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The Great Road



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This song is an attempt to portray the strangely emotional impact taking off in an aircraft has on me these days. i think i subconsciously associate the feeling of getting airborne with a sort of deathlike release into a realm of pure spirit, and then there is the more physical sensation of the roaring engines, which have an impact all of their own, and the rush of acceleration and so on. The experience begins of itself, as soon as the turbines fire up. It's all very powerful and strange. See what you think! It's a bit of a long piece, but i think i always saw it as a bit of an 'anthem', if you'll forgive me!
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The Great Road

Starting engines charge the steel, strangely to my heart appeal,
Rising voices, spinning round, deep within my soul resound,

The gangway stair I see is gone, the turbines cry and swift respond,
Moving with a lurching growl, we cross the painted, level ground,

Now i see the rising light, flashing o’er the steel wing bright,
Turning to the runway glare, narrowing lines that swing to bear,

Screaming as the engines burn, a fierce song my soul returns,
Pointing at the wide, blue sky, shuddering forces build up high.

Release comes mighty as a tide, breaking like a dam inside,
Racing by the runway lights, acceleration blurs my sight,

Swifter down the glittering track, pressing at my trembling back,
The turbines drive the plane along, my speeding heart returns their song,

Then the leap, the tear, the break, the senses of the sky awake,
The old ways fall and fade and go, the earth is small and gone below,

See, in the lift and fierce wind, I can feel my wings begin,
Bearing in the dazzled sky, a soul that burns with love on high.

Farewell all the things below, that darkened lives and lovers so,
Gone is all that was before, fear and pain, are nevermore,

Warm the turbines turn for love, thunder to the bliss above,
My soul is all the burning plane, flying to its home again.
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Uploaded: Nov 03, 2010 - 03:21:34 PM
Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010 - 03:21:34 PM Last Played: Feb 14, 2019 - 12:20:11 AM
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jdholliday said 3212 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
very nicely
done, I love the 2 guitars and your voice sounds very good! Nice job!
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mrattue said 3211 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Thanks jd
Takes some dedication listening to this all the way through. Thanks for persisting!


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Symphony101 said 3211 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Very nice !
so nicely done Marc, I like your singing a lot too
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mrattue said 3210 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Glad the vocals got through all right. It was tricky getting them to be distinct amongst all the guitar sounds. It was my first foray into overdriven effects, but trying to portray the sound of jet engines revving up more or less dictated it!

Thanks again

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RAVENS said 3210 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Your voice has such a warm and calming tone to it, just wonderful. I like the way the song progresses, not too long at all.

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mrattue said 3210 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Thanks, Raven!
Thank you for your lovely comments. Although the 'aircraft experience' involves a lot of energy and dynamism, it has a warm, affirming heart for me, so i am very glad that something of this came out in my voice.

i am glad, too, that you did not find it too long. The structure of the song is unbelievably simple, just four chords rolling round endlessly, built up by various layers, and i was a bit concerned that it could make the experience a little tedious without a harmonic change of pace.

Thank you for listening!

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magnatone said 3209 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
The Great Road
Hi Marc - i don't find this to be too long at all! your voice is sounding terrific as is the guitar work. well put together and very much enjoyed - thanks!
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mrattue said 3209 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Very Much Appreciated!
Glad you enjoyed it. Seven minutes is a long time to hold the interest, at least for me, so i feel it's quite an achievement!


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PeterB7858 said 3209 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Hi Marc,
The song reminds me of something Richard Thompson might have written and sung. Your vocals are strong and sincere. Enjoyed it. Thanks.
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mrattue said 3209 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Good Company
i feel in very good company with Mr Thompson! Thanks for flying with this one all the way!

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for listening.

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Parichayaka said 3207 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
what a beautiful post
Really enjoyed listening to this. Inspiring and honest. I think it's wonderful to be able to transform any situation into a spiritual experience, and then having the talent to express it musically is - well - uplifting:)
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mrattue said 3207 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Lift Off
Glad you got airborne on this one! i would have liked to hear Led Zeppelin do an interpretation on this theme. It would be pretty mind-blowing i expect! Still, getting off the ground is the main thing, i suppose, even if you're only flying a Sopwith Camel!

Thanks for listening and leaving such an encouraging comment.

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richard13 said 3206 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
This is lovely
though it feels folk-ish to me. Whatever, your playing and singing are very nice, and your lyrics reflect your former life as a poet ;-) Thanks.
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mrattue said 3205 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
Thanks, Richard!
You are another Macjammer producing music in the nigh-on pro league, i think, and i am very chuffed that you should listen and comment so favourably on my humble, though sincere piece.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Char said 3148 days ago (January 6th, 2011)
It doesn't take
much for you to elevate the mundane to the spiritual. If men were supposed to fly, we'd have wings. Overcame that lack, determined lot that we are. Did this come to you while on the flight or after? Anthem to flight and speed to destinations over the earth. Well done. Thanks.
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mrattue said 3147 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
Engine Roar
Thanks for listening!

It is the awakening of the engines and the acceleration that i find so powerful, so the main impact is the moments before actually lifting off. Once airborne, the situation becomes more static for the passenger, and the energy is lost.

The metaphor of death, and up into what is beyond death, more than the earth, is what drives the emotion, i think; this is borne out in the lyrics, leaving everything ugly behind.


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KCsGROOVE said 3129 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
love the lyrics
Your lyrics are very visual!
The different sounding guitars work good!
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mrattue said 3128 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Hi Cees!
Thanks for diving into the archives for this one! Airborne again!

Glad you enjoyed it.

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