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Faces On the Train


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racerat

 Genre: Acoustic Rock

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A acoustic ballad about the loneliness of modern life. I wrote the lyrics a couple years ago on the F Train heading into NYC, where at rush hour, it's hard not to feel like a number. No loops used on this one, it's all my fault.
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Lyrics
Faces On the Train
©2007 Racerat


Workin’ hard and stayin’ late
At the job you love to hate
Leave the one you used to need
Parked in front of your T.V.

Checks go out and bills come in
Mask a myriad of sins
Filling holes with things you want
That leave you with this empty longing

See the faces on the train
Living lives they can’t explain
Loving people they forgot
One day they’re there, the next they’re not

One day I say I will be free
And somehow steal serenity
Pack it in a suitcase and
Leave it all, begin again

Minutes fade and disappear
I take a shower, another year
Slowly fades before my eyes
I thought I’d have more time this time

Chorus

Easier numb, with covered ears
Silent symphonies of fear
That serenade my every move
And lead me to this empty rooftop

I’ve grown old now, overnight
Waiting ‘til the time seemed right
Now I decide to clean the slate
One step for love, one leap of faith

See my face, I’m on the train
Living a life I can’t explain
Loving people I forgot
One day I’m here, the next I’m not

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Hits: 4471
Comments: 57
Fans: 22
Plays: 219
Downloads: 170
Votes: 12
Uploaded: Oct 20, 2007 - 02:42:43 PM
Last Updated: May 08, 2010 - 10:59:42 PM Last Played: Nov 09, 2018 - 01:54:48 PM
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Hardware:
Taylor 814ce acoustic guitar, Rode NT2000 mic, Fender Jazz bass, Oxygen 8 keyboard, Boss DR-880 Drum machine & bass amp modeler
Software:
Logic Audio 7, Logic Studio 8
Comments
Mcboy said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
qeeens
ny...ah the memories of laurelton queens...1/2 bus ride to jamaica to take the f or e to manhatten........ahhh the memories...thanks
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racerat said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
F'in
Thx for listening McB. Park Slope to 14th St. on the F, must have done it 5000 times in 18 years. Cheers to a fellow ex-pat.
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Feter said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
Faces On the Train
this is just So right my friend ..just fabulous !!
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racerat said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
Right
Thanks Feter, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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FGarofalo said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
Great
song Philip. Played it three times. Great vocals. Everything just sounded sweet but dude where is the guitar solo. I can hear it in my head. It goes in after the second chorus.

Frank.
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racerat said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
solo
Frank,
Hey man, take a shot at it. I trust you!
Philip
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said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
Nice !
a very nice song, a very good production. The vocal really fits the nice melody ! This is how it should sound, really perfect .. Loved it

racerat said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
Bird is the Word
Hey B-Man,
Thanks or dropping in. I had recorded this in Logic 7 a couple years ago and dusted it off, having just gotten Logic Studio 8 to polish it up. I ended up re-recording the acoustic guitar and re-mixing and EQ-ing. Glad you liked it. Sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and post the damn thing.
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perceptualvortex said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
Really good
Love the vibe, and the singing. Excellent work, man.
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racerat said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
PVtex
Thanks man. Kind-of a tear jerker, I know, a bit sappy. Felt bad about labeling it "acoustic rock" cuz it ain't too rockin', but thanks for listening and commenting.
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lengold said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
Lovely
song and very well played, sung and produced.
Cheers
Len


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racerat said 4048 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
Xmas
Thanks Len, and anyone who's reading this, you need to hear lengold's "Well That's Christmas" if you haven't already. VERY cool song. I appreciate the visit.
Philip
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bud said 4047 days ago (October 20th, 2007)
Powerful stuff here
excellent lyrics - really strong writing. Your vocals sound great and every aspect of the the production is as good as it gets. I hear a little Matthew Sweet in your vocals - but better. Great song.
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racerat said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
Sweet
Matthew that is. I've always dug his pop songs. Appreciate the comparison. I aspire to his level of production and his amazing harmonies. Sorry the stars didn't align for us to get together for coffee in SF this week. Hope your shoot went well.
Cheers,
Philip
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echoroom said 4047 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Summers almost gone...
... but this song is like a cool summer breeze. Lovely vocal, fab harmonies, the usual ace production... this is a really sweet track, Philip, with a beautiful chorus. One of my favs from you ever... this should be on the radio, man. Love it.

