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Of Summers Gone


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Moviz

 Genre: Ballad

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I remixed this and include the original 'description' for interest. It originally was a poem I wrote in the 80's as a response to one of those "Have your Poems Published' adverts in the local press. I entered this and it was published, but they omit to tell you that you have to buy the book that contains your poem, but lesson learned. I always liked the poem though, because it was about when I was young just after the 2nd world war, when people were finding peace and happiness again after so many years of misery and rations etc. This is poem about the 40's, when I was about 10/11 yrs old, and my Dad came out of the Navy (I'd never seen him till then) and we moved to a new house. People were indeed very friendly then and they would stand or sit on their doorsteps chatting to each other (no TV's then in the UK); and in the evening a family of brothers all adult and their father (no mother), would start to play accordian and sing, in harmony as people gathered round and joined in at the garden gate. Everyone was poor and some didn't even have a cot for the baby, so they used a drawer in the built-in unit at the side of the fire instead. Anyway, I digress... I wrote this poem in my fifties thinking I was old and not much longer to live.... but here I still am, putting music to it and singing LOL. So I hope it takes you back musically to those times and that you like it..... nostalgic though it is.
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Lyrics
Of Summers Gone.

Where are the summer days that blazed when I was just a boy?
We’d go for walks down country lanes, oh, life was such a joy.
In fields of grass that smelled so sweet, we’d while the day away,
While Skylarks twittered high above, and trees would gently sway.
........................
The heavy scent of Hawthorn blossom filled the summer air,
And home we’d stroll at eventide, we hadn’t got a care.
People were so friendly then, the war had not long gone,
A peaceful feeling everywhere, the summers Oh! So long.
Bridge
Every door was left ajar, and on those sultry nights,
Groups would gather down the street to sing or say what’s right.
In perfect harmony it seemed, they’d sing with all their might,
As everyone would take a turn sing into the night.
.................
Tired and drunk with happiness, we’d wander to our beds,
The mem’ries of the day just spent, still swimming in our heads.
Now, just recalling as I have, those days when I was young,
I can hear the songs, still smell the smells that on those summers hung.
Repeat last verse.
Now, just recalling as I have, those days when I was young,
I can hear the songs, still smell the smells that on those summers hung.

On those summers hung.
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Uploaded: Oct 24, 2011 - 09:53:08 AM
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2011 - 09:53:08 AM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 06:33:18 AM
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Comments
sammydix said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Summers
those type of "publishers" aren't interested in anything but getting your money...bordering on a scam. as a wannabe writer myself, i've seen all kinds of crap like that. If you're lucky (and talented) enough to get published, no money should pass your pockets before the fact.
touching song with so much emotional ambiance. you seem to be the king of that. very mellow.
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Yes Sammy
you need to be VERY lucky to get published these days and then, only if you're already famous it seems. Thanks for giving a listen here, regards M
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richard13 said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
"Emotional ambience"
You certainly have that Mo. I kind of thought it might be nostalgic when I first read the title ;-)
Very nice.
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Ha ha
the title does sort of give it away Richard LOL.... thank you for calling in, regards M
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Gaylen75 said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
incredible lyrics
Perfect.
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
So pleased
you liked this Gaylen...... thanks for listening, cheers M
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Feter said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Of Summers Gone
This is a delightful story and fulls me with emotions connecting to the story and lyrics ..very well sung and felt so right ... Thanks a lot for sharing Sir !
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
It does
come across as rather idyllic Feter, though, as you will have suspected..... everybody was very poor, but happy nonetheless...... glad you found the emotion in there; thank you for those nice words which are much appreciated, regards M
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TracyVosh said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
The good old days...
Lovely lyrics. Listening and reading them really take me there. This is beautiful Maurice!!
Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Thanks Tracy
I very much appreciate you dropping by to comment, regards M
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papag said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Tales of your past
I love this song. Makes me sad that we have lost so much civility. But your song fills me with a bit of happiness too.

Thanks for the download :)
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
So pleased
with your comment Papag...... yes it is a different world in many ways now; I don't think people were as calculating in the old days....... but then again, we didn't have MJ LOL, regards M
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awigze said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
classic Mo
didnt I hear this down that narrow lane on the edge of the village? Just over the kiln river bridge.
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
You might
Have Andy.... you just might have LOL.... it certainly harks back to a different time frame..... glad you enjoyed it, regards M
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magnatone said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Summers Gone
what incredible lyrics maurice - this is SO good. thanks for the backstory - i love your voice as always!
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Thanks Karen
glad you liked the lyrics as well, cheers M
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egobandit said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Wish
I could have been around back then I was born 20 years to late, your vocals always move me and with this story it has a beautiful effect on me thanks again!
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Tim,
You don't wish THAT, because you would now be 75 (Boo-Hoo!).... thanks for your very kind comment my friend.... glad it touched you, regards M
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davajonah said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Oh
Perfect! At the moment, for this reason and that, I'm getting very nostalgic. I suppose I caught the tail end of this time, but remember with fondness the "no tele" times of my very early youth and my parents [both sadly gone now] as young adults. And it really was just as you so admirably portray. I don't think i've seen a skylark for about ten years. Where did they go?

