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This isn’t polished or uber produced... it’s mostly just for me... we buried my father on Wednesday. and I’ve been singing this song for a few months trying to prepare myself... my close friend Greg (and Rebecca) wrote this for his father... gone from Alzheimer's... I knew Greg's father and loved him.. I'd go hunting with Greg and his dad, just to walk the fields with him... I never even shot the gun... and my father was world champion skeet with a muzzle loader (a flintlock no less) for around 20 years... i didn't inherit any of those traits... I'm better with a guitar in my hand

Greg and Rebecca sang at my wedding... I was fine, and really enjoying the whole event... drinking it in... but when they sang... I cried like a baby...

When I arrived at the church early on Wed to set up my guitar (I played during the service).. the first faces I saw were Greg and Rebecca as I walked in... they were there to greet me... i didn’t know they’d be there... they came all the way from Pittsburgh to Indiana... I asked them to sing this as soon as i saw them... again i was fine through the whole service... but when they sang this I came apart...

I wrote the prologue and the rest belongs to Greg and Rebecca... I wanted to play this for you because I know you’ll never hear it anywhere else... technically it’s a cover, but’ it’s really like Harold singing one of Johns songs... I don’t think anyone would mind, and I did tell Greg I was going to record it... He didn’t care...

but still if anyone objects... i’ll pull it down right away..



William Robert Carmichael

June 19 1931 - December 6 2008

My father was an amazing man... he accomplished so much in his life..

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peace Dad

we miss you
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Lyrics
finally the phone call that i knew was sure to come
at once I’m filled with wonder... filled with dread
William’s race is finished now... and his reward is won
brother oh my brother... father is dead

HUMAN SKIN THAT BURNS AND SWEATS
FATHER SON TRUE ALIENS CROSS THIS DESERT LAND
PICTURE OF THE WISE AND STRONG
THRU BLINDING STORMS THEY TRUDGE ALONG, HAND IN HAND

THE BOY CRIES FATHER FATHER IF I LOOSE YOU ALONG THE WAY
I’LL MEET YOU IN THE MORNING AT THE EASTERN GATE

IN OUR HOMELAND IN OUR HOMELAND

FATHERS STEPS ARE SLOWING DOWN
THE BOY HELPS HIM TO THE GROUND
AND CRIES THIS ISN’T FAIR
THRU THE YEARS YOU CARRIED ME,
I WANT TO CARRY YOU
BUT I CAN’T GET YOU THERE

FATHER SMILED SON MY SON DON’T PITY ME
WEAKNESS IS NOT WRONG
THRU MY SUFFERING MY SOUL IS HEALED
MY VISION HAS GROWN STRONG

I SEE OUR HOMELAND
I SEE OUR HOME
IN OUR HOMELAND
WE WILL FIND REST


IN YOUTH WE FIGHT IMMATURITY
IN AGE WE BATTLE OUR MORTALITY
THAT’S HOW IT IS
NO MATTER HOW WE TRY TO BUILD
AN OCEAN IN THIS DESERT
WE NEVER WILL

WE BREAK AND CRUMBLE
IT’S HARD TO STAND ON FEET OF CLAY
EACH STEP OR STUMBLE BRINGS US CLOSER
TO OUR PROMISED DAY

IN OUR HOMELAND
IN OUR HOMELAND
WE WILL FIND REST

I’LL SEE YOU AT HOME

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awigze said 2149 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
William Robert Carmichael
I claim 2 Corinthians 1 for you and your family. What a great tribute. I have so many thoughts of what to say but it all seems so inadequate when held up to the backdrop of a man's life such as your father. You are truly blessed to have had him for so long in your life. This song is an equal blessing for the healing that it offers.
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Scott Carmichael said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
thank you Andy
It seems that you must have read the newspaper link... thanx again.. i appreciate your timely word..