steve
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racerat said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
Summer Breeze
Makes me feel fine. Thanks Steve. I was kind of going for a "Alone Again Naturally" by Gilbert O'Sullivan vibe with this one. sadness leading to a romantic and gentle suicide. Cheery huh? Hope your wrist feels better soon, mate. More great collabs to come.
Philip
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said 4047 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Smooooooth
Very airy sound in this one. Sappy? Sure, but in that 'Bread' way: earnest, strummy and unapologetically lush. Love it!
racerat said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
Bread
Mr. Jim,
When I was on a sailboat cruising the Virgin Islands when I was about 16 we had a total of 3 8-track tapes (remember those....) on board. One of them was "The Best of Bread" by, you guessed it, Bread. That tape would play over and over (8-tracks did that, they never ended) and I guess it somehow entered my deep subconscious and is now slowly working it's way out. Thanks for the listen.
Philip
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said 4044 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
Yep
My brother won that record from a radio station (he preserved the letter that came with it:"Congratulations! You are the winner! Keep Listening," in the sleeve. It was signed, "Pip" -a DJ, I guess). I played that thing practically through to the other side ("If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't I paint you......"). Come to think of it, it was the only album I ever played that my parents liked...........
Later,
spitlogic said 4047 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Solid jam
Not too complex and yet a very full sound. I like it.
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racerat said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
Props
Mr. Logic! Thanks for popping by. Your new track Myeintro is way cool. Love the retro scratchin' and the tasty classical loop that takes it out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. I appreciate the listen.
Philip
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craft said 4047 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
ye
Great song!! I love the lyrics and the vocals too.. I'm diggin' it my friend!! Your a talented musician...
THe perforance is great.. Well done
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racerat said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
Collab
Thanks craft. looking forward to hearing your rhymes bustin' out on the collab we have been "crafting". Always a pleasure...
Philip
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dolby said 4046 days ago (October 22nd, 2007)
Way to go...
I love it when the harmony vocals come in - sucker for that kind of stuff. Lovely. Really enjoyed the gentle rolling vibe on this. More please.

Phil
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racerat said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
sucker
Yeah I'm a sucker for harmonies and lushness, too. It's my weakness. Sometimes I just go with it. Glad you liked it. Always open to criticism and pointers though. When in ballad mode we are cut from the same cloth. I loved your song "Hermannsburg"! Great cello. You should "lush it up" with some harmonies....come on, I know you want to....;-)
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paddler said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
cups of tea
What I really like is the accoustic strumming - I'm such a fan of simple straightforward strumming specially when played as well and as clearly as you have done here.Theres a song called 'might just be a one shot deal' off 'cheap thrills' by f.zappa and the second half of it (the first half is all zappa bizarreness) just has really nice warm strumming with interesting bass and drum variations.Thats not a comparison - just an example of that kind of playing I like - joni mitchell - coyote too.You get a pretty big vocal sound with all the harmonies there - like it.Smart photo on your profile by the way - I've considered taking a photo of my stuff in the past but unfortunately i live in a pile of cigarettes and empty bottles so it probably would not be very photogenic.
Many thanks - RG
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racerat said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
stuff
Richard,
You don't know how long I cleaned and shuffled things into dark corners before I took that photo of my studio, man it NEVER, looks like that in reality! Oh, but I DO know what your studio looks like, you posted a photo of it for "Wise Old Owl"! I love that shot, your beer, ciggies, boots, CAT hat, micro recorder in the tent. Totally sets the stage for that amazing song. I listen to it all the time when I am out walking my dog in the canyon across the street from our house here in San Fran. You, my friend, are my strumming God. Therefore I am flattered.
Philip
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paddler said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
hehe
Its a really good desk too - I love fine old and useful furniture.I notice some spaghetti at the back there - now that is a piece of home.That stuff gets everywhere.We were doing a gig in pub the other day and I got out my keyboard lead thinking i was being vaguely organised and it took about 10 mins to unravel.Luckily on a grand you dont have that trouble so sometimes i get to look proffessional.

Excuse me.I have early morning woffling syndrome.(9am here)

Cheers - RG
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Moviz said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
I like
the sound you you've got going to this; descriptive of work, work, work with that rhythm going forward. The lyrics are excellent too and your singing is really great, regards M
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racerat said 4044 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
Lyrics
Coming from a great lyricist, I appreciate that greatly. Listening to your "Another Golden Autumn" as I write this. Lovely lyrics, and beautiful clean accordion. But I guess I should be writing this there....Thanks for listening M!
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davisamerica said 4045 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
sweet!
very nice vocals and instruments! great song but what made me play it several times before commenting is the way you move your words.. nearly like another rythm instrument.. nice flow..inter action but independent. very cool man
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racerat said 4044 days ago (October 24th, 2007)
another instrument
Thanks guys,
Seeing how there are three of you (?) operating as davisamerica... how do you work that out? Just share the password or something? Who writes what?

