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My Home Long Ago (Dadai & rschletty)


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Postludes Trio

 Genre: Celtic

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A song for the homesick Irish emigrant. By Jack Miller (dadai) and Richard Schletty (rschletty)

THIS REMIX is based on comments by Tom Atwood. The reverb levels have been adjusted.

Comments from Jack: I started this song in December 2004 in hopes of having it ready for St. Patrick's Day. Alas after writing the first stanza and bridge refrain lyrics, a creative funk hit me. I sent it over to Richard, who added his lyrics as well as his superb vocals.

The original demo for this was my contribution to "Happy Birthday Macjams" song Part 1 (Dadai)-HERE, of course with the appropriate birthday lyrics!

Comments from Rich: This song has an incredible amount of vitality. Jack's excellent instrumentation really drove my vocal interpretation. He didn't use any prefab loops. It's all live playing. What fun singing this!

Jack Miller: music, rhythm & lead guitars, recorder, tambourine, lyrics and mixing. Richard Schletty: lyrics, vocals and mixing.

Song art: photo in Ireland by Jack's daughter Laura..
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Lyrics
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It's been thirty long years since I left her,
thirty long years to the day.
I set out to find my good fortune,
set out to make my own way.

Like many that went out before me,
I only dreamed of what could be.
But now all my dreaming looks backward
to my home across the sea.

Good luck to the anglers baiting.
Good fortune in life's lottery.
My own destiny is awaiting
in my home across the sea.

I'm hearing the pipes playing sweetly.
The music and mirth make me smile.
The dawn of a new day excites me
as I dream of my Emerald Isle.

And in my mind, oh, the memories prevail:
The stone walls weaving through the meadow,
the hanging mist as the fishermen set sail.
It's where I still long to be--my home long ago!

So many long hours in this faraway field,
for love and for money I toil.
Though all my fine labor has given me yield,
I'd rather breathe Ireland's soil.

Now as the shadows do lengthen,
I yearn to return to my source,
the wellspring that will help me strengthen
my sinews, my heart, my life force!

And in my mind, oh, the pictures I still see:
The cattle clanking along the hedgerow,
the hanging mist as the fishermen set sail.
It's where I still long to be -- my home long ago!

It's been thirty long years since I left her,
thirty long years to the day.
I set out to find my good fortune,
set out to make my own way.

Like many that went out before me,
I only dreamed of what could be.
But now all my dreaming looks backward
to my home across the sea.

Song ©2005 Jack Miller
Lyrics ©2005 Jack Miller & Richard Schletty
Song Stats
Hits: 4473
Comments: 23
Fans: 5
Plays: 414
Downloads: 202
Votes: 17
Uploaded: Mar 31, 2005 - 10:55:18 AM
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2013 - 11:03:08 PM Last Played: Mar 18, 2018 - 07:10:00 PM
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Hardware:
Jack's hardware: iBook G3, M-Audio Mobile Pre, Shure 57 mic, Dean Markley pick up, Applause guitar, alto recorder, tambourine. Rich's hardware: Audio-Technica AT3035 microphone, Digidesign Mbox, G4/500MHz.
Software:
Apple GarageBand 1 and 2
Comments
SlimGirlFat said 4799 days ago (March 31st, 2005)
You
really are sounding extremely polished.
This is a wonderful song. Sung beautifully and the
accompanying music is very emotive.
I love that recorder, in fact I love all of this.
the production on this is also really good. CD??????

excellent

Slimmie
said 4799 days ago (March 31st, 2005)
You
Garsh... thanks very much for the nice comments. Rich
and I both like this song a lot. I'm glad you do, too. CD? Don't
tease me now. But that would be something!

Jack

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Making melody with your heart...
Tom Atwood said 4799 days ago (March 31st, 2005)
You have done the work of 3
all 2 of you. Nice job. Do I get a percentage consulting fee
from your CD sales?
Check out my latest song called Vanishing Pezzicato
said 4799 days ago (March 31st, 2005)
You have done the work of 3
Looks like both Jack and I are destined to turn into CD characters.

Tom, check's in the mail. Thanks again for your assistance. For this song,
we'll consider you the missing Trio member.

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I support my voice. http://www.schletty.com/indwellings
Jim Bouchard said 4799 days ago (March 31st, 2005)
Now let's hear a Guinness fueled version!
Good job. Like the recorder and tambourine especially. The guitar solos are nicely varied.

I had a thought that you might want to repeat the last line of the refrain a time or two, if you were going for a drinking song feel, to get a bit of a singalong going. But that might be a different song altogether.
Check out my latest song called Big Yawn (Apogee One mic demo)
said 4799 days ago (March 31st, 2005)
Now let's hear a Guinness fueled version!
I'll ask the boss (Jack) about that. Sounds like a good idea to me. "Three
thousand miles to go till I'm home, three thousand miles to go..."

