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By this river


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moorlandt

 Genre: Acoustic

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As a singer, a chance like this, you don't get every day... Casper Van Vulpen, one of the most gifted guitar players I ever came across (I met him on Sellaband), composed an instrumental track to be vocalised. I jumped on it like a hungry wolf... Hoping the result will please you.

Casper: composition and guitar
me: lyrics and vocals

-Walt
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Lyrics
By this river
lovers were loving and laying
on the grass and were saying
that love never dies
under white stained blue skies
where the sun never hides
shining love rays so bright

There were white roses growing
like a cover of snow in July
There were bees, there were birds
they were filling a perfect day's sky

There was you, there was I
there was plenty of pleasure and

Days without sorrow
days without rain
welcome tomorrow
days without pain

By this river
soldiers and angels were drinking
getting drunk and were thinking
about the right and the wrong
putting words in a song
and they all sang along

About the loss and the winning
the black and the white days in life
About the men and the women
who were thinking that love never dies

About you, about I
about love that mutated in

Days filled with sorrow
days filled with rain
there's no tomorrow
days filled with pain

Like there's no place to run
when you walk in the rain
Like the river has gone
I guess we're feeling the same

There's no you, there's no I
just a fairytale without
a prince or a princess
no magic, no end
but the river keeps flowing
and the flowers keep growing
in my heart it keeps snowing
no end
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Comments: 69
Fans: 28
Plays: 323
Downloads: 149
Votes: 17
Uploaded: Jan 27, 2008 - 08:51:13 AM
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2008 - 12:17:17 PM Last Played: Mar 23, 2018 - 05:11:29 AM
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Comments
craft said 3771 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
great job
Beautiful guitar playing and a brilliant singing... I love it as always...
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moorlandt said 3771 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
craft
Thanks man... really appreciated!
-Walt
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lengold said 3771 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Gorgeous
guitar and I am very impressed with your lyric writing. Very well sung and a pleasure to listen to. Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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moorlandt said 3771 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
len
aaah, I'm always thrilled when people download one of my songs. Thanks for that, mate. Well, I suppose I was just a lucky guy been given the chance to sing on such a great instrumental...
-Walt
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blaky smith said 3771 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Emotion...
I'm delighted to listen this Walter, this is a very nice melody, with beautiful lyrics that you deliver just perfectly.
Your voice on this guitar playing is excellent.
Bravo, really a great interpretation...
et merci
Marc


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moorlandt said 3771 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
marc
Mille fois merci de nouveau, mon ami... Mais qu'est ce qui se passe avec toi? Tu es tout simplement le numéro 1 dans les fan picks;-) Super content pout toi et bien mérité!
-Walt
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Vic Holman said 3771 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
wonderful
Walt this is so great. The acoustic by Van Vulpen is fantastic.
Of course, excellent work on the vocals and lyrics.

This demands listening to it with eyes closed. I'm floored.
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moorlandt said 3771 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
vic
Oooh man, can this guy play... I just posted a thread wherein you can watch a lo-fi video of his skills: http://www.macjams.com/forum/viewtopic.php?forum=12;showtopic=113622
Thanks so much again for lending your ear to it, Vic. Much appreciated as ever...
-Walt
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Feter said 3771 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
By this river
great art work my friend ...this has a depth
carried by your vocal ..delicate sound with
the sweet guitar playin and tone ..a real
master piece thnx for sharin such gem !!!!!!!
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moorlandt said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
feter
So glad you like this song. It's great to start on such a brilliant base I got from Casper. Thanks for passing by again, my friend.
-Walt
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ledebutant said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Oh!
I'm just speechless. Sitting here with tears pouring down my face. The music and the words are truly heartbreakingly beautiful. Thank you.
moorlandt said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
lisa
no handkerchief delivered with this song;-) So glad it moved you. No thanks.
-Walt
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aclarke said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Simply put
One of the most beautiful songs I've heard in a long time. Wonderful guitar playing (and a terrific sound) and I think this is the best I've heard from you... and you're always good! I can't say enough about the lyrics either. You have really delivered the whole package here. Congrats- the is wonderful!
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aclarke said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Please
Make sure to embed your information in the track. When I downloaded there was nothing to say it was you, just the MJ code and song title.