Anyway, Thanks for the 3 listens! Singing melody has never been one of my natural strengths, it can be a struggle sometimes. I used to do this song at open mics in NYC and had a lot of time to mess around with it. Thanks for comin'.
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said 4044 days ago (October 24th, 2007)
double double
did you double your vocals on this one?
needs more cowbell....HAH! great tune, brother
Allen
racerat said 4044 days ago (October 24th, 2007)
Allen
First of all congrats on deciding to use your real name. I gotta do that.

I actually tracked my lead vocal 3 times and mixed them at decreasing levels to each other panned center. I do that a lot, as I am a bit weak in the voice department, or at least insecure. I find when I merely double track you can more easily hear that there is "more than 1 vocal" but when you use 3, you notice the slight differences in timing and phrasing less. I also tracked the backing vocals three times and used a stereo delay to broaden the L/R spread.

I read somewhere that Bob Mould of Husker Du sometimes tracked his vocals 5-8 times to smooth out everything. haven't tried it, but I am tempted. I'm a sucker for a wall of smooth vocals and harmonies.
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Vic Holman said 4043 days ago (October 24th, 2007)
this trains got power
Excellent tune. liked the melody first of all. Excellent mix.

Weak in the vocals? ha!
I seriously doubt that. The multi tracking really pulls it together. really gave it dimension. the final chorus at the end where the voices fanned out really gave it a nice finish.
My new favorite of yours, definately.
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racerat said 4043 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
Vic
Glad to see you drop by. Thanks for the ego boost about the vocals, I am flattered. Appreciate the mix comments, too, your mixes rock, so coming form you that means a lot. I haven't been to your page in a bit, I am tres behind, forgive me! Going NOW!
Philip
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guitapick said 4043 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
This...
...is a great, great song.

I bow to the mastery...touched me very, very deeply...
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guitapick said 4043 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
~
...and I'm quite familiar with the F train, btw...
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racerat said 4042 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
F-it
Hey Bob,
Thanks for listening. Yeah, the F Train was my home every morn and every eve for 19 years. I wrote a boatload of lyrics on that train. Read a hundred books. A bunch of Logic manuals and "Recording" and "Electronic Musician" magazines. Now I'm on BART in San Fran. carpet, vacant seats, escalators at every stop, now the lyrics don't come as easily....I'm getting soft.
Philip
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Cori Ander said 4042 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Great music
Thank you for a great download! This is something I want to listen to again and again.
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racerat said 4039 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
props
to you as well, my friend. I was listening to "My Friend Otto" in the park this morning. Gorgeous!-P


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Leon said 4041 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
this one...
is going to my ipod for sure... Phil, I think this one is different from the previous songs of yours I've listened and reviewed.. a little more mainstream pop... and definitely VERY pleasing to the ears.... great instrumentals and vocals...
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racerat said 4039 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
So glad you're
back! Here at least. Where you been dude? I haven't seen your comments around (here or elsewhere) in a while. Neretheless, I am pleased you lent an ear and a few minutes of your time. I always appreciate your comments, coming from one of the best set of pipes on MJ's!
-P
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kristyjo said 4041 days ago (October 27th, 2007)
Ilove it -
a bit of a sad song, but sung and played so well. Actually, this can go in my 'pity me' file, next to Janice Ian and Gilbert O'Sullivan. Who knew feeling crappy could be expressed so beautifully.
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racerat said 4039 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
KJ
Hey KristyJo,
So glad you dropped in! Thanks for the listen! Janice Ian's "At Seventeen" is another one of those great tear jerkers from my teens that I hadn't thought about in a while!
-P
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Joe Brady said 4038 days ago (October 29th, 2007)
Great groove;
Hooked by the groove, I am rewarded with great writing. The imagery takes me right to the train, and the rooftop; but the point-of-view start to finish is maintained through verse and chorus. Great job.
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racerat said 4034 days ago (November 3rd, 2007)
Hey Joe
I've been digging your stuff recently, too! Great images and very honest lyrics and emotions. I appreciate the listen!
Philip
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said 4038 days ago (October 30th, 2007)
Cool.
This has a great vibe and a subject we all know to well.

