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Proletarian Blues


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Calchas

 Genre: Rock

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Blues? ...NOT!!!

Rather, a boys-night-out punk-rocker set against the backdrop of the social struggle; or alternately, an anti-capitalist/anti-Statist Free-Market Anarchist anthem.

Anyway, it was tons O' fun to play, but a bear to mix.

Calchas (Micheal Wark): Vocals, electric guitars, and electric bass.

The drum track is a fusion of seriously modified midi-loops from both Logic Pro X and groovemonkee.com.

Enjoy!

---Mike

PS: I've got family coming in from out of state this week. Then in June I have two laser eye surgeries. So I probably won't be around much---if at all---till early July.

Soon as I am able though I'll be back in the saddle. I'll try at that time to catch up with all the great tuneage I have missed!

:-)
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Lyrics
PROLETARIAN BLUES

I
Well...
when Friday evenin' comes around again;
he makin' plans with his best friend.
Seem like the workin' week never ends!

II
He slavin' 9 to 5 on that factory floor.
8 hrs. assemblin' parts is such a bore.
Time comes to punch the clock and he's out the door!

Chorus:
He gonna lose that frown!
He gonna paint the town!
He gonna chase that sound;
the bass and drum will pound,
until he's found his soul again...

He gotta jump and shout!
(“Hey!”)
That's what it's all about.
Well it's the way he choose,
to let off steam and lose
those proletarian blues...

Bridge:
Longs for the day when equality holds sway
and replaces corporate power and poverty.

He's not impressed by the Right or the Left,
for he knows the “just State” is a fantasy!

III
Monday through Friday workin' for the Man.
He feels the squeeze but does what he can.
Life slippin' through his fingers like the sand...

IV
Keeps one eye open for a better way.
The revolution gonna come some day...
But in the meantime he just got to play!
Look out!

Chorus:
He gonna lose that frown!
He gonna paint the town!
He gonna chase that sound;
the bass and drum will pound,
until his soul he's found again...

He gotta jump and shout!
(“Hey!”)
That's what it's all about.
Well it's the way he choose,
to let off steam and lose
those proletarian blues...

Guitar!
Yeah!
OOO-WAH-AH-AH-AH-OH-UH-OHHH...
Song Stats
Hits: 311
Comments: 28
Fans: 17
Plays: 33
Downloads: 3
Votes: 0
Uploaded: May 16, 2018 - 08:30:09 AM
Last Updated: May 16, 2018 - 08:30:09 AM Last Played: Jul 27, 2018 - 09:35:01 AM
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Comments
Daugrin said 94 days ago (May 16th, 2018)
Vibe all around
Friday is the key to the weekend, there still is a factory nearby? This has a sturdy bass line. The guitar is muscular and drives the production with great skill. Recalls the Stooges, like Raw Power, in a good way.
Best of luck with your health issues. I look forward to your return.

Daug
Check out my latest song called canis et in cathedra inanis
Calchas said 93 days ago (May 17th, 2018)
Many thanks Daug
for continuing to bark up my tree! (And for not lifting your leg to my fire hydrant!!!)

Rock on brother!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
Warren Smith said 94 days ago (May 16th, 2018)
The struggle never ends
Rock 'n Roll forever!
Check out my latest song called Looking-Glass War
Calchas said 93 days ago (May 17th, 2018)
Mr. Smith!
If it does end, what then will we sing about? Ha ha...

Seriously, I think there would be plenty to sing about!

Thanks for clocking in!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
Vic Holman said 94 days ago (May 16th, 2018)
intense rocker
we'll have to refer you as the king of classic rock of MJ.
someone had their share of coffee! great tune Mike. everything is working in overdrive.

good luck with the eye surgery. i wish you all the best on the outcome.
Check out my latest song called Feeding The Sharks
Calchas said 93 days ago (May 17th, 2018)
Hi Vic!
I'm more like the schmuck of classic rock, but thanks for the sentiment...

Yes, coffee DOES help. I mean, I'm much too old now for LSD!!! Ha ha...

Be well bro!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
MikeRobinson said 94 days ago (May 16th, 2018)
Let's hear it for "blistering drum/guitar folk rock!"
... and with a perfect folk-rock subject.

I'd disagree with you, though, about how you've described the parts of this song as "Chorus" and "Bridge." It's an "A-B-(bridge)-B-A-Out" song, and a great one.   “Thanks for mixing!”

Best of wishes (and prayers) for the next few weeks.
Check out my latest song called Young Men, White Gloves
Calchas said 93 days ago (May 17th, 2018)
Hi Mike!
"I'd disagree with you, though, about how you've described the parts of this song as "Chorus" and "Bridge." It's an "A-B-(bridge)-B-A-Out" song, and a great one."

