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okay - i'm having a baaad day - really crappy as a matter of fact - until yesterday - it must've been coming on - i hadn't sung it for .... hmmm, 25 years maybe! i know it's american but i sing it with the greatest of respect. for those who may not know... it was written during the great depression of the 1930's. today it is the great depression of the 2005ses!! i hadn't intended to share this at all - for some insane reason, fairy beth likes it!! who knew? it ain't pink and it ain't fluffy - some days are just like so... for those of you who enjoy this kinda thing.... enjoy!!!
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not today please xxx
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Hits: 8221
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Plays: 2562
Downloads: 388
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Uploaded: Nov 09, 2005 - 09:16:37 AM
Last Updated: Nov 09, 2005 - 08:49:01 AM Last Played: Jul 15, 2015 - 12:21:16 AM
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Comments
Einarus said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Interesting change...
...of style. Is this the beginning of a darker caroline? Is black becoming
the new pink? Is solid metal replacing fluffiness?

I doubt it, but this is a good track either way :)
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caroline said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Interesting change...
glad you liked it ein-stein - i wouldn't mind those black days being fewer and there being more pink and fluffy but it has been interesting to run with this none the less xxx
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drakonis said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
soulful
You cannot fully enjoy the beauty of pink unless it is tinged with
darkness for contrast. I can feel you sinking into that post-party-
depression now, the collapsing hostess syndrome... This is a very
personal heartfelt rendition of this piece of Americana, recorded just
how it should be, in somebody's living room. The only thing missing is
the squeak of the rocking chair in the background as you play. Quite
touching... and although I like this, I do expect to see you pop out of
this in a day or so, and be your silly frilly (other) self again. I imagine
this will not be the only time we get to see the "Carolilith" side of you
though.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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caroline said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
soulful
richard of york gained battles in vain
or should that be......
red and yellow and pink and green,
orange and purple and BLACK!!!
i can sing a rainbow drak - or i can try!!
two colours down and some to go -
thanks for leaving your cave and
flying by - bye ------ whoosh ----- xxx
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chakeres said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Wow
Fairy Beth was 100% spot on Caroline, this is great. Your voice is so
fine and you have such emotional behind it. The simplicity of your
presentation makes this song all the stronger. Bravo.-JAC
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caroline said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Wow
thanks john - how kind xxx
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comdotdom said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
What goes up ...
Drakonis hit the nail on the head huh ?
When we compare normality to the heights of creativity, hospitality and camaraderie - it does tend to look a little grey.
Snowball, Reverb & Soulful You go really well together.
If I have a plea it's for a teensy introductory something (one bar will do) so it doesn't surprise me quite so much ! (I keep thinking I've c'kdup and started playing it in the wrong place)
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caroline said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
What goes up ...
thanks dom - i'll remember that next time - if i'm going to be miserable i might as well have a little intro eh? aw - you came and commented on my pain (!)... feeling better already! xxx
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comdotdom said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
What goes up ...
Absolutely - and you simply must have an intro to any expression of your pain - here's a few of my favourites :-

I probably shouldn't be telling you this but ...
As I was telling my sponsor the other day ...
I don't mean to moan but ...
It's probably my own fault but ...
You see ? Without an intro you don't appreciate the full context of the pain.
In all seriousness I hope this was a momentary lapse of pink cloud and that yours descends to envelop you once more - lifting only to give us glimpses of the artist behind the pinny !

Big Love

D
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caroline said 4188 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
What goes up ...
rotflmfao!! xxx
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fairy beth said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
you know...
...i already flippin' LOVE this track caroline, and im so glad u decided to
post it. I told ya! You can sense the deep sadness in your voice - you
sing beautifully. :-)
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caroline said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
you know...
yeah, yeah, yeah - you are an interfering baggage and i will get you for it!! let's see you put your u/l where your mouth is!! xxxx - and thank you x
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cjhoose said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Downloaded (for those dark&dreary times)
Wonderful performance. I'm with Beth on this. It's perfect.

