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The Lollipop Lady's Lament


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DWL

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Some of you may remember that a while back I got involved in a campaign to stop a London council from bulldozing social housing and replacing it with upmarket flats and relocating the current residents to another area of London.

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The idea then was to put together a series of songs representing the thoughts and feelings from the various people affecting and affected by the plan. It's taking a while but coming together.

This is the song of The Lollipop Lady (I believe they're called "crossing guards" in the US)

A little different from some of my other stuff. For once I'm doing everything on this!

I started writing it in the summer and Richard Marris rewrote my clumsy verses and gave me the chord progression for the bridge.

Tracked in GB and mixed in Logic. It's pretty laid back with minimal percussion and midi string bass.

Gibson C1 classical guitar. cajon, tambo, apple loops, midi instrumentation and Django the dog on intro.

The Lollipop Lady's Lament © Marris/Langford 2011

Lollipop lady on her last day
Adding up what they took away
No more little runny noses
No more Christmas Cadbury’s Roses
40 years on this one street
40 years on those two feet
And she would welcome pension day
If it hadn’t come this way

They empty streets with planning laws
Gated parking for 4x4s
Little princes strapped inside
Why walk though life when you can ride
She knows it’s only money moving she shouldn’t take it personally
But she doesn't know what is improving
Concrete's all she sees

The flats will sell to bright young things
They don't know what ambition brings
An ulcer here, a breakdown there
A bankruptcy and falling shares
They'll try to make the place so cool
They'll shut the shops and close the schools
There's lots to take and none to give
That's not the way she wants to live

A tired old woman who doesn't like change
Now all she says she gets is pain
And thinks it might be for the best
And she'll hang up her orange vest
A bunch of flowers, medium sized
She knows when she's been patronised
Turns her back on concrete grey
Crosses the road and walks away
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ShadowofNine said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
The Lollipop Lady's Lament
Smooth tune, fine performance, enjoyed the whole thing from note one...
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DWL said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
That was quick!
Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated

Cheers

Dick


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alackbass said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
The Lollipop Lady's Lament
Brilliant! Downloaded!
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DWL said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Thanks
for stopping by.

Cheers

Dick
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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Oooh Dick
this is really smooth. Your voice is perfect here and that hang drum sound is kind of spooky. Lyrics are really to the point, and the inspiration for the song sucks, big time. Any progress on that front? Stopping it I mean.
Really cool piece.
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DWL said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Thanks Richard
It's all gone a little quiet at the moment but I expect it'll flare up again at some point.

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Cheers

Dick
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magnatone said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Lillipop Lady
dick, this is truly fine work, delivered with conviction and passion. you sound just great - so well produced - thanks for the D/L and happy holidays!
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DWL said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
And happy holidays to you Karen!
I really appreciate the listen and comments. Thanks!

Cheers

Dick
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Symphony101 said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Dick,
everything is to love on the song, awesome vocals, great groove, nice subtle percussions - brilliant songwriting. I left best for the last, I LOVE the two-part guitar tracks.

Downloaded !
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DWL said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Thanks Yves
I don't normally play guitar on songs that Richard and I as he does all the electric stuff write so it was nice to get the acoustic out!

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Lollipop Lady
i do remember about the housing project that you brought before.

interesting perspective here in the lyrics.

the music performance is excellent as well, some pretty awesome classic guitar work. excellent song dick!
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DWL said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Perspective
thanks Vic, it's an interesting exercise writing from a different perspective.

Thanks for the comments (especially about the guitar work!) and remembering about the housing project.

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Turns her back
Where to start - brilliant multi-track guitar work, vocal treatment is spot on (almost restrained except when singing about princes), and the lyrics stir an anger in me and great sense of the hopeless unfairness about those who are shuffled aside unseen. Well produced too, of course.

The smooth feel is an ironic contrast to the message. Nicely done Dick!

Doug
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DWL said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
It's strange
how songs work out. Originally I saw this as being sung by a rather racy 65 year old woman and it was a blues. Oh well!

Thanks for the fulsome praise Doug. I have a deep and abiding hatred for the Tory party and their constant attacks on the disadvantaged who can't fight back.

Cheers

Dick
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Philip18 said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Lollipop Lady
Love the guitar tone - nice and crisp. Emotive vocal. Love the lyrics - you have something to say and say it very well. Love the lines: The flats will sell to bright young things / They don't know what ambition brings". You have told someone's story who doesn't usually get to have a voice. Well done.
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DWL said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Thanks Philip
the project is a way of voicing my own anger but if I give voices to those who don't even know they have them then that's fine.

