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Angry Boy


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Philip18

 Genre: Folk-Rock

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Words and Music: Philip Gardner
Philip Gardner: vocal, guitars, bass
John Paxinos: keyboard

Drums are Apple loops in various combinations.
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Lyrics
The noise could not be locked outside
It went into his head
An angry voice, a fearful cry
He heard all that was said
He knew that soon he’d hear the sound
Of a hand upon a face
Then his turn would come around
To be put back n his place

Sad boy, mother’s joy, what’s inside your head?
Sad boy, mother’s joy, crying in your bed

His father gone, his mother tired
He roamed the streets all day
He never joined the simple games
That other children played
At school he fought with everyone
Just because he could
His teachers said he’d never learn
He wasn’t any good.

Sad boy, angry boy, what’s inside your head?
Sad boy, angry boy, always seeing red.

What good could happen was going to happen
In a dark Street that night
When the beer was talking to him and
His fists were clenched to fight
In his pocket was the blade
He’d bought when full of hate
We waved it at another man
And that’s what sealed his fate

Sad boy, angry boy, what’s inside your head?
Sad boy, angry boy, always seeing red.
Sad boy mother’s joy had to end up dead
Song Stats
Hits: 4814
Comments: 45
Fans: 17
Plays: 114
Downloads: 44
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Dec 09, 2011 - 03:02:35 PM
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2011 - 01:18:16 PM Last Played: Nov 26, 2017 - 08:09:35 PM
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MacBook Pro
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Comments
alackbass said 2198 days ago (December 9th, 2011)
Angry Boy
Great story telling in a song. I really like the simple and direct chorus. Nice Dire Straits vibe. Clean mix!
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Philip18 said 2198 days ago (December 9th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Andrew - and appreciate the comparison to Dire Straits. I did try to get a "rolling along" feel that is common in their work. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment!
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michaeljayklein said 2198 days ago (December 9th, 2011)
The boy may be angry...
...but you have one very pleased listener here Philip. This is first-class and professional as it could be. Love the vibes on this song, that beat, and the fine vocal and musicianship by you and Mr. Paxinos. I'm always impressed and rewarded listening to your work, whether alone or with one of the good musicians you collaborate with Philip--thanks again! Michael
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Philip18 said 2197 days ago (December 9th, 2011)
Thank you
I appreciate enormously your supportive comments, Michael. I'm certainly enjoying the opportunities MacJams provides to collaborate and to share. Thanks again for listening and taking the time to comment.
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seadogbluesband said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Angry Boy
I love the development of the character during the song. I think about schoolmates of mine sometimes and wonder whatever happened with their rage. The Dire Straights comparison hit home and Irish sort of storytelling and maybe non-standard song construction (if there is such a thing anymore) carry it so nicely. I enjoyed it a lot.
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Philip18 said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked the story of the song. Rage can get young men into trouble, and sometimes there are consequences that change their lives. Thanks for listening and for the thoughtful comment.
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jiguma said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Philip!
I know this young man!
Very nicely done.
Cheers from "up north" :)
Neil
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Philip18 said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Hi Neil
Thanks for listening. Yes, unfortunately there are plenty of such young men around whose anger gets the better of them. Hope the sun is shining up there! Cheers, Philip
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Loob said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
This is more folk at present
Than what I would call rock Phil. Good storytelling! Nice performances! I think I'd have the vocals up on top a little more. Hearing what you are saying is important. You are telling a story. In this mix the band is competeting with the vocal just a tad (volume). Very well played!
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Loob said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Also