I might have liked your vocal a little "drier", you have a terrific voice and I don't think there's too much need for reverb etc. Minor crit however.

The synth-"accordion" fade out at the end is really good! How did you do that?

Very nice.
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Dave,
I'm always nostalgic and especially so the older I get. I know what you mean about missing the old times, parents etc ( I'm older now than my Dad was when he died and that scares me a little). It's a good job I have my garden like a little oasis for the few birds we see these days and I don't recall when i last heard a skylark myself, but it's a sound of summer that i love. Yes I agree about the reverb, but that's how i did the accordion at the end with echo and repeating the phrase, Regards M
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mrattue said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Nostalgic
The style of this song is nostalgic in itself, i think, for me, like a Nat King Cole number, when there was so much certainty and confidence, it seems, only for those foundations to crumble as the decades went by. The sound itself carries the meaning, which the lyrics reinforce.

I wouldn't want to go back to the days of my own youth, personally. Feel i've progressed in ways that i wouldn't want to lose.

Marc
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Moviz said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
I wouldn't
want to return to my own youth either Marc, troubled as it was; though I might wish for the simpler times when summers lasted for months and the season's knew their place and time. Alas, I think they have gone for ever, except in the memories of those who knew those times. I might add that those happy post war times were well earned, due to all the suffering in the war.
Thank you for taking in this nostalgic look at the past in my song, regards M
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Philip18 said 2041 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Of Summers Gone
Nice images of bygone days. I especially like the line "Every door was left ajar" - not something that anyone would do today! Your voice is very evocative and the simple backing works for the mood that is created. The swirling synth at the end finishes it off well. Much enjoyed.
Moviz said 2040 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
Thanks Philip
Glad you liked this and ..... no, you can't leave doors ajar these days ....or windows, cheers M
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PeterB7858 said 2040 days ago (October 24th, 2011)
Yearning...
A yearning for a return to simpler times (mirrored by the simpler music style) shines through here, Maurice. I really like this. Thanks for the post. Regards, Peter.
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Moviz said 2040 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
Yes Peter
I like the simple life and I appreciate you dropping in to listen; thank you, regards M
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Jarvoid said 2040 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
What a scam....
still the end result was a great song with much emotion and feeling in it....so fingers to them thar scamdalous (sic) pudlishers.Nice song ,well sung .

Cheers

Jarvoid
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Moviz said 2040 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
Hi Chris
I fell for it three times before i learned my lesson.... but like you say, at least I got a song out of it in the end..... glad you like it, cheers M
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lavalamp said 2040 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
Heartfelt
Great piece of song writing. Lyrics were right on. Very emotional stuff. Enjoyed.

LL
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Moviz said 2040 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
Thanks LL
for the very complimentary words.... really pleased you enjoyed it, regards M
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Soundhound said 2040 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
Very good...
Lyrics they tell the story of Truth, Honesty and Honour something we
have very little of today....
The industry years, well the bandits sold it all to China.....LOL
So now this generation is starting with nothing....OH they gave them toys cel phones, ipods and games, now tell me what will they make with that, a phone call my bank card won't give me any money...lol

That was a time of Blood Sweat and Tears, now you can hardly drink the water and they don't know how to grow there own food.....
This was yesterday.....But they've learned nothing, so it will be tomorrow to....
But the friendly memory thing, they anit never gonna see that again...
That was our thing, our time, our place in the world.....

Love the song it's great to remember that time.......

Peace

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Moviz said 2040 days ago (October 25th, 2011)
So pleased
you enjoyed those lyrics and that they gave you one more glimpse into the past..... it's true in many ways that people were happier and more respectful of one another back then. Sometimes ( we at least) in the UK refer to the 'war-time' attitude' and that is about, when there are dire situations about, people stick together with a sense of camaraderie, but I wonder if that same sense of helpfulness still stands up.
You only need to think back a couple of weeks to the horrible riots in the UK when people and police stood and watched the thugs creating mayhem. In the old days that wouldn't have happened.... the kids would have known their place and it just would never have happened. People today are having lessons in how to look after children...... how did the world ever get so full? I would have thought it came naturally.
Anyway Soundhound, I thank you once again,for calling in to listen and comment, regards M
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Bob Rodgers said 2039 days ago (October 26th, 2011)
Good
to hear this again Maurice.
Great lyrics, I grew up in the country and I can relate to walking down hot country lanes in the summer. The 40s was a bit too early for me :-)
Although I grew up in the 60s things were still so different to now.
I still love them high notes you sing, very much enjoyed.

