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I posting this one for my 2nd year a MJ.

Hope you enjoy. Always appreciate comments.

Dave
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The Drifter

Oh my fingers are busted
I don’t think I’m gonna make it home

Left here, out in the middle
1000 miles from a phone

Feels like I’m a drifter
Think I’m mad and I’m rather bitter
Feels like I’m a drifter
On his way home

Pockets, empty of money
Sun going down, waiting for the blues

Think I’ll sleep in the desert
Look at all the stars and the funky moon

Feels like I’m a drifter
Think I’m mad and I’m rather bitter
Feels like I’m a drifter
On his way home

Wake up, morning has passed me
Feet are cold and so are my hands

Hitchhike, nobody’s stopping
Singing just like a broken down man

Feels like I’m a drifter
Think I’m mad and I’m rather bitter
Feels like I’m a drifter
On his way home

Noontime, don’t see me walking
No one’s ever gonna be on my side

See lights on the horizon
So long for my legs to ride

Feels like I’m a drifter
Think I’m mad and I’m rather bitter
Feels like I’m a drifter
On his way home

Words and music by David Armbruster
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Uploaded: Mar 14, 2009 - 10:14:21 AM
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sheilad said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
not sure
why you are mad and rather bitter? I thought it was all good!
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lavalamp said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Sheila Thanks
I was just in character. I'm actually quite happy most of the time.

Thanks for listening.

Dave
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magnatone said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Drifter
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!!! totally fun song with great lyrics, vocal delivery and toe-tappin' guitar. Thanks!
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lavalamp said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Karen
Thanks for the compliment regarding the vox. I appreciated it much.

Dave
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saymme said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
( :
Wonderful - as always : ) Just love hearing Your new songs every time ! You have a very good voice & I love Your style : ) Great lyrics...Drifter...drifting hehehehee.. tx !!
lavalamp said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Always thanks
I'm always glad to hear from you. Big THANKS.

Dave
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WharmtonRise said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
A driving song
Or rather a hitchhiking song! Great feel of music which fits the lyrics beautifully. Great pitch to the voice again matching the lyrics wonderfully.


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lavalamp said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Appreciate it
Glad you enjoyed this one. We can always use a hitchhiking tune.

LL
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Skean said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
I'm bitter too
For all the money loss… I hope it come to be better in the near future.
Right know I'm glad I have my wife so I don't drift away and do any bad things.
Great song is right in time…Peace
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lavalamp said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Thanks man
It's just a story I made up. Not really autobiographic.

Thanks,

Dave
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dajama said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Man
Man, it feels like a lot more than a year! And I mean that in a good way! You're so prolific, that it seems like you've been around this place for years! This is another great addition to your body of work. Great lyrics (although,as sheilad says - why so bitter?!) and I really like the skipping, bouncy beat. As a matter of taste, there are more crashes than I would have used, and they seem to be all over on the left side of the mix. Again, just a recording nit, and does not detract from the quality of the song. Love the car sounds - an autobahn, by any chance? Very cool. Nicely done, my friend; you've done it again! Here's to another year! Peace.
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dajama said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Oops
Oops! I meant it feels like a lot more than 2 years! Must drink more coffee...Ahem. Peace.
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lavalamp said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Thanks Dave
Yeah, the crash on the left was just me trying to give it something different. Hope it's not too annoying. 2 years zooooommmm

This is just a story, no more. I was reading Tom Robbins when I wrote this.

LL
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Relic67 said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Alright!
this is great. good songwriting as usual. like those 7th chords.
for some reason your stuff often makes me think of two of my musical heroes, syd barrett and brian wilson.
I'm impressed with the mixing on this one too. Great post.



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lavalamp said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
syd barrett and brian wilson
Thanks man. I was quite impressed with your latest too. Let's keep it up.

Thanks brother,

Dave
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Char said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Hey, even if
you aren't personally drifting, there are plenty who are. I could hear this song coming from a band, with multiple voice choruses and even more highway sounds. You tell a good story with laid back vocals. Guitar was perfect. Thanks.
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lavalamp said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Band Songs
I tend to write thinking I'm still in a band. Maybe that can be a flaw of mine. I'll have to do some more singer/songwriter stuff in the future.

