break out the old gear to do songs. My Hamer has some minor intonation issues so I have to tune it according to the specific parts of the song. It's a pain but the tone is worth it.

This song is great. I'm glad that you redid it so that I could enjoy the results here.

I really dig the energy and emotion of the song.

Great work!
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Hickling_Stan said 2318 days ago (July 15th, 2011)
Good to go back
sometimes and re visit and hopefully improve on earlier recording. Missed the original but this one sounds good. Quite and Anthem and as someone said "Mercury" is a tough word to sing. Well done,.Mark
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sammydix said 2314 days ago (July 19th, 2011)
Mercury
man i love a kick i can feel. how'd you get it to sound so good and cut thru like that? cool tune, cool lyrics, cool mix. liked it dude.
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I grew up in the 70's and 80's in the south of the UK in an Irish family. I had always loved music but was never given an opportunity to explore making it for myself. About 10 years ago I bought an acoustic guitar and began strumming in earnest. To d... [see more]

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