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An everyday domestic tragedy posted in January, wrecked by my lack of vocal range, now magically transformed by the great Rebsie.
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Mary was a till girl at the Woolworth's store
Got pregnant by the man next door
He was married to her best friend Sue
Sue don't speak to her no more

The man who lived next door split up with Sue
Mary thought that she stood half a chance
The man who lived next door just laughed at her
said I'm not lookin for romance

The river is deep
The river is wide
Let's all jump in in the water tonight

Her friend Sue moved into a council flat
Mary walked down by the river side
She thought about the man who lived next door
She sat down on the bank and cried

The river is deep
The river is wide
Let's all jump in in the water and die


Mary had a handsome boy and named him Sam
When Sam grew up he loved to drink and dance
Sam bet some money on a horse one day
He thought that he stood half a chance

The river is deep
The river is wide
Let's all jump in in the water and die

Sam took the money and he bought a gun
Some nights he found it hard to sleep
Sometimes a river's just a shallow stream
Sometimes a river's dark and deep

The river is deep
The river is wide
Let's all jump in in the water and die

Sue became barmaid at the rose and crown
Mary is still working on the till
The man next door's next door to heaven now
Sam' has a cell in Pentonville

The river is deep etc.
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Hits: 7281
Comments: 46
Fans: 21
Plays: 509
Downloads: 225
Votes: 38
Uploaded: May 24, 2005 - 11:13:18 PM
Last Updated: May 24, 2005 - 04:33:12 PM Last Played: Nov 10, 2016 - 03:08:09 PM
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Comments
bronco said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Very nice singing
A bit of the alright there Rebsie! Mando is that you on
harmony. Sounds great whoever it is. The mandolin
playing is sounding so great these days. Do I detect
practice? The electric guitar is not bad either. Has a better
tone than before. I think this is radio ready and 9's.
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mandolinquent said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Very nice singing
Thanks for the support bronco. Curiously, that is me singing back ups. And it
still sounds good.
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Peter Greenstone said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
:)
I loved the original version you did, Mando. I love this
even more. Rebsie, it's so great to hear you on this
fantastic song. As I commented on the other version, I
love the storytelling, and you put it together with some
great music.

If there's anything I'd possibly like to hear different it's
maybe to hear a couple more places or so where you
(Mando) sing lines with Rebsie or perhaps take turns
delivering lines. I'm not sure. Just a thought. It's such a
wonderful touch when you sing "The man next door's next
door to heaven now" together, but maybe that being the
only line (outside of the chorus) that you sing together
makes it all the more special and "more" would only dilute
it.

You two sound absolutely great together. Let's have
another!
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mandolinquent said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
:)
Thanks, so much. That's a thought. MJ's Sonny and Cher, here we come.
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stevel said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Great songwriting
and great vocals from Rebsie, you two are becoming a
formidable partnership here at MJ. My only criticism on
the mix would be that I would have prefered to hear the
bass a bit louder and the elec guitar slightly further back.
But this is a really good song..I really like the original too
as its a great story....Rebsie's vocals really add a new
dimension to this.
Well done guys!
S
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mandolinquent said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Great songwriting
I know exactly what you mean, stevel. I think if the rhythm guitar comes down
on some sections the bass will rise to the top more anyway. Thanks.
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Tom Atwood said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
perfect
Rebsie's 'flat' delivery is perfect for this. Perfect deadpan.

Have to pull out the dictionary again. What's a 'council'
flat? (Wait--there are too many flats in this comment!
Where's the river?!)


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mandolinquent said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
perfect
You make me laugh, Tom. Thanks. Council flats are the closest thing we have
to wht you call housing projects.
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fairy beth said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
lovely jubbly
rebsie, u have a really soothing voice and it really fits with
this style of music. mando - excellent mando
playing...liked the twangy guitar too. amazing lyrics - they
flow so well and clearly tell a story, i love that. great team
guys!
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alley-oop said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Cool
song, cool lyrics, cool woman singing cool, cool man
playing and singing cool. You two are together cool
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snowdragon said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Knocked me out
What an incredible tune. Drugstore Truck-Drivin' Man
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere Stan done by a Fairport
Convention-Steeleye Span reunion.