Thanks Char,

Dave

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Vic Holman said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
stuck in the middle of nowhere
cool story. you summed up the .... yikes I'm stranded..... for me, it was in the snow in the middle of the night, after my car wouldn't start. then I threw my keys out of fustration. Walk 4 miles in snow and break into my own house at 4 in the morning........ yeah I can relate to this.
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lavalamp said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
stranded
Vic thanks for the shout out on the forum.

Glad you could relate to this one.

Later,
Dave
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Feter said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
The Drifter
WOW Dave what a cool rockin roll ...man this is a classic 60s sound ..
loved your vocal work ..the rhythm just perfect ...great rockin band set
here ...just coo well done ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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lavalamp said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
thnxxxxx
Feter, you're the MAN.

Thanks a million,

Dave
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jiguma said 3199 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
:) Cool song
2 years ......... already .......nah, can't be!

It does seem like you've produced enough for 3 or 4 at least Dave.

Cool song - some nice little paradiddles in there :) I hear Ray Davies in the lyrics in particular.

Neil
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lavalamp said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Ray Davies...
...I can see that. Thanks Neil for always commenting. Now for year 3...

LL
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chronologic said 3198 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
for once
I'm not tempted to compare a song to something else, this is such a great mix of things. Yeah it kind of vaguely makes me feel "at home" but not so much that I get locked in. One thing I can comment on is: Nice trade-offs. You have a good sense for what is on center stage and how to move it off and the next thing in. The sirens is a good example, as well as the two acoustic guitar parts in the ... bridge? Just a cool mix of sounds and styles. Thanks.
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lavalamp said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Thanks
My songs never have traditional structure. They don't pay me enough to go the extra mile. lol

Happy ypu like this,

LL
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Day-Dreamer said 3198 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!
Oh' I am happy that I am here for your 2nd Aniversary It was mine on anorther site on the 10th March my 1st.
Really cool song and I love it all. Anyway, I always loved your music:) do you wanna come to my Alien dance
only problem.. no point in driving your spaceship because you will be too danced out to drive if i have anything to do with it.. Missed Ya my mate Dave :)




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lavalamp said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Nice to meet ya
Thanks DD. I'll have to check out you dance tune.

Dave
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MarkHolbrook said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Wow
Dave... 2 years at MJ! Happy 2nd birthday my friend! Nice way to celebrate with a new post!

This has a cool fun bluesy vibe to it! I love the 7th chords I hear... I don't use chord variations enough in my own works. I tend to fall into the minor trap and can't get out too often! I guess listening to "Greensleeves" as a kid has ruined me for life! Minors all the way!

Your lyrics are really cool Dave! The percussion is like a perfect fit for this song too! Excellent Dave! Excellent!
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lavalamp said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Thanks Mark
I always appreciate your kind words. Using minor chords is a good way to go too. Thanks for the compliment for the lyrics.

Glad you dug this,

Dave
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mowguy3 said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Happy Birthday
I realy like the lyrics. Nice catchy tune with a good story,can't beat it. You got em both here. Thanks!
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lavalamp said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Thanks a bunch Russ
Always glad to see a friendly face around here. "Catchy" is one of the best compliments I could hear. Thanks.


Dave
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apb said 3198 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Solid song

.. solid writing as I've come to expect. Interesting chords and I particularly like the way the bass weaved around under the guitar holding the groove together.

Good arrangement, lyrics and mix - and I also like the use of some sound FX for that little extra spice in the production.

Vocals reminded me a little of our own musichead, in that laid back groovy way- apt for that drifting feeling.

No nits, no suggestions I can think of bud.. just a solid, catchy song. I like.
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lavalamp said 3196 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
No nits?
I did it, I did it!

Thanks Alan,

Dave
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caroline said 3197 days ago (March 16th, 2009)
late again!!
i've had you bookmarked for a couple of days - great song - i like it!! thank you xox
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lavalamp said 3196 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
appreciate it
Thanks for the bookmark. Come by any time.

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tempie said 3197 days ago (March 16th, 2009)
the drifter
dig the jazz chords banging away back there. Also like the reverby production - I feel like i'm smoking a cigarette outside of the club listening while sirens pass by on wet streets. Very cool.
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lavalamp said 3196 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
No fumar
Really glad you thought this was cool. Thanks for stopping by.

