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Steve had death on his mind. One day, while driving home humming this tune, the lyric came:

OHHH,
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
AND LEAVE THE CHAOS OF OUR LIVES

It's not meant as fatalistic or suicidal. This is a song about the power of death - almost looking forward to it, a celebration, the next step in the journey.

We hope you enjoy our first collaborative effort.
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Lyrics
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
LEAVE THE CHAOS OF OUR LIVES

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
LEAVE THE CHAOS OF OUR LIVES

BACK TO THE BEDROOM BABY
FEAR OF BIRTH AND THE SPACE WHERE YOU LAID ME
YOUR SEX IS SHINING LIKE A COMET IN A DIRTY SKY

WHEN TODAY WON’T LISTEN
AND TOMORROW’S HIDDEN
WHERE IS THE STING?
WHERE’S THE VICTORY?
WHERE’S THE VICTORY?

YEAH
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
LEAVE THE CHAOS OF OUR LIVES

WHEN THE MONEY’S GONE, BABE
OUR CLYDE AND BONNIE DAYS OUT GUNNED, BABE
WHEN ALL THE LOVE HAS BEEN MADE

WHEN TODAY’S A PRISON
AND TOMORROW’S MISSING
JOHNNIE SAW THE SKULL BENEATH THE SKIN
BEQUEATH THE MEANING
BEQUEATH THE MEANING

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
LEAVE THE CHAOS OF OUR LIVES

BACK TO THE BEDROOM BABY
THE FEAR OF HEAVEN OR THE PAIN OF LIVIN’
GIVE YOUR BODY TO THE ENDLESS JUNK OF LIFE

WHEN TODAY WON’T LISTEN
AND TOMORROW’S HIDDEN
WHERE IS THE STING?
WHERE’S THE VICTORY?
WHERE’S THE VICTORY?

YEAH
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
WE’RE GONNA DIE
WE’RE GONNA DIE
AND LEAVE THE CHAOS OF OUR LIVES

AND YOU WILL
WIPE THE TEARS FROM OUR EYES
WIPE THE TEARS FROM OUR EYES
WIPE THE TEARS FROM OUR EYES

AND YOU WILL
WIPE THE TEARS FROM OUR EYES
WIPE THE TEARS FROM OUR EYES
WIPE THE TEARS FROM OUR EYES
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Hits: 4016
Comments: 72
Fans: 29
Plays: 186
Downloads: 147

Uploaded: Dec 13, 2007 - 08:27:24 AM
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2007 - 08:43:49 PM Last Played: Mar 20, 2017 - 01:10:15 AM
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Comments
davisamerica said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
right then bob
firsties..lol. this tune is killer..no pun inteneded. just a merry little tune for the holidays??? really..great tune...very cool
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five_extra_arms said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Holiday Music
Thanks for the listen.

I'm betting this will replace "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas" before the season is over.

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bud said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Electro Death Pop
a new genre is born. This is great you guys. Masterful synth stuff Bob and great script and vox Steve. Great song - Steve is really stepping out here - and the production is tremendous. A real cheerer upper. Excellent collab!
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five_extra_arms said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Electro Death Pop
A new genre is born, only to realize that it's gonna DIE!!

Steve does belt this one out, doesn't he?
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alexweiler said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
extraordinary experience
Bob, this is nuts, edgy, extrovert, original ... therefore i love it! Again this shows steve's huge singing range and surely he is the best you can have for a song like this. this time i don't compare this one to songs of other bands and i don't tell you, that it reminds me a stone's throw away of Arcade Fire.

great job, guys!
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five_extra_arms said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Speaking Of Edgy...
Alex, you are always on the edge. Thanks for the comments.

Steve does have a seemingly unlimited range of singing styles (make that STYLES).

Should the next MacJams Challenge be to invite artists to write a song that Steve Craig can't sing to?

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echoroom said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
hmmm
Loads. I dont think i can sing Reggae.
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alexweiler said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
A Hip Hop / Rap song
would be proper challenge.
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echoroom said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Hey alex ...
.... I thought MIA was pretty down in the hood for me!
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alexweiler said 3417 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Limits
I don't think, that you already have reached you limit ;)
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Estella said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
yes
I love that chorus. I didn't know what to expect when I first read it. I thought, now, how's Steve going to pull it off? But it just sounds natural. Fun, like it always existed. I love that foreboding, chanting backing vocal. Perfect touch to a rock song about death :)

Great job, guys. I love the comet-like synths. Adds a cheery, cosmic, death-is-not-really-spiritual-death feel to the song. Also adds something you can bob your head to as you're contemplating death ;)
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five_extra_arms said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Cheery Cosmic Death Rock
Imagine my surprise when his initial email had

"We're Gonna Die"

as the first words! I too wondered how in the world is he going to pull this one off!



