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Here’s a song that has a very long story. I wrote it originally back in the early 90’s and it’s about a couple of young lovers from the early 80’s who split up when she went off to University .Happily those young lovers got back together after a 29 year gap and so far, ( 13 months) the story’s going on pretty well!! I’ve done three different versions of this one but this was a single live take and very simple based around Steve’s guitar. Later a mate called Ian came in to add a bit of harmonica and I added a few low fi percussion bits like smacking a cushion and hitting a trowel with a pair of pliers!!...and the teenagers that got back together? Well that was me and T !
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Martyn and Josephine

Martyn and Josephine
They were in love
They lived in a dream

Sleeping on floors
With future in laws
She brushes her hair
While he takes a shower
Anything could happen
In the next half hour

Martyn and Josephine
They were in love
They lived in a dream

And Martyn might be older
But he’s really still a child
He thinks he’s now free
From the opinions of his mother

And she cries cos she loves him
But she knows she has
to leave him.

And Josephines a bright girl
The best in her class
She never knew her father
She had to grow up fast
Universities a chance
To escape this little town
But she fell in love with Martyn
He wanted to settle down

And she cries cos she loves him
But she knows she has to leave

Martyn and Josephine
They were in love
They lived in a dream

© Mark Spruce 1992
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Uploaded: Nov 05, 2011 - 05:09:25 AM
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017 - 09:29:50 AM Last Played: Jan 08, 2018 - 08:48:32 PM
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Moviz said 2417 days ago (November 5th, 2011)
lazy beat and i like the way you sing this..... has a really nice feel with the sparse guitar and intermittent harmonica.... the build is really nice too..... definitely one of your best Mark.... probably because there's a good atmosphere around you and it's coming out in the music...... regards M
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Moviz said 2417 days ago (November 5th, 2011)
Marc Bolan comes to mind with those vocals..... M
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PeterB7858 said 2417 days ago (November 5th, 2011)
Nice one...
Hi Guys. Nice back story. Glad things have worked themselves out, Mark. The percussive guitar riff keeps things rolling along very nicely and the harmonica blends in well. Good vocal work and creative percussion hold the interest. I think that cushion was a bit out of tune though :-) Nice one. Regards, Peter.
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DWL said 2414 days ago (November 8th, 2011)
Very laid back
Now that's a relaxed delivery!

Nice feel to this.

I have a similar story except it was 14 years apart and now 17 years together. Hope yours continues as well as ours :)



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dave_b said 2413 days ago (November 9th, 2011)
Martyn and Josephine
Simple acoustic is very effective, and I like the trowel accompaniment. Harmonica is a nice touch. Reminds me of Lou Reed.
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Jarvoid said 2411 days ago (November 11th, 2011)
Heck....who needs
cow bells when you got trowel....and pliers.....I can just see it on Jools Holland The Average Man Power And Acoustic Tool Band.....great post likey very much...and glad you found a better place to hang about in!


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smokey bacon jnr said 2373 days ago (December 19th, 2011)
Reminded me...
of early velvet underground. Chugs along very nicely, like a simple classic pop tune. Cool.
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paul f. page said 2278 days ago (March 24th, 2012)
Telling a love story like this is very cool. Feels so comfortable. Your laid-back style/performance really work to deliver this lyric.
(May have been just my poor hearing, but I had a devil of a time understanding the lyrics. I am glad that you posted them. Makes me wonder, though, about how to deliver them so that they are absolutely clear. You have a great story. It would be a shame to lose it.)
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Name: Mark and formerly Steve
Location: Arlesey Bedfordshire United Kingdom
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Hickling Stan started as Steve and I back in 2007. We had a great creative 5 years writing songs together, posting on here and playing live in the East Midlands.I moved away south in 2013 and let MJ lie dormant for a few years until the muse came bac... [see more]

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