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The first song I ever wrote. It didn't sound like this then!

Same lyrics and melody but without the 16 year old angst ridden whining and out of tune £10 Woolworths guitar (instead we have a 50 year old angst ridden whining and out of tune Fender Strat).

Posted as I need to refer to it on my blog.

Not to be taken too seriously :-)
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Uploaded: May 30, 2008 - 03:07:43 AM
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sir dennis crowther said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Wish
I could have written songs like that when I was 16. Blues? That's stretching things a bit...but not to the song's detriment. really like it. Great solid 70s feel to it. Got a dash of Cream in it.

Nice one squire

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DWL said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Bah...
with lyrics like "I gotta keep going I ain'y gonna stop" I'm not sure you really wanted to write songs like that. Blimey, they are so bad I'm cringing now :-)

Thanks Chas.

Cheers

Dick




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said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
No Money Blues.
I am getting= seriousely hooked on= your music.
I think your just awsome !!
Thats it.

Peace Dee.
DWL said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Awesome?
If only the reality was so :-)

Thanks for the positive vibes.

Cheers

Dick
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Peter Bauckham said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
I'm not
a great blues fan but love your guitar work. Is this meant to be recorded in mono?

All the best - see you in London Tuesday.
Peter
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DWL said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
I'm not a blues man either
but at 16 the three chords of a 12 bar in A was the only thing I could play. I couldn't even play enough chords for Streets of London ;-) No wonder I never got the girls......

It wasn't meant to be in mono but there is no panning or clever EQ work so if it sounds mono then it's a happy accident.

Thanks for listening Peter.

See you Tuesday

Cheers

Dick


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jiguma said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Sounds very late 60s ...
... including the mix. Mono and hot - just like the early heavy brit bands used to do. At first I was concerned that the mix was a bit less than ideal, but it fits into the times really well.

Good post!

Very cool Dick,
Neil
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DWL said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Late 60s
was when it was written! Pity I couldn't play like this then!

Do you know I had no idea it sounded mono? It was supposed to be a one take sound. I'm not even sure the drum loop varies.

I did it about 2 years ago for a bit of fun on a 16 track Zoom and left it raw with mistakes. I've only resurrected it as part of the "blog first song" question.

Thanks Neil :-)

Cheers

Dick


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woofer3 said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Dick -
you'll go straight to hell playing this sort of music.

Reminds me of Cream a bit, I prefer this more driving style of blues to the slowsr stuff. Excellent track, - and written when you were sixteen ! - I didn't write my first piece of music until I was about thirty.

Really enjoyed this one, nice earthy sound to it and a nice edge on the guitar.

Best wishes,

John.
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DWL said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Sometimes I think
I'm already there.

Thanks for stopping by John.

Cheers

Dick
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Barretok said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Great!!
This is a very cool rock/blues number Dave. Very good wah guitar and your vocals work great!
B
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DWL said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Thanks Mr B!
Especially coming from Mr Cool himself.

Cheers

Dick
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said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Great!
Very cool post. Great guitar work and a fine vocal work. I love this song!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
DWL said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Hi Yemen
thanks for the kind words :-)

Cheers

Dick
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Rebsie said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Well Dick
I hate blues but I love a bit of 50 year old angst ridden whining. Aaaaah ...

PS I don't suppose you've still got the Woolworths guitar?
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DWL said 3432 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Ta...
No I sanded it down, rubbed boot polish into the wood as I'd heard some famous guitarist had done that and then realised the guitar was a heap of poo regardless of what I did.

I lost it sometime in 1970 along with my sanity ....

Cheers

Dick
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Rebsie said 3432 days ago (May 31st, 2008)

Well at least you didn't do what I did and cover a cheapie Jazz Bass knockoff with brown and white nylon fur.

Anyway, I forgot to mention your vocals are fabulous on this.
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magnatone said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
No Money Blues
Your description totally cracked me up! We change, but then we don't change huh? Terrific straight up blues - very impressive for 16 - er - 50. Much enjoyed, thanks!
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DWL said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Thank you!
16 or 50? It's weord but I prefer to be 50. At least I deal with my angst a bit better these days and I don't have to show ID in a pub :-)

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Great sound
on this retro or not. You had a Woolworths guitar too? LOL So did I and guitarist used to come up and ask me what guitar it was, the sound was so good through my Sound City amp. Love the guitar on this one though and the vocals are great too, cheers M
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DWL said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Didn't we all
have Woolworths guitars then? It was a specific make which I can't remember. The strings were about an inch above the fret board and it wasn't until a guitarist friend tried to play it that I found out it wasn't just me who couldn't do a barre chord. That's when I got a new guitar :-)

Thanks Maurice!

Cheers

Dick
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59bassman said 3282 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Woolworths Amps and Guitars
Woolworths stocked electric guitars and amps from late 60's to early 70's. The guitars were badged Audition and were Teiscos from Japan. The Amplifiers were also badged Audition and I still have my '72 piggyback combo which was claimed at 30W but is more like 12-15w on a good day. It was a Germanium transistor circuit with reverb and a tremolo and 3 staged inputs. The cab is real wood! I currently use the cab as a 1x12 with a Celestion V30 coupled to a Cornford(!) but the amp head is perfectly fine albeit a bit hisssy when turned up past 4 and somewhat characterless clean, although has real spring reverb. But for 36 years all that has gone wrong is the pilot light!

In fact what brought me here is a Google on 'Woolworths Guitars', as I am looking for more background. I think Guyatone may have built the amps...

Like many as a small child, Woolworths were the first chance any of us got to seeing a real 'electric' guitar and many parents told their children to come away from them, displayed on their stands on the shop floor in case they got electrocuted!! People actually thought you plugged them into the mains!! Oh and see my Audition in my avatar here!! Cost new £30...!
Vic Holman said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
this was your first?
cool that you have remembered it after the years. Yeah, kinda like Cream, but maybe a bit more rockin.

