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Chicken Boy


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DWL

 Genre: Romantic

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Another tune from Richard's Route 66 trip.

It's hot and sticky and you're trying to find something on the radio.

Richard wrote all the lyrics and melodies and sang and played on parts 1 and 3.

I sang and arranged part 2

Chicken Boy ( © Richard Marris)

This is Richard's take.

Excerpt from Route 66: California Dreaming by Richard Marris:

Chicken Boy is a 22-foot, late-60s International Fiberglass model; one of 400 made in Venice Beach by boat builder Steve Dashew. Artist Amy Inouye discovered him on top of a Chinese chicken joint on Broadway just three days after moving to LA. His avian ease in the middle of the downtown chaos convinced her she would be ok in this biggest of big cities. In 1984 she discovered the restaurant had been boarded up and hired a sign mover to pluck that Chicken off its lofty perch. He's now a celebrity on Figueroa St, Highland Park.

Corvette produced its first all-fiberglass automobile in 1953, sparking an interest in the lightweight, rust-proof material. Prewitt Fiberglass Animals didn’t do human figures until they were commissioned to build a giant Paul Bunyan for a client in Sacramento. When the client didn’t pay for the statue, owner Bob Prewitt loaded it onto a flatbed and took a road trip east on 66 until he found a buyer at the Lumberjack Café in Flagstaff, Arizona. A few years later Bob sold some molds, including the Bunyan, to plastic credit card inventor Stanley A. Dashew. He thought they would be a good side-line for his boat-building son Steve. When the giant men got some publicity in a trade magazine, International Fiberglass picked up business producing cowboys for Phillips 66 gas stations and Native Americans to promote Mohawk Oil’s outlets. For the next few years, the company churned out pirates, bikini-clad Jackie Kennedys, Uncle Sams and even Yogi bear-alikes.


Around 200 of them are still standing, looking down on the now-quiet side roads of America as the freeways roar past. Many of the businesses they promoted have long gone but the giants are playing the long game...

... If you're too hot wind your window down
We'll find something in the next town
Bleached out my memory, stuck to the seat
Blacktop melting sticky
Icy sugar sweet

Now there's nothing to sell
But they're not going to hide
There's still a story to tell
Out on the roadside....

... If Chicken Boy can make it here so can I
He's got a bucket of wings but he's not going to fly
A reassuring presence in the brutal blue sky
I know that he's with me but I don't know why

I don't know why
But I'm not going to fly

Welcome to a city full of lonely places
Dusty petrol highway between empty spaces
Looking for connection
Looking for traces
A glimpse of recognition is some stranger faces

I don't know why
But I'm not going to fly

Decades pile on decades and we're still here
Fighting the lonely beating the fear
Life and love such fragile things
Me and Chicken Boy, he's giving me wings

But I'm not going to fly
I don't know why...

... Main Street fading, like the ghosts on its wall
He's there in the shading, observing it all
As everything changes, cycles around
He's beyond rearranging
Looking down, holding ground
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Uploaded: Jan 26, 2019 - 06:19:14 AM
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2019 - 06:21:00 AM Last Played: Jul 17, 2019 - 05:35:11 PM
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Daugrin said 240 days ago (January 26th, 2019)
Pete's Bag
A ballad from the Pete Townsend school with efficient strings, sadly no viola or cello flourishes, but everything works to support the lyric which is a rare thing in MJ land.
Existential angst as a topic just never gets stale or something...
Well done and thank you for sharing your fab work here with us!

Daug
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DWL said 240 days ago (January 26th, 2019)
Thanks Daug
Your comments are much appreciated.

Pete Townsend is new one but I like it. No flourishes as the I didn't think the lyrics gave me space. Compact and direct.

Once again, many thanks

Cheers

Dick


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Narad said 239 days ago (January 27th, 2019)
Chicken Boy
Such a beautiful stuff ! Hats off !
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DWL said 238 days ago (January 28th, 2019)
Thanks Harald
Thanks for the listen and comment.

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 238 days ago (January 27th, 2019)
chicken boy
very cool. the contrast between each section comes off sounding really interesting.
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DWL said 238 days ago (January 28th, 2019)
Much appreciated Vic
I'm pleased it work out in the end.