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buckhorn said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Hey Bob!
Good to see ya... and hear ya. This is a pro sounding production. Easy to listen to. Steve writes some great lyrics and his singing ain't half bad either.....:)
Don't be a stranger. Regards
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five_extra_arms said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Stranger
You're so right. Steve's singing isn't half bad!

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Godchaser said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Missed you Bob.
But oh how this is worth the wait.I just love the vibe here and the subject matter is right up my alley.Glad you didn't wait a year and a half to post a new tune like yours truely had done.Very much enjoyed!

Blessings and Happy Holidays,
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five_extra_arms said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Spot The Scripture?
Steve had some really good ideas (or questions maybe) about death (and sex). I felt he was too young for the sex talk, so I looked to the Bible for some inspiration on the subject of death. Without sharing the verses I found, I'll tell you that this poet Steve Craig took what little input I offered (very little) and made it his own and makes it work beautifully in my stringent eye (and my other eye too).

Me thinks Steve should read the Bible more often.
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Peter Bauckham said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Well
what a great collaboration. Steve's vocals (sounding more Bauhaus than Bowie) sound amazing. Great production - Top quality.

Peter
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Blow Down The 'Haus
This Steve kid has some pretty mighty vocal chords, don'tcha think? I think he's got some talent. Some real talent. When I first discovered him, he was a mere mortal at MacJams. Now look at him. He's goin' places. Good kid, that Steve is.
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guitapick said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
The lyrics...
...man...the lyrics...and the music's the perfect backdrop.

Tune says a lot. I have been in this space before and, somehow, I think I shall be there again.

"We're gonna die"...

Indeed.
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Have A Nice Trip
Hope it's not hot when you arrive!

Thanks man!
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echoroom said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Squelchy
Bob sent me this a while back... it kinda reminded me of Laurie Anderson/ Big Scienece at the time ... i loved it immediately, and sent him back a badly warbling vocal. I love his mix on this ... a big wall of sound .

Lyrically ... another song about sex 'n' death, buoth favs of mine, as they're still taboo but something we all experience (well, death at least). This song reflects various view points, hence the biblical allusions and lines 'borrowed' from TS Eliot. I actually think this is quite a positive song!

Anyway, I'm just sooo happy to finally collab with my mate Bob ... more to come hopefully!

steve
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cjdaley said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
ouch
"another song about sex 'n' death, buoth favs of mine, as they're still taboo but something we all experience (well, death at least)"

Sorry about your sex life, Steve. Just keep on trying, I'm sure your day will come.
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Moviz said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Good...
Arrangement and excellent vocals on this 'Different' song and very professional sounding, cheers M
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Different...
Different like 'mismatched socks' or different like 'unconventional' or 'special'?

I thought that I did a pretty good job mastering this, then I sent it to Steve.... Add superior production skills to his resume. (Thanks racerat!)

Thanks M!
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Moviz said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
That's
the' unconventional' different... in a good way, M
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Mismatched Socks
I thought that was a pretty good one, eh Mo?

Thanks man! Your pipes save lives too!

Bob
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peacepiano said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Sound
Enjoyed the combination of Steve's vocal and your imaginative and hard driving music.

Thanks
Bill
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Sound
Bill,

I enjoyed the combination too. It was an unexpected balance to me.

It puts me in the Holiday Funeral Spirit, how 'bout you?
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The Infinites said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
A Famous First!!!
Steve/Bob or Bob/Steve-

Well worth the wait for this -tremendous song, brilliantly sung and produced to perfection. Instant download.

You guys are just like the scarecrows that won a Nobel prize.

Because they, like you, were outstanding in their field...

(Christmas cracker joke - couldn't resist!)

Ho ho ho aside - any song about death that makes me smile is a welcome addition to my iTunes bag.

Encore, encore...! Let us hear some more!

Jim
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Out Standing In Our Field
Jim,

You're a riot. The kind where the city burns and the cops have those plastic shields and tear gas and people are throwing rocks and bottles.

Love ya, bro!

