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I originally wrote this song in 2002 and recorded it, but recently decided to take a fresh crack at it from scratch. It originally was to have an anthem-y Bruce Springsteen sound to it, but a LSP song it is not. It's kinda about being able to express yourself emotionally and be honest while living inside the male shell. Lemme know what you think. I did everything on this one.

Oh: that's me by the way, on the beach in Rhode Island where I was born when I was about 3. Singing my own little private song as usual...
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Come Clean
© 2002 Racerat

Wherever did you come from
What’s your history
A snapshot of a boy
And his quiet apathy

(Chorus)
I wouldn’t say that you’re angry
I wouldn’t call you mean
But you’d probably be a better man
If you’d just come clean

You never mention lovers
Or nights you’ve felt alive
Your secrets are your candles
Lead the way into the night

A calmness came upon you
When you drank your fill
And that ain’t no mean feat
And not for lack of will

(C)

Wherever did you come from
What’s your history
A snapshot of a boy
And his quiet apathy

(C)

Song Stats
Hits: 4227
Comments: 58
Fans: 29
Plays: 147
Downloads: 148
Votes: 6
Uploaded: Dec 13, 2007 - 05:04:03 PM
Last Updated: May 08, 2010 - 11:03:24 PM Last Played: Mar 23, 2016 - 12:24:48 PM
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Comments
Feter said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Come Clean
This Rockin my friend ..loved the drivin guitars
grungin .just a cool song and it ll be so hard
for me to guess if its Boss ..welldone Friend !!
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racerat said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
the Boss
I guess the only way I was trying to channel the Boss on this one was with the slightly southern accent, hard "r"s ect. I was raised in the south, so it comes easily, can't say anything else reads Bruce, but inspiration has to start somewhere, ya know?

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Moviz said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Great
Rockin' song and the vocal fits great with that strong beat and powerful guitar sound. Lyrics are good too. Your voice does sound really good on this, regards M
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racerat said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
voice
Mov,
Thanks for the solid on my voice, my least-strong point. But it's fun, and that's why I do it! I always appreciate when folks with different musical aesthetics drop by, your comments are even more treasured. Listening to your Christmas song right now. Very Bing Crosby, nice!
Thx!
P
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c4rson said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Hi
A great rock song... tuneful.. attitude... guitars.... Yeah!!!!!!

I love the"I wouldn't say you're angry"...

Great solo... and Great work...

:)
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racerat said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
C4rson!
Haven't seen you in a while! Thanks for stoppin' in. I'll drop by your page and see what's new!
Philip
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michael2 said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
this sounds
soo good, and it's a great song to boot. i am always in awe of how great your stuff sounds. what do you do your guitars with?
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racerat said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
guitars
Hey M2,
I do my guitars with 2 modelers I have. One is the modelers on my Boss DR-880 drum machine, which are really good. It has bass modelers too, which I use. I also use my Digitech Genesis 3 Guitar Modeler, which is amazing, you can morph between 2 amp models, infinite possibilities. They no longer make 'em, but you can get them on EBay.
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bud said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Great dynamics and playing
fully worked out realized. Lyrics and vox are great too. I always just throw myself at the mercy of a song - but it seems you actually know your craft. Well done.
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racerat said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
running
Hey Bud,
I dunno, when I listen to "With Friends Like...." which I did while running today, I think you, my friend, know your craft a little better than you think...

Just in case you haven't heard it people:

<b><a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/35560">Bud's "With Friends Like...."</a></b>

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bud said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
You're too much Philip
What's your pimp hat look like?
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Joe Brady said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Pro Audio
Really great sound you're achieving; arena rock. I like the harmonies against the guitar the best; reminds me of Bad Company, not sure why.
So, you coming clean? Can't wait to to hear the next one ;-)
Rocks out; did you play real drums on this one? Vocals are great.

Joe
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racerat said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
arena rock
Thanks Joe,
My collabs with Echoroom have been so loungy lately, I have needed to rock out! This one is a little slow and plodding, but it was fun to do. Thx!
P
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dajama said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Great song
Love the percussion - great driving beat. The guitars, though, are the thing - nice sounds, and great playing. The lyrics are outstanding - pithy and piercing, a portrait of a human being in a few stanzas. That's poetry, man! Very impressive. Outstanding. Kudos, friend. Peace.