You should be trying your hand at some vocal harmony on these songs. This one would be helped by that. Especially the choruse. Maybe a few choice places in the verse. Very nice!
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Philip18 said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate the careful listening, Freddy! The categories part is something I've never really sure about - I've compromised and changed it to Folk-Rock! Your comment on the level of the vocals is interesting. This one I just did myself, and I think I probably should have let a few others listen with a critical ear before I posted - sometimes I get so used to the mix (and of course know everything in it so well) that I don't hear the balance the way others do. Re the harmonies, I get mixed reviews on that. Some prefer my songs without, some with. I'll put some in the next song and see how they go! Hope all is well with you and yours! All the best. Phil.
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magnatone said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Angry Boy
you really are just so danged good phillip!
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Philip18 said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Thanks
I always appreciate your support, Karen. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for talking the time to comment!
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richard13 said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Brilliant
though I agree with Loob that the vocal could be upped a bit. The guitar picking is choice. Very nice.
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Philip18 said 2197 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Vocal in the mix
Thanks, Richard. Just had another listen and can hear what you and Fred mean - I think I have the voice as just another instrument sitting in the mix, and it could stand out bit more. I appreciate the comments on the guitar - the lead lines are played on the Gibson Howard Roberts which has jazzy sort of tone that I think suits the style of the song (although I like to think it's a song that could be done with a harder edge, too). Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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PeterB7858 said 2196 days ago (December 11th, 2011)
Nice one...
Nice one, Philip. Flows along very nicely and your fine, understated vocals counterpoint the sad story that unfolds. I like the tasty guitar lines that follow each chorus. I'm sure you would not have said that the boy could never learn with you as his teacher :-) John's keyboards add some nice depth to the mix. Talk soon, Peter.
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Philip18 said 2196 days ago (December 11th, 2011)
Thanks
How did the fishing go? Good time had by all? Glad you like the guitar bits after the verses - I was happy with them. No doubt had he been in my class he'd have changed completely grown up to be something special :-) although I have to admit that if a kid doesn't turn up to school much and when they're there they cause trouble, it tests even my patience... See you soon!
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Dennis James said 2196 days ago (December 11th, 2011)
Very nice...
...and as mentioned earlier here...early Dire Straits to me and neat as...really like this...

Dennis....
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Philip18 said 2196 days ago (December 11th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Dennis. I guess it has a bit of Dire Straits in it - now I just need to get my guitar playing up to where Mark Knopfler is and I'm set! Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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neilh79 said 2195 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
Angry Boy
Really top tune Philip, guitars work perfectly here really well done
Philip18 said 2195 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate your support, Neil - glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by.
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Char said 2195 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
Well done
folk ballad. Smooth vocal on top of a bouncy backer. Nice work, Philip and John. Thanks.
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Philip18 said 2195 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, Char - smooth on top of bouncy is what I was after! Thanks for listening and taking the tome to comment.
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TvRicky said 2195 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
So very real.
My wife's life work is with children like Angry Boy fortunately she has made a difference and helped more than a few change their lives. One key element she focused on was the initiation of dialogue with the parents as much as she could. This song also makes that inner dialogue possible. Such humanism.. Thank you so very much..

