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No offense to the gentleman in the picture.

If you live or have ever lived in a big city, you'll understand this song.

I'm open to a collab on this. I think it could be spruced up a bit.
Thought I'd run it by you folks first.

Dave
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Sick Man

Sick man acting funny
He turns around and asks for money

People pass him by
The tears fill his eyes
He doesn't think to ask and wonder why

He's played the part of the fool so many times
He's asked for quarters, nickels, pennies, and dimes

People laugh at him
Drinking his bottle of gin
But, he looks to the sky and he always grins

Won't you sing or dance, you silly man
All you do is sitting there, on your hands

You think that bottle is warm
And you'll never conform
All is wasted, nothing left for you

You always say you used to be Superman
With a scarlet cape and a golden tan

Nothing ever seems wrong
The day never seems long
You always beat your chest just like old King Kong

Sick man acting funny.............

Words and music by David Armbruster
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Hits: 2912
Comments: 42
Fans: 15
Plays: 167
Downloads: 122
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Apr 12, 2008 - 07:53:21 AM
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2008 - 07:53:21 AM Last Played: Feb 27, 2017 - 04:48:57 PM
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said 3420 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
Cool song
I like the chord progression in this, nicely developed.
I also like the neutral stance you take as the narrator
Sounds complete to me!
lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
TW Thanks
Glad you liked the words. Thought I'd write a straight forward tune. Not so abstract.

Thanks
LL
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Moviz said 3420 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
Sounds quite finished
to me too, nice backing and vocal and sounds well thought out.... 'there but for the grace of God' comes to mind regarding the subject though, regards M
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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Thanks Moviz
Glad you liked it, especially the words.

LL
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KevinElvisPoirier said 3420 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
good job man
chords are great it really makes the atmousphere, your lyrics re great really heart felt and deep for this situation. nice vocals on it and the production sounds awesome!
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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
glad you liked
Hope to see you around more often. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Don't be a stranger.

LL
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magnatone said 3420 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
Sick Man
Great tune lava! These lyrics give us a lot to think about. Your vocals are terrific as usual - thanks
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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Thanks for the......
compliment regarding my vocals. I always appreciate the feedback.

Have a great week.

Dave
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said 3420 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
i agree...
the chord progression is sweet!
the song has a nice feel to it as a whole. and the lyrics are very poignant and thought provoking.
nice work!
-Jason
lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Thanks friend
Happy you came by. I tend to be not so serious, but sometime I can do one like this.
Thanks for listening.

LL
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MarkHolbrook said 3420 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
Yup
all the above and more. Very nicely done Lava!

I love the general feel and recording. Very sweet!
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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
thanks mark
liked your new one, too. Glad you could pay me a visit.

Thanks
LL
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Skean said 3420 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
I understand it
Very good song with a great message I really like.
And as many here says it sounds complete... Nice production.. Love it.

peace
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Kenta
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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Kenta
Always happy to see you around. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Dave
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screamalexz said 3420 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
downtown
it's a normal day in downtown seattle it sounds like. nice vocal style. great lyrics they have a lot of meaning. they really make you think about something in the world that's rather sad.
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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
downtown
any city you can see it. Just a reporter.

Glad you liked it.

LL
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Feter said 3419 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
Sick Man
Nice song my friend ..thoughtfull Idea..your
singing bit diffrent here .loved your playin and
the setting of the intseruments .thnx for sharin !!
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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
mixing it up
I like changing it around a bit. Did my vocals sound different in a good way?

Thanks,
LL
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lengold said 3419 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
Lovely song
Dave and very well performed and produced.
Cheers
Len


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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Len
Heard you were missing lol. So many songs to get to. Thanks for taking the time to hit mine.

LL
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Vic Holman said 3419 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
Dave
very cool tune. man, I really dig most of all the chord progression. classic!
right on the story here, we've seen them.
instruments and vocals all sound good. seems complete to me.
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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Vic, Vic
As always, thanks for the support. I think this song, maybe, could use another part.
Maybe, I'll re-post it in the future.

Dave
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said 3419 days ago (April 13th, 2008)
Nice one LL.
I really like the overall sound. Finished I'd say.
Sounds like a typical day in the Loop.

Very nice LL.


Fav and downloaded.



C.
lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Always nice..
to hear from you. Hope you enjoyed this one and come back, anytime.