Scott
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Feter said 2149 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Homeland
Who on earth object for such beauty to be heard over the globe ??
Scot ..this is emotional and touched my heart definetly a great
courage and alot of faith in heart to sing such delicate and wondeful
dedication song ...the guitar so wonderful ..very great writing
indeed lyrics and tune ..God bless you all ...and rest your father
in peace with all the mercy and blessings ...AMEN
thank you for sharing this gem with us !!!
so special for all of us here !
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Scott Carmichael said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
thank you Feter
Like I said I've been playing this for months... a sort of long goodbye, but it's what happens when I sit with my guitar... I would just end up on this song...

thanx again Feter

Scott


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thoddi said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Scott
My condolences to you and your family.
You touched me so I'm in tears with this beautiful song...

Thank you for sharing this with us.
May he rest in peace.

All the best, Thor
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Scott Carmichael said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Resting peacefully
Indead my friend... thank you Thor... no more tears now...

I appreciate your comments my friend

Scott
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richardhowardjones said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
DEAR SCOTT
So sorry for your loss.
But what's your answer?
...you turn around and make some magic. The best reply to what fate deals us. I'm blown away, this is so good.
My deepest 'HAT'S OFF!'
Richard
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Scott Carmichael said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Thank you Richard
very much... your comments mean so much...

Scott
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magnatone said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Homeland
Scott, I am so sorry for your loss and am so touched by this incredible, moving song. All my best to you and your family.
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Scott Carmichael said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Karen thank you
I appreciate that very much... I'm glad the song moved you too...

Merry Christmas to you..

Scott
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kristyjo said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
First
I'd like to offer my condolences for you and your family. It sounds like it wasn't a shock, but still... Thanks to Greg and Rebecca for writing this, and thanks to you for bringing it to us. Music is such a blessing during times like this.
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Scott Carmichael said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Hi Kristy
Thank you... I thought I was prepared... I told some folks that I had pre-grieved... not even close... the moments are so surreal... oddly it's because of the clarity... most of life is lived in a fog I'm afraid... this sort of loss imposes reality in large doses... and music has always been a refuge for me... how do folks cope that don't play guitar???

Merry Christmas Kristy

Scott
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J.A.Stewart said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Safe at Home
I am very sorry to hear of your loss, Scott. My most sincere condolences to you and yours. It's been nearly a decade since I was fully *orphaned* when my Dad died... and yet he remains always nearby as a part of me. I'm sure it will be that way with you, as well.

Beautifully played and sung, reminiscent of David Crosby, this lovely musical paean surely has your Dad smiling down on you. Peace be with you, Scott. ;)


--- Joe
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Scott Carmichael said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Smiling down
thank you Joe... that was a great read... "fully orphaned"... My father and I were very different folks, and he allowed me to be who I am... no strings attached... he paved the way for a great relationship as we aged... as a result there is that same "Nearby" sense that you shared....

peace your way Joe

thanx again
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Ed Hannifin said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
If that's your dad...
...in the photo, you can get Toby Maguire to play him in the movie of his life... Same sort of half-smile...

This is a very moving song, Scott, sung and played well and simply. I'm out here wishing you peace in a sad time.

Ed
Scott Carmichael said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
that peace you speak of
is here Ed... thanx.... i can't tell you how many of the "Girls" from his time took me aside to say how my dad made them weak in the knees... that was a kick... and that half smile is one of the reasons I chose this picture...

thanx Ed
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RickW said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Homeland
Thank you for this Scott. What a wonderful tribute. I'm reminded of my own Dad's death ten years ago, and my wife's death four years ago, and God's promise that we will go home. Just think, when The Lord calls you home to be with Him, your Dad will be waiting for you.

I wish I could download this tribute, but I realize how special and personal it is for you.

God bless,

Rick


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Scott Carmichael said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Waiting for me
He'll have the fire burning... thanx Rick... check your notes...

Merry Christmas

Scott
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sloparts said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Thank you Scott
This is a beautiful and wonderful tribute to your father and to you. You have given me a part of the joy and sorrow that was you fathers life and his going home through this music. May the peace of the Lord Jesus rest on your family.

Your friend
Ed
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
thank you Ed
you are a fine gentlman... I appreciate that very much... the peace that passes understanding.. we are well attended...

I wish you knew my wife... in my fathers last weeks and months he would ask for her... so I would send her out... she was a huge help to my mother and she really eased my father on to the next leg of the journey...

