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Where I Belong


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PeterB7858

 Genre: Acoustic

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This song had its genesis when I was sitting on an outside porch at Haines Junction in the Yukon (picture above) just singing out to the surrounding mountains. We were several weeks into our holiday and I was starting to get twitchy because I hadn't played a guitar in that time, when lo and behold, there was a 3/4 size, Canadian made, Larivee guitar available at the house we were staying at. You wouldn't believe it though, I was tuning it and the high E string inexplicably broke, and the 6 hour round trip back to Whitehorse for another wouldn't fit into our schedule. I still can't believe it happened... Anyway, I played it for hours on end with 5 strings and was mumbling something about the Yukon and 1942 (for whatever reason) when the chords and melody for the chorus came into being.

The song morphed into an Australian outback song when I didn't feel it was kosher for me to be writing a Canadian mountain song after I had been in the country a week :-)

Again, I have purposely left it sparse and tried for a live, coffee house, sound.

See what you think, anyway.

Regards,

Peter

P.S. I sought out Larivee guitars when I was in Vancouver and there are certainly some very nice acoustics in the range. I really liked the L-05 (mahogany, rather than the rosewood) but Judy wasn't all that keen on the $2500 price tag as a holiday souvenir. Ah well... Give them an audition if you ever get a chance. Well worth it.
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Lyrics
Where I Belong - Peter Bowen (September 2012) Capo 4

[Am] x4
I [Am] headed out back, to [G] get me some air
And [D] spend some more time on the [Am] land
The [C] city was taking its [G] toll, all my loose change was [Am] gone

The mountains majestic, the dusty red plains
They drew me along down the track
The distant horizon kept calling for me to move on

[C] Oh [G] oh, [D] I'm out here on my [Am] own
[C] Oh [G] oh, but I'm singing my [Am] song
[C] Oh [G] oh, [D] I'm a long way from [Am] home
[C] Oh [G] oh, but I feel I [Am] belong

I got me a job fixing fences up north
Where the cattle are marked with a brand
It was hotter than hell but the money was paid cash-in-hand

We'd been at it four months when the rain season came
And dark clouds they shrouded the land
It was time to head south and get me a gig with a band

Oh oh, I'm out here on my own
Oh oh, and I'm singing my song
Oh oh, I'm a long way from home
Oh oh, but I feel I belong

[F] [G] [Em] [F] , [F] [G] [Am] [Am] x2

I was playing in pubs for free beer and tips
My guitar never far from my hands
The audience seemed glad to hear me, and that made me smile

One night through the haze, I saw flaming red hair
And a smile that I couldn't withstand
By the end of the evening we left that hotel hand in hand

Oh oh, I'm not here on my own
Oh oh, but I’m still singing my song
Oh oh, now I call this place home
Oh oh, and I think I belong

Oh oh, I'm no longer alone
Oh oh, and she's singing my song
Oh oh, now we call this place home
Oh oh, and we’re where we belong

[C] Yeah, [G] we’re where we [Am] belong
[C] Oh, [G] oh, I’m where I [Am] belong [Am]
Song Stats
Hits: 1964
Comments: 36
Fans: 19
Plays: 167
Downloads: 65

Uploaded: Sep 14, 2012 - 06:50:37 AM
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2012 - 03:01:24 PM Last Played: May 07, 2017 - 12:39:00 AM
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Hardware:
Maton CW-80D acoustic, Ibanez AS193 semi-hollow body, Shure SM58, Presonus Audiobox, Macbook Pro
Software:
GB, Ozone
Comments
Symphony101 said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
I'm off
breaking my high E string, if it's what it takes to write a beauty like this :-)

Joke apart, beautiful song. Very much enjoyed.
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PeterB7858 said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
A string short of the guitar :-)
Thanks, Yves. The little Larivee guitar sounded pretty good even with 5 strings. Wouldn't mind one as a travel guitar. Glad you thought this turned out OK. I enjoy singing the song, which must mean something. Take care, Peter.
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Loob said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
Excellent Pete!
Thanks for sharing!
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PeterB7858 said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
Pared back...
Thanks, Freddy. I did put a bit of effort into adding drums, bass, etc. but in the end went for the "live", single take, coffee house sound, hoping that the song would stand in its own right. Hopefully it goes close. Talk soon, Peter.
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richard13 said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
I agree
THIS is where you belong! Lovely, old-fashioned (in a good way) folk song. The playing and singing are a delight and the coffeehouse sound is brewed to perfection. A bonus that it was born in Canada but I'm sure it will sound as good anywhere.

