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Grist For The Mill


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Calchas

 Genre: Ballad

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America...from the 1960s to the present... SIGH...

Lessons anyone?
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GRIST FOR THE MILL

I
I remember back in '69,
when humans walked upon the moon;
we saw our planet for the first time.
It looked so peaceful we forgot our gloom.
Reality kicked back in soon...

II
I recall a time our hopes were bright.
Our future seemed secure.
Then shots were fired from that grassy knoll.
The light was snuffed out by some cur.
Or was it ever really there?

CHORUS:
The pages of our past lay open wide;
penned by history's bloody quill.
Can we read the writing on the wall?
When will we ever have our fill?
Guess it's all grist for the mill.

Bridge:
Here and there a light is shining,
as we stumble on our way;
eyes straining for the soft glow of the dawn,
and the fulness of the day.

III
I remember how back in the day,
peace, love, and brotherhood were sung.
I've seen the streets since turn from green to red.
How did we lose all that we gained?
No one but ourselves to blame...

CHORUS:
Can we awaken from this evil dream?
O please say you know we will!
Hope is a candle in the darkness that
surrounds and keeps us standing still,
---eyes ever focused on the kill.
It's all just grist for the mill...

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Plays: 29
Downloads: 2
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Uploaded: Jul 16, 2018 - 08:39:19 AM
Last Updated: Jul 16, 2018 - 08:39:19 AM Last Played: Aug 13, 2018 - 02:54:46 PM
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Comments
DWL said 32 days ago (July 16th, 2018)
Intense stuff
Touches of Neil Young in the guitar work.

Peace, love and brotherhood? I was there but was too young and stupid to realise it couldn't last.

A fine set of lyrics Mike.

Welcome back btw. I hope everything went Ok. How odd we both post our first songs for quite a while on the same day!

Cheers

Dick
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Calchas said 30 days ago (July 18th, 2018)
Hi Dick...
Surgery went well. I now see in HD for the first time in my life. (Still need glasses for reading though...)

Glad you like the tuneage bro!
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Daugrin said 31 days ago (July 16th, 2018)
Ah, great work!
Looking back without sentimentality and assessing ones youth is a difficult job. Thanks for sharing your work with here.

Daug
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Calchas said 30 days ago (July 18th, 2018)
Hey Daug!
Just lamenting the continual deterioration of American culture, without deluding myself into thinking there ever was anything like an American "golden age." But things have, in my view, steadily moved from bad to worse...

Thanks for listening and commenting my friend!
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Skean said 30 days ago (July 17th, 2018)
Grist For The Mill
Who don't like the 60s nice work on this one Mike, take care, I grab a copy.
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Calchas said 30 days ago (July 18th, 2018)
Good to see you here Kenta!
Glad you enjoyed the tune my friend.

Be well!
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sammydix said 30 days ago (July 17th, 2018)
Pretty
deep tune, Mike. Sorta Bowie-ish in parts. Totally love the chord pregressions here.
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Calchas said 30 days ago (July 18th, 2018)
That Bowie comparison again...
I'm always surprised to get that one as the only Bowie tune I know is Major Thom. I occasionally get a Talking Heads comparison as well, which is funny because I've never heard a single tune by them! Ha ha... What's up with that anyway?

Stumbled on the chord progression whilst noodling about and knew right away I had something nice. It sat on the shelf for a few months while I finished up other tunes. Glad to finally get to it before Losing the inspiration.

Always nice to hear from you friend!
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pharmakeus said 29 days ago (July 18th, 2018)
Totally accomplished
Crisp mix shows off the rootsy guitar intro. The band comes in and sounds great. Love the lyrics and arrangement. Great singing too. Masterful bridges and change ups. Cool lead gtr work and I also loved the keys.
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Calchas said 29 days ago (July 19th, 2018)
Geez...
If you don't like the tune why not just come out and say so? ;-)

Hey bro, thanks for the kind words of support. I really appreciate it.