Bob
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Moviz said 2039 days ago (October 26th, 2011)
Thanks for
giving it a second hearing Bob..... very much appreciated. While there are still some country lanes up here in Lancs., There are nowhere near as many birds as there used to be. I now live close to where I was brought up and all the local countryside and fields have been taken up by new shopping malls and JJB (now DW) Stadium and it's associated car parks.... so no room for a lot of wild life left around here now, regards M
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Henke said 2039 days ago (October 26th, 2011)
Nice stuff
Great lyrics, great fade out, great song art, maybe one or two "technical" problems, but who cares, the overall nostalgic feeling is pervading...

Take care,
Henke (not too far from entering my fifties...)
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Moviz said 2039 days ago (October 26th, 2011)
Pleased
you enjoyed the nostalgia here Henke and glad too that you liked the art I made. Now when you've reached your fifties, time will fly to your sixties..... and then you'll be able to tell people what you really think, like I do LOL, regards M
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alackbass said 2039 days ago (October 26th, 2011)
Of Summers Gone
You have a knack for writing charming melodies and lyrics. Great description! I loved reading every word! If you ever write an autobiography I would buy it. I think you have many more stories to tell.
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Moviz said 2038 days ago (October 26th, 2011)
What a
great and very welcome comment that is Andrew.... really pleased you enjoyed it so much...... and oh yes, i have plenty stories, but some i couldn't print LOL.... regards M
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Vic Holman said 2038 days ago (October 26th, 2011)
times have changed
great tune maurice........very reflective

even though you can't go back in time, it's good to know it was there to experience
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Moviz said 2038 days ago (October 27th, 2011)
You're right Vic
we can't go back, but it's aggravating how things have changed so much and not always for the better. No 'rose-tints' here either, because as I said, people were poor and a lot of people out of work just making do and mend; but the thing was, that there was more respect of each other and an understanding of each others needs, plus a willingness to help, cheers M
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rok41 said 2038 days ago (October 27th, 2011)
Summers
Extremely well written lyric Maurice...You're music is refreshing and familiar...warm. Thanks for this...RoK
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Moviz said 2038 days ago (October 27th, 2011)
Thanks
for calling in to listen and comment so kindly Chris... very much appreciated, regards M
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TobinMueller said 2037 days ago (October 28th, 2011)
Golden Age of Songwriting
Beautiful song. I'm glad you are "still here." The dreamy yet portending tragic ending phrase surprised me, adding another layer to the storytelling. I love how your songs are so classically constructed, your melodies so light and evocative. Another great song.
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Moviz said 2037 days ago (October 28th, 2011)
Really pleased
and flattered even, by your response to this song Tobin; very much appreciated comment..... and I'm glad you're glad I'm still 'here' LOL, regards M
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dave_b said 2037 days ago (October 28th, 2011)
Of Summers Gone
I like the changes, and the melody rides them really well. The mood of the lyric & the backer match closely.
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Moviz said 2037 days ago (October 28th, 2011)
Thanks Dave
for listening and taking a look at the past with me..... glad you like what I did, regards M
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DWL said 2036 days ago (October 29th, 2011)
Evocative work Maurice
Good to see something very positive came out of the "scam".

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 2036 days ago (October 29th, 2011)
They're still
pushing it Dick, by sending me mail asking for Poems. Thanks for the listen, cheers M
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gadzooks said 2036 days ago (October 29th, 2011)
Of Summers Gone
What beautiful lyrics Maurice. Lots of feeling and emotion in the melody and the vocals.It makes me feel melancholy ... great back story ... wonderfully played.
SG
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Moviz said 2036 days ago (October 29th, 2011)
I might know
you would like this Stan with your artistic background..... very pleased you liked it....... and it's good when you create something that can affect people, as you must know, regards M
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kindafishy said 2034 days ago (October 31st, 2011)
Just.... wow
Moviz, the story, the lyrics and this piece of music are so moving. The whole thing crawled right inside me and infected all my senses.

I am so thankful for being introduced to MJ and finding artists such as yourself.

Thanks for this.
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Moviz said 2034 days ago (October 31st, 2011)
I'm
really pleased you got so much out of this Kindafishy.... makes it all worth while to get comments such as this. Nice that you came here to 'join the club', so to speak, regards M
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