David

P.S. Great pic!
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racerat said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
DJ
Thanks, I can say the same thing about "The Spirit" which I am listening to right now. Pump up the guitars Man! Thx for the listen!
P
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said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
reality
Great sound great rythm classic !!!
racerat said 3453 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Ego!
Thanks Timothy,
You moved to FLA? Will wonders never cease.... They can't take the Bklyn outta ya.
Went to your site, nice Murals my friend!
P
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echoroom said 3453 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Phil comes clean
You know, I loved this when i first heard this, I thought the horns gave it a ziggy/bowie feel. Your vox are ace, and I'm always envious of your harmonies.

But the lyric to this, and looking at the photo adds even more depth to this- this is great writing Phil ... real soul searching stuff ... I completely relate to 'quiet apathy'.

steve
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racerat said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
cheese
Actually I thought the horns were kind-of cheesy, but I was sucked in and could not extricate myself from them. The horn samples I have are basic Logic ones, which are pretty lame, or else I just don't know how to make them shine. Anyhow, thanks Steve.

And the photo, yeah I was CUTE back then, huh?, ...oh how things change! LOL. But I STILL have no hair!

P
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said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
More Springsteen-y (Springsteen-esque? Springstine?) than you think.
LSP it's not, but there's a solid core of workingman's anthem in there; well done. Good horns, too! Makes me want to go down to the union hall, and throw darts with the boys. All in all, a very solid effort.

But, uh....... what's all this "male shell" stuff?! Maybe it's time you moved out of San Francisco and just came home, huh?

Yours in filth,
SJ
racerat said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
shell
LOL! You crack me up.

If only I WAS a working man!

P
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rsorensen said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
sounds like
The Boss to me! Great song. I really like the drive of this one. Nice n' tight!
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davisamerica said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
alright phillip!
right then and been waiting for a new post by you and this bangs the gong! absolutely Fantastic..all of it! Made my day and thanks!
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racerat said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
righteous
Davisamerica, you been cranking out some solid jams yourself these days. I don't know how you do it. Your productivity is amazing. I mean, man, do you have to work?
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FGarofalo said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Great stuff
as usual Phil. Great harmony on the vocals, really nice guitar sound. You've go just enough horns so that it doesn't sound cheesy. Love the
rocking guitar solo. What this song really need is more cow bell .... just kidding.

Frank.
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racerat said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
bell
I know, I know. I couldn't help it. I heard another MJ-er song with a cowbell this week and it just was sticking in my head and I had to...get...it...out!

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lengold said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Great
rocking song Phillip. I also like the lyrics a lot. Perfect sounding guitars and your voice doesn't sound like a weak link to me.
Cheers
Len


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racerat said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
weak
Hey!
Who said my voice was a weak link?! Who?


Oh,... it was me.....never mind.

;-}
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Vic Holman said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
rocks!
and with a cowbell yet! Nice drive & energy going on here ( that could be the Bruce connection).

The guitars are perfect. a classic overdrive tone. Vocals are shinning brightly as well.

A damn straight tune Philip!



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racerat said 3452 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
props
from the true master of guitar tone!
Thanks Vic!
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Rebsie said 3451 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Rock-craft
Great song ... strong guitars, clean production and tight harmonies. Fine stuff all round.
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racerat said 3451 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
no candle
They Rebsie,
Thanks for the visit. I just commented on your new video for "LeafBlower" in the forums. Hilarious!
Philip
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psexnyc said 3451 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Yowza Baby!!
Racerat!! I'm feeling this song! I can understand the channeling of Bruce Springsteen here too. Probably cuz I live on the other side of the water from Bruce. I really like the sound you got from your guitar though. I seriously need to talk to Santa about one of those modellers. Much enjoyed!!
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racerat said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Da Boss and Models
I mean modellers. Go for it. I couldn't believe I had lived with just one amp all those years (and a crappy one at that) when I could have had 50 amps in a box for half the price. You tunes will thank you! Yo! to NYC for me.
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Doadars Uncle said 3451 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
Clean!
Yeah, the whole thing is real clean! And by that I mean it has a freshness to it. You've got a nice voice, Phillip.

Doug
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racerat said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
clean pipes
Doug, Thanks man. You are too kind.
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Ibstrat said 3451 days ago (December 15th, 2007)
I can
hear the Bruce thing-this is a little heavier than most of his stuff.You have a great rock voice-the guitars sound great!I envy your production skills.
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dolby said 3451 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
How...
...did I miss this for three days?

