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This is a song about many things, but primarily the message is one
of love and loss, a theme not uncommon in my music. The imagery I tried to
imply is personal to me, but might resonate with many. Who knows?

This is my first collaboration effort. I wrote this long ago, and could always
hear Miss Slumbering's voice with it. I was delighted when she agreed to
perform, but was completely taken back upon hearing the final mix.
I couldn't have imagined it any better than this.

I'm so fortunate to have such a wonderful spirit and amazing talent to work with.
Thank you, over and over, Slumbering.

Also, a thank you is directed to Steve Jay for telling me there are no excuses.
Your call-out pushed me toward the mic. Thanks!

I hope you enjoy the song. Peace.
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Lyrics
A Band-Mate of Years

Save me from saving somebody else.
Save me cuz I won't save myself.
Hold me like you held someone else.
Save me cuz you can't save yourself.

Break me like a drunk with a belt.
Enslave me in your exquisite cell.

Everything is so different now that you're not here.
I traded my salt for a band-mate of years.
Now, I can't see you through the snow.
I guess this is what they call letting go.


Replace me take me right off the shelf.
Erase me and claim it all for yourself.
Want me like you want someone else.
Shove me in your bottomless well.

Everything is so different now that you're not here.
I traded my salt for a band-mate of years.
Now, I can't see you through the snow.
I guess this is what they call letting go.


< wicked solo >

Everything is so different now that you're not here.
I traded my salt for a band-mate of years.
Now, I can't see you through the snow.
I guess this is what they call letting go.


Deface me and then blame someone else.
Deceive me cuz you know I just can't tell.
Love me like you're loving yourself.
Want me because I don't want myself.

Everything is so different now that you're not here.
I traded my salt for a band-mate of years.
Now, I am wandering through the snow.
I'm having a hard time letting go.



2008 SoupCan Productions
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Song Stats
Hits: 3475
Comments: 41
Fans: 22
Plays: 88
Downloads: 127

Uploaded: Apr 26, 2008 - 08:46:42 PM
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2008 - 05:47:14 AM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 07:28:05 PM
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Hardware:
- condensor mic
- mobile pre
- snargly cables
- my cheap $25 acoustic guitar
- power mac g5
- an $8 wood tamborine (the nails come out when you hit it)
- a stapler (to bang the tamborine on)
- my voice
Software:
- Garageband
- Pages (for notes)
- the voice of Miss Slumbering
Comments
gail60 said 3440 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
cool song...
What nice vocals. Nice guitar work, and Hey, I enjoyed the $8 tamborine too! :) This is a great collab and the song is a hit. Great job throughout! Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Boris the Bull said 3440 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
Thanks from the bull...
thank you, gail60! i'm very happy you enjoyed it! i'm also happy my tamborine survived! seriously, it's splintering apart (it's 20 years old!).
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
dajama said 3440 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
Very very cool
This is a great song. The lyrics are wonderful - powerful and evocative. They do indeed resonate, and the personal becomes universal - the sign of a great song in my book. The guitar sounds great, and add two terrific vocal performances and you have a magnificent track. Very cool. It's great to hear some new music from you, Mark. Nice work to both of you. Kudos. Peace.
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Boris the Bull said 3440 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
Thanks from the bull...
Coming from you, my friend, that's a huge compliment!

Thanks for always being supportive and generating kind, thoughtful replies.

Peace back at you!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
MissChaos said 3440 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
harmony
what a great pair! I can see why you envisioned Miss Slumbering's gorgeous vocals on this. This could fit quite nicely on the Garden State Soundtrack. I love it. Special kudos to your live tamborine and stapler. Is it a Swingline? :-)
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Boris the Bull said 3440 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Thank you from the Bull...
I appreciate those words so much! Thank you!

And no, it's a Boston™ Stapler... what else would I use?

