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A condemned man story song.
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Far Away

Words and Music, John Whitehead, c. 2009

Far away across the mountains, nestled in the smoky hills
There’s a humble little farmhouse, that in memory lingers still
I can see my mother standin’, shadowed in the cabin door
Beggin’ son, please don’t leave here, fear I’ll never see you more
In twelve hours I’ll climb the scaffold, they’ll put a rope over my head
Now they’re bringin’ pen and paper, for a letter sent after I’m dead

I fell in with a gang of rounders, they promised me a tidy stack
If I would only keep my eyes peeled, while they filled their money sack
Said the law could never touch me, for I was only seventeen
And though I never pulled a trigger, I’m guilty by conspiracy
Now dear mother, don’t you grieve me, you and Father did your best
One kiss more would I bestow thee, were they to grant my last request

Daddy, I can hear you whistlin’, callin’ us at suppertime
While the wind it whispers gently, making music in the pines
Give my watch to little Willie, he’ll have more need of it then me
And the bible Nana gave me, please donate to charity
Now the preacher’s here to take me, my last night on earth is done
And May God have mercy on me, signed your ever-loving son.
Far away across the mountains, nestled in the smoky hills.

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Carrie71 said 1812 days ago (May 13th, 2012)
far away...
Thought I already commented...anyway. I absolutely love your voice. Your songs are always top notch quality!
johnwhitehead said 1812 days ago (May 13th, 2012)
Away
Had to re-post because I left bass out of the mix. Thanks for taking time to visit the re-post. Much obliged for the listen and your generous comments! Best, John
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tf10music said 1812 days ago (May 13th, 2012)
the is gorgeous
you've clearly, clearly done your homework, and you're singing your way in and out of folk storytelling tropes with deft ease and individuality. excellent musicianship. hearing your work is always a privilege.
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Philip18 said 1812 days ago (May 13th, 2012)
Far away
Plaintive banjo. Intimate vocal and sweet harmonies. Clean, warm guitar. Precise bass. I like the mandolin solo a lot. Sad song. Beautiful work , John!
Bob Rodgers said 1811 days ago (May 13th, 2012)
A
sad song that's very beautiful in it's structure and performance.
I love your vocals and harmonies, a wonderful choice of instruments that are all played so well.
Very much enjoyed.

Bob
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PHBB said 1811 days ago (May 13th, 2012)
A hard act to follow
Wow, your production values are really high. The balance of the instruments is just perfect and the harmonies you offer yourself are sublime. And your voice is really good and suits this kind of ballad. And you have found exactly the right setting and volume for the voice. Professional. Per
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kaidavis said 1811 days ago (May 13th, 2012)
Far Away
This one is close and personal the song is beautiful and the harmonies are right in the pocket very soothing sound to the soul.your voice set the stage for one to listen,great work.
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PeterB7858 said 1811 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
Far Away
Great to hear some banjo, John. It really sets the mood for this melancholy lamentation. The guitar, mandolin and bass beautifully round out a tastefully arranged song. Your vocal work is as warm and inviting as ever. Fine, atmospheric song. Thanks for the D/L. Take care, Peter.
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tempie said 1811 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
I fell in with a gang of rounders
no better analogy to the human condition than a condemned man story. guess that's why there's so many of them. love the backups and the quiet way the acoustic comes into the tune, like someone walked in and picked up a guitar while you were singing. very cool. As always, you're technically top notch but that never overshadows the heart of the tune. Another happy download. I nearly have an album of these tunes now...
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gadzooks said 1811 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
Far Away
Great story ... has a real nice old time feel to it ... great vocals and harmonies. Dig that banjo , nice to hear actually. I like the way the banjo sounds in the soundscape when the instruments kick in. Real good performance ... are you playing the mandolin? Fantastic mix.
Cheers
SG
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neilh79 said 1810 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
Far Away
The mood is captured perfectly in this John. Your vocal is superb, really enjoyed this cheers
Jarvoid said 1810 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
The sonorous nature of
this tune reminds me of an old Western era Ballad ,called "25 Minutes To Go" counting down the last, well 25 miutes of a condemned man....these sort of songs always send a shiver down my spine ...deliciously sinister but never mawkish ,always melodramatic but without the mush .This is an excellent version of the genre ....some great banjo and mando parts going on as well.....and the production is spot on ....ah well ...back to some ackordeen prackyactis...

Instant downloader.

Jarvoid
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Mosaica said 1809 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
Sad song
quite a tearjerker for me. Accomplished writing and performance.
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Daugrin said 1809 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
Futher than Far
John, another take on a classic form. Thank you for sharing your talents with us here at Mac Jams.

Daug
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papag said 1809 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
Tale of lament
Fabulous.

Thanks for letting me download :)
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Relic67 said 1809 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
wow
I love the instrumental blend, especially the banjo/mando combo. (did I really just say banjo mando combo?) the melancholy vibe really fits the story. really like the song, performance and production ... thanks for posting it!
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jiguma said 1809 days ago (May 16th, 2012)
Lovely harmonies John
very nicely done - you've jumped right in to the genre and period and pulled it off totally.
Very impressive, understated and pure.
I like it a lot.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Peter Greenstone said 1809 days ago (May 16th, 2012)
nice storytelling
Very well done. I always enjoys good story songs like this. Just the right use of harmonies to fill it out, too.
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Franciscus_Henri said 1808 days ago (May 16th, 2012)
This is Very good John
gentle and intimate, I can smell the smoke and the coffee. beautifully done.
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dave_b said 1807 days ago (May 17th, 2012)
Far Away
I love a good story song, and this is a really strong one. The language in the lyric, and the sound of the banjo transport the listener to an early age. The stripped down arrangement and understated vocals underscore the feel of the piece.
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Loob said 1807 days ago (May 18th, 2012)
Nice track John!
Love the harmonies, picking, and banjo! Good lyrics and story. Much enjoyed!
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Feter said 1805 days ago (May 19th, 2012)
Far Away
Deep , true ..great musicianship's craft work !
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paul f. page said 1802 days ago (May 22nd, 2012)
There a certain...
...authenticity about this song, something that just feels like it's an original folk song from a much earlier time sung by someone close to the story. I really like the wonderful feel of this song and how you decided to tell this story. Introduction of bass around 1:50 is just the perfect (and simple) addition needed to give the song a little lift RIGHT THERE. This piece is so understated that it's impossible to turn away from. Humble farmhouse...maybe; but not a humble story or performance. Rather, one that perfectly fits the lyrics. Nice.
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Ed Hannifin said 1787 days ago (June 6th, 2012)
I have to confess...
That I really enjoy story songs...

I think that you once again got the pace right on this one, and so your voice is shown to best advantage. The harmonies once again bracket the main vocal really nicely. I like the guitars and the mandolin as well, and that little bit of ghostly keyboard in the background...
ste said 1724 days ago (August 8th, 2012)
great
lyrics. love the banjo and soft vocals. cool stuff
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