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Arc of History


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Warren Smith

 Genre: Rock

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The phrase "The Arc of History ..." has been kicked around quite a lot lately and Roy and I thought we'd do some kicking of our own.

This perhaps so be called Part One and Part Two because I intended to write a musical break in the middle of what is here, but that hasn't happened. It still could : )
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THE ARC OF HISTORY [BUCKLEY/SMITH]

The arc of history is long and bends toward justice

The arc of history is long and best expressed as (x-h)2.
The arc of history is long and follows a ballistic trajectory.
The arc of history is long and reeks of ethnic cookery.
The arc of history is long and best avoided if at all possible.

The arc of history is long and drops like a split-finger fastball.
The arc of history is long and curves like the inner thigh of Botticelli's Venus
The arc of history is long and hurts like an ingrown toenail.
The arc of history is long but doesn't quite reach the future we were promised.

The arc of history is long but short on sanctioned rest areas.
The arc of history is long but crib sheets are in short supply.
The arc of history is long but easily summarized.
The arc of history is long and riddled with bullet holes.
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Comments: 28
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Downloads: 7
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Uploaded: Jan 09, 2017 - 08:25:06 AM
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2017 - 08:25:06 AM Last Played: Mar 20, 2017 - 05:54:48 AM
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sammydix said 77 days ago (January 9th, 2017)
...And
the arc of history is best told by ghosts of the time. You can't trust too much else. Very interesting to listen around the bullet holes and still get the gist.
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Warren Smith said 77 days ago (January 9th, 2017)
The arc of history is long ...
... and there are endless lines to write about it : )

Or maybe that should be "and the lines are endless"?

On and on it goes.
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DWL said 76 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
Much better than school
I learnt more today than in all those years in the classroom :-)

Wonderful!
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Warren Smith said 76 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
Bad student
That's because when in school you didn't PAY ATTENTION .. and instead of doing HOMEWORK you spent your time out of school playing a guitar : )
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Calchas said 76 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
There's the truth
and there's the telling thereof...

You guys tell it well with tongue in cheek and verve!

Love the folk-rock musical approach (with a hint of psychedelia?)

Great stuff!

Be well friends!
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Warren Smith said 76 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
Open Window Policy
We now live in an age where truth has gone out the window.

I always have trouble determining categories. I hesitated over the "Folk-Rock" label (so it's interesting you mentioned it). In the end, I went with the default "Rock" position.
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Calchas said 75 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
I agree
Sometimes choosing a genre seems a tad confining. "Rock" does make a good DEFAULT label, as it's so generic and nearly all-inclusive.
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Calchas said 75 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
I agree
Sometimes choosing a genre seems a tad confining. "Rock" does make a good DEFAULT label, as it's so generic and nearly all-inclusive.
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richard13 said 75 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
Too bad there's no "Fun" genre
cause this is. Musically, lyrically and vocally it sounds like you guys had it. Fun, I mean. I smiled all the way through, both times. And the irony is, it's all true.
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Warren Smith said 75 days ago (January 11th, 2017)
Is it all fun and games?
Be careful, Richard, after a third listen you might start to cry instead of laugh : )
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grah3am said 75 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
brilliant
my kind of madness. Tons of fun for everyone. excellent last line.
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Warren Smith said 75 days ago (January 11th, 2017)
My kind of madness
Embrace the madness!

Some songs struggle for words. In this case, there was a plethora of expressions to choose from .. where there was an excess of three dozen lines that got pared down to 12.

The arc of history is long and represents my kind of madness.
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Warren Smith said 75 days ago (January 11th, 2017)
Speaking of madness ...
Thanks for the double vote.
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Dean-Resonator said 75 days ago (January 11th, 2017)
Crib sheet?
Much enjoyment, and educational too. I must confess that had to google what a crib sheet was though. I kept thinking of early Talking Heads while listening to this one.
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Warren Smith said 75 days ago (January 11th, 2017)
Four sheets to the wind
Haha - don't confuse bed sheets with crib sheets : )
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Warren Smith said 75 days ago (January 11th, 2017)
Thanks for ...

... the double vote of confidence.
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Daugrin said 73 days ago (January 12th, 2017)
The linear progression
Full speed ahead! The guitar parts broke me up as much as the lyrics. The arc of history is an illusion written and maintained by the winners.
The break was the best part. Just time going by...lol.

Daug
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Warren Smith said 73 days ago (January 12th, 2017)
Arc welding
Haha - well you know music - it's all about delineating the flow of time : )

The maintenance gets particularly elusive when the winner is a loser.
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Philip18 said 73 days ago (January 12th, 2017)
Arc of History
Solid beat that rolls along well. Entertaining lyrics. Good one, Warren!
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Warren Smith said 72 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
Rolling and Marching
Thanks, Philip. It's either that march of history that keeps rolling along .. or the roll of history that keeps marching along - one of those two.
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Dadai.2 said 72 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
Warren...
... you are a master of ideas, lyrics, musical composition, guitar accompaniment, vocal presence, and listening enjoyment at MJ.
Thanks for the smile...
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Warren Smith said 70 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
The Challenge
This one turned out pretty good .. but for every good one there are multiple clunkers. Still, your flattery is appreciated. Trying to master all those aspects you mention remains a challenge with every new song that gets written and recorded.
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Vic Holman said 71 days ago (January 14th, 2017)
Arc of History
as always, clever lyrics warren.
and that trademark chromatic guitar style tends to be cheerful despite all the dangers. the deep beat of the drum come off like a countdown to the end of logic & reason.
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Warren Smith said 70 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
This is the End my Beautiful Friend
The end of logic and reason? That sounds like an Acid Trip. Let's hope it isn't a bad one.
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VicDiesel said 70 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
The arc of history
is best expressed in under 4 minutes.

Extremely catchy song this.

(There is something Residents-like in the sound of this song. Are you familiar with their work?)
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Warren Smith said 70 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Possibilities
Or maybe "best expressed in 140 characters"? The lyrical possibilities seem endless : )

I have been slowly working my way through the Residents catalog for the past half-year, so who knows? - maybe there's an influence.
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jiguma said 68 days ago (January 18th, 2017)
Another WS classic!
I don't know how you do it Warren. Your tunes always get me smiling, and as Daug said, the guitar parts are as humourous as the words. Genre? No idea, but "Fun" does seem to do it.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Warren Smith said 66 days ago (January 20th, 2017)
General approach
I generally take the Sinclair Lewis approach to writing. When asked what was the secret to his art, Lewis (the first American author to be awarded the Noble Prize in Literature) said, "It's the application of the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair." I try to play my guitar every day .. just knocking stuff out. Sometimes something good comes out of the effort : )
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