I also agree with drak - I think this is the low after an extreme high. :)
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caroline said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Downloaded (for those dark&dreary times)
you guys are saving me a censored fortune with my therapist! i'm hooked now - in the future i'm bringing all my angst to mj's!!! thanks caroline xxx
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Joanna said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Nicely done!
I think I like this the best so far -- not because of dark/light black/
pink, but because there was a touching emotional quality in the vocals.
The guitar was played with quiet understatement, which fit the mood
perfectly. This is just a really nice version of this wonderful old song.
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caroline said 4189 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
Nicely done!
thanks joanna xxx
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SlimGirlFat said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Beautiful
I'm glad you posted this. Sad and beautiful,

Slimmie
stevel said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
Great stuff
You sing with a lot of soul! I like it
Steve
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caroline said 4189 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
Great stuff
blame it on the bawdies!!! that's what i say!! thank you slimmie - thank you stevel xxx
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aclarke said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
You know
I had a really crappy day today too. One of those ones where you try
listening to uplifting music to cheer you up but end up saying "screw it.
I'd rather be miserable!" This was beautifully yet darkly sung, almost
depressing. In other words, perfect for my current mood.... and
surprisingly I found it picked my spirits up. Go figure.
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caroline said 4188 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
You know
happy to have helped - as always but..... you guys are really strange - this concept of joyful misery is fascinating - go figure!! and thank you for taking time drop around, i really do appreciate it xxx
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urbnite said 4189 days ago (November 9th, 2005)
yankee doodle
on my third listen. can't get enough. you say it's american as if you
shouldn't be singing it, this is a beautiful rendition. and the yankee
doodlee dum line has a tinge of irony with your accent. :)

lovely
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caroline said 4188 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
yankee doodle
you're as bad as the rest of them darren - but you keep on enjoying it if that's what floats your boat!! me? i'm off down to oxheart john!! xxx
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said 4188 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
Stunning
Very, very well sung, Caroline. Very evocative of a kind of resolute
despair. Sorry to hear about your mood, but if this gem is the result, it
wasn't for naught.
caroline said 4188 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
Stunning
thanks mungo - i guess you're right - as long as we're making bouquets from the flowers available - or is that the art of happiness? i forget!!! xxx
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jackstone said 4188 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
Sounds so musical
Nice work caloline.
I'm glad to hear like this stuff from you!
Oh do you still want some sushi??
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caroline said 4188 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
Sounds so musical
hello jackstone, nice to see you bud! you are all a miserable bunch to be sure but.... if this is your idea of fun ... who am i to argue? sushi? of course!!! i am shocked that you even came around without it!! and there is a very nice green tea sorbet that i tried in amsterdam once!! one love jackstone xxx
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paulhenrys said 4188 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
A great old song
I'm not quite sure what you meant by " i know it's american but i sing it with the greatest of respect", but you sure sing it with feeling! This is a song by one of my favorite lyricists E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, who wrote lyrics for "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", and "Paper Moon", among many others. Thanks for posting.
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caroline said 4188 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
A great old song
what did i mean? hmmm.... i think that english folk tunes are a misunderstood genre - ask rebsie - and i didn't want to misunderstand or misinterpret a song that i associate so strongly with america - didn't want to get it wrong, didn't want to offend. i didn't realize the pedigree of the lyrics - no wonder i like them so much - thank you for that x
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screamalexz said 4185 days ago (November 13th, 2005)
beautiful.
beautiful. its a little quiet on the recording. i really like your voice.
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caroline said 4183 days ago (November 16th, 2005)
beautiful.
thank you chance..... and breathe x
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selters said 4185 days ago (November 13th, 2005)
great!
I like the dark feel of this tune. GReAT!
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caroline said 4183 days ago (November 16th, 2005)
great!
and thank you so much for popping along to say so xxx
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Magritte said 4180 days ago (November 18th, 2005)
Perfect sound.
I always loved this song and this is a great version that really evokes the era, with the stripped-down guitar and bitter vocals. Beautifully done!
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caroline said 4179 days ago (November 19th, 2005)
Perfect sound.
thank you from the bottom of my stripped down guitar and bitter vocals!! xxx
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said 4173 days ago (November 25th, 2005)
Well
Worth downloading
thanks so much
caroline said 4155 days ago (December 13th, 2005)
Well
thank you themasses - i'm glad you thought so xxx
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T-Man said 4170 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
Going back to where I've Never Been
The lack of production added to the quality of the final track. I found
myself drifting with the music and getting lost in a daydream. This track
is all about atmosphere. Very cool.
caroline said 4155 days ago (December 13th, 2005)
Going back to where I've Never Been
and my daydream is to be able to do something about that lack of production
that you like so much - go figure!!! thank you for taking the time to comment x
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perceptualvortex said 4168 days ago (November 30th, 2005)
What they already said
I'm late?? Dangit. I'm sorry to hear about your really crappy day. Like they're all saying though, your dark mood made for some good, honest music. Very nice, caroline!
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caroline said 4155 days ago (December 13th, 2005)
What they already said
pv!!! where were you when i needed you??!! well - better late than never! next
time i feel that bad i'll pop by chat and you can cheer me up! thank you xxx
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Doadars Uncle said 4156 days ago (December 12th, 2005)
I'm sad
You preformed it perfectly! Have a virtual dime...there.