Best wishes!!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
drakonis said 3440 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
Gritty real, and sooo listenable
Funny, at first your little bends on the guitar sounded quirky, and then very quickly I expected them and WANTED them to be there, so that worked. Then of course, no offense to your very nice singing, and great lyrics (I'll get back to them) but SLUMBERING!? I was excited to hear that she was going to be singing in this, and I was anticipating her entrance, and sort of missed the first stanza of lyrics. So I have gone back to listen again, now that I got my fix. You two did wonderfully on this. I love your slow tweaks on the chorus lyrics, and the music is one of those "sounds-happy-through gritted-teeth" type songs, very well done. Your lyrics do resonate here. And your voice is solid and very personal-sounding, driving home the message. Slumbering's harmonies are delicious, soft, and fit so nicely here. At the end, when you were singing the last line over and over, I was LOVING the melody/harmony, and really liked the slow changes on each repeat, and I admit, I was having a hard time letting go, I just wanted it to keep going. Really really nice work, both of you.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Boris the Bull said 3438 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Drakonis, you always provide the most thoughtful feedback. I appreciate the time you spend in both listening and responding. your words are almost as awesome as you! thank you!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
said 3440 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
Many thanks...
...to Drakonis for pimping this!

Welcome back man. Really nice tuneage. Good writing. Good singing. I likes it!

Be well!
Boris the Bull said 3438 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Thank you, Michael! I appreciate your time and thoughtful comments! Me likes that you likes! ;o)
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
Mystified said 3440 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
letting go...
This is a wonderful collaboration. I really love the way your voices contrast so well, and yet blend wonderfully, too!

Poignant words and sung with a lot of feeling.
You guys sound 'right at home' singing together....Kudos!

This is lovely :)
Check out my latest song called Child of Yesterday
Boris the Bull said 3437 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Thank you, Miss C.

I knew the song would be in good hands with Slumbering. She's a pro and an amazing talent!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
Peter Bauckham said 3440 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Excellent
So good to have something new from you. Love the song and the vocals are sublime!

Top marks...

Peter
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Boris the Bull said 3437 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Thank you, Peter! You're always such a great supporter. I appreciate your time and thoughts!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
lavalamp said 3440 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Welcome back
Folkin' great song. Love the slumbering back up vox.

Welcome back, friend.

LL
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Boris the Bull said 3437 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Your words are always kind, LL! Thank you!

Much gratitude for checking this one out!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
jiguma said 3440 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Welcome back ..
.. to you both. Always enjoyed BTB posts, and am a huuge fan of Miss S. Lovely song, great vocals and very nicely recorded guitars (oh, and of course, the tambourine!).

A suggestion: maybe if you didn't bang the tambourine on the stapler the nails wouldn't come out :)

Good post!

Neil
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Boris the Bull said 3436 days ago (April 30th, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Neil, your words are always appreciated, as is your time listening!

as for my tamborine, perhaps I will just staple it, altogether. Thank you!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
screamalexz said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
...
i like your vocals on this it sort of has a dark quality. i think i can rather relate to some of the lyrics. nice song. really like the lyrics.
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Boris the Bull said 3436 days ago (April 30th, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Thank you, screamalexz! I have to agree that there is a dark side to the piece. the words have different meanings than they might appear. like, "salt" being "sweat, tears, etc." and "snow" not being fluffy white, but more like visual static or noise.

you've got a keen perception to note that, which makes me appreciate your comment even more. thanks for checking this one out!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
craft said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
catchy tune
welcome back.. I really enjoyed this piece of music...
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Boris the Bull said 3436 days ago (April 30th, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Thanks, Craft! I'm happy you received it well. Much appreciation!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
Skean said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Lovely
And welcome back I always like your song this is a way too cool collab.
Very cool d-load THX for sharing guys.

Peace, Love & Respect
---
Kenta
Check out my latest song called Deep through the forest / W-particledots
Boris the Bull said 3433 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Skean, your support and generosity at MacJams is unsurpassed! Thank you for taking the time to check this out!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
spitlogic said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Well done
Everything here is perfectly placed. The vocals mix well with the guitar and give it a very honest feel.
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Boris the Bull said 3433 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Thanks so much for the comment. One thing I've tried to do on the past several songs I've recorded is to keep everything very real (limited software instruments) and keep things very simple - something I've always had a hard time not doing!