Thanks again for the comments. I really appreciate them.

Cheers

Dick


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crissew said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Rich and full
Great mix here. Love the guitar feel on this and the vox are excellent. Love the unconventional melody choices in here too. Really good work, one of my faves of yours.
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DWL said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Thanks Charles
for the kind words!

Cheers

Dick
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egobandit said 2087 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Django
love the line why walk through life when you can ride, I see them crossing the kids with their stop signs, the association between the life of the crossing guard and the predicament of the neighborhood is a great way to get the message across! Great song
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DWL said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Why walk indeed!
I'm pleased you enjoyed this Tim. A long way from you earthshakers!

Thanks

Cheers

Dick
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PeterB7858 said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Good song!
Hi Dick. All to common backstory that you have translated into song exceptionally well. Like your vocals and guitar work and the other bit and pieces you have added to fill things out a bit. Good song!. Regards, Peter.
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DWL said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
I like a good story
it gives me inspiration and purpose.

Thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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lavalamp said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Pro Stuff
Blew me away. Such great quality. Soothing. Dug this.

LL
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DWL said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
High praise!
Many thanks David.

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Well you
did everything right on this Dick.... great playing and production...... love the way your songs tell the story...... excellent poetry sung so well. The sadness of age related unemployment comes across so well, regards M
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DWL said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
I had this idea
of the woman who simply loved doing her job, loved the kids and wanted to carry on until she couldn't physically work anymore and then they redeveloped the area and the school closed and she wasn't wanted anymore.

Thanks for the listen and perceptive comments Maurice.

Cheers

Dick
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stevel said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Groovy
Really nice sound on this one Dick...love that guitar playing. You sound a bit like John Martyn in places on this. Quality tune
Cheers
Steve
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DWL said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
John Martyn?
Oh dear, he came to a bit of a sticky end....

Thanks Steve!

Cheers

Dick
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Bob Rodgers said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Your
guitar playing is superb Dick and I love this song, a nice change in style and you deliver a fine performance that sounds so smooth.
Great lyrics and vocals, very much enjoyed and a big fav, wonderful work.

Bob
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DWL said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Thanks Bob
I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for the comments!

Cheers

Dick
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jiguma said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Dick
You're a class act! Love the introduction sounds, and the way the whole song unfolds. Ray Davies would have been proud of the social comment as well as the music. Production, vocals and playing all top notch.
Very impressive indeed!
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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DWL said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Hi Neil
thanks for stopping by (all the way from Oz as well) and thanks for the comments!

Cheers

Dick
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Sigmund said 2086 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
The Lollipop Lady's Lament
The intro sets the ominous, hopeless mood. Great, sad song. Very well played - production is top notch. Nice guitar work. Enjoyed this one!
Sig
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DWL said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Nice guitar work?
That's a real compliment from someone like you!

Thanks Sig. It wasn't meant to be ominous originally. More like a big old blues number. Funny how it works out...

Cheers

Dick
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kingbee said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Green cross code
I blame Tufty myself.
My mum used to be a lollipop lady.
Big round head and a stick body. Arf Arf!
Anyway, great song Dick with brilliant lyrics to boot.
And fits in well with all the other songs for this 'project'
cheers

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DWL said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Tufty?
Wasn't that Dave Prowse in a squirrel suit?

Your mum sounds so attractive I bet she could stop traffic.

Thanks for the comments Brendan. If you have a song you want to add to the project, feel free.

Cheers

Dick

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Sudra said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Imagine my hearing this .....
....on a dank, rainy Monday walking across the parking lot of Home Depot (I know, not as scenic as where u are I assume) and hearing this tune. You SO nailed the mood of resignation on this one. Bravo. Timely, poignant, engaging, beautiful (esp. the guitars) and necessarily depressing. Because you are so accomplished I know you can take some critique. Lyrically, I kept getting hung up on the use of the word "concrete". Otherwise - perfect!
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Sudra said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Then again....
....I get why it needs to be there. It may just be the sound of the word that's tripping me up.
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Sudra said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
I think it's....
The three hard syllables that tend to sound like ....Con-Cre-Cray
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DWL said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Concrete?
An interesting point. I can see what you mean. It's used twice which is probably not a good technique and I think that's because the lyrics were developed over a few weeks by Richard and me separately and it wasn't something either of us picked up on. The word itself is necessary as it has the harshness and coldness the song needs. Maybe not twice though!