Good, solid stuff, as always. Reminds me of seventies glam rock for some reason - rather than Bruce. Maybe my ears can't pick up on the 'southernness'. The big guitar chords are a bit Gary Glitter aren't they?

Whatever....it grooves nicely, and I love the repetative vocal phrase at the end......and the long fade out. Why aren't there more long fade-outs on MacJams????

Nice.


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o0o said 3450 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
What a nice picture of you...
adorable....now the song...A nice rock song that could easely make it to the hitcharts!!! Great production.

Kind regards,

o0o
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racerat said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
oOo
Thx oOo. Saying I'm adorable and all, that makes my day. Screw the tune....;-)
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rtcooper said 3449 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
GLINT
Sharp as a Dealer's Smile.

Solid with bright and arresting Vocal timbre.
Drive and Attitude are infectious.
appreciation and best regards,
Cooper
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racerat said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
RT
Thx RT, your ears are always welcome, may your guitars always be in tune, you neighbors never complain and your hard-drive never crash.
Peace,
P
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Lenny Zero said 3446 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Funkin hot
...
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Lenny Zero said 3446 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
btw..
... love da horns. Great pipes on ya, dude!
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craft said 3446 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
another pearl
well done my friend... Love the guitars... the vocals... ok... I love everything in this one.. eheh... Really well done... This one is ready to rock the radio...
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said 3442 days ago (December 24th, 2007)
Man....
I really like this one Philip! Sorry it took me so long to get over here. (pre-holiday season was way crazy)
racerat said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
D
Thx Mickey_D. Always happy to see ya here! Hope you had a great New Year!
Ciao,
P
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Aaron David said 3435 days ago (January 1st, 2008)
Shows maturity
I think this songs shows that it's been written, recorded, tweaked, re-recorded, etc.... It's well worked over. As far as your voice, it's been produced well enough for no one to know whether its a strong point of yours or not (plus I think it's better than you realize). There are enough tone deaf pop artists out there to prove you can do anything with a studio :S... you have a head start cause you can actually sing! :)

Great stuff...
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racerat said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Vox
Thanks Aaron. Yeah this one is pretty well worked over. I'm glad it doesn't appear too worn around the edges. Thanks for the props on my vox. I keep pluggin' away and hoping someday...
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lavalamp said 3428 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
somehow reminds me of....
This somehow reminds me of Bowie (musically). Outstanding rock song. Nice and full. Very good lyrics. You got a bit of a southern accent thing going on in the singing, which is a fitting. Oh I know.....Bruce....right?
I saw what others had written after writing this.
GOOOOOOOD
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racerat said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Bowie?
Echoroom's not even in this one! I swear. Hmmm, maybe just jammin with him on all those collabs has the Bowie vibe wearin' off on me! Thanks for the listen!
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Lennon714 said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Wow!
I love the guitar work on this album almost as much as I love the horns. This song has some swagger to it and the have legitimate swagger is TOUGH. That's where I feel the Boss. Fake swagger is easy to identify. Think of a Kathy Lee Gifford rock number. That's fake, lame swagger. This song has real balls.
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racerat said 3420 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Ouch
Kathy Lee Gifford? Oh man, when I sound like I'm channeling her, someone come and put me out of my misery....But, uh, thanks. No really, that was a cool comment!
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Livingstone said 3410 days ago (January 25th, 2008)
great vocals
I need a lesson in vocal recording, and processing, I listen to you and want to redo all my work , thanx for the inspiration I learn as I listen
and yo make a great teacher
stacey said 3368 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Good fun
I love the sound of this track. You have real talent!

Thanks for sharing!

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said 3317 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
KILLER!!
Man your vocal here is at its best, really it's the best I've heard from you so far as a vocalist. The playing and the whole music work is amazing... you know how much I love your work and always following it! Excellent stuff!

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kay350gt said 3295 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
Took me awhile
to find this gem but is definatly going on the favorites list! Great work on this one bro best discription that comes to mind is simplisticly detailed. Lots of depth and talent but it comes off as though it was easy for you and that you enjoyed writting it, almost as much as I enjoyed listening to it.
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ste said 2569 days ago (May 16th, 2010)
big sound
love the brass, mate. quality writing.
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