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Prisoners of War (w/ rsorensen)


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Alight, so a few days after posting my last track "The Pain" I received an offer MJ's very own rsorensen to lay down some vocals. I naturally jumped on this offer and here is the resulting song.

Ridd came up with the idea of writing the song about the Son Tay raid from the Vietnam War. The theme fit and added some power to the track. Here is some info on the raid: www.psywarrior.com/sontay.html

The completed song came out great and Ridd's vocals worked perfect (Thanks man!) Enjoy

If you haven't checked out Ridd's work yet take my advice and do so - you'll thank me. www.macjams.com/artist/rsorensen
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Lyrics
"Prisoners of War" (lyrics by rsorensen)

We lay our rifles at our feet
And throw our hands up to the stars
The war has ended for us now
We cannot fight them behind bars

They swear in language we dont speak
And throw us in a tiger cage
They don't let us go to sleep
But we would not sleep anyway

Chorus:
We are prisoners of war
We've become unknown soldiers
We've been listed M.I.A.
Fighting for the U.S.A.

They stretch our joints with burning rope
And try to make us confess lies
Their dogs eat better than we do
But we subsist on stale rice

And we will fight captivity
We will get out of this hole
Soon our troops will set us free
And we will be heroes at home

Chorus

They finally came for us that night
The sky was clear and full of stars
Their rifles fired into our camp
They came down fast and came down hard

The fireworks lit up the dark
The smoke of gunfire filled the air
But when that thick smoke had all cleared
They searched our camp and we weren't there

Chorus
Song Stats
Hits: 4170
Comments: 35
Fans: 15
Plays: 77
Downloads: 170

Uploaded: Apr 24, 2008 - 10:18:54 PM
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2008 - 12:36:51 AM Last Played: May 15, 2017 - 12:49:08 PM
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Hardware:
Charvel LS-1 Guitar, Yamaha Bass, Boss GT-3 Processor,
Software:
Garageband, Peak 4
Comments
Jam_Chowder said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Who
wrote those lyrics? They're incredible. Nick, your guitar/bass/drum/keyboard work fits great with Ridd's vocals. Great Job, I really enjoyed listening to it.

-Chris
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Nick_Flash said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
vocals
Ridd wrote and performed all the vocals on this one. The song feels far more complete now.
Thanks for checking this out. I'm love the new stuff you're posting too!
nick
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rsorensen said 3405 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
cool
this turned out just great. awesome mix, man. love all the samples you added, too. thanks for the collab.
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Nick_Flash said 3405 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Thanks
It was a pleasure Ridd. Yeah it took a while to find the right samples but I think we got it. This was my first collab here and was definitely fun to do. Thanks for providing your creativity.

Maybe we'll do it again sometime!

nick
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said 3405 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Great!
Glad to hear it with vocals. Ridd vocals sounds great and the whole composition is really top notch! KUDOS guys!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Nick_Flash said 3405 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
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Thanks for checking the new version out Yeman. Your great comments are always appreciated. It does sound much better with the vocals now. I always feel the mix could use more but thats just the perfectionist in me.
Peace
nick
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Moviz said 3405 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
An excellent
commentary on a war that was such a drain on so many people with cruelties. A very atmospheric song with the sound effects, but well sung and played and the lyrics very descriptive, cheers M
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Nick_Flash said 3405 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Great
to see you Maurice, Glad to hear you liked it. We put a lot of work in to this to make sure it felt right. I tried to keep the effects in the background so as to not overpower the rest.
Thanks for stopping by!
nick
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said 3405 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
beautiful song
good piece of song writing!
Nick_Flash said 3405 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
...
I appreciate the comments man. Your latest"Aireecuh" rocks too!
Thanks for listening

nick

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lavalamp said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Love how.......
the guitar comes in like a helicopter. Nick, excellent vocals. Your voice sounds so smooth, especially at the chorus.

Really brilliant guys, just brilliant.