Thanks for the honest crit!

Cheers

Dick


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abzwork said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
A smile here..
Excellent composition, smoothe vocals ride this soft carpet to maja-flava land..nice colors my friend, tight mix..:)peace
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DWL said 2084 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Thanks for the listen
much appreciated. I'll get to your song when it finally gets approved!

Cheers

Dick
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neilh79 said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
The Lollipop Ladys Lament
Really nice tune Dick, love the flow excellent!
DWL said 2084 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Much appreciated Neil!
Thanks for the listen.

Cheers

Dick
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cchaplin said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
powerful lyrics
accompanied by wonderful guitar playing on a well written tune... Song of our times, alas !
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DWL said 2084 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
A song for our times
Unfortunately that's all too true Chris and I think there's worse to come.

Thanks for the comments (hope I didn't depress you too much!)

Cheers

Dick


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five_extra_arms said 2085 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Smooth Jazz / Clumsy Verses
Wow Dick,

This is a beautifully played tune. Love the masterful guitar playing. If I didn't know about the 9 fingers on your left hand, I'd doubt that this was even possible. Smooth smooth smooth - your vocals are so smooth. You really sound great and as always, your lyrics are packed verse after verse.

"Why walk though life when you can ride?"

You can pen 'em man. I really love your writing over the years. Thanks for another!

Downloaded and faved!!

Bob
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DWL said 2084 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Why walk?
One of Richard's lines so I can't take any credit for that ;)

Between us we could do the 14 finger hand jive.

Thanks Bob, I really appreciate the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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Char said 2084 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Gee,
you remind me of Jiguma with that whispery, sandiness. You can really tell a story. It sounds like a criminal eviction. That's so awful. Lovely guitar. Thanks.
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DWL said 2084 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Jiguma?
Now you come to mention it.... unconscious plagiarism (sorry Neil)

Not a criminal eviction if you listen to what the council says. Weasly words I'm afraid and yes it will be criminal if it goes ahead.

Thanks for your support Char!

Cheers

Dick
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Soundhound said 2084 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Good Song.....
True story that how you do it....
Great vocal and mix, it felt sound wise and feels very real.....

Very well done......
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DWL said 2084 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
I'm not sure about wise
as I'm just an old un-reconstructed leftie getting angry about the 1%

Thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick


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lengold said 2084 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
This is
...just so well written, performed and produced.
As I was listening and reading the comments it struck me that I could understand every single word without having to look at the lyrics at all. A sign of a superb vocalist.
Cheers
Len

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DWL said 2083 days ago (December 7th, 2011)
Thanks Len
I try to make my vocals clear but don't always manage it.

Thanks for the kind words.

Hope to see you in the New Year.

Cheers

Dick
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hackneybloke said 2084 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
those annoying fascists with tridents shaped like lollipops
dude.....40yrs doing the same boring job......i think they did her a favour.
is that you on the guitar......i really like the guitar.....and the percussion.
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DWL said 2083 days ago (December 7th, 2011)
I know it's difficult to believe
but some people enjoy their work ;)

Yes, this is mostly me, guitar, keyboards and some percussion.

Thanks Julian

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 2083 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Full Marks Dick...
a most accomplished work here and really left a mark (more marks!) Michael
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DWL said 2083 days ago (December 7th, 2011)
Thnaks Michael
Accomplished is a very nice compliment!

Thanks

Dick
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gadzooks said 2083 days ago (December 7th, 2011)
The Lollipop Lady's Lament
Wonderful performance and a fantastic mix. Really like the guitar playing and your fab vocals.
Cheers
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DWL said 2081 days ago (December 9th, 2011)
Much appreciated Stan!
Thanks for stopping by and lending you ear.

Cheers

Dick
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apb said 2079 days ago (December 11th, 2011)
Great message
engrossing- had me waiting tentatively on every line of the story. Your very gifted with this kinda of "getting a point/message" across. Smooth jazz with lots of Spanish flamenco flair in those guitar parts. Made me recall fond memories of an old lolly-pop lady we had in the early 70s.
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DWL said 2077 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Thanks Alan
We still have them here (and they're needed with the amount of traffic on the road)

I'm not sure where the Spanish stuff came from. I think it was just playing the nylon strung that did it!

