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Unlikely


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dolby

 Genre: Alternative Rock

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This was written in Basel, Switzerland, before we set off on our travels. It's basically one of those songs about nothing, and obviously owes a debt to Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" song (especially as it's set in a coffee shop, just watching life go on around you).

It's funny how, even when you're wrapped up in something as exciting as planning a long trip, you still find time to ponder the distant future, and things like "what will we do when we get back?" Human nature, I suppose.

This is the first song I recorded in 3/4 time and I was surprised how few GarageBand Loops are available in time signatures other than 4/4. So, I had to resort to pen drums! Not something I enjoy, but there you go:-))

****collaborate****
Just to satisfy my curiosity (if nothing else) I would love to hear a Suzanne Vega type vocal on this track. If anyone would like a go, just drop us a line.

Hope you like the song :-))
Phil
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Lyrics
Unlikely
(by Phil Dolby ©2007)

Sat in a coffee shop waiting for service
We look out the window at the trams down below us
Then you look up at the clock on the wall
And it tells you quite clearly - the temperature's rising
The waitress comes over and brings us the order
She doesn’t smile much, but that’s not her fault
You say it’s because she’s got one of those faces
That doesn’t reveal all her thoughts and her feelings
 
So unlike me
You sat it’s so unlikely
 
It’s one of those days where the world keeps revolving
A head full of ideas but none that are solving
The issues at hand, even though they’re not urgent
We like to go through them, just to be sure
And the man in the corner who’s reading the paper
Calls over the waiter and asks for some water
They joke with each other about something and nothing
But we go on thinking - we can’t understand them
 
So unlikely
You say it’s so unlikely
 
I say when we come back we must learn the language
You nod in agreement - we’ll save up some money
But maybe we’ll live in some far away place
Where they speak the same language - or maybe we won’t
The trams go on running outside on the plaza
We finish our coffee and gather belongings
It’s one of those days where the world keeps revolving
It’s one of those days where the world keeps revolving
 
And unlikely
You say it’s so unlikely
Unlikely
You say it’s so unlikely
Song Stats
Hits: 3196
Comments: 13
Fans: 8
Plays: 99
Downloads: 138
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Aug 15, 2007 - 03:59:20 AM
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2007 - 07:38:56 AM Last Played: Jul 31, 2019 - 10:42:09 PM
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Comments
said 4418 days ago (August 15th, 2007)
Great !
Ohh .. Dolby this one is great, excellent guitar sound and the vocal is very nice, i liked the CLAP idea !!!
Very nice lyrics, this is your best so far (from all i've heard), and it seems there was a beautiful side in Switzerland to write such a fine melody !! GREAT song and loved it, sorry for not favorite because my net is so slow, but be sure that i'll faved it

Take Care
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
dolby said 4418 days ago (August 15th, 2007)
Mr Yeman...
... your comments make me smile from ear to ear. I don't think I've met anyone who finds more pleasure in music than you do. Your enthusiasm is infectious, and is something I hope you never lose. I really do appreciate all your comments, and am glad that you appreciate the music I'm posting here.

Many thank you's,
Phil

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FSVC said 4418 days ago (August 15th, 2007)
Excellent.
Great quality, and I always like 3/4. It sounds a lot more flowing than 4/4.
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dolby said 4418 days ago (August 15th, 2007)
Cheers Freddy
Appreciate you dropping by. Glad you liked the tune:-))

Phil

p.s dig that Sonic Youth t-shirt in yr photo. I used to have that one before I wore it out....

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Vic Holman said 4418 days ago (August 15th, 2007)
Nice
sometimes the best songs are about nothing. Where in reality you put a scenerio under a microscope.

Nicely played and sung. I to liked the added claps. That will get the waitresses attention. ;-)
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lengold said 4417 days ago (August 16th, 2007)
Love this
song Phil, great lyrics, nice easy going feel and very well sang, and I add my applause to your claps. Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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DWL said 4417 days ago (August 16th, 2007)
Loved it!
A nice relaxed rolling feeling.

Lyrics worked perfectly. I can see the Vega connection but what the hell this is amply good enough to stand by itself :-)

Understated instrumentation and vocal delivery.

Nice one.

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 4416 days ago (August 17th, 2007)
Nice
song with a nice commentary, very easy listening with the waltz beat. The singing is excellent, Cheers M
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echoroom said 4414 days ago (August 19th, 2007)
Bestest
I think this is the best track you've posted yet, gentle and rolling, with a great vocal - I dont envy anyone coming after you on this. Great observational lyric, lovely production - all round aces Phil. The drums sound great, btw.

Steve
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Macaudion said 4414 days ago (August 19th, 2007)
melted my innward self...
so warm and present - sounded like this has floated around in some tubes before making it's way through the forest of 0's and 1's...

great writing! really nice sound, you've got going here. - unique, even - very special talent on display here.

thanks! dion
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dolby said 4414 days ago (August 19th, 2007)
Blimey!
Cheers Dion,

High praise indeed. Thank you for dropping by and listening to the tune. Hope your inward self is well on the way to recovery:))

Phil

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said 4391 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
Great chorus
Solid song.
Heightened said 4307 days ago (December 4th, 2007)
Unlikely
There's is something cool about your songs. Not sure what - think it's the great mix of lyrics, singing and great melody!
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