Too bad you missed out on the Larivee: perhaps if you'd pitched it as an important addition to your arsenal, rather than a souvenir, you might have had better luck.
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PeterB7858 said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
Folk roots
Thanks Richard. I am trying to write songs this year that I can sing, and feel comfortable singing, solo acoustically, so "folk" is the style where many of them have their roots. And unfortunately no amount of spin would have got me the Larivee. Apparently I have far too many guitars already... :-) I appreciate you dropping by. Kind regards, Peter.
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sammydix said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
coffee house
you got just the feel you were looking for.
when i was in the military, me and my best friend took leave together and i visited his home in Syracuse NY. from there we drove up to Canada and stopped in his favorite pub. the music sounded much like this. very cool stark song.
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PeterB7858 said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
Warts and all :-)
Thanks, Sam. Single take songs, warts and all, seem to be my ticket this year. As I said above, I like singing this one, so in the end that is probably all that matters. Glad you thought it was OK. Take care, Peter.
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Moviz said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
Good lyrics
that fit in with the situation of you being away from home, while feeling at home....... the song is great and your performance as ever top dollar.... loved the surprise lead that came in on the right.... regards M
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PeterB7858 said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
Therapy
I appreciate your comments, Maurice. Singing out to the mountains in a beautiful foreign country is good therapy :-) Glad it came across OK. Take care, Peter.
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Skean said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
Where I Belong
Always a joy to listen on your music/songs, thanks for sharing, peace.
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PeterB7858 said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
Good for my soul
Thanks, Kenta. A bit of organic, coffee house, singing is good for my soul. I appreciate your support. Take care, Peter.
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Philip18 said 1716 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
Where I Belong
I like the story in the lyrics. The 3/4 time gives it a traditional feel, as does the riffy guitar strumming. The warm vocal suits the style, too. Tasty lead break adds variety. Excellent work, Peter - glad you're back in town and again producing material of this quality!
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PeterB7858 said 1715 days ago (September 14th, 2012)
The simple life :-)
Thanks, Philip. It does have a very traditional feel, and that's probably what makes it fun to sing. Traditional styles have become so for a reason, I suppose. I have a magic GB version with bass, drums, organ, etc. that is mostly finished but a simple version kept calling me back. Talk soon. Peter.
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alackbass said 1715 days ago (September 15th, 2012)
Where I Belong
This sparse setting really gives your impressive vocal room to shine! Travel inspires a song about home! Great post!
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PeterB7858 said 1714 days ago (September 15th, 2012)
The benefits of travel :-)
Thanks for the kind words about my vocal work, Andrew. Travels has hopefully inspired quite a few songs. I appreciate your comments and support. Take care, Peter.
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Narad said 1715 days ago (September 15th, 2012)
Where I Belong
Very nice listen ! Thanks for sharing ! :)
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PeterB7858 said 1714 days ago (September 15th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for dropping by, Harald. Glad you found this OK. Kind regards, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 1715 days ago (September 15th, 2012)
Where I Belong
there's a nice traditional folk style here. solid structure.

the lyrics are absolutely great!
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PeterB7858 said 1714 days ago (September 15th, 2012)
Folk songs 'r us
Thanks, as always, Vic. "Folk songs 'r us" is my mantra :-) Glad you liked the story. Take care, Peter.
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Feter said 1715 days ago (September 15th, 2012)
I Belong
Very powerful folk song ...sense of old timers and true heart ,the vocal the fluent lyrics just perfect ..the electric guitar came as a surprise ..very cool song ,well done and mixed ..(I had good experience with Canadian guitars hence my profile pic ) ..cheers !!
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PeterB7858 said 1714 days ago (September 15th, 2012)
Inspiration
Thanks, Feter. Glad you liked this. Yes there seems to be a number of fine Canadian luthiers. All those sitka spruce trees along the coast must provide some inspiration. I appreciate you dropping by. Take care, Peter.
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CraizeeMusic said 1708 days ago (September 21st, 2012)
Great Storytelling!
Great tune to go with with a great story packed with emotion!