Merry Christmas my friend; Scott
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aclarke said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Truly sorry
Scott- I never know what to say in times like these... except I am deeply sorry for your and your family's loss.

This is an amazing song and I've rarely heard a more passionate, emotional and personal song here. I'm nearly speechless.

God bless you and yours, Scott.
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Hi Adam
thank you... there really never is much that we can say... I didn't want to wear my heart on my sleeve, but this song has been so present these last days... It's what i had to share...

and macjams has been such a warm generous community, I have to say this has really helped..

peace and thank you again

Scott


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guitapick said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Oh Scott...
...this brought me to tears...

God bless your father and God bless you and us all...

There's hope in our tears...and we'll all meet again at home...
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Brutha Bub
See you at home... and no more tears... thanx so much my friend....

we're doing much better... i'm praying for mom

Merry Christmas

Scott
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Moses said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Very
moving song. Just about everyone can relate in some way to this. Such an immense, sweet sadness. Thanks for sharing this
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
thank you Noah
the Sadness is overwelming... but it is odd how surreal those moments are.. I was remarking to a friend that it is the clarity. the absolute reality that is in contrast to the rest of life which we are prone to living in a fog...



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Leon said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
missing him...
This song is brimming with love and respect and faith. This speaks much about your beloved father as much as it does about you as a loving son. A wonderful and moving tribute to life on earth and the everlasting life beyond.
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Hello Leon
I'm happy to see you... thanks so much... and I'm glad that this hits you this way... I really would like to honor my father... He would say "then take care of my grandkids"

merry Christmas and be blessed

Scott
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Vic Holman said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
very moving
once in a great while you come across a song that really hits a nerve. case in point here. very moving song Scott.

Sorry to hear about your father. It's situations in one's passing that tends to leave one speechless and out of sorts.

But, what a great dedication and memory in this song.
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Thanx Vic
hard times have always driven me to my guitar for therapy... so I spent quite a bit of time these past months noodling...

I love your picture by the way...

thank you again

Merry Christmas

Scott
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davisamerica said 2148 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
amen scott
tis a graceful tribute and your father [Father] is smiling at you. warm embraces and thoughts and prayers.
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
well Jack
Knowing him, he's tending the fire as he waits..

thank you my friend...
peace

Scott
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pablatone said 2147 days ago (December 14th, 2008)
beautiful my friend
that's a tuff one, both my folks are still here but I find myself realizing more these days that they won't always be, nor will I for that matter. "teach me oh Lord to number my days"
Thanks for sharing this.
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
thank you Paul
All of our days are numbered
Every day has to count
Time slips around the back door
then time runs out...


Merry Christmas

Scott
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Scorpjammer said 2147 days ago (December 14th, 2008)
Condolences and Blessings
Sorry to hear of your loss. Your father lived a full and balanced life. He was quite a leader and unselfish person. I'm sure your proud of him and should be. I lost my father 33 years ago, when I was 18. I am a just a few years away from the age of his passing and it makes me wonder sometimes if I will succumb or surpass his age of 57. I have fond memories of my father. When I think of him, its like he's right here. Hold on the good times with your father, my friend. They really soothe the soul. Peace.
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Hi Erwin
Long time... this has really consumed us over the last 6 months... I'm so pleased that you read his news article... he was amazing

and I'm thankful for all the time that we did have

peace

thank you
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mowguy3 said 2147 days ago (December 14th, 2008)
All
good things to you. So sorry for your loss. "I'll SEE YOU AT HOME" WOW! just a great song and I thank you for shairing this with us all.
Be well, Russ
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Russ thank you for the kind comment
I appreciate the visit and comments very much...

Merry Christmas

Scott
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jiguma said 2147 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Scott - a beautiful song
Its so devastatingly sad when we lose a parent, please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Your description makes this an even more beautiful song - wonderfully produced, played and sung.

Touches of Crosby and JT - but all Scott Carmichael. The guitar is so clean, rich and pure!

