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Junkie


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J_Gretch

 Genre: Rock

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A song written in the memory of a lost friend....Such a bright individual relegated to the title of "just a junkie"

Art work is a honysuckle vine outsied of my studio window,,,he told me once that he loved the smell of honeysuckle,but it nauseated him when he was loaded.
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Lyrics
Fighting back the pain, as seen through blood shot eyes
Walking in the rain can't hide all the tears he cries

Staying on the streets, is all that matters now
Turning on his brothers, he has no place to hide
He's a junki........ A-O

Cash controls the junky, the pigs control the cash
Satan controls the language, there ain't no turning back

He knows this birthday, just might be his last
With no allies, there ain't no turning back
He's a junki....... A-O


He's just a junky, running from his past
He's just a junky, there ain't no turning back
A junky, A junky, running from everyone he knows

Moving in the darkness, hiding from the light
There is no refuge, for his soul tonight

Plain clothes or uniforms, it's all the same to him
They made him what he is, but he knows he's to blame
He's a junki..... A-O

He's just a junky, running from his past
He's just a junky, there ain't no turning back
A junky, A junky, running from everyone he knows

Life to him is only, reaching for a high
An over-dose is coming, he chose this way to die

No place to lay his head, no where that he calls home
No one gives a damn, he's always on his own
He's a junkie.... A-O
Song Stats
Hits: 2751
Comments: 45
Fans: 19
Plays: 90
Downloads: 64
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Apr 15, 2012 - 07:32:27 PM
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2012 - 07:32:27 PM Last Played: Oct 31, 2018 - 11:29:22 PM
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fender guitars

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Yamaha drum kit (also ez drummer fills wtc..)
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Comments
sammydix said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
junkie
grabbed me from the first notes. love how you mixed this too. nice n *solid.*
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J_Gretch said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
thanks Sam
Appreciate the comment man...sorry I haven't been around lately,,,work is crazy right now....thanks for stopping by,
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Carrie71 said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Hot damn...
Vocals are hot. Grabbed me and drew me right in. Southern rock feel. Diggin this!
J_Gretch said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
thanks Carrie
Thanks for the comments Carrie.Cut my teeth on southern rock so your ear is right on time.Glad you liked it.
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alackbass said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Junkie
This rocks! This has a dry in your face sound that is way cool. The drums and bass are tight. The guitar tones are big! Great changes! I feel the angst and pain in the vocal. A real winner!
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J_Gretch said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
thanks Andrew
Much appreciated man...You mentioned my fav parts of the mix.I need to get over and check out you latest....ps.......cool avitar!!
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Les_Kloo said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Junkie
Yowza, gentlemen. Lots of conviction. A sad story -- "just" -- yeah. A powerful tribute.
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J_Gretch said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
thanks Les
Yea this is sorta dark but upbeat at the same time...fitting if you know what i mean?....Thanks for the listen.
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gadzooks said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Junkie
This is excellent guys ... this and last post has leaped bounds in production quality. I really like the guitar tracks ... good tone, edgy chords with enough distortion to give that extra bite. The bass sits nice in the mix. Vocals are heartfelt and delivers the words with feel. My only nit would be to change the drums at the "he's a junky...AO" part just to mix it up ... feels like the beat is tagging behind the guitar a touch. Really well performed and a solid mix. Really enjoyed!
Cheers
SG
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J_Gretch said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Thanks Stan
Glad you noticed the attention to detail in the mix department.With regards to your nit...you hit the nail on the head.I spent hours today trying to get a good ride cymbal sound for that part,even tried a cowbell at one point,and tripplets on the snare as a lead in to that transition.....At some point I just called it done.

Thanks for noticing the strong points Stan.Music is my passion and it means a lot to get feedback from an artist like yourself.

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Vic Holman said 2435 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Junkie
excellent tune!
very true and direct lyrics. sadly it happens and tears friends and families apart..... sure did mine. great job of laying it out there
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J_Gretch said 2434 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
thanks Vic
The idea for this song came from Woodys' brother who is a Cop.He asked if we would do a song that reflected his job on the streets.It only took a few minutes to put a sketch of the song together,cause sadly there are way too many cases to draw from.

Thanks for the listen and comment man.
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abzwork said 2435 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Junkie...
This is a beauty my friend, its crazy how much brightness can come out of the darkness...I'm feelin' this, your paintbrush here is incedible..stars? the northern hemisphere..:):):)peace
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J_Gretch said 2434 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
thanks Erin
Thanks for that great analogy.You know the best part of making music is when someone listens and gets it...So glad you're feelin it.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2434 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
junkie
nice chord changes with a great feel. authentic feel. vocals work really well. well put together. cheers graham
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J_Gretch said 2434 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
thanks Graham
I've had that little hammer-down riff in my back pocket for a while now, and this song seemed like a good reason to build on it...Glad you like it.
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magnatone said 2434 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Junkie
a poignant story, told beautifully - excellent work, and thank you!
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J_Gretch said 2434 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
thanks Karen
Appreciate the comment,so glad you stopped by.
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Kicbal said 2434 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
From the Gut
The gritty guitar tone in the intro caught my interest right off, but when you kick in with the band and the first sung words, you instantly sold it. Excellent vocal delivery. I'm wishing the "Junkie" chorus had a more active drum pattern, (ride cymbol?) Perhaps a sweet hammond organ backing parts would also fill this song out. Otherwise, the structure is solid. Clear production and truthful lyrics. Reminds me of the band "Raging Slab" Good stuff.
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J_Gretch said 2433 days ago (April 17th, 2012)
thanks Chroma
Thanks for the good feedback...yea drums have been my Achilles Heel lately..I usually play all the guitar and bass tracks to a simple kick-snare beat and enhance the drum track last.I probably should have spent more time on this one...The Hammond organ sounds like an excellent idea,,could still happen,I have pretty decent midi keyboard.