Dave
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springclock said 3197 days ago (March 16th, 2009)
pere ubu
totally reminds me of them....good jangle pop here....glad i listened.... coolness

peace....ian
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lavalamp said 3196 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Cool
Thanks for the compliment.

Cheers,

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egobandit said 3197 days ago (March 16th, 2009)
LL
I love the bass in this, It just rolls along and kind of swaggers. The whole song has this Im singing and playing and your gonna like it feel. I love that! Excellent one of your best to me!
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lavalamp said 3196 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Me too
I thought this one might be my most natural tune I have put up here. Glad you liked that bass line. I love playing like that....so free.

Dave
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lengold said 3196 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Really nice
relaxed vibe to this Dave. Enjoyed.
Cheers
Len

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lavalamp said 3196 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks
Thanks Len. You a good man.

LL
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rsorensen said 3196 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
love the siren
really cool song. i like the contrast of the upbeat, beatlesesque music with the darker lyrics. great cavalier singing on this too. nice one dave
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lavalamp said 3194 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
cavalier singing
I was going for a Beck or VU thing, but I'll take a dark Beatles thing.

Thanks
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EEFliess said 3195 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
cool cool cool!
oh my, you're channeling Frank Zappa!

I like this, David!
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lavalamp said 3194 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Eddie
Thanks for checking this out and leaving a comment. Don't be a stranger.

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abfkingsport said 3195 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
ABFkingsport
This has a nice upbeat rythem even with the lyrics. The melody of the vocals lends itself to that upbeat feel as well. Love that melody. Cool effects in middle. Gives that imagery to the song. Love it.
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lavalamp said 3194 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Anthony...
...appreciate the kind words. Thanks for checking this out.

Dave
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davisamerica said 3192 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
2 years ....
congrats dave ..... very trippy cool tune my friend ... very cool
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lavalamp said 3192 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
Late to the party
Always late to the party. But, thanks for coming. I always appreciate it.

Dave
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SmokeyVW said 3192 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
yes! a sad, yet non-gloomy song!
you got me thinking Sid Barret somehow...

this is great!

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lavalamp said 3191 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Sid Barret
...Who is the guy and why does he keep following me?

Thanks Bill,

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Nick_Flash said 3192 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
bass
totally cool bassline on this Dave. Excellent songwriting as always too. I dig the use of the siren in the middle and the end.
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lavalamp said 3191 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Hey Nick
Glad you could stop by. Also, glad you liked the bassline.

Thanks a bunch,

Dave
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bud said 3191 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Great song Dave
the bass is just rolling and bopping in such a cool way - and I really like the way you overlap the vocals with harmonies. Very loose and free to suit the subject. Reminds me of San Francisco Lovin' Spoonfull era.
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lavalamp said 3180 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
rolling and bopping
Glad you could roll and bop.

Thanks Bud,

Dave
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Daugrin said 3180 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Son of Son's of the Pioneers
The Nolan song "Lonesone Way Out There" came to mind. There are no more free people- like the character in Nolan's song is free. John Prine aside, this is errie. In character your going home here. The historical drifter would'nt think of such a thing, he can't or won't go home. We truley are Son's of Son's in this way! By the way Barett? Your safe...

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lavalamp said 3180 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Remember...
..."feels" like I'm a Drifter. Not "I am a drifter."

Anyway, Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Appreciate the comments. And come back anytime.

Dave
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Daugrin said 3180 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Forrest of Feeling
Does pointing out it's how the character "feels" alter my point? How?

Keep speading your light!

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lavalamp said 3164 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
*
because it's me.
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ramonaji said 3180 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Cool tunage!
I like this a lot! It's original, and enjoyable, two keys! Very cool, Lava!
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lavalamp said 3164 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
two keys!
are better than one...sometimes.
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sschedra said 3172 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Dave
Its been a while since I stopped by. This one really sounds like a life story. Also sounds like you were on the road in the Southwest US or Southern Africa?? Did you travel there from Dresden? Definitely a personal saga and has your unmistakable style.
Thanks for sharing,
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lavalamp said 3164 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
Stephen
Thanks- And sorry for the delay. Hope to see you around more often.

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