Very best wishes for 2009.
Neil
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Scott Carmichael said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
thank you Neil
I was really pleased with the guitar on this... I make myself try things off the cuff... hey... if they don't work I can erase it... but I love it when I can surpise myself... there are some things on this that I would have to sit and learn if I was to replicate it...

thanks so much too Neil..

and we're doin' better...

peace
Scott
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ziti said 2146 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
yipes
so sorry for your loss, my friend....this is too tender and emotional to put words...

i miss my dad

this is a truly fine work of art.

i wish i could write just one song this good...this true...and play with such tenderness and truth

yipes...i am a wash

greatness

z
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Scott Carmichael said 2145 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Hello Fran
great to hear from you... maybe we'll get back to doin' a tune together in the near future... I appreciate the nod... we're getting back to normal..

peace and Merry Christmas

your friend Scott
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said 2144 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Scott...
...I don't know what to say. You talked through some things in here. I can tell, it's about peace, though.

. - Harold
dolby said 2143 days ago (December 18th, 2008)
Glad...
...it's not uber produced - it adds to the emotion of the song. Very moving.

Your guitar playing is wonderful - so sensitive.
Respect & best wishes -
Phil
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Roxylee said 2138 days ago (December 23rd, 2008)
at times like these
our comfort is in the Lord, and you will indeed meet your dad someday in glory. What a blessed hope we have in Christ! He will wipe away every tear from our eyes. Thank you for sharing your heart and music with us. This song really touched my emotions and my prayers are going up for you and your family's comfort.
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tdlewis0162 said 2128 days ago (January 3rd, 2009)
Hey
Beautiful Scott. I sent you a message and came here to see if you had a new song. Read about your Dad. So sorry. My prayers are with you. This song made me tear up a bit. In a good way. Thanks
J-Roe said 2117 days ago (January 13th, 2009)
WEAKNESS IS NOT WRONG
I love this line. I've never heard this song before. This is so deep and beautiful.
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SISTERS said 2116 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
fills my heart
oooooo - i love being touched to the core like i am now.
your presentation brims with purity and clarity.
guitar work could stand alone - put those from the heart vocals into the mix,
and the world is a better place.
thank you, scott, for sharing who you are.
anne


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Char said 2102 days ago (January 29th, 2009)
The measure of a man
is not so much what he accomplished but what he helped others to accomplish, how he facilitated their dreams. Your Father must have been extraordinary to have helped mold an artist of your sensitivity and grace.
Sorry for the loss of his presence in this life. His spirit is eternal. And, so is the love you had for each other.
Thank you for sharing your friends' words. Thank you for your song.
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chuckcorradino said 2097 days ago (February 2nd, 2009)
Homeland
You got me this morning with this my friend. Thanks you for sharing so much of your heart.
scottydude said 2095 days ago (February 4th, 2009)
nice tribute
sorry to hear about your family's loss. sounds like your father invested time into your relationship and that's awesome. thanks for sharing such an intimate part of your life.
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RickB1 said 2075 days ago (February 24th, 2009)
What words?
Scott,

These are the moments for which music was made. My deepest sympathies, and my deepest appreciation for sharing this beautiful performance.
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Bob6stringer said 2040 days ago (March 31st, 2009)
This song - this day?
Can't make out all your notes. Tears. I look up - today's date - my father died two years ago today.
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Boundless said 2015 days ago (April 25th, 2009)
Beautiful
Such fine guitar playing and tone. Lovely vocals.

Thanks for sharing this sweet song.
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Willywagga said 2001 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Late
Late coming to this Scott, sorry to hear about your father. This is a splendid song in every respect, guitar is played beautifully and words sung with a naturalness that is very palpable, there are nuances of the better side of Paul Simon when you sing.
I lost my own parents a while back, this place is very familiar to me.
Thanks for sharing .
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Boundless said 1947 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
Fantastic guitar, Scott
for such a lovely song. A real gem.

What a treat.

Thanks.
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Philip18 said 1308 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Homeland
No matter how much you might expect it, the death of a parent and all the shared memories that you can no longer attach to, hurts. You've captured it in this song - respectful and understanding. Love the crisp guitar playing, too.
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