So, for you to mention it sounds honest resonates with me - thank you!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Glad to see you back...
As a BTB fan I am Loving this song, intriguing lyrics and sweet harmonies, I like how the guitars play off eachother, very nice indeed!
Boris the Bull said 3433 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
Tom, you always come through and leave the most generous comments. I'm happy to hear you're a "fan," because the feeling is so mutual! Thank you for always being so supportive and kind. It makes putting stuff up here so worthwhile! peace!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
michael2 said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
wow
i love this. this is a really great song. nice lyrics and a nice chorus too. i'm a big fan of this genre (iron and wine, peter & the wolf,...). you did a great job.
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Boris the Bull said 3433 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Thanks from the Bull...
I love Iron & Wine! Perhaps you are familiar with the simplistic approach which is something i've been working on for some time now - trying to record without overcomplicating and making the minimal events seem gala.

thank you for your comment - your time means so much to me!
Check out my latest song called What You'd Be Like
apb said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Love the folkiness ..

.. lovely singing from you both .. your voices do really work together. I like the 'bare/rawness' of the production .. simple .. and effective ..excellent thoughtful and thought provoking lyrics.

Tune itself reminded me a little of George McCrae's "rock your baby" (of all things) .. probably just me .. so pay no heed.

"Hey Mr.Snargly Cableman .. sing a song for me" .. nah, just thought I'd see if it worked .. ;o)

Welcome back Boris!
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stevel said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Folky magic
Really nice collab...the vocals work really nicely and its a lovely song
Cheers

Steve
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said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Band -Mate
Very Lovely Song. Sounded really sweet relaxing and mellow.
Love the vocals sounded so perfectly lovely.
lovely Collab you two. love the lyrics. Just Love it all.

Peace Dee
Joe Brady said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Great sound
Always did like your folky stuff Boris, this is REALLY great. That guitar is perfect (even the wicked solo). Slumbering is right on and perfectly placed. I like this a lot.
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thetiler said 3439 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Enjoyed
especially the duo harmony singing!
Nice song and thanks for mentioning it at the forum. Glad your back and hope this stay is a great one for you!

Welcome back!
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Godchaser said 3439 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Welcome back Mark!
What a way to reenter the fray.Beautiful collab my friend.Very much moved and very much enjoyed.

Daniel
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ageofthedeathtree said 3438 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
wow...
this is an outstanding song...in every way! i love this lil tune! i know i didn't know you before (i joined while you were away), but i for one am glad you're back. i look forward to hearing more from you!

sincerely,
age
-sons of hypnos
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magnatone said 3438 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
A Band Mate of Years
What a GREAT song! I'm glad to make your acquaintance (so to speak) - this makes me want to get to your page and see what else you've got ! (I understand you're an MJ veteran - I'm a still pretty new!) I love your vocals here, and those of Slumber - wonderful collab, great guitar! Thanks
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javababi said 3438 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
slumbering
been busy, and (SECRETIVE),MY MAN.welled up hearing this, you have refined, and taken it to a new level of wow. give any thing to see you pursue more.., and keep "slumbering" around, she compliments you with sweet ease.moi, and i want more!! like a live performance in the barn, AGAIN!
said 3437 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
Wonderful Harmonies!
Cool guitar work. Nice vocals and wonderful performances by all... Welcome back! This is a very nice Folky song.

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
slumbering said 3435 days ago (May 1st, 2008)
Thanks from slumbs :)
I've been reading the comments and was really surprised about the kind things people have said about my very small contribution to this wonderful song.

When i first heard the original that Boris sent me, i knew it was a gem and felt honored that he thought of me. I thought that it didn't need anything else, it was ready to go and beautiful as it was. Somehow he managed to make it even better.

I am very grateful to be part of this song and very flattered and humbled by the sweet things people have said about me. Thank you all so much.
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