Oh and I've never listened Raging Slab so I did a YT search and found them,,,Good stuff,I'll probably look for a CD my next trip to the Record Store.
Check out my latest song called Cass Corridor redux-L
PeterB7858 said 2434 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Junkie
Excellent guitar tone and riffs, J. Your vocals on this are really strong. Great rock style. Powerful lyrics! I agree with a few others re the drums needing an extra something. Perhaps it might be worth considering calling on Loob or Scott, just to see how they might have done things? Fine post. Thanks, Peter.
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J_Gretch said 2433 days ago (April 17th, 2012)
thanks Peter
You must have read my mind...I was in contact with Freddy yesterday and he may be adding a drum-track to this one in the future...Thanks again for the comment man.
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dave_b said 2433 days ago (April 17th, 2012)
Junkie
Strong song! Fuzzy guitar is perfect for the gritty lyric and vocs. Reminds me of Bad Company. Agree with others on a different drum treatment in the chorus.
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J_Gretch said 2433 days ago (April 17th, 2012)
thanks Dave
Thanks for stopping by man.I always appreciate your input.
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Daugrin said 2432 days ago (April 18th, 2012)
Been here...
Too close, if ya been there, you know what I'm talking about...
Somebody's bummer, is someone's summer and there ya go, we have to reduce the lives of people we care about, who are destroying themselves, into lyrics, these are dam good!... 'cos we have to process their story. My friend Alex Bevan said, "He blew it all to get high." In seven words, that's it.

Daug
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J_Gretch said 2432 days ago (April 18th, 2012)
thanks Daug
Your comment and thoughts mean a lot...appreciate it.
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Soundhound said 2432 days ago (April 18th, 2012)
Very, Very Cool Track...
Solid lyrics outstandingly real, I've known a few in my time, and
it never had a good ending......
Hit the nail on the head with this one....
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J_Gretch said 2432 days ago (April 18th, 2012)
thanks Mr. Soundhound
You got that right,,it never ends well...Thanks for the comment man,,I need to get over and check out your latest.
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Wummimann said 2432 days ago (April 18th, 2012)
...
good powerful song, reminds me a little bit of king's x
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J_Gretch said 2430 days ago (April 20th, 2012)
Thanks Wman
Appreciate the comment.
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TobinMueller said 2430 days ago (April 20th, 2012)
The honeysuckle test
Great low end and fab singing. Love the sense authentic experience in your vocals. Plus, all the finger on strings details you capture in the guitar track is really nice.
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J_Gretch said 2430 days ago (April 20th, 2012)
thanks Tobin
Yea Woody brings it like it's the last thing he'll ever sing...I know I've said it before but I'm blessed to have him around to sing these songs...Thanks for stopping by man.
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egobandit said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2012)
I know it
all to well, lost a friend many years ago and Im dealing with it again with another friend,
great performance on the vocals really strutting it up and giving it your all
so clear and seperated in the mix
excellent song!
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J_Gretch said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2012)
Thanks E
Yea it's happened way too much...I also have a friend that is near the end,,, know how you feel.

Glad you liked the song man..Thanks for stopping by.
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Bob Rodgers said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2012)
An
excellent rock song with great vocals.
Love that guitar tone and great riffs.
Nice mix of the bass with the guitars, makes a powerful tight sound.
Very much enjoyed.

Bob
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J_Gretch said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2012)
thanks Bob
I'm still learning how to layer and mix...appreciate the kind words..glad you enjoyed!
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neilh79 said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2012)
Junkie
WOW This takes me back to my youth!! Musically I mean!! Really rocking tune shades of the Seattle movement in here! Great job
J_Gretch said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2012)
thanks Neil
That's exactly the tone I was going for...So glad you got it!...thanks for stopping by man.
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Fire_Angel said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2012)
Made me cry.
Memories of my own you see, lost a lovely friend that way; lost her long before she died, you know what that means I can tell. That the song stirred such memories so strongly is a tribute indeed, it was more than ten years ago now and I rarely feel much about it now other than a twinge of sadness. Well done.
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J_Gretch said 2216 days ago (November 20th, 2012)
thanks Angle
So glad that you found this and took time to comment.
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Slashh! said 2269 days ago (September 28th, 2012)
Junkie
Oh snap! Love how this kicks in on the verse. Your voice is amazing: Soulful southern rock. A shame about your friend.
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J_Gretch said 1337 days ago (April 18th, 2015)
Thanks
That's my bud Woody singing,, all I do is make the back ground music...
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billdancourtney said 1615 days ago (July 14th, 2014)
Nice
Has a garage sound (and I mean that in a good way, a great way) and reminds me of the chords you used to hear back when lots of music was coming out of Seattle. And lots of junkie songs out of Seattle back then too. Thinking of the book now by William S. Burroughs. Good stuff guys.
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J_Gretch said 1337 days ago (April 18th, 2015)
Thanks bill
Your comment resonates....Thank you sir,,,
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J_Gretch said 1337 days ago (April 18th, 2015)
Thanks bill
Your comment resonates....Thank you sir,,,
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Weekend Warrior in the Studio.... I have a family and work full-time so weekends are when most of my music gets played.I got back into playing music about 3 years ago after a very long layoff....almost 20 years.,,,Last time I giged on a regular... [see more]

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