Adam
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moorlandt said 3769 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
adam
You really strike me with this wonderful comment. Glad you enjoyed the track. Most credits go to my collab partner Casper. He's such a talent... Thanks so much, man.
-Walt
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J.A.Stewart said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Lovely Tune...
... and a lovely lyrical interpretation.

Casper has a very nice touch on that acoustic.

Nice slice-of-life reflection, contrasting the permanency of the Elements against the transitory emotions of Man.

Good job, Walter. ;)

--- Joe
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moorlandt said 3769 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
joe
Wow... 'contrasting the permanency of the Elements against the transitory emotions of Man'. How well put. That's poetry I could never write. Thanks a bunch for your time listening and commenting again, Joe. Cherished.
-Walt
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Isca said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
By this River
Thanks for the heads up, Walt. That's a really beautiful song.
moorlandt said 3769 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
chris
You told me not to thank you anymore;-) Well, I won't. Just glad you're a friend.
-Walt
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said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Bravo!
Great range my friend! Great lyrics. Ian Anderson would be jealous , Your friend is a master I suggest you do alot more with him! Excellent!
moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
ego
To be compared to Ian Anderson is a too huge honour:-) Thanks for stopping by and giving the sing a listen. Yes, let's hope for some more collabs with this gifted musician in the future...
-Walt
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lavalamp said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
brillantly recorded
Guitars are wonderful as wella s the vox.
Great job.
LL
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
david
Thanks for your time listening and commenting once again. Greatly appreciated.
-Walt
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Ed Hannifin said 3770 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
Lyrically and melodically brilliant...
...and not just technically brilliant, but emotionally brilliant...

Ed
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
ed
Thanks for this heartwarming brilliant comment, man!
-Walt
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echoroom said 3770 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
Great collab
You guys must do more - this is wonderful, lyrically it's also one of the best things you've done... actually, it's one of the best I've seen in ages, anywhere, period.

S
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The Orbiting said 3769 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
Yeah
...what Steve said.
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
matt
what I said to Steve :-) Thanks, mate.
-Walt
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
steve
Not being native English, I sometime wish my vocabulary would be a bit richer and more extended. Just doing the best I can. Thanks so much, man. Always thrilled to see you popping in.

-Walt
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jiguma said 3770 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
:)
Amazing playing and singing and writing and production Caspar and Walt.

One of your best - man he can play! I like the slightly higher register than normal - it sounds refrshingly different.

Neil.
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
neil
Yes, this higher register was kind of a challenge... Glad you brought it up. It's a completely different kind of singing for me, and I'm ashamed to say how many takes went into it:-) Thanks again for popping in, Neil. Really enjoying your album.

-Walt
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dajama said 3770 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
This is a fantastic example
of two talents combining to create something great. The guitar playing is beautiful, full of sweet melodic touches, and the sound is so crystal clear and ringing. Then your voice on top of that is perfect. You sing with great expressiveness, and the lyrics are very evocative, filled with memorable images, and very nicely done. A perfect storm! This is outstanding. Kudos to you both. Peace.
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
david
I'm floored by your very positive comment. I will certainly pass this on to my collab partner. Thanks so much for lending your ear to it.
-Walt
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sschedra said 3769 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
Wonderful!
What a distinctive and powerful voice you have. The imagery of your lyric is very evocative. And the guitar . . . just great! I am particularly impressed with a peice of work that just stands on its own, just voice, guitar and just takes up so much room. Great tallent making itself felt here!
Very impressive,
Stephen
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
stephen
Yes, I was surprised myself about the richness of the instrumental track when I first heard it. I just added vocals on one single track over it, nicely centered.
Thanks for all the compliments, Stephen, and for the time listening and commenting. Really appreciated.