---Upon further reflection, I find that I AGREE with your disagreement. I stand corrected!

Thanks for listening and commenting friend!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
groovehounds said 94 days ago (May 16th, 2018)
Proletarian Blues
I really like the way you played the 2 guitar tracks and panned them on opposite sides. Awesome guitar work... You have done a good job of piecing the drums together. Your vocals sound good with the delay... the bridge/chorus sounds a bit like David Bowie... nice work man
Check out my latest song called ROLLIN' ON
Calchas said 93 days ago (May 17th, 2018)
Hi Stan...
"played the 2 guitar tracks and panned them on opposite sides"

---Years ago someone here---I think it was Macaudion---suggested I space my instruments in the mix so as to simulate the positions of live band members.
Although it's a no brainer, it was a revelation to me at the time! Ha!

"vocals sound good with the delay"

---I tried them without the delay and with just a bit of reverb at first, but it just didn't quite cut it. Somehow the use of delay makes them sound more "industrial".

I've gotten the "Bowie" comparison before. I know it's complimentary, but I've never listened to the man! Just one of those things I guess...

Anyway, I appreciate you lending an ear to this one friend!

Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
KCsGROOVE said 92 days ago (May 18th, 2018)
PROLETARIAN BLUES
very cool guitarwork
yeah, I dig it!
KC
Check out my latest song called MADE FOR ME (band version)
Calchas said 89 days ago (May 21st, 2018)
Thanks KC!
The chord structure for this one came very quickly one day while I was just noodling. It was a month later that I finally got around to the recording process. Almost lost the inspiration! Thankfully, upon playing the thing I got excited again.

Glad you like it bro!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
Dean-Resonator said 91 days ago (May 19th, 2018)
Proletarian Blues
Great song Micheal. I can hear a lot of the influences mentioned above and they are all good.
You rock!
Check out my latest song called Quiet Town
Calchas said 89 days ago (May 21st, 2018)
Hi Dean!
Thanks for the thumbs up bro!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
egobandit said 91 days ago (May 19th, 2018)
I like it when
You get all punky glam sounding, very impressive vox on this don't hold back, seems the money flows goes up, just like the mafia, Painting the town and making cool songs like this is what its about
Check out my latest song called They got you now
Calchas said 89 days ago (May 21st, 2018)
I looked for
"punky glam" in the list of genres, but couldn't find it. Sigh...

;-)

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
Philip18 said 91 days ago (May 19th, 2018)
Proletarian Blues
Big sound. Thought-provoking lyrics. Energetic delivery. All good!
Check out my latest song called Refuge
Calchas said 89 days ago (May 21st, 2018)
Hi Philip!
Many thanks for the kind words of support!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
Loob said 90 days ago (May 20th, 2018)
Killer sound here!
What a great mix! You do good drums!
Check out my latest song called Road Trip
Calchas said 89 days ago (May 21st, 2018)
Howdy!
I'm still a novice at mixing I'm afraid. But I am learning!

As for the drums, I'd prefer live, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of midi...

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
PeterB7858 said 88 days ago (May 23rd, 2018)
Proletarian Blues
High octane opening. I'm with Freddy - great drums. Quality rock vibe, Mike. Guitars sound great, too. This is definitely a keeper. Kudos. Hope the eye surgery all goes as planned. Take care.
Check out my latest song called The Parting Of The Ways
Calchas said 87 days ago (May 23rd, 2018)
Thanks Peter!
RE drums... groovemonkee.com's drum kits are amazing. But of course, one must dink around with them a bit to get what one wants/needs.

Glad you enjoyed this!


Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
DWL said 87 days ago (May 23rd, 2018)
Great opening!
A fine rocker you got here and a touch of John Fogerty in there I reckon.

Clever lyrics. Reality bites.

Nice one Mike :-)

Cheers

Dick
Check out my latest song called Holy Ghost
Calchas said 87 days ago (May 23rd, 2018)
Mr. Langford!
Thanks for listening and commenting bro. RE J.F.---Hah! So many influences lurking about in the subconscious...

"Reality bites"...Indeed! Time to bite it back!!!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
lamplight said 77 days ago (June 2nd, 2018)
Electric Rock....
in a most classic production. Very well done, Mr. Calchas
Calchas said 75 days ago (June 4th, 2018)
Thanks
...mysterious Sir!

I appreciate the kind words!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
jimmyrus said 64 days ago (June 15th, 2018)
Rocker Extrodinare!
Great tune, drums were super tight and really kept it together. Love a gang Chorus, HEY!!
Check out my latest song called Rider
pharmakeus said 26 days ago (July 23rd, 2018)
Rock on!
Let the power fall!
Grand band sound, tight and grooving
Superb vox
Interesting lyrics
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