TvRicky
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Philip18 said 2195 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
Dialogue
Yes, it's hard to believe that angry and difficult is anyone's preferred lifestyle, and talking it through is necessary, although often difficult to manage. Good luck to your wife in her involvement - it's important work!
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eanbardsley said 2194 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Love it!
Beautiful. Wonderful guitar playing and lyrics. Angry Boy goes right along with Johnny Cash's boy named Sue.
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Philip18 said 2194 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Ian! I appreciate the positive comments about the guitar playing and the lyrics - thanks for listening and taking the time to comment!
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drakonis said 2194 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Oof...
What a troublesome tale, so well told and played. Reminds me a bit of Al Stewart (whom I loved). Let's all try to give our boys hope and love and guidance. Excellent writing and playing, as usual.
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Philip18 said 2194 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Troublesome tale
Glad you enjoyed it, Eduard. Yes, some boys have a difficult life and your comment about "hope love and guidance" is where we need to be. Thanks for your comment!
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Baz said 2194 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Great
`Great storytelling looks like I,ll be a frequent visitor
cheers Baz
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Philip18 said 2194 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it Baz - happy to have you back any time! I appreciate the comment re the story telling.
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gadzooks said 2194 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Angry Boy
Really like the Lyrics and your vocals Philip. Some harmonies in the chorus would be nice.Well played music. The minor key sets a nice feel for your fine guitar playing and the organ sits well in the mix. Good simple choice of drums that fit the style of song perfectly. Good solid songwriting.
SG
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Philip18 said 2193 days ago (December 14th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it Stan. I think the minor key works - perhaps I should admit that the chord progression that goes through the verse is pretty much from House of the Rising Sun - a tune printed in my musical DNA from the time the Animals made it a hit. So when I sit down to play something, a version of that often comes out... Thanks for listening - I always value your opinion.
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Relic67 said 2193 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
mad man
I like the wistful tone, guitar playing I would also call Knopfleresque and a real treat to listen to. Great guitar tone too. I don't really think the song is missing anything to be honest. Good lyrics too, thanks for posting!
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Philip18 said 2193 days ago (December 14th, 2011)
Thanks
Well, Knopfler is a hero of mine, and I guess that "tell a story" style that he did so well is an influence (although so is Dylan, who I think is the best of all story tellers). Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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thoddi said 2193 days ago (December 14th, 2011)
Enjoyed this one
Hi Philip, this was a very enjoyable ride. The progression is classic and easy to like. The intervening guitars is very well performed and stitch together the parts of the song. I also find your vocals very good and suited for this style.

I notice the drums to be apple loops and what, if something, I could think could benefit from a little more attention in the production.

Drums have to me to been an everlasting search for a good tool that sounds like they're played with the band, and not a replacement for a metronome or click track, which I sometimes feel such loops can give an impression of... My search so far has brought me to beta monkey (betamonkeymusic.com) and their stuff. Easy to work with, and usually they have several versions of fills and alternative rhythm patterns for each bundle.

Anyway, you have a new fan:)
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Philip18 said 2193 days ago (December 14th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate the detailed comments, Thor. Re the drums, I heard a Lucy Kaplansky song called One Good Reason from her Ten Year Night CD. It had that simple driving beat that I wanted behind this tune. So that basic beat I wrote with the keyboard. I then grabbed whatever fills I thought helped. Sometimes I like just to play around, although for some tunes I ask a real drummer to help out! Just had a quick look at the site you mentioned - looks interesting and I'll explore it further. Thanks for the thoughtful feedback!
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awigze said 2191 days ago (December 16th, 2011)
Phillip
greatly enjoyed this song. timeless really in a lot of ways.
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Philip18 said 2191 days ago (December 16th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Andy. I guess it's unfortunate that this situation is timeless, but I certainly appreciate you listening and taking the time to comment!
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GTRocker said 2191 days ago (December 16th, 2011)
Angry Boy . .
Really enjoyed this Philip, I particularly liked the way you kept building the storyline tension throughout the song. Clever lyrics about rage and hate and the dead end it can lead to.
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Philip18 said 2191 days ago (December 16th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Graham. Certainly was my intention to make the story the focus of the whole thing, and I'm glad that you liked the development of it. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment!
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Bob Rodgers said 2189 days ago (December 18th, 2011)
A
nice flow to this song with great lyrics, love the minor chord progression and your guitar playing.
Very much enjoyed, thanks.

Bob
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Philip18 said 2173 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you liked the flow of the song, Bob, and the guitar playing! I appreciate you listening and taking the time to comment.
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Cori Ander said 2186 days ago (December 21st, 2011)
I
dig this one too! You have a new fan here!
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Philip18 said 2185 days ago (December 22nd, 2011)
Thanks
Much appreciated, Johannes - I hope I can keep delivering something interesting!
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Name: Philip Gardner
Location: Melbourne Victoria Australia
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Played folk guitar then learnt jazz guitar in the 70s. Worked in folk joints, then pubs, restaurants and reception centres in bands, duos or solo. Now enjoying the opportunities that the digital age supplies to write and record.... [see more]

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Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. In the original and narrowest sense, the term referred to a genre that arose in the United States and Canada around the mid-1960s. The sound was epitomized by tight vocal

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