-Walt
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timothy devine said 3769 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
Hi Walter
This is very nice.
The guitar is a very different accompaniment behind your voice. It evokes the singer in you to be different, just a singer.
You sing wonderfully in this piece.
The emotion in your voice equals the emotion in the guitar for a sweet balance.
The guitar is recorded so beautifully.
And you have got a great vocal delivery.
nice writing/playing/singing/mixing/etc.......
u think i liked it?
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
tim
...let me guess... I think you liked it, didn't you? These are great compliments I read and I will surely pass them on to Casper as well. Thanks a million, man.

-Walt
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thetiler said 3769 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
The fingerstyle
tonality is a delight, and the the strum at the first was a cool sound.
This almost reminds me of Garth Brooks but of course your style.
Great job in the recording here, the fingestyle has a lot of nice structure.

Way to go!
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
bill
I hope you didn't think it was me on the guitar:-) Casper is indeed amazing, and I'll surely pass on your positive words to him. Thanks so much for popping in.

-Walt
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Ibstrat said 3768 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Great
playing and singing-I agree with the Ian Anderson comparison.I could definitely hear this on a Tull album.Just listened to it again.Wow!
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
mark
Thanks for spending some time listening and commenting. The Jethro Tull comparison is a great compliment.

-Walt
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Estella said 3768 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
What can I say?
Walter,

You know how to unfold a story with the mastery of a poet.

Ay, and what gorgeous guitar playing from Casper, and singing, but that's all been said.
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moorlandt said 3768 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
estella
Well, perhaps it's all been said, but it sounds even better when it comes out of your mouth:-) Thanks Estella, always happy to see you pop in. When are we going to hear a new song of yours... It's been too long!

-Walt
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guitapick said 3768 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
After the first 2 bars...
...I knew we had a very special guitarist playing on this. Please pass on my compliments for his great playing and wonderful tune.

And kudos to you for the wonderful matching lyrics and delivery, Walt...this is a match made in heaven.
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moorlandt said 3766 days ago (January 31st, 2008)
bob
I surely will pass on your compliments... 'A collab made in heaven'... how lovely to say something like that. Thanks, man.

-Walt
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Leon said 3768 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
privileged...
Poignant and yet magically uplifting.. that background music is just wonderful.. your emotion-laden vocals adds depth to an already profound musical experience... you are both inspiring artists who are privileged to work with each other
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moorlandt said 3765 days ago (February 2nd, 2008)
leon
Well, I'm surely privileged to collab with this maestro on guitar. Thanks for the sweet words and for the time spent listening. Much appreciated.
-Walt
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paddler said 3767 days ago (January 31st, 2008)
Poetic
and cinematic - very original vocal delivery,and delightful guitar playing.Moving!
Richard
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moorlandt said 3765 days ago (February 2nd, 2008)
richard
'poetic and cinematic' are words received as a great compliment. Thanks a bunch for popping in spending some time listening and commenting!
-Walt
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bud said 3765 days ago (February 2nd, 2008)
Excellent collaboration
your voice and delivery work so well here. Your lyrics and emotional import take this beyond just a beautiful song.
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moorlandt said 3764 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
bud
What a sweet comment... Thanks so much for lending your ear to it, mate.
-Walt
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moorlandt said 3764 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
bud
What a sweet comment... Thanks so much for lending your ear to it, mate.
-Walt
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saymme said 3765 days ago (February 2nd, 2008)
.
What can I say except WOW .... What a Delightful voice & an extremely goodsounding Guitar !!! I hope You're still hungry Walter a wolf needs alot of food : ) I'm sill hungry for lissening & commenting ! THANKYOU for this BEAUTIFUL listeningexperience hope MANY will hear it ! It should be on a record(cd)!! Do You have cds (You SHOULD) !
Peace
Lena
moorlandt said 3764 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
lena
That's long ago... Thanks so much for popping in.
And yes, sure I have a CD out. Working on my second one now. I will send you a message on how to purchase it if you're interested.
-Walt
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saymme said 3765 days ago (February 2nd, 2008)
&
G R E A T Lyrics...!!! : )mmmmmm