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I support my voice. http://www.schletty.com/indwellings
said 4798 days ago (April 1st, 2005)
Maybe a Bit Too Polished
or you're not emulating a drunken seasick and homesick
Irishman.
Well done, guys, and I especially like the idea that the
cattle are clanking. :)
snowdragon said 4798 days ago (April 1st, 2005)
It plays
Well, it's not Good-bye Mrs. Dirkin but sure beats the hell
out of some drunk butchering Danny Boy. Pity I didn't
discover this three weeks ago. Could've used it at a Legion
gig. 8-8-7-9.

(PS, my darling daughter gives thumbs up to the recorder
solo and she's the woodwinds player in the family.)
Check out my latest song called Nightmares
said 4798 days ago (April 1st, 2005)
It plays
Tell your daughter... from one woodwind player (clarinet, sax) to
another, "Thanks." One of the most satisfying comments of the
last couple of days. And 'snow', thanks for listening
and commenting.
.

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Making melody with your heart...
discoinferno said 4795 days ago (April 4th, 2005)
Harmless
The song is harmless enough but the vocal is soooooo
depressing. Really, does he want to go home or what?

Blah Blah Blah.
thetiler said 4787 days ago (April 12th, 2005)
great story
To me, this is a classic story folk tune.

Like the guitar harmonies as well.
The production seems to be really good.

The singing is just fabulous.

Thanks for sharing
Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
said 4786 days ago (April 13th, 2005)
great story
Bill,
I agree, Richard's vocals are fabulous. Thanks for the comment
on the guitar harmonies as well. I was hoping that this would fit
into the tradition of an the Irish folk song, so I am glad to read your
comment on that also. Thanks for stopping in and giving this a
spin.



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Making melody with your heart...
said 4781 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
great story
It's all about Jack, really. He brought this song to about 80% completion with
his tight instrumentation. I merely had to add a few words and provide
intoned exhalations.

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I support my voice. http://www.schletty.com/indwellings
Cameron said 4735 days ago (June 3rd, 2005)
acoustic sparkle
This is very well done, all the way 'round. I love the
acoustic qualities of this piece a LOT. It fairly sparkles.

Excellent vocals, guitar and especially alto recorders! (of
course, I'm partial to the latter). This is folk in the best
"mighty wind" tradition.

You guys do it very good, long time. ;-)
Check out my latest song called Trio for Horn, Violin & Piano
said 4733 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
acoustic sparkle
Thanks, Cameron. Good to see you back in the halls of MacJams.
dreadmon said 4520 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
Highly evocative
Oh, I love the recorder! You can't beat the real thing. The percussion is perfect and your heart is in the song, for certain. And a cool blues feeling in some of the guitar phrasing as well towards the middle bit. Glad you turned me onto this tune!
Check out my latest song called Don't You
said 4391 days ago (May 14th, 2006)
Gorgeous!
The Gael in me (Scotch) rejoices! Good lyrics. Beautiful singing. Lovely
recorders (?). Nice guitar leads.

Be well!
Boris the Bull said 4085 days ago (March 15th, 2007)
thoughts from the bull...
came across this in the Celtic Songs Thread and i'm happy i did!

it amazes me how much great music is lurking around macjams
that i have yet to discover. songs like this (which is just such a
terrific song - so incredibly well produced!) are especially great
when uncovered during a seasonal or relatable time.

happy st. patty's day! and thanks for the wonderful music!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
said 4084 days ago (March 16th, 2007)
Hey dude...
Nice to have you drop and celebrate St. Paddy's Day with us. And what's more, Rich and I are glad you like our song. Stay a little longer next time and we'll serve you up a Guiness.

cheers...

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It's just music... Dadai
Char said 3621 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Great lyrics
and terrific playing. Fast and snappy. Thanks.
Check out my latest song called Bound, v2. w Music by Dirigent
MarkHolbrook said 2728 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
I found
this using my iPhone random player... This is very cool!
Check out my latest song called Corn Whiskey
Dadai.2 said 1917 days ago (February 19th, 2013)
Really now...
... this song should certainly have more Fans, eh?

cheers...
Check out my latest song called The Drift...
Artist Info
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Name: Jack Miller, Richard Schletty, etc.
Location: Santa Braul Calisota USA
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Our collaboration was born at MacJams.com. Founding members of Postludes Trio: Jack Miller (MJ username: Dadai.2) hails from CA. Rich Schletty (MJ username: RichardSchletty) has a very permanent residence in St. Paul, MN. Mike Lavoie (MJ us... [see more]

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