The lyrics just roll into one another. Great writing!

The vox performance and mix is outstanding!

Awesome song!

Great job Phil.

Peace.

Chris
racerat said 4034 days ago (November 3rd, 2007)
Thx
I know that your stuff is much more on the harder side, so I appreciate you stopping in! I have been on a mellow track recently, but the angst is beginning to bubble up again! Stay tuned.
Philip
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Heightened said 4037 days ago (October 30th, 2007)
Faces on the Train
Uber cool song!
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racerat said 4034 days ago (November 3rd, 2007)
Thx
Uber Thx! Glad you got your Logic 8 issue fixed!
Cheers,
P
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Drew Kopr said 4019 days ago (November 18th, 2007)
Still humming it
I'm still humming that bass line...great stuff man...nice groove too. Good job singing and harmonizing...very well done!!!
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racerat said 4016 days ago (November 20th, 2007)
Dru
Thanks Andrew. I'm looking forward to hearing our new collab out there soon on Steve's page. Nice bass work on that, man. Juiced it up a notch.
P
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said 4016 days ago (November 21st, 2007)
cool bass
really like the bass line on this one, and the piano compliments the song nicely as well. like the meaning behind the lyrics, good observations.
Warren Smith said 3938 days ago (February 7th, 2008)
insertion point
As usual, I%u2019m late to the party : >

I%u2019ve been listening to your fine collection of postings here at Macjams for a couple of months (that%u2019s how long it has taken me to work down and back up through your catalog). There%u2019s a lot to absorb. While much of the material is straight-ahead power-rockers, there is plenty of derivatives, shifts and tangents to inculcate. All in all, it%u2019s a very impressive collection!

I hope to go back and drop in a comment or two on other specific pieces, but I felt this was a good place to insert myself, because I%u2019m regularly making that Monday through Friday, Brooklyn to Manhattan, subway commute ... just one of those faces on the train ....

Perhaps the most impressive feature in your songs is your guitar work, which is big, bold, confident, brash and articulate (although it can also be soft and lonely when that kind of emotion is called for). I%u2019m amazed at the variety of sounds you get out of your guitar %u2013 you never seem to use the same sonic combinations more than once, like you are always searching for not only the right chord, but also the right sound to define the mood for a particular song.

While it%u2019s obvious that the guitar is where you insert yourself, I see a compositional growth happening, too, that you are expanding your song-writing chops. You seem to be playing more instruments, writing more of your own material and letting your singing voice come to the front. I recognize this evolution %u2013 it%u2019s the impact that participating in the macjams online community has on one%u2019s music!

One thing I particularly like about your songs is they have a solid sense of time and place. When you sing about the city %u2013 it feels urban ("This line never moves and I%u2019m stuck at the fuckin%u2019 store%u201D or "Go back home/My pad's a fuckin%u2019 joke/Chock Full %u2018o%u2019 Roaches/And not a one to smoke%u201D). When you sing about the country %u2013 it feels rural (%u201CFallen Bear Ridge/where bluebells and moonlight/cover the bridge%u201D).

New York certainly provided a stimulus to your creativity - and it will be interesting to see what kind of effect San Francisco has on your music.
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Warren Smith said 3938 days ago (February 7th, 2008)
damaged text
What are all those %u2019ms doing screwing up my text?

Sorry.

That's what I get for trying to write something on a PC instead of my Mac : (
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racerat said 3710 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
Warren
Thank you so much for this comment. I have to say it is certainly the most well considered and thoughtful ones I have ever received and I thank you mightily for that. So many one liners from people, but not you.

It seem like you have indeed listened to a lot of my catalog and again I appreciate the attention and interest. That is why I got involved here, to give and receive honest critique, to get better as a musician and as a recordist. Feel free to be more critical and don't feel you have to always accentuate the positive, I have a think skin and I only get better when what I do is questioned (constructively of coarse!).

Anyway, thanks for listening and I will soon return the favor!

Best,
Philip

P.S. Brooklyn still rocks the hardest. California is makin' me soft!


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JAB24 said 2585 days ago (October 22nd, 2011)
Faces On the Train
I found this on macjams sampler on the main page . you really have Great vocals. No offense but as the song started I thought it sounded like the beginning of Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson. give it a listen . Your song was written first. I really like this a lot ! I also love the harmony. Great stuff ! I am a fan !
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