Cheers

Dick
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MikeRobinson said 237 days ago (January 28th, 2019)
I didn't expect a song cycle ...
When I first heard the first section, well, I must admit that I almost,/i> reflexively hit the browser “Back” button ... but I’m sure glad that I didn’t, because I was fairly-stunned by the middle section, which was both an astonishing and a brilliant contrast which set the entire song into light.
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DWL said 237 days ago (January 29th, 2019)
Thanks for sticking with it Mike!
When Richard wrote the original song (the 2nd section) it wasn't intended as a song cycle. It wasn't intended as an orchestral piece either! We thought and intro might be a good idea and then a coda but the styles were so different we had to find some way of tying them together and came up with the idea of them being on a radio driving along Route 66.

Thanks again Mike!

Cheers

Dick




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Calchas said 237 days ago (January 29th, 2019)
Hey Dick...
Great concept this...beautifully executed. Really like the vocal. A favorite band of mine, The Lost Dogs, did a whole album of Route 66 based Americana. This sounds like it could be an outtake, at least conceptually. Like the good Mr. Robinson above, I am impressed by the big change near the end of the tune. Only wish that section was a bit longer.

All in all this is quality stuff my friend!
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DWL said 236 days ago (January 30th, 2019)
The Lost Dogs?
The Lost Dogs?
I'll have to check them out.

Thanks for the comments Mike. I wasn't initially convinced about the montage but it seems to have worked well.

Cheers

Dick
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Calchas said 236 days ago (January 30th, 2019)
The LD album
In question is titled OLD ANGEL. It came out in 2010. The band actually traveled coast to coast while writing this music. It is a work of great beauty. I hope you can lay hold of a copy.
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DWL said 235 days ago (January 31st, 2019)
Thanks Mike
I will have a look for it

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DWL said 234 days ago (February 1st, 2019)
I picked up the album on Bandcamp
Defintely worth a listen. Halfway through atthe moment and it's an impressive piece of work.

Thanks for the heads-up!

https://thelostdogs.bandcamp.com/album/old-angel
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KCsGROOVE said 237 days ago (January 29th, 2019)
chicken boy
old school goodness
Love how you combined those different parts
really good stuff!
KC

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DWL said 236 days ago (January 30th, 2019)
Old school goodness
I like that!

Thanks Cees, much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick
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grah3am said 236 days ago (January 29th, 2019)
Ambitious
multi - part tune. It works well. I like the drumming flourishes.
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DWL said 236 days ago (January 30th, 2019)
It wasn't meant to be but..
at least it all came together.

Thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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charlieknight said 236 days ago (January 30th, 2019)
very interesting and enjoyable
its all great, works well together, stands multiple listens very well. beautiful orchestration of the middle, "not going to fly" part.

this is great.
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DWL said 235 days ago (January 31st, 2019)
Thanks Charlie
It started as a guitar based song so I', not sure how it ended up like that!

Much appreciated

Cheers

Dick
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Hickling_Stan said 235 days ago (January 31st, 2019)
Chicken Boy
Wow feeling guilty I have not been on MJ for so long if I have been missing songs of this quality. An engaging from beginning to end. I will have to start listening more again if this is the quality of what I have been missing!! Cheers Mark
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DWL said 234 days ago (February 1st, 2019)
Nice to see you back!
Thanks for those very generous comments Mark. I'm pleased you stopped by.

Cheers

Dick
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eanbardsley said 232 days ago (February 2nd, 2019)
Really interesting story,...
Nice poetic imagery of the world around just set to soothing piano and contrasted with fuzzy electric. Very nice!
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DWL said 232 days ago (February 3rd, 2019)
Thanks Ian
Richard did a great job with the words and the concept.

Thanks for the listen and comment.

Cheers

Dick
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sammydix said 232 days ago (February 3rd, 2019)
A
rock opera in three minutes? Can't beat it.
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DWL said 223 days ago (February 12th, 2019)
Thanks Sammy!
A little longer than 3 minutes but nonetheless it is condensed!

Thanks for stopping by

Cheers

Dick
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jfisenne said 231 days ago (February 3rd, 2019)
Chicken Boy
At first I didn’t know what to make of this because I don’t know of any chicken boys or fiberglass boats. But at about 0:50 I found the beauty in the overall piece. Love the soft piano and vocals during the middle part. Sweet.
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DWL said 223 days ago (February 12th, 2019)
They are out there!
TBH I'd never heard of them either until Richard discovered them on his Route 66 road trip.

Manythanks for the listen. The second section was the the original track before Richardcame up with an intro and coda.

Cheers

Dick


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