You are really dangerous with that wah pedal, Dick. A cool wake up song for me this morning.
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DWL said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Yes Vic,, my first song
Somewhere I still have the school book I wrote the lyrics in. They truly are dreadful though so I ought to lose it!

Thanks for the comments and noticing the wah :-)

Cheers

Dick
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sloparts said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
For 50 year old Angst,
This ain't half bad Dick. And I didn't notice the Strat out of tune even once !

Great track my friend, and yes it does have the 60's Cream sound that I've always loved. I just wish you'd posted the lyrics with it for the deaf half of the crowd here at MJ. One of the pains of being an old rocker is being a deaf rocker.

Thanks for posting this one Dick, it's a cool ride man,

Ed
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DWL said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Lyrics?
Ed the lyrics are so bad that I'm ashamed to give them any more exposure!

I thought at the time that maybe I could have been another John Mayall as his lyrics were always pretty weak to imo but I missed the bit about talent :-)

Thanks Ed, comments much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick
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peacepiano said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Blues
Good basic rockin' blues! Strat sounds great.

Thanks
Bill
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DWL said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Thanks Bill
I know it's perverted but I think I truly love my Strat!

Cheers

Dick
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Feter said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
No Money Blues
Wah ....man is this is your first song ??? ...
Top Notch blues rockin ye Sir Dennis is right too
much Cream and is good ..I m enjoyin this so much
Deep Bow !!!!
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DWL said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Cream
were one of my favourite bands at that point although the original was not knowingly inspired by them!

Thanks Feter :-)

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 3433 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
This sounds
really good to me - like a raw live band sound. I think it's a great song with a really catchy riff - could have been a hit then. Great solo. Enjoyed this. Takes me right back when.
Cheers
Len


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DWL said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Thanks Len
A hit? If you heard the original version you'd probably agree that the hit should have been the guitar on my head.

Cheers

Dick
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guitapick said 3432 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Rock on, dude...
...big time...you are tweakin' out some naaaaaaaasty notes from that "out of tune" Strat...man...

Not to sound whiny...but there's a good chance a lot of us are gonna be singin' these blues (at least here in the USA) in the not so distant future...

Where DID all that money go, anyway.....?

(riiiiight...)
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DWL said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Nasty is about right :-)
I just threw a lot of distortion at it,

Well, someone has the money cos they've got mine as well.....

Thanks for stopping by

Dick
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paul f. page said 3432 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
You are...
...the king of rock 'n' roll, Dick. This is a terrific number whether it's of an age gone by or right here and now. Your vocal is strong and the heavy beat and wonderful lead improvs just sail with such an authentic sound. Wow. No need to apologize for this. It's great.
Peace.
Paul
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DWL said 3430 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Thanks Paul!
A little frightening to think I wrote that nearly 40 years ago......

Shows the blues don't age :-)

Cheers

Dick


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dajama said 3431 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Nice one
Great guitar work on this by the way! Cool. I love the sound, and the lyrics are to the point! Great singing. You have a great blues voice. Very cool. Thanks for sharing this. Peace.
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DWL said 3430 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Sometimes
it's best just to throw something down quickly.

Just about all one take. Warts an all!

Thanks a lot.

Cheers

Dick
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VicDiesel said 3431 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Whoa Nellie!
That's some pretty nice guitar work. Aggressive and wailing.

Eh, the lyrics.

I mean....

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DWL said 3430 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Technology
still don't change the lyrics! You got it in one Vic :-)

Cheers

Dick
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dirigent said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
No Money Blues
Very cool heartfelt blues with power 8-) Great guitar - haha, love this sound!!! Excellent stuff!!!
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DWL said 3428 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
Thanks Andreas
pleased you enjoyed my bit of shouting

Cheers

Dick
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caroline said 3431 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
hit it boy!!???!!! lol
i really enjoyed listening to this - you really ought to do a 2008 version :). now i am reminded of my first song too - best i go lie down!! thank you - have fun on tuesday xoxox
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DWL said 3428 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
Tuesday was fun
so was doing this ;-)

Cheers

Dick
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rsorensen said 3430 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
yes!
love the in-your-face sound of this. great playing.
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said 3430 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Ha ha...
"Not too seriously"? It is, nevertheless, a good kick in the pants!

Just LOVE those rippin lead licks! Enjoyed your vocal delivery too Dick.

Be well!
thetiler said 3428 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
cool blues singing
and cool wha.

Cool lyrics, brings ya back to the earlier rock era.

Thanks for sharing



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Ibstrat said 3428 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
I won't
take it seriously but this is seriously good! Sounds like a lost track by Free. That guitar solo is great- Jimmy Page style, just go for it.You can really sing this kind of stuff!
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SJB said 3425 days ago (June 7th, 2008)
No money blues
Great lead guitar going on here - wish I could get my Strat to wail like that! The bass was nice and powerful and reminded me of something from the British blues revival. Still singing great at 50 too!
Cheers
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Three Cat Clem said 3421 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
ah Yea...
I like this...
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Bob Rodgers said 3405 days ago (June 27th, 2008)
A
great vibe you created here with this.

Just love the sound of your guitar and takes me back to the 70's on hearing this...oops giving my age away lol!

Great stuff Dick and I loved it!
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guygrooves said 3398 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
Cool song
Cooler that you can remember the first song you wrote. Great guitar chops in this too.
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Char said 2407 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Ain't
go no money, ain't got no friends. And did you Chuck Berry dance across your floor? I'll bet you did. Enjoyed. Thanks.
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