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Starter Wife (Goodbye from the Railroad)


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This is for all those jerks who get their spouses to support them all the way through grad school/med school/law school, then dump them in favor of newer models. Karma's a bitch.

This tune's a collaboration between myself and my husband, jgurner, who remixed it and tweaked the vocals. He insisted that I put in a disclaimer, letting folks know he hasn't doublecrossed me with a secretary or anything. Anyone who knows us knows better, anyway.
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You let out a sigh and you say goodbye like a Hundred times before,
As you straighten out your sleeve.
With the keys to the boat in your overcoat, You stop just at the door,
And you wait for me to grieve.
But let me let you in on a secret:
There's not much me left to leave.

Goodbye from the railroad (3x)
Your mama's golden train has called you home, you're gonna be on your own.

Well, you're still the Mack, I guess the heart attack put no damper on your style,
And the ladies love your charm.
Yeah, you're still the shit with the little slit you've been seeing for a while.
I hear she looks great on your arm.
But don't come crying on my shoulder
When no one's there to keep you warm.


It takes a big man to admit his plan has been Thrown a bit off course.
When you're chest deep in the undertow,
You'll be screaming for another horse.

Good luck to you when the corporate flu has your back against the wall,
And all the blow's been done.
When you're Grey Goose gone, and you're all night long, and you're slipping off the ball,
And crying on the phone,
Just be sure to lose my number;
Leave my well enough alone.

Chorus to fade
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Uploaded: Aug 22, 2005 - 07:31:06 AM
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2005 - 06:20:49 PM Last Played: Jun 01, 2019 - 05:42:58 PM
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cjhoose said 5115 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
what a delightful representation of angry heartbreak. I
seriously can't find anything I'd change...
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gftpm100 said 5115 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
Chorus is great.
Love the voice and especially the chorus. Good
harmonies. The production is very good. I love songs
about rairoads and trains. Great song!
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selters said 5115 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
you have a beatiful voice. The song and the lyrics are as beatiful as your voice.
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Peter Greenstone said 5114 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
great song
Great writing and singing. You have a great voice but it
sounds very muffled in the mix. You should bring up the
upper-upper mid tone in the EQ quite a bit so it will sound
clear and break through the music. Everything else about
the song is great.
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said 5114 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
cool pop song
I liked the song, I agree with Mr. Greenstone
about the "muffled" vocals.
Maybe add a little bridge in the middle of
the song.

thetiler said 5113 days ago (August 24th, 2005)
Love the emotion to this.
Really like cord progession of this.
Nice emotion to your voice!
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perceptualvortex said 5113 days ago (August 24th, 2005)
"I hear she looks great on your arm" ouch! Nice writing and performance here, and a good topic for a song. Agreed with pgreenstone about the vocal EQ. Very nicely done!
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stevec said 5113 days ago (August 24th, 2005)
But, there's something about the vocal recording that's
not quite right, maybe it's the cheapass mic, dunno.
Vocals that good deserve some better equipment!! Lyrics
were really good and even with the quality issue the vocal
was excellent. Thanks for sharing!
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jackstone said 5111 days ago (August 26th, 2005)
Lovely melody
This song is the most beautiful collabo that I've heard
hear.Nice song!
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av01der said 5108 days ago (August 28th, 2005)
Parting is such sweet sorrow...
Lovely song, Gurners! Very nice job writing the lyrics and
chord progressions. Everything sounds great, except for the
vocal production. I mean, the vocals are BEAUTIFUL, but as
others have said, the do dound a bit "muffled". Aside from
this minor flaw, I thouroughly enjoyed this song. Hope to
hear more from you guys in the future!
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Epileptic Gibbon said 5108 days ago (August 29th, 2005)
Good song…
… nice vocals, but what others have said about the
sound quality.
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Joanna said 5108 days ago (August 29th, 2005)
Great work
Some wonderfully wrought lyrics, with a biting edge.
Delightful vocal performance, and a solid mix.
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Rebsie said 5108 days ago (August 29th, 2005)
Wow, this is lovely
Oh, who cares about a few muffled vocals? I didn't notice
it until I read the comments. You've got such a great voice
it carries the song on its own. I do love the expression and
emotional power you have in your singing. Lovely chords,
lovely atmosphere ... really heartfelt song. You've got
another fan.
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_nderscore said 5108 days ago (August 29th, 2005)
student loans
so that's what i did wrong.. no sugarmama! those lyrics are
absolutley piercing, & the mood on this is almost deceptive,
giving the singer a relaxed, confident upper hand. very well
written & performed
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said 5105 days ago (August 31st, 2005)
Slap that chicken sticjk pompell! I would do another vocal take! We talked about this before! Add more effects to the vocals! Nice song!
drakonis said 5104 days ago (September 1st, 2005)
Very nice singing, great music, piercing lyrics. My only wish
is that your voice needs to be less muffled. Otherwise, well
intoned, gret voice, love that echo chorus harmony. Nice
instrumentation too!
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thoddi said 5102 days ago (September 3rd, 2005)
Good song
Very good composition, well performed. I like the nearness of the vox, which by the way is very good:) The arrangement of the rhythm guitar and drum/bass is good. I can imagine one more guitar in this with a little attitude to get the mood set a bit clearer on this. Maybe a more direct punch to the stomach.. if you know where I am aiming.

Anyway, this is a good song with potential:)

I dig!
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Einarus said 5102 days ago (September 3rd, 2005)
What beautiful voice you have. Really fits the song.
I agree with earlier comments about the muffled vocals - I
also thought the vocals were a bit high in the mix. Not that
that's a bad thing with such a voice.
All in all a great tune.
Thanks for sharing!
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said 5102 days ago (September 3rd, 2005)
nice voice
i wish you had a better sounding mic,
interesting lyrics.
liked the feel of the song, it is really
relaxing me.
maybe a tad more reverb on the vox.

spruce said 5101 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
Great vocals, great song...got me tapping and grinning..!!
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ceilidh said 5098 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
i love that song! i love lyrics, they are great and your voice is
just fantastic it was born for this type of music. it goes so
excellently together! really enjoyed it! thank you :)
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caroline said 5087 days ago (September 19th, 2005)
some say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach...
i prefer to go through the handkerchief pocket with a carving knife - especially for these fellas!!! great lyrics, beautifully sung - thank you x
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rtcooper said 5004 days ago (December 10th, 2005)
REALLY Good Tonsils!

Are You Kidding Me? What a Great Piece.


One of THE Best Pieces on MJ. PERIOD.

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Sista Mac said 4897 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
First off - The songwriting is fantastic! The lyrics grabbed me before the music even started playing. You have a wonderful voice and your cheap-ass mic does not do it justice :) So.... I say reward yourself for creating such a wonderful masterpiece and by a fancy recording mic - Condensers are good for recording. Or better yet have the hubby splurge and get you a well deserved mic! All that aside - I've downloaded this to add to my iPod.

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