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Written about 15 years ago, I recently re-recorded this song. Matt M. and I wrote it as I was packing up to leave Phillie after living there 7 years, to follow my dreams in NYC. It was a big change, and big changes call to be immortalized! Kind of tongue in cheek, but also honest and from the heart. A rocker with group vocals ala Black Flag’s “TV Party”. Additional guitars by Andrew VanDusen and lead vocals by Matt M.
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7 Years
© 1991 Racerat & SonnyJim

I’ve packed up everything I own
Said farewell now, to my home
Have I been here
Have I been here 7 years?


Gave my landlord a little hug
Told him he could keep my rug
Have I been here
Have I been here 7 years?

I’ve been here 7 years
Oh no, 7 years

If you see my neighbors tell them goodbye
If I did it I might cry, cry, cry
Have I been here
Have I been here 7 years?

I’m movin out this week
Movin’ up to the big city
Have I been here
Have I been here 7 years?

Yeah, I’ve been here 7 years
Layin’ low, hidin’ out
Playin’ dumb
7 years

I’ve been here 7 years
Oh no, 7 years
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Hits: 4140
Comments: 31
Fans: 10
Plays: 212
Downloads: 142
Votes: 14
Uploaded: Jan 14, 2007 - 09:07:31 PM
Last Updated: May 08, 2010 - 07:41:23 PM Last Played: Jul 18, 2019 - 09:55:32 AM
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DOCTORBIZARRE said 4569 days ago (January 14th, 2007)
COOL ROCKER
Nice track man! Great guitar sound! I would have a different sound on the snare. Cool track!
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said 4569 days ago (January 14th, 2007)
allways killer
I'm a fan.. you guys have great tone and musical skill would love to see ya live sounds like alot of fun, keep it rockin!!!!!
Vic Holman said 4569 days ago (January 14th, 2007)
loose yet tight..
and high on energy. got a good live type of action on this one!
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jiguma said 4569 days ago (January 14th, 2007)
Good sounds
Love the production and the playing - I agree with Biz - that snare sound stands out a bit more than it should (not volume, but the sound itself). You get some serious drive into these songs you're doing. This is no exception.
Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 4569 days ago (January 14th, 2007)
Clean, great impact....
...you can call this 'alternative rock', but, ya know, this could've been a James Gang track in 1969 or it could be done tomorrow by Gov't Mule... Heck, ZZ Top could cover this and have a wonderful time of it...

That means, to my way of thinking, that it's got a timeless quality, which, also to my way of thinking, is good, because I've seen a lot of stuff get called 'punk' and 'new wave' and 'alternative' over the years that is ready made for sounding dated...

This rocks, it's tight, it's well written, like a little urban haiku... not a lot there, but what's there speaks volumes... and it's well recorded...

Ed
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bud said 4569 days ago (January 14th, 2007)
kick out the jams mutherfockers!
Gotta agree with Ejh - this tune is a timeless classic. Tougher sound - but also brings to mind Rank and File. Can't crit this much - it does the job. Tell the truth - I'm lookin forward to hearing some more new solo stuff - maybe further out on a limb - I know you can go there.
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MJG said 4569 days ago (January 15th, 2007)
That is rockin'...
I really like the live feel to it, and the realism of this song that many of us share in your story. My only complaint is i'd like to year the story evolve just a tiny bit, just a tiny bit more variety in the lyrics, the actual vocals/harmonies I thought sounded really good, you blended well, and the music , well thats what you guys play for, sounded Great!-MJG
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racerat said 4568 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
fun
Yeah, it tries to do the job anyway. The drums get monotonous because we just turned on the drum machine and let fly it was essential all done in 2 or three passes: 1: Drums, bass,guitar, lead voc...then 2: doubled guitars & extra vocals, then 3: lead guit and group shouts. Fun, that's all it really was, or is....kinda like livin in Phille.

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-Philip
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MJG said 4567 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
hey racerat, sounds a lot like here in Chicago,
Actually were about 65 NW of Chicago, we record in similiar fashion, on my studio stuff, I usually just hit the drum machine, which ever drum loop comes close to matching a rythm I come up with. Try to narrow it to 1st or 2nd takes too. As for the live stuff, yeah , it is all just one take tryin' to flow with it, in that particular place and time. Just tryin' to keep it fun. Take care-MJG
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MJG said 4567 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
hey racerat, sounds a lot like here in Chicago,
Actually were about 65 NW of Chicago, we record in similiar fashion, on my studio stuff, I usually just hit the drum machine, which ever drum loop comes close to matching a rythm I come up with. Try to narrow it to 1st or 2nd takes too. As for the live stuff, yeah , it is all just one take tryin' to flow with it, in that particular place and time. Just tryin' to keep it fun. Take care-MJG
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MJG said 4567 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
Sorry, must have Triple clicked?
ooops
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MJG said 4567 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
hey racerat, sounds a lot like here in Chicago,
Actually were about 65 NW of Chicago, we record in similiar fashion, on my studio stuff, I usually just hit the drum machine, which ever drum loop comes close to matching a rythm I come up with. Try to narrow it to 1st or 2nd takes too. As for the live stuff, yeah , it is all just one take tryin' to flow with it, in that particular place and time. Just tryin' to keep it fun. Take care-MJG
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Youra said 4569 days ago (January 15th, 2007)
Great rockin' track
I don't like everything in the melody (the chorus), simple question of taste, but the production is brilliant, fantastic energy, voices and guitar simply perfect. You sound like a pro to me. Great rock to start my week.
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said 4569 days ago (January 15th, 2007)
Let's kick some ass
This is so good ROCK LOVE IT.....Thanx for this one.