Bob
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wifas said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
HA
NIce one. Love the synths. Glad to see you're still alive. I can't wait to die ;-) Merry Christmas! iChat?
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
iChat
Greg,

you're never on iChat anymore. I was worried that, well, you died to be quite honest....

I'm glad to see you and your fancy avatar.

You still in MN? Is your leg functioning properly? Are you even thinking about posting another rocking song?

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The Infinites said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Oh....and...
Room Seven?

Wha, who? (to quote another great tunesmith - TW)

What's yer thinking guys?
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Room Seven
Usually, when someone is dying, they're right down the hall in Room Seven.


Right?
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The Infinites said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Or is it...
Room 101...?

As long as the death room has a mini bar, who gives a.....?
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DWL said 3420 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Typical
just when I'm getting close to posting my song about death......

It's a cheerful little ditty ;-)

Great job, but then again I'd expect nothing less from you two.

Cheers

Dick
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Typical
Aren't you tired of songs of death and holiday cheer?

Thanks Dick. I know you'll kill us with your song.

Bob
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cjdaley said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
gothpel
that how this genre should be called. The organ gives it an eerie christmas feeling. Enlisting St Paul and T.S Eliot, unappetizing characters as they were IMHO, can't go wrong lyrically. The whole is perfectly stitched and is really, well, transcendant.
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Gothpel
That's a good one CJ!


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Vic Holman said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)

i love the dead. ah, i mean i love the tune.

You've been MIA for a while Bob, so it's good to hear something from you. fantastic synth work.

And Steve, I've been noticing you have been exploring with your vocals. this is very a very epic sound from you.

Now neither of you eat to much fruit cake for the holidays.
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
NecroMuzak
Hey Vic,


How's that fancy Robot Guitar of yours?

My life has stepped in the way of my music and art for the time being (where did that expression come from? As a kid I thought it was 'Time Bean'). Steve's nursed this song for months now and it just suddenly arrived at my doorstep.

Imagine the joy and the sudden fear of life.

Merry Christmas to one of my most favorite fruit cakes here. You rock Vic!
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said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
excellent
very original Echoroom did a great job on the vocals! Enjoyed !!!!!!!!
five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Zerohour
Another death reference. Boy, they seem to be coming out of the woodwork.

Thanks for the big scare at the egobandit funeral. Good to see that you were just reinventing yourself and not pulling a bigblot. You're a vital part of this community. Now go paint something!

Bob
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perceptualvortex said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Cool
Great singing, excellent music. I love the droning vibe to the song. Nice work, gentlemen.
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Drones
From one drone to another, I appreciate the comment. You're one of the first people I think of when I post a song like this. Thanks Dave.
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racerat said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
big
Death is big. But this is bigger. Awesome anthem. I want this played at my funeral, right after Chris Whitley's song "Dirt Floor",... you know, to bring the crowd to it's feet, as it were....;-)

The distorted horn-like moaning synths. Steve's monster-as-usual vocals. I love when he wails! I dig the military drums, something I usually have a fit with, but they totally work in this.

Good job guys. But, I'm jealous.

Philip
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
When And Where Is Your Funeral?
We don't wanna be late.

I speak for Steve when I say that he learned everything he knows about production and wailing from you..... or, maybe you showed him a few production tricks and he always knew how to wail. I guess I better not speak for Steve.

I think this Macjams community is going to go down in history as the best educational resource for musicians ever. The comments and the forums have been the greatest help for me. When I listen to the first few songs of mine, I can't believe how terrible they sound. I'm surprised you guys tolerated me. Oh wait, no one said they were tolerating me, did they?

Thanks!

Bob
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said 3419 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Yowzers!
Exceptionaml rock song you got here fellas, it just kicks and keeps kicking, Bob some of those sounds are gorgeous, excellent song throughout, love the death theme :)
five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Death Is Not The End
Hola Dr Wounded,

Thanks for the listen. This is a rather kicking song about death. 'Preciate it.

Aren't you about due for a new tune to set our ears on fire?

Bob


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lengold said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Well...
what can I say... I think I heard something like this before. I always liked the sound bed, but, how on earth did Steve do that - it is amazing!
I am so impressed with this - well done to both of you. Of course, downloaded.
(Good to see you back Bob).
Cheers
Len


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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Deja Vu
Thank you so much for the kind words Len. You know, if you put Steve under the right amount of pressure, he can really do stellar work.