Be well!
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bronco said 28 days ago (July 20th, 2018)
The New Age
Good job Michael. Like the lyrics and how they bring us from our past to the present. It is hard not to get caught up in cynicism and believe it has always been the way it is now but we just didn't have the sources of information to know about it. But it did seem like there was a definite change of attitude from the 60's. People actually suffered in those days and it wasn't just because someone said the wrong words. Kennedy wasn't the ideal person we thought he was but he was on the verge of making "governmental decisions" that would have been for the welfare of the common man.

Now I just try to be as calm and logical as I can and keep my emotions in check. So many people on emotional overload already I know we don't need another one.
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Calchas said 28 days ago (July 20th, 2018)
I concur!
I tried here to capture the feeling of things deteriorating over time, but without idealizing the past. ("Was it ever really there?")

There is always hope...
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bronco said 28 days ago (July 20th, 2018)
Another line
I was rereading the lyrics and another line jumped out at me. "How did we lose all that we gained?
No one but ourselves to blame..." I was certainly guilty of this. We finally got out of Vietnam and I thought we had certainly learned our lesson about getting into foreign wars with folks that really were no threat to us in any way. What I didn't realize was why we fought that war in the first place (for future economic profit as our mega corporations could exploit the mineral resources of southeast asia). The folks with the power kept on putting out their propaganda through their bought and paid for news media and before you knew it in just ten years or so we were invading Panama (bad dictator wanted too much of the drug profits), Grenada, the first Gulf War and finally the biggie invasion of Iraq. But. . . but . . . we elected Carter and he liked Bob Dylan?
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KCsGROOVE said 28 days ago (July 20th, 2018)
grist for the mill
I remember the 60-s Sat with my dad in the middle of the night in front of a small black and white TV to watch the moonlanding. There was a sense of hope that everything would turn out alright.
Glad the surgery went well, good to see the world in HD :-)
enjoyed! very well written and performed!
KC
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Calchas said 24 days ago (July 24th, 2018)
Thanks KC
For your kind words of support.

Be well friend!
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FEEL said 27 days ago (July 20th, 2018)
Love the Ballad
I have to agree with Sam, your voice does sound a bit like Bowie. I like the progression, it builds nicely and there are some fine changes throughout with some cool transitions.
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Calchas said 24 days ago (July 24th, 2018)
Hey John!
Glad you're still with us bro. I appreciate your support!

Be well friend!
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Vic Holman said 26 days ago (July 21st, 2018)
times sure have changed
not for the better i'm afraid.

solid tune Mike! there is a strong '60's prog base. i'm sure you knew that. overall this flows along in a dreamy way.
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Calchas said 24 days ago (July 24th, 2018)
Hi Vic!
Yeah... dreamy... Life seems to flow along like that too sometimes...

What a long strange trip indeed!

Be well friend!
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Mike_Lynn said 26 days ago (July 22nd, 2018)
Great Plot
Quite a story & well delivered.
Cool production & instrumentation. Brilliant solo too.
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Calchas said 24 days ago (July 24th, 2018)
Thank you Mike!
I appreciate your taking time to listen and comment.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
jimmyrus said 25 days ago (July 22nd, 2018)
Cool song
Great song, very well written, one question, not sure what aCur is? Welcome back!
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Calchas said 24 days ago (July 24th, 2018)
Hey Jimmy!
A "cur" is a "dog." Not used much anymore, but what the hell!

Glad you enjoyed the tune.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called NOTION [2.0]
MikeRobinson said 25 days ago (July 23rd, 2018)
Nice and sparse
I like the way that this lyric is sparse.   You chose but two excellent examples to excellently make your point.
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Calchas said 24 days ago (July 24th, 2018)
Koo-koo-ka-choo Mr. Robinson!
Thank you for climbing aboard. Glad you enjoyed the ride!

Be well friend!
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A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. It is a rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, political (affected by the previous three types mentioned, refers to either glorifying the exploits o

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