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craft said 4569 days ago (January 15th, 2007)
ok...
First I like the lyrics. Second the snare is ok!! Gives it a punch! Really nice rock!! Don't change anything!! Maybe the solo guitar is too loud!!
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mikkinylund said 4568 days ago (January 15th, 2007)
Hm
This one didn't quite do it for me as most of your other songs have. It's a very good production, and very tight performance, at the same time, it doesn't have that edge or unique approach I am looking for. It's brave to post a song written 15 years ago, so I should also take that in mind. Again, good performance, arrangement, but almost a little bit too polished for me, over-arranged? All your other stuff has kicked my ass, but this one doesn't... Just trying to be honest. /Mikki
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racerat said 4568 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
Yeah!
Mikki,
I have been waiting for someone to be brutally honest around here. You are my main man for life! You can't like everything you know, and that is OK, you came you, you listened, you panned...good for you. Thanks.

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-Philip
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Leon said 4568 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
Rock on, guys
You told me to write a not-all-sunshine critique. Hard to do when a song is honestly well-done.

I was tryin to find specific elements of this song that will make it stick in my mind. The guitar playing is outstanding and the percussion were all energized. I liked the group singing and it has a slightly impomptu quality to it that makes it memorable in its roughness. Can definitely be a little more polished and more harmonized but I imagine that was deliberately done to render a live gig atmosphere. The melody, probably its weakest aspect, is generic rock, nothing groundbreaking or novel except the ending. It is very eagerly and emotionally sung, however, and that makes it more than ordinary.

I love rock with vocals, and although less stellar in comparison to your last 3 vocal rock pieces, this is an awesome listen by any standards.
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racerat said 4568 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
Raw
Thanks Leon,
Yeah, raw is what we were going for, and as I said to bud up above in an early post, this was recorded in about 3 passes, very off the cuff. I guess I have an emotional attachment to this one cuz it represents a memory of days gone by to me. But what the heck, that's why I post more than one song at a time, so people feel a little more free to like one more than another....

I appreciate your honest feedback, that's how we grow....

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-Philip
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VicDiesel said 4567 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
Solid.
Not much to say here. Good song writing, and the playing and production are A-ok too. I like the loose vocals. That heightens the "I'm outta here" mood of the song.

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Mcboy said 4567 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
oooh yeah
tight rockin fun track........sorta like an anthem for breaking free and accepting change.....very kool!
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racerat said 4562 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
McBoy
Glad to have such a highly reguarded MacJammer show up! I dig your stuff. "brother Soul" is a killer track. I appreciate the listen.

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-Philip
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j2morrow said 4567 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
Rockin'
I read over the lyrics before I hit the play button and was expecting something more acoustic and low-key. Wow, this has real punch. Nice track. Terrific vocals and guitars.

Funny how time washes past us without us noticing sometimes.
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Tadashi Togawa said 4567 days ago (January 17th, 2007)
Strength.
This is strong.
Firm rock.
I enjoyed it.

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lineofdeadpixels said 4565 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Gotta love the gang vocals
Great track. Love the song!
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said 4565 days ago (January 19th, 2007)
Excellent!
I really got into this track- love the guitars and vox! I did notice the repetative drums, but a minor quibble with such a great track. I thought the production was perfect! Thanks for allowing me to "snag" a copy of this.
8piscean8 said 4563 days ago (January 20th, 2007)
7 Years
Production on this is superb. IMHO the phrase "7 years" however is overused. I think I am now brainwashed into thinking that "7 years" is something bigger than it really is. It is a measure of time no dout and has importance to you but I felt like it was overused. I like the guitar sound and solo. Don't turn it down. A live drummer would add a lot. Even though this was written 7 years ago ... I mean 15 years ago, this sound is still relevant today. Polish the over usage of 7 years and it will be even tighter.
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racerat said 4562 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
7 Years
8piscean8,
Thanks for the feedback. Hey, 7 years, it made you remember the title, 7 years, right? 7years, nothing like a little, 7 years repetitive, 7 years lyric hammering, 7 Years, huh?

But seriously, thanks for listening! Great rockin' avitar dude!

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-Philip
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said 4330 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
The "Seven Year Itch" -would be over used....
Your lyrics allude to this which is better - (the length of time it seems to take human beings to realize they've become too complacent - time to move forward) Like the live sound - vocals might need just a bit more melody, and by now hopefully you've found a drummer, but at least the drums don't get lost in the back ground. Mikey_D's sound about as close to real drums as I've heard here. It's interesting to see the difference from where you were fifteen years ago - and where you are now. Heard you on echoroom's "Manhattan Hangs" and "Like Breathing Water" - amazing!
racerat said 4328 days ago (September 13th, 2007)
drums
Carole,
Drums have always been my downfall. I have never much cared about them enough to spend the time to program, or loop them to convincing effect. Guess that is the guitar players curse...(us lazy musician types...) Thanks for listening to my collab's w. Steve (echoroom). We seem to have clicked. We have another coming out soon, as well as one with the two of us and AlexWeiler. Stay tuned!

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-Philip
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alackbass said 2902 days ago (August 8th, 2011)
7 Years
Super tight! Great guitar sounds! Energy to spare! 7 years in Phillie? I couldn't do it. You're a stronger man than I am!
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I went to school for the fine arts, painting, and taught that for a while, but I am now a graphic design executive by day, and a musician most the rest of the time. I play guitar and bass mostly, do midi synth stuff, use drum machines ... [see more]

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