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Condemning Me Just to See


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Another from the Archives: I've had this song in my head the last couple of days so I figured I'd post it. It's another song recorded on analog tape that I transferred from the cassette to GarageBand. As before, errors are intact, as everything was done in a single take. This is just me and my guitar in days of yore, singing my lil heart out.
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Lyrics
With a look, a longing glance
The movies say that romance
Can build a sweeter passion
Than the blind fates of chance

And all day I see
A swirling circle of lovers' eyes
But I'm chained by social lies
And mediocrity

And all night I gaze
At shadowed shapes that blend as one
A world of players, a celebration
Of these good, young days

And in my isolation
There's a touch of desolation
And my insulation
Is my own desperation
Taking me, fatally, condemning me just to see
Taking me, fatally, condemning me just to see

Perhaps some day I'll start the chase
Drinking in each stranger's face
Looking for that longing glance
That'll put me in the human race

And I will become
A player far from window panes
A striving actor who attains
Another's sweet devotion

And I will be blind
To strangers' looks and neighbors' staring
Busily discovering caring
I could never find

And gone is isolation
Banished will be desolation
But until this new summation
I'll go on with observation
Taking me fatally, condemning me just to see...
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Plays: 46
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Uploaded: Mar 15, 2008 - 06:53:50 PM
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2008 - 12:15:07 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 01:37:06 PM
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Hardware:
folk guitar, Shure SM58 and an old Tascam tape deck.
Software:
GB
Comments
caroline said 3559 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
i heard you changing chords!!! lol but...
another gorgeous joanna song although i would've been hard pushed to recognise your voice - your lyric writing skills are so strong - thank you for sharing joanna xoxoxox
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Jim Bouchard said 3559 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
Warts and all,
it's wonderful. I like the tone in your voice here, and the melodic turns the song takes are quite engaging. Evidently this was recorded before electronic guitar tuners were all the rage! LOL just kidding of course. The recording reminds me of early The Mountain Goats, and they're all the rage with the youngsters these days!

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magnatone said 3559 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
Condemming Me Just to See
wow - you need to be getting into your archives more often please! This is just simply wonderful. Your vocals (as always) are beautiful, and I love the "old" feel of the cassette transfer.
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screamalexz said 3544 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
fate of me
it says my name so that's a plus. nice vocal style. nice lyrics.
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stacey said 3539 days ago (April 4th, 2008)
Wow listen to that voice
Shades of Joni Mitchell, which I'm sure you've heard before.

I love the melody very much. This is great. Thanks so much for posting this song for us. It's a real treat.
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Hi, I'm Joanna (not Jo, that's someone else). Garageband has allowed me to indulge my love for singing beyond concerts in the shower. My favorite part of songwriting is writing the lyrics. This makes sense, of course, because writing is what I d... [see more]

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