And, because I can't resist.

Let's all jump in the water and hide . . .
In-to the wa-ter, su-i-cide . . .
Into the water, slowly we slide . . .
Into the water, problems aside . . .
Into the water, no logic applied . . .
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Kevensor said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Depressing Lyrics, but
Uplifting melody. Very contradictory, I love it!

Nice performance and production!
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Tom Atwood said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Why does this fine song
keep getting bombed? (I guess that's a rhetorical
question.)
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Jim Bouchard said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Why does this fine song
Technically , I guess it's not getting bombed. Some people just thought it was average and that it needs improvement. That's a criticism, but it's not all that harsh. And relative to the way some other songs get rated I guess it seems unfair. By the way I voted 8-7-8-8. I thought the production was Good but not Normal Professional. I guess I should have voted Needs Improvement there if I wanted to be brutally honest, but actually I really like the song.

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Tom Atwood said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Why does this fine song
From the graph it looks like there were at least a couple of 5's. I view those as
soft bombs. Especially fives without comments. No one in the comments
described this song as 'average,' or in need of improvement. I think those 5's
were launched in an attempt to influence the overall rating of this song. Why?
I have no idea...
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Peter Greenstone said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Why does this fine song
The labels on the rating puldowns are pretty screwy. In my opinion a song can
be a 7 or 8 and still need some improvement. I don't like the way the ratings are
labeled, suggesting that if a song needs any improvement it's a 4. I know most
people think it through and understand that it's a bad descriptor and don't base
their vote on it, but some people are likely to follow the written protocal and
give a fantastic song with a couple bad notes or some line noise a 4 because
that's what the label says... "needs improvement". I like the idea of having
descriptors for the voting numbers but the words MJ chose to use are really bad
and may be responsible for some of the cases of dispropotionately low scores.
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Jim Bouchard said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Why does this fine song
I can imagine what sort of response that would garner if someone left a comment that the artist's song was just average. Haha! Retaliation galore!

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Jim Bouchard said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
very sweet
This is a really good song. Very catchy with a throwback sort of sound. May not be to everyone's taste. But it sounds like it was fun to make and it pleases my ear, and that's enough for me to be entertained.
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mandolinquent said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
very sweet
Thanks so much Jim.
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drakonis said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Woohoo!
Love this kind of upbeat tragic songsmithing... great work
Mando, wonderful mandolin/guitar playing... and Rebsie,
perfect singing and delivery for this too, Bravo/Brava! I
have two suggestions in addition to the other great ones
above... first, the bouncy ending is so catchy and fun, it
fades too quickly! I'd let it go a couple more bars before
fading. Secondly, it may be my headphones, but this mix
sounds a little heavy in the midrange and high end... this
is indeed almost radio-ready, but needs a mastering
engineer to tweak the EQ etc to push this up past the 9
-8-9-9 I just gave it :-) And this isn't even my #1 favorite
genre either! :-) Awesome job you two!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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mandolinquent said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Woohoo!
I think you're right - especially about the mix. Thanks for those tips Drak.
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eltopo said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
a brilliant collaboration
I was really thrilled to see this uploaded when I got
home, and when it was downloaded it didn't
disappoint for a second.

Mando definately comes from the neglected Robin
Hitchcock/Richard Thompson-ish wing of British
songwriting, with all the quirks and witty
twistedness.

A great track made even better with the addition of
more musical textures. Well done Rebs!
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mandolinquent said 4501 days ago (May 27th, 2005)
a brilliant collaboration
Hitchcock? Thompson? Eltopo... you flatter me in all the right ways. Thanks.
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notsosweet said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
This is great!
I love your storytelling through this song!!
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mandolinquent said 4499 days ago (May 29th, 2005)
This is great!
Ta notso!
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ledebutant said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
It's Love
I love songs that tell a story and this one is no exception. Lyrically it reminds me of Squeeze's "Up the Junction," which is one of my all-time favorite songs, so there you go.

