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My Home Long Ago (acoustic one-pass)


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Rich taking Jack's song in a little different direction. I lowered the key from Amin to Emin to accommodate my baritone voice. Compare to http://www.macjams.com/song/song_profile.php?lid=8531. Recorded in one pass at Rich's graphic design studio in St. Paul, Minnesota (not Las Vegas). Yep, me playing and singing at the same time, getting ready for my first solo gig at the local coffee shop.
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It's been thirty long years since I left her,
thirty long years to the day.
I set out to find my good fortune,
set out to make my own way.

Like many that went out before me,
I only dreamed of what could be.
But now all my dreaming looks backward
to my home across the sea.

Good luck to the anglers baiting.
Good fortune in life's lottery.
My own destiny is awaiting
in my home across the sea.

I'm hearing the pipes playing sweetly.
The music and mirth make me smile.
The dawn of a new day excites me
as I dream of my Emerald Isle.

And in my mind, oh, the memories prevail:
The stone walls weaving through the meadow,
the hanging mist as the fishermen set sail.
It's where I still long to be--my home long ago!

So many long hours in this faraway field,
for love and for money I toil.
Though all my fine labor has given me yield,
I'd rather breath Ireland's soil.

Now as the shadows do lengthen,
I yearn to return to my source,
the wellspring that will help me strengthen
my sinews, my heart, my life force!

And in my mind, oh, the pictures I still see:
The cattle clanking along the hedgerow,
the hanging mist as the fishermen set sail.
It's where I still long to be -- my home long ago!

It's been thirty long years since I left her,
thirty long years to the day.
I set out to find my good fortune,
set out to make my own way.

Like many that went out before me,
I only dreamed of what could be.
But now all my dreaming looks backward
to my home across the sea.

Song ©2005 Jack Miller
Lyrics ©2005 Jack Miller & Richard Schletty
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Comments: 9
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Plays: 120
Downloads: 148
Votes: 5
Uploaded: May 27, 2005 - 03:04:38 PM
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2007 - 01:19:32 PM Last Played: Jan 03, 2019 - 05:00:55 AM
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Hardware:
Audio-Technica AT3035 microphone, Digidesign Mbox, G4/500MHz, Alvarez 12-string guitar
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Apple GarageBand 2
Comments
eltopo said 5076 days ago (May 28th, 2005)
Beautifully sung
A beautifully sung accoustic workout with wonderful
words.

Thanks for posting!
Check out my latest song called Gentrification (live)
said 5073 days ago (May 30th, 2005)
Beautifully sung
Thanks, eltopo. Still needs more work. Maybe if I really went to Las Vegas....
said 5075 days ago (May 28th, 2005)
You Forgot
the Las Vegas style "Thank you, Thank you very much" at
the end. Well done here, especially for a single pass.
Well sung and played.
oldlibmike said 5074 days ago (May 29th, 2005)
Great song, so I'll nitpick...
Not sure that the "sinews, heart, life force" verse works - sort
of pretentious, but everything else is absolutely wonderful. I
don't rate many vocals usually but I enjoyed this. Then again,
I'm a sucker for Irish inspired music!
Check out my latest song called Parabola
said 5074 days ago (May 29th, 2005)
Great song, so I'll nitpick...
I wrote that line. Yes, it may be too pretentious. Jack encouraged me to
keep my supplemental lyrics simple (as I added to what he started). We'll
give your suggestion some thought. We do appreciate the listen.

The homesick Irishman could be a university professor or a writer of epic
sci fi movies. Would that help to justify "my sinews, my heart, my life
force"?
oldlibmike said 5074 days ago (May 29th, 2005)
Great song, so I'll nitpick...
Well sinews, hearts and lifeforce do tend towards physicians or sci-fi to me but
everyone will get something else out of it so its provocative if nothing else. As I
said though, its a minor nitpick and certainly subjective. I love the piece! Good
luck with your performances!
Check out my latest song called Parabola
said 5073 days ago (May 30th, 2005)
Great song, so I'll nitpick...
Nitpicking moves a song along toward perfection. Jack and I do appreciate it.
My own personal nit is how explosively I sing "the fishermen". My wife doesn't
like it either. I'll fix that in the next mix.
said 5073 days ago (May 30th, 2005)
Viva Las Vegas...

or at least viva the coffee house. You are gettin' better
all the time!

Jack
said 5073 days ago (May 30th, 2005)
Viva Las Vegas...
Thanks, Jack. I hope I have not destroyed your brainchild. Sometimes I just
gotta do what I gotta do.

I do have another nitpick on this recording: the contour on my voice is wrong.
Too much bass.
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