He's pretty amazing, dontcha think?

I'm glad to be back here but I have a ton of catching up to do. You've posted about 3 songs that I've yet to hear.

I wish you a Merry Christmas!

Bob
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Warren Smith said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
) or (
Great - just when I was starting to feel good about life you had to go and remind me my time is getting short : >

Or : (

Actually, I think it's healthy to sing about death. After all, it's one of those universal life experiences.

Great collaboration!
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five_extra_arms said 3419 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Death Is A Healthy Experience
Good to hear your thoughts Warren.

Hope you have a long healthy life and that death is not the last experience!
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said 3418 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
holy mither
i can't imagine this any better.

the music sets such a strong mood with that initial pattern -
waaay cool. i think the percussion could be upped in volume - just me.

arrangement has a wonderful build to end. the vocal on wipe the tears stanza captures the intense emotion beautifully. steve, steve, steve!

oh oh, the end strings just sawed my heart in two.
that was one powerful hit of music, gentlemen.
THANK YOU.
wiping tears,
anne


five_extra_arms said 3414 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Intense Emotion
Steve, Steve, Steve!

He makes me cry all the time, but if anyone ever found out, I'd lose my edgey tough guy appearance here.

Sniff.

Bob
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echoroom said 3413 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
yeah...
... i make you cry ANd make ya give me your lunch money!
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rsorensen said 3417 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Now this is really cool!
Wow! This is soooo Ziggy Stardust! Well sung and great instrumentation. Love it! You guys should totally create a concept album around this song.
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five_extra_arms said 3413 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Concept
Hey Ridd,

this was an amazing surprise when Steve added his incredible vocals to this tune. I would've never approached it the way he did, but then, who woulda?

Ziggy maybe?
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chipan said 3413 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Together at last
In my opinion you guys both have original(in a really good way) sounds. Combining those really worked! Nice Corinthian allusions. Good to hear some new stuff from you, Bob! This is top notch!

Merry Christmas!
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five_extra_arms said 3412 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Chip For The Holidays
Love your new post Away In The Manger


Thanks for spotting the inspired words.

Bob
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Lenny Zero said 3413 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Light as a feather....
..... great music on this, but not sure about the dude wailing ... is HE dying???!!!
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five_extra_arms said 3412 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Between You And Me, Lenny....
....it was his dying wish to collaborate with me. You know, instant fame within the MacJams Community. He might be crying like a baby, but ya gotta hand it to him.... He's smart like a fox.

Thanks for checking in on us.
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Heightened said 3412 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
Brilliant!
Except the part about dying. Lol!
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five_extra_arms said 3412 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
The Dying Part
I haven't gone down that path yet!
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dajama said 3410 days ago (December 22nd, 2007)
Great song
and terrific collaboration. The lyrics are excellent. I don't remember who said the meaning of life is death, but he had a point. The inevitable end, and the subsequent sheer ephemerality (is that a word?) of everything, well, isn't that what makes life so sweet? This is a great track. Love the keyboard sounds, and Steve's singing is outstanding as ever. very nice work. Kudos to you both. Peace.
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five_extra_arms said 3406 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
ephemerality
it is now! Just kidding, of course it is!

Thanks!
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Diviner said 3388 days ago (January 13th, 2008)
LOL
Fair play, I really like this. The tune is brilliant and its well played. Cool lyrics, and a very interesting way to see the end of your life on this earthly coil in this fashion. I might even have this track playing at my funeral (if thats alright with you, of course) which won't hopefully be for a while. Great tune, collab and funny story.
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said 3368 days ago (February 2nd, 2008)
Nice!
You guys put together a great track here! I hope there's plans to do more. I really enjoyed this one- and definitely downloaded!
artneuro said 3368 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
Speaking the truth
Crikey. Ain't it so, ain't it so. Lovely song. Heidegger would'a been proud!
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lavalamp said 3339 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Forgive me
May you never again go overlooked. I had never heard this one before, but it gave me a nice treat today. Steve sounds great on this. Bob you're production is supreme here.
I tip my hat and bow my head.

Hope to see you around.

Dave
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said 3338 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Great!
Liked the work on this and also like Steve's Piano version. This has more spirit and everything is right in the place. Great work with the sound Bob. Amazing job both of you .. Bravo!

Take Care
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dirigent said 3313 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Ornamental Featherweight
Amazing songwriting, fantastic delivery. What a great song!!! Bravo!!!
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