Dave



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Nick_Flash said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
helicopter
Yeah the wah at the beginning sounded a little like a helicopter so I decided to go with it and add an actual sample.
All the vox on this are Ridd's. I can only take credit for the sound bed.
Thanks for listening Dave!
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tokai said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
yeah
thats great. Great track, good song, great playing and singing.
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Nick_Flash said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Thanks
We put a bunch of work into this one and I'm glad it came out good. Glad you liked it man!
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michael2 said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
intense
this is great. you 2 are perfect for each other, everything sounds so good. and the melodies,parts and lyrics are great. terrific job.
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Nick_Flash said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
yeah
it seemed like a good fit. Ridd knocked it out of the park on the vox too. This is probably one of the more complete tracks I've done in a while. I spent a little more time on the sound.
Thanks Michael.

nick
Check out my latest song called Questioning Authority
Vic Holman said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
I'm so behind
i hadn't a chance to catch the first. But man oh man, what a great finished product the two of you produced. Everything is so friggin top notch here.

excellent. a cool follow up to "here comes the rooster" in concept & execution
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Nick_Flash said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
friggin rooster
Hey Vic. Man I haven't heard "Rooster" in a long time. Now I'm gonna have to go listen again. I didn't make that connection originally but I know what you mean.

Thanks for checking this out. Looking forward to your CBGB post!


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ktb said 3404 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
wow
speechless. very powerful track. well produced and passionate performances. dig it
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Nick_Flash said 3403 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
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Thanks KTB. Your latest with K.I.S.KISMET was very powerful as well.

nick
Check out my latest song called Questioning Authority
dajama said 3403 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
Very cool
The production is outstanding. I love the drum sound and the guitar sounds are excellent. It's a terrific mix, with a great balance between the different instruments and sounds. The lyrics are excellent, and the vocal performance is terrific. Very impressive track. Nicely done. Peace.
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Nick_Flash said 3403 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
mix
The drums are Drums on Demand, but only a couple full loops are used. The right balance of instruments took a long time to hit. I remixed this one more times than I can remember. Now if just everything could come out this way!
Thanks for the comments

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said 3402 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Good Work Guys
Feeling this nicely, lovely sounds! all very Pro!
Nick_Flash said 3402 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Thanks
Thanks for checking it out Tom. It was definitely a fun track to put together.
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said 3402 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Wow!!

This is good very good. Loved it/ Well done you Guys music spot on
and love the vocals. Love the drums Lyrics are good too.
Great Production all round. KUDOS you Guys. From me too.

Peace Dee.
Nick_Flash said 3402 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
...
Thanks for the comments Dee. It took some time but I think we nailed it. Looks like you've been busy lately on your site too. Your last post came out real good!

nick
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craft said 3402 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
this is great
With Ridd on the mic this one became a hit... What a great song... I love it... Ready to roll on the radio
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Nick_Flash said 3402 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
radio
Hey Craft, your collab with Ridd was something else too. It just came together perfect.
I'll have to call the radio station now and make a request. (Of course there are only country and oldies stations here)

Thanks,
nick
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racerat said 3401 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Epic
Man, This is a real treat. Epic song. Sweeping in breadth. Brutal in depth. The mix is outrageous. The bass is exceptionally crisp and well mixed. Ridd's lyrics and vox are outstanding. After the TV vocal sample the break-out is great. Full longing crescendo. Bravo guys.
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Nick_Flash said 3401 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
Epic
Thanks Phil. Yeah I may have to stop posting songs now considering this will be hard to top. I was inspired to write that big ending after seeing a live show from Lifehouse a few months back.
I love your new collab with Steve.

Thanks for the comments.

nick
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racerat said 3400 days ago (April 30th, 2008)
the story
Plus I went back and read the story about the actual event in the Vietnam War you link to above. What an amazing story, daring, inspiring, and sadly disappointing all at once. Thanks for the added "color" to the song.--P
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rsorensen said 3397 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
story
yeah isn't it sad? how such a seemingly successful mission ended in complete failure. surprised there hasnt been a movie about it. or maybe there has I dont know. thanks for listening to this and glad you like it.
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Jarvoid said 3401 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
This is
really very evocative and almost cinematic in it's delivery,quite a touchy subject as well I guess given the politics of the then and now... it is a great song ,nice one...BTW how the devil do you keep your studio so neat....please tell me you cleaned it up spesh for the photo..please,please,please

Jarvoid
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Nick_Flash said 3397 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
...
Thanks Jarvoid, it is a bit of a touchy subject but it is an interesting story also. As Ridd said it is almost suprising that a movie has not been made yet.
Oh, and I will admit I did clean the studio earlier that day. I usually does have paper and crap strewn about since it doubles as my office.

nick
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jdholliday said 2678 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
I've discovered not 1
but 2 talented mj'ers I didn't know about, this is pro! Very well done complete package!
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