Nicely put together. Great emotion.

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caroline said 4155 days ago (December 13th, 2005)
I'm sad
i'm so sorry this song made you sad - don't you just hate these miserable
things?? thank you for the dime and the compliments - i enjoyed both! xxx
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dreadmon said 4148 days ago (December 20th, 2005)
One of my faves
and you did justice to it in all of its dark despair, your voice really gives this one "cred" - hope you're feeling better!
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caroline said 4137 days ago (December 31st, 2005)
One of my faves
thank you so much - phew - just got that in before the new year!!! happy and healthy to you!! xxx

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urbnite said 4135 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
:)
still lovely.
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caroline said 4134 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
:)
as are you darren, as are you xxx
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charliechen said 4072 days ago (March 6th, 2006)
Fabulous
I love this song. the first time I heard it was George Michael's version. And your rendition is better, more authentic sounding.

This is perfect as it is...

...But I wonder how it would sound if it was "aged." Add an effeect to create some pops and scratches and hiss, to make it sound like an old gramaphone. it'd really feel like it was recorded in the 30's.
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caroline said 4071 days ago (March 7th, 2006)
Fabulous
thank you so much - i'm glad you liked it - i haven't got a clue how to do that aging thang but.... if you know how you go for it! nice of you to take the time to comment x

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John Stebbe said 4052 days ago (March 26th, 2006)
Melancholy
I hear a heartfelt performance here. Thanks, Caroline, for sharing this.
Is that you on guitar? You've got a lot of good technique.

This sounds like a song which might have easily found a place on the
soundtrack to the movie "Brother Where Art Thou?"

Best,

John
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caroline said 4052 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
Melancholy
'brother where art thou?' - sheesh - i love the music in there!!! guitar? me?? yes!! you are too kind!!! alfalpha mixed another version....

www.macjams.com/song/18907 - i never did get the knack of making links in here!!

thank you for all the nice things you said! xoxox

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apb said 4017 days ago (April 30th, 2006)
Impressive results ...
just vocal and classical nylon string guitar (if I'm not mistaken) ...and
one take?

Great voice. I just thought you might try (with songs that go this low in
bits - using your capo, one fret at a time at see if it becomes a problem
for you on the higher end - this is because I thought your voice is best
somewhere in the middle ... so move the song around that window.

Having said that, did I mention you also do a mean salty sailor !

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