Thanks a bunch,
LL
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rsorensen said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Sick Man
another great song from you. love the chord prog. as well. There's something about your vocals I really dig on this one. Nice job.
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lavalamp said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Right on
Thanks for the vox comment. I'm always trying to improve with that. Loved your latest.

Thanks,

Dave
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that80sboy said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
hey!
a guys gotta do what a guys gotta do to raise a buck!...seriously this is awesome...full of emotion....very sad...but very nice lava!!
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lavalamp said 3417 days ago (April 15th, 2008)
Thanks friend
Loved your latest, was in my ear as I went to the store....that's a good thing.

Thanks for stopping by and checking this out.

LL
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said 3418 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Well done!
Salem, Oregon isn't very large at all, but we have individuals like this here as well. I think of Aqualung...of Mr. Bo Jangles....Sadly, sometimes there's very little one can do to help, except treat them with respect or take them out for a meal.

This is a wonderful piece of work David. The music is sublime, and you sing the poignant lyrics with conviction and sympathy. Well done my friend, well done!

Take care!
lavalamp said 3417 days ago (April 15th, 2008)
ORE.
I spent a lot of time in that neck of the woods. Glad you could appreciate a tune like this. It was interesting writing something like this, too.

Stay cool,

David
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five_extra_arms said 3417 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
$ .99 Ransom
Dave!

This is really a super tune. I love the tragic story and I love your compassionate vocals (again). I dig the piano and the distant, distorted guitar parts.

Excellent!

Bob
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lavalamp said 3417 days ago (April 15th, 2008)
If you......
keep digging stuff, you're going to end up at the middle of the Earth.

LL
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STCrowley said 3417 days ago (April 15th, 2008)
Reminds me of that song by the other guy. . .
I'm a big fan of the sound of this song. I like the chord progressions, and the way you layered guitar on piano. . . It's got a really chill, "red wine" feel to it and your singing is better than you know. . . I'm glad you've pulled your voice out from the background. Either you compose well for your voice, or your voice matches your composition well.

The lyrics don't match with the way I think about the 'crazy people' on the street, though. I've never talked to anyone, but they always strike me as sadder than comes across in this song. I think "Streets of London" by whatshisname comes closer to my feeling for them.

Also, you shift from the third to the second person in the lyrics. Is that intentional? (I don't know if you spend a lot of time with grammar. Third person is the 'he' section, second person is where you address the crazy man directly with 'you.') :-) Ein Bisschen Spaß muss sein.

I'd colab, but I have no musical talent whatsoever.
-Toby
lavalamp said 3417 days ago (April 15th, 2008)
I know
I didn't think anyone ever paid attention to lyrics anymore.

My grammar is very goodly.

Thanks Mr. Crowley

LL
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dajama said 3416 days ago (April 15th, 2008)
Love this
Great chord progression, as others have mentioned, and a lovely use of keyboards. The lyrics are very well done - touching and humorous, without being saccharine or mocking, a brilliant, evocative portrait of a person, and a group of people. Great song. Not sure what else you want to do with it. Sounds pretty complete to me. Very cool. Nicely done. Peace.
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lavalamp said 3416 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
I was just......
thinking if you think it needs a musical break or a different bridge/middle eight thingy. That's all.

Thanks for the feedback. Always glad to see you around.

Dave
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lavalamp said 3416 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
I was just......
thinking if you think it needs a musical break or a different bridge/middle eight thingy. That's all.

Thanks for the feedback. Always glad to see you around.

Dave
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Heightened said 3415 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
Amazingly simple and amazingly
cool. Lyrics were also brilliant!
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lavalamp said 3415 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
Amazingly cool comment
Thanks. You made me feel amazingly cool. Glad you liked the lyrics.

LL
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davisamerica said 3415 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
right the LL
very nice work man. i see this guy everyday and it breaks my heart. your treatment of the subject matter was brilliant. well done indeed!
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lavalamp said 3415 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
Thank you much
I usually don't go deep into the social issues regarding songwriting, but I like trying different approaches.

Glad you could appreciate this. "Glad" is not the right word, I think.

LL
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said 3407 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Very Nice!
One of your bests. I can feel that it's complete, the music work has some touches from Vic Holman so I guess if you would like a remix to it, Vic will fit! Sounds great and I hope to see the progress.

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