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Walls (Analogapalooza - from Robin Hood)


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TobinMueller

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Sung by the character Will Scarlet, from my musical, Robin Hood. Will Scarlet is a fallen aristocrat who had always opted for cynical humor over responsibility or loyalty, preferring to embody the self-centered free spirit aspect of Freedom For All (as opposed to Robin's more altruistic and intensely loyal definition of Liberty). But then he falls in love with Dianah, the one true freedom fighter (and sole woman) among the Merrie Men, and has a change of heart, becoming the person who eventually leads the Lords to confront the King and establish the Magna Carta.

Additional tracks from Robin Hood:

Sweet Liberty with Jessica Flood
Here, For A Moment with Emily Rohm

Artwork is a detail of Eric Green's Requiescat.
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Lyrics
WALLS

I was once a ‘respectable’ man,
Owning gold, owning souls, owning land;
An existence so parceled and planned.

I hadn’t a clue of what freedom meant.
The power that I held bought its own consent.
The wealth that I owned, it really owned me,
Demanded my soul…I had to break free.

So I cast off all petty pretense.
Turned my back on my inheritance.
To be true, I’ve not stopped running since.

I’ve run from my life. I’ve run from the strain.
I’ve run into walls I could not rename.
I’ve raised up my fist. I’ve cried to the sky.
No sound echoed back. No words in reply.

There are walls built around all our lives.
Walls that guard, walls that save, walls that hide.
Then someone startles you out of the shadows.
And as you’re standing there, gently, your hand opens.
No walls can save you now. Freedom has found you.
No walls can hold it back. Where will you go?

I have lived many lives. I’ve seen too much pain.
Too much sacrifice. Too little regained.
I’d stopped asking why. I’d given up hope.
I never thought I’d find dreams I could hold.

Where, without walls, where will I go?

I’ve run from my life. I’ve run from the strain.
I’ve run into walls I could not rename.
I’d stopped asking why. I’d given up hope.
I never thought I’d find dreams I could hold.

Like the walls, like the walls, I am broken.
Like a child, like a child, I begin.

I’ve lived many lives. Done just as I wished.
I’ve found many lies. It’s truth I’ve dismissed.
Now walls that I’ve built have all fallen in.
Do I have the strength to start in again?

©1991 Tobin James Mueller
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Uploaded: Aug 06, 2007 - 10:27:50 AM
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2007 - 08:52:40 AM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 11:11:03 AM
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Feter said 3702 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Walls
Passionate singing ...the lyrics so awesome !
the arrangment is super ...thank you or sharing
this I ll check the rest seems all connected !!


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BranDaMan said 3702 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Excellent
superior songwriting skills at work here. Brilliant lyrics, fine arrangement, and honest vocals. Simply wonderful.
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said 3702 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
uhm,
not what i would usually make a beeline to, but your composition has me at a loss for words...it seems i need to re-examine and broaden my listening parameters. thanks for posting this tobin!
Allen
TobinMueller said 3701 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Back when G's came easily
Thanks guys. I enjoy listening to my voice a bit more back when I could hit a high G. I don't think I can get above an E anymore. My favorite part of the song is the bridge that starts, "Then someone startles you out of the shadows..." Its funny how, after you perform a song so many times, the anticipation toward one moment can be the motivation to set it up well, to try harder, to hone each articulation. I also like the use of dulcimer, something I never did again since. I love this whole "Analogapalooza" thing and have enjoyed all the old tunes. The songs that sound like they're from the 70's are my favorite. What a great era.

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Ibstrat said 3698 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
Really enjoyed
listening to this.I envy your diverse talents and amazing songwriting skills!
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twonicus said 3679 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
70's
ahh the golden age...wish i could have enjoyed it at the time

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TobinMueller said 3678 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
70s influences
Even tho this song was written in the early 90s, you're right about the 70s influences in that Robin Hood was a show I wrote from a 70s perspective. A great decade, indeed.
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Bowman said 3680 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
A beautiful song...
with brain, heart and a lovely melody. I enjoyed your clear truthful singing and excellent orchestration. The story line sounds great and certainly worthy of a first class production. I'll be on to the other parts of this.
One minor qualm was a dissonant sounding flute which several times accented the rhythm but overall a terrific song.
Best,
Charlie
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TobinMueller said 3678 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Bicameral mind
Thanks for you lovely comments. I always try and balance heart and mind, or my multiple minds, and am really glad you noted that. I listened to the held notes of the flute and wondered, a decade later, what I was thinking. maybe I was singing too loudly at the moment to notice...
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said 3679 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Tobin...
Your talent really shines in this genre of music... It makes me want to see the musical! Gorgeous musical soundscape backing your smooth and convincing vocal. Thanks for the heads up.

Jack
TobinMueller said 3678 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Theatre music
Theatrical musical songs (and 30s swing) were sung by my mother my entire life. My first forays into music arranging were for my mother's choral group that performed a condensed musical in concert format each Christmas; I started doing this when I was 14 and continued helping her into my 30s. I think almost every song I do has an element of musical theatre in it. Thanks for you kind comments.
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said 3679 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
BEAUTIFUL Tobin. . .. : )
WOW what a great Voice You've got here..Passionate - YES ! : ) My eyes get a bit damp .. thankYou Tobin so good to hear You
Roxylee said 3679 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
This is awesome!
Your song really touched me. You are so skilled at playingf all the instruments in here that it is seamless. I recently posted a song about breaking out of walls- it must be something we tend to think about more as we get older. I hope you wrirte the rest of the Broadway musical to this. It is terrific!
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TobinMueller said 3678 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Completed
Actually, the initial version of Robin Hood was completed originally in 1991, then rewritten in 1994 and again in 1995, ending with a run in Manhattan that lasted 10 months. We toured it a few times, as well. I wrote this song while staying in a friends home in White Plains, before I moved to NYC later that decade. I was staying upstairs in an extra room, had hauled all my equipment to NY via a minivan. I probably sang this song while everyone else was eating downstairs.
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Scott Carmichael said 3671 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
My favorite themes
in movies and literature... illuminate the growth process that we must all be wrung through if we are to become something more and other.... you captured the essence of that theme eloquently... and with such confindent writing... you were no amature even then...

sincerely; Scott
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