Beautiful
tx - does Your daughter have a Mjpage - I remeber hearing Hr somewhere..perhaps singing with You ? I can imagine this song like a 'duett'(is that what Ya call it?) with a Female voice to go with it too !
: )
Barretok said 3763 days ago (February 4th, 2008)
Great playing!
Great playing and lyrics. I like the style. Very good singer songwriter piece. Super clean production!
B
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moorlandt said 3762 days ago (February 4th, 2008)
bernardo
Thanks for giving it a listen. Very much appreciated. Have fun on MJ.
-Walt
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sloparts said 3759 days ago (February 7th, 2008)
What a beautiful combination
of thoughts and of sounds and of feelings and of hopes, and of dreams you have painted here. The vocal is rich in feeling and the guitar playing literally fills this song up with emotion. It's hard to believe this was one guitar in the hands of one person. Absolutely amazing.

Bravo to you both for a wonderful piece of music.

Ed
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moorlandt said 3758 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
ed
Hey man, this is such a beautiful review... I'm really touched. And about my collab mate Casper, you better believe he's one hell of a talent. I posted a lo-fi video in the forum that should convince you: http://www.macjams.com/forum/viewtopic.php?forum=12;showtopic=113622
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said 3734 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Walt & CASPER!
Mr. Walt, a true masterpiece. And Casper is a true guitarist and you're right to say that he's one of the bests because he IS!

This is an amazing song, very well written and performed. Here's my 10's ... KUDOS!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
moorlandt said 3724 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
yeman
sorry for this late reply. I've been disconnected from the world a time. Thanks so much for your lovely words. It means a lot.
-walt
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stacey said 3730 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
My favorite time signature...
My favorite time signature is 6/8, and this is just a gorgeous example of that. Hey, Walt, hearing your accent in your singing is such a delicious treat. It's like you are tasting each word. No... wait, each syllable, yes? And finding them yummy. OH, I love this guitar too! Nice work peeps!

Stacey
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moorlandt said 3724 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
stacey
ah, my accent... given up working on that one. Let it be part of moorlandt. Sweet how you describe it. I'll keep on chewing the verbiage coming out of my mouth. Thanks Stacey, such a wonderful comment.
-walt
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TobinMueller said 3728 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
Wow
Most excellent. Thank you for keeping on.
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moorlandt said 3724 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
tobin
thanks so much again, Tobin. Great to have your listening to my songs. Always.
-walty
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composerclark said 3675 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
Guitar
The guitar is indeed beautiful, and it is for me a very unusual but wonderful accompaniment for your voice, which is always a beautiful and unique instrument. Wonderful poetry again; I'm sure I've said it before, but you are a true artist and poet.
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Youra said 3429 days ago (January 3rd, 2009)
Il y a bien longtemps…
… que je n'avais entendu ta voix. Très heureux de la retrouver, toujours aussi belle et puissante, sur ce magnifique lit de guitare. J'espère que tu es toujours dans les parages et que tu liras ces mots, comme une lancés dans une bouteille à la mer…
Bonne et heureuse année 2009, anyway.
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moorlandt said 3426 days ago (January 5th, 2009)
message in a bottle
Salut mon ami. Je te souhaite une merveilleuse année de retour. Merci de ta visite. Malheureusement les derniers mois je suis très limité à faire de la musique, à cause du boulot. But time are changing (j'espère)/
-Walt
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BirdmanWayne94 said 1341 days ago (September 21st, 2014)
Come back...
... to us, Walter. We've missed your presence and work here. This is still playing on my iPod. One of the finest!
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