Cheers

Dick
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awigze said 2078 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
DWL
Like the sound of this. the acoustics are very effective and all the unison work really adds to the meaning of the lyrics.
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DWL said 2077 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Thanks Andy
Although I do like to make a lot of noise it's sometimes nice just to get the acoustic out.

Your comments are much appreciated

Cheers

Dick
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woofer3 said 2076 days ago (December 14th, 2011)
putting music to good use
Excellent song, it has an instant appeal.
Isn't it a good job we have some of these people controlling our destiny.
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DWL said 2076 days ago (December 14th, 2011)
Yes,
it's brilliant having such conscientious and upstanding citizens running our lives.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the comments John :)

Cheers

Dick
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smokey bacon jnr said 2075 days ago (December 15th, 2011)
Lovely syncopated rhythm
That's a great rhythm you got going on there and some lovely guitar runs! Did the campaign have any effect?
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DWL said 2071 days ago (December 19th, 2011)
Thanks Pete
It's all gone a little quiet at the moment but I hear it could be gearing up again soon. Thanks for asking!

Cheers

Dick
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Cori Ander said 2071 days ago (December 19th, 2011)
Great
Beautiful song! Interesting arrangement. I dig your guitar work, the solo is great and how you weave different guitar in the background a such nice way. And your vocals are really cool n' nice. That's the way I would want to try to arrange a song if had written one. Greedily downloaded.
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DWL said 2070 days ago (December 20th, 2011)
From a guitar mastro like you
that is high praise indeed.

Many thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Happy holidays

Cheers

Dick
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Pete_NB said 2069 days ago (December 21st, 2011)
The Lollipop Lady's Lament
Wow, this is great. Excellent writing, both music and lyrics, and great performances as well.

You know how to put a song together!
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DWL said 2069 days ago (December 21st, 2011)
Thanks Pete
much appreciated!

Cheers

Dick
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SISTERS said 2068 days ago (December 22nd, 2011)
ooo
ooooo - i truly love your guitar, Dick, and the magical melody you're singing. the little riff between verses is delightful!

"Concrete's all she sees"
"An ulcer here, a breakdown there"

LOVE YOUR INTELLIGENT LYRICS

solo at 2:27 is just luscious!
the ending is perfect.

Sweet Job, Dick and Richard.
Hope you guys never break up!
8)
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DWL said 2068 days ago (December 22nd, 2011)
You are too kind Anne!
Thanks for those kind words and the listen.

We try to write good lyrics (most of it is down to Richard but I throw a word in now and again!

Thanks again Anne and have a great Christmas!

Cheers

Dick


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racerat said 2060 days ago (December 30th, 2011)
Lollipop
A smooth and slinky protest song. Deceivingly and confusingly sweet for a song about anger. I guess a sign of acceptance and resignation? The recording is gorgeous the classical guitar is super well tracked. makes we want to go out and buy a classical. I love that nylon string sound. Thanks.
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DWL said 2058 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Thanks Mr R!
I really appreciate the comments. I like the idea of setting sweetness against anger.

Happy New Year.

Cheers

Dick
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rtcooper said 2058 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
MISSION MADE
The Difficult made to sound effortless.
Flow and Grip in the writing.
Melodic inevitability, it seems.
A fine picture of a quiet disaster; displacement and cruelty of event.

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DWL said 2056 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Quite a comment!
Much appreciated Mr C.

As enigmatic as your music.

Wonderful!

Cheers

Dick
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thetiler said 2056 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Enjoy the mellowness
of this, you have a special touch with adding things I like in the guitar as well as your other oh so special sounds here. Top notch stuff.

Sorry for not comment before, but this stuff is really special. Plus the singing on this is really a fun hear. You really have a lot of talent to pull off so many different instruments and lyrics. Lots of stuff. Your quite the talent DWL!
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Monkaton said 2051 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Top Notch
A good song and good production. You consistently have some of the best music and ideas for songs on the MJ.
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DWL said 2051 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Thanks Tim
you are too kind!

We do our best.

Cheers

Dick
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Mosaica said 2031 days ago (January 28th, 2012)
Sad...
...and poignant writing here. Life can seem very unfair and empty at times. Beautiful and accomplished guitar playing.
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DWL said 2028 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Thanks Rosalind
Life can seem like that.

I really appreciate the listen and the very nice comment.

Cheers

Dick
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