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Down to Earth


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grah3am

 Genre: Acoustic

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A touching moment from "Uncle and the Treacle Trouble". A family of dwarves is accidentally cemented into a tower for eight years, during which time they educate their kids and make friends with birds. Lyrics by the great J P Martin.
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Lyrics
Down to Earth

Lyrics by J.P. Martin



Rain and sun
Birds and sky
We wish we could run
We wish we could fly
Down to earth

Down to earth
Down to earth
We wish we could run
We wish we could fly
Down to earth

Me Mona, Me Maggie
Me Monkey, Me Selina!

Birds and sky
Rain and sun
We wish we could fly
We wish we could run
Down to earth

Down to earth
Down to earth
We wish we could fly
We wish we could run
Down to earth
Song Stats
Hits: 749
Comments: 20
Fans: 9
Plays: 50
Downloads: 1
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Mar 31, 2016 - 02:54:30 PM
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2016 - 02:54:30 PM Last Played: Mar 28, 2017 - 05:20:45 AM
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Comments
sammydix said 395 days ago (March 31st, 2016)
You
already know what I think. Still loving the expected chord changes. I love not knowing when an unexpected progression eases its way in.
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grah3am said 395 days ago (March 31st, 2016)
Firsties!
Seriously, the Uncle books are great. When I met this little poem for the first time in fifty years, I rejoiced. It is elegant and full of the best human spirit - everything that J P Martin was about. I'm tempted to Beatleify it, but maybe it should stay simple.
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HairyJohnson said 394 days ago (April 1st, 2016)
nice
nice song,it has a nice child like feel
really like this the little break
thanks in joyed it
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grah3am said 394 days ago (April 1st, 2016)
That's the idea
The middle section is where Selina and the two birds, Mona and Maggie (who helped rescue the family) are having fun getting to know one another. The Old Monkey is Uncle's faithful servant. It all sounds barmy I know, but in context it's really touching. "A picture of perfect happiness", to quote the great man. Thanks for listening, Mr J.
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DWL said 394 days ago (April 1st, 2016)
Another unexpected treat
For me it's a lovely mix of whimsy and melancholia. A sort of sadness hangs over the piece but is still infused with hope.

My only crit is that bass string which sounds a little flat... (but then again adds to the quirky nature!)

Cheers

Dick



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grah3am said 394 days ago (April 1st, 2016)
Cheers, Dick
The old Ovation is getting harder to keep in tune. It needs TLC which it can't get here. A poor workman etc. but in this case it's true. But you got the mood. Simple happiness after a period of suffering. The sort of thing grandparents feel when they send the kids back to their parents! (Interpret that any way you like.)
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mystrag said 393 days ago (April 2nd, 2016)
Down to Earth
Calm and reflective, this is a wonderful song. Maybe it is your voice, but it sounds already a bit Beatleified to me, which is great. Thanks for sharing.
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grah3am said 393 days ago (April 2nd, 2016)
Glad you like it.
I've refined it a bit since posting, so it sounds more finished.The characters in the story weren't moping - they were just glad to be free (as a bird) and I wanted to reflect that in the tune.
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Warren Smith said 393 days ago (April 2nd, 2016)
Baffling but beautiful
Since I missed these stories (born too soon?) I had no idea what you were singing about. After googling it ("The Uncle of the six books is a millionaire elephant with a purple dressing-gown...") I realized without actually reading the books I would never really "get" it (even after reading the plot summaries). And who knows, maybe they would've had to be read as a child, not an adult, to truly feel the magic.

That said, despite being baffled, I think the song is beautiful.
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grah3am said 393 days ago (April 2nd, 2016)
Just as good for adults.
There's a wicked satirical touch to J P Martin that deflates Uncle's natural pomposity and makes the reader sympathise with the scum of Badfort. And then you get poetical touches like this. Happy you like the little tune, Warren.
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paul f. page said 392 days ago (April 3rd, 2016)
Tuning...
...not a problem for me since the twangy nature of the guitar is rather stylized. Nice vocal arrangement that;s just honest and straight-forward. The whole piece is simeply "what it is." Lots of interest, especially around 2:40 with that kind of vocal chanting. And there's some nice guitar work, too. What a clever piece...and a very pleasant experience to hear.
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grah3am said 391 days ago (April 4th, 2016)
Tuning all fixed now.
I avoided the troublesome bottom D and fixed some sharp high bass lines at the end. And some vocals. You know the score. The work is never done. But if there's karma involved for all the pleasure J P Martin's books have given me over the years, it's totally worth it. Thank you for taking time to listen, Paul. It's always appreciated.
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PeterB7858 said 391 days ago (April 4th, 2016)
Down to Earth
Dwarves that accidentally get cemented in a tower for eight years? I see the hand of mind enhancing substances in that story line :-) Doesn't matter a jot, though. Great story telling and music mood setting. Creative and poignant. Like it a lot. Thanks.
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grah3am said 391 days ago (April 4th, 2016)
Not at all
J P Martin was a British pastor, a practising humanitarian and a brilliant writer. Just Google him. The words are all his except for "Me Monkey", and he used both of those words in his books many times, so I think that's fair enough. I'm really happy you picked up the poignance, as that's exactly what I felt when I read it the other day.
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mfwmiles said 390 days ago (April 5th, 2016)
love the intro...
...leads me to a classic, simple tune...gives me a moody blues feel, the structure, the melody..agree with sammy, as usual...love the move to the snapping clapping class room...inventive, using only the simplest materials...takes me on a wonderful journey!!!
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grah3am said 390 days ago (April 5th, 2016)
Enjoy the trip
The book suggested the narrative, but it made more musical sense to put the introductions in the middle. If you regard it as a lesson involving befriending birds, it fits there for that reason too. Thanks for listening, Michael.
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J_Gretch said 390 days ago (April 5th, 2016)
Down to Earth
Love the spoken word at the beginning and when the music starts it sounds like you have stepped up your production value on this one. Really good playing and singing too....Much enjoyed!
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grah3am said 389 days ago (April 6th, 2016)
I should do some more
I enjoy spoken word stuff. Thanks for listening.
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MarkHolbrook said 380 days ago (April 15th, 2016)
Always something different
from the graham cracker! Nicely done mate!!!
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grah3am said 380 days ago (April 15th, 2016)
Favourite books
are always an inspiration. I hope there are more poems I can do things to. I have two more JP Martins to go. Ta for the listen and comment.
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