Love it, and thanks for adding the chords with the tune. I will pull out my guitar and play this for sure!
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PeterB7858 said 1707 days ago (September 22nd, 2012)
Kind words
Thanks for the kind words, CM. Glad you thought it told a story worth following. I appreciate you dropping by. Take care, Peter.
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Bob Rodgers said 1707 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Great
lyrics that tell a great story, wonderful song writing Peter and I love the traditional feel of this song.
I always love the tone of your acoustic guitars and you always get a good recording of them. Another great vocal and very much enjoyed.

Bob
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PeterB7858 said 1706 days ago (September 23rd, 2012)
Pickup
Thanks for checking this one out, Bob. Glad you liked the story. For a change I recorded the acoustic guitar directly through my Fishman Acoustic Matrix pickup rather than via a microphone on this one. It gives the guitar a more percussive, live sound. Take care, Peter.
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dave_b said 1705 days ago (September 25th, 2012)
Where I Belong
Cool story song! Well-structured. Repetition and melodic rise drives the chorus home. Strong vocals and playing.
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PeterB7858 said 1704 days ago (September 25th, 2012)
Singing to the mountains
Thanks, Dave. Glad you like this story song. The chorus just fell out when I was singing to the mountains :-) Take care, Peter.
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Songwriterz said 1703 days ago (September 27th, 2012)
Pro
Love this song - really pro guitar playing and catchy melody.. voice is super pro! I'd love to hear this with full arrangement someday.. super great job! Love Heidi
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PeterB7858 said 1702 days ago (September 28th, 2012)
On the cards
Thanks, Heidi. Glad you thought this turned out OK. A full arrangement could be on the cards. Take care, Peter.
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Damroze said 1678 days ago (October 21st, 2012)
Brings to mind
that great troubadour Gordon Lighfoot. Very appropriate for a song inspired in the Great White North, eh ?
Sparse, crisp and clear like a cool Northern night.
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PeterB7858 said 1676 days ago (October 23rd, 2012)
A touch of the Gordon's
No doubt there is a touch of the Gordon's in this, David. I like his music a lot. It is a good song to sing and, to me, that makes it work. I appreciate you checking it out. Regards, Peter.
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Diego_B said 1641 days ago (November 28th, 2012)
Where I Belong
Great melody! First time, that I can imagine a bigger production. There's a lot of Drama inside, let's call it Am-Drama :) and I really like it.
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PeterB7858 said 1640 days ago (November 28th, 2012)
Re-record
Thanks for digging back a bit, Diego. Yes, I agree that this could do with a better production treatment. I am actually going to re-record it with better acoustic miking, some harmonies/doubled vocals and possibly some percussion and organ. I was just back from holidays and posted it without too much ceremony. It is a good song to sing solo, too, though. Take care, Peter.
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gadzooks said 1641 days ago (November 28th, 2012)
Where I Belong
I saw a comment posted this morning and remembered reading about the larivee and how much I love them ... so I went back for another listen and when I scrolled down to read the comments mine wasn't there?? I was sure I wrote one and I remember listening to this fine tune ... nicely written Peter and I like the little overdriven lead thats kept fairly dry.
Cheers
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PeterB7858 said 1640 days ago (November 28th, 2012)
A more complete arrangement
Hi Stan. Thanks for checking this one out again. I have done a similar thing before, where I listen, make a comment and somehow forget to press enter, or get interrupted, or whatever, and somehow it doesn't post. No problems. As I say to Diego, above, it is a good song to sing solo but I am going to re-record it with a more complete arrangement to put on this year's CD for my family and friends. Take care, Peter.
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