I gave you 9's all around. How could anyone give this song a 5? The chorus is especially catchy and I'm sure I'll be singing it all day long.
mandolinquent said 4501 days ago (May 27th, 2005)
It's Love
Thanks so much for big points and lovely words.
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said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
sweet
This is upbeat and fun. A few technical nits have already
been pointed out. I'd like to hear Rebsie's voice come
forward a bit. It also needs to be de-essed.
mandolinquent said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
sweet
Thanks for the sage tips, Richard. Useful as always.

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Emily Rohm said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
This is so awesome!!
I love quirky songs like this!! I love that the lyrics are so
depressing and yet the music is upbeat and fun. Yeah!!
Rebsie's delivery is so great with accurate vocals & little
emotion. It really works. This is definitely a fave!
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SlimGirlFat said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Very Very
cool collab.
I thought your vox were a tad quiet Rebsie, but only
slightly.
I love the whole sound and flow of this track.
Beautiful playing Mando.

Slimmie
D/L
Mystified said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Excellent!
Very well done, both of you!
You complement eachother so well here. The voices, the
playing. Wow... I can't say enough good about this
collaboration.
Rebsie--your voice is really nice in this! kudos!
Excellent collaboration :)


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thetiler said 4503 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
ya, a lot to this tune
It seems like it has the works: nice singin, nice backround,
great words. complete with nice harmonies.
Very well crafted

Like that lead guitar sound too,


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Rebsie said 4502 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
Woohoo! Songwriting!
Great songwriting. More songs! More songs!
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Joanna said 4502 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
Love this!!
What a fantastic collab! Great song, wonderful storytelling
lyrics, a surperb performance from Rebsie and that
winning Mando touch. I thoroughly enjoyed this!
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TobinMueller said 4502 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
Herman's Hermits meets Lizzy Borden
Dug the retro Brit Pop sound, reminded me of Hermin's
Hermits' Mrs Brown. Smiling and whimsical. With a
Virginia Wolff sense of dark humor. Very fine storytelling.
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Syncopatient said 4502 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
This is great
Super story telling...pure voice Rebsie....Mando.....you're
awesome! What a great tune!...everybody else said what
I've been thinking as listeing to this tune...so I'll say DITTO
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country john said 4500 days ago (May 28th, 2005)
i loves it . . .
i loved it the first time 'round too . . .

but rebsie on lead vocals gives it the edge . . . : )

also love you on the harmonies billy . . .

also . . . coz your such a whizz on the mandolin . . .

. . . i sometimes forget how good a songwriter you are !

serious dude . . . sweet as a nut !

nice one
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Stun Nutz said 4499 days ago (May 28th, 2005)
this is one...
...freakin' enjoyable tune! Just thought I'd let you
know...
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_nderscore said 4498 days ago (May 30th, 2005)
thumbs up
the storytelling, harmonies & minimal instrumentation have a
bit of a beatles flair to me. everything is richly played & sung.
i enjoyed the narrative, too (or was it a warning?). high marks
from me
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Swanny said 4482 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
Mandolin Rocks !
Really enjoy the mandolin work !
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Komrade K said 4432 days ago (August 4th, 2005)
Another cracker
Very good - the harmonies work extremely well. nd the
lyrics... I'm a sucker for a good narrative (and this IS a good
narrative).
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Epileptic Gibbon said 4334 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
I never did vote or comment on this…
… can't think why! Great piece of songwriting, that man(do)! Great
magical transformation, that Rebsie! Sorted!
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WG said 4267 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Beautiful Music
There is a lot that can be said but I think it has already been said here.
This is a great piece and the vocals are great. I love the cadence and
mandolins.
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jpfeiff said 4186 days ago (April 7th, 2006)
Like the production....
Great mixing, great mando playing, and a very UNIQUE guitar sound. very sweet little tune, and well-sung by Rebsie....
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selters said 4164 days ago (April 29th, 2006)
great song!
I have heard this a lot of times before, but never left a comment. It is a great song in all ways. Now i am just waiting for my revolving doris cd to arrive!
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