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Tilt-A-Whirl


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johnwhitehead

 Genre: Acoustic

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As a kid growing up in a small town, one of the highlights of summer was when the Carnival came to town. Sounds and sights of a summer night.
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Lyrics
Big Ferris wheel lights up the summer sky
The dizzy whirl of people passing by
Carousel plays a tin-pan alley tune
Shrieks and laughter, cotton candy, and popped balloons
We’re almost there… the velvet air
A mullet-haired boy in line with his goth-eyed girl
They’re buying tickets on the Tilt-A-Whirl


Midway barkers hawking out games of chance,
You can hear the pedal steel driftin’ in from the country dance
Wood chips on the muddy ground all wet with beer
As the halter top girls pass by all the bikers leer,
A lost boy cries and rubs his eyes
Neon streaking by in a pinwheel blur
Another spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl


Steppin’ over babies to find a good spot at last
Lyin’ on their backs on a blanket in the cool wet grass
Fireworks burst overhead like acetylene
Flowers of crimson, gold and candy green
Blossom there in the black night air
Over on the blanket, the mullet boy and girl
Take another ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl





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Hits: 5552
Comments: 11
Fans: 8
Plays: 151
Downloads: 102
Votes: 2
Uploaded: May 11, 2009 - 02:04:45 AM
Last Updated: May 11, 2009 - 02:04:45 AM Last Played: Nov 18, 2017 - 12:16:32 PM
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Collings acoustic, Tele electric
Comments
Daugrin said 3139 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
Tilt-a-Whirl
I've been to the place you describe here many times in my youth. You did a great job on this John. Keep working it...
hell, I'll send ya an email... :)

Daugrin
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drakonis said 3139 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
sweetness
This is a wonderful song, beautifully crafted melodies and harmonies, excellent lyrics that paint in vivid colors, and great playing and singing. Other than some liberties you took with the written lyrics not matching what you sang (both versions seemed OK to me), I have not critiques, very smooth enjoyable "slice of life."
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Feter said 3139 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
Tilt-A-Whirl
WOW ..this fit my espresso so fine ...great sound my friend ..
the authentic arrangement made this a classic ...the production
just that excellent ..great deep poem ..just awesome ...thnx
alot for sharin such gem !!!!
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billullo said 3137 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
Tilt-A-Whirl
This is such a universally nostalgic tune. We're all there, whenever that was. This is such a phenomenal piece of restraint. Not a note is wasted, and your vocal work compliments the arrangement extraordinarily well. I really love the building strings at the end. Beautiful work, John.
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Bass2x said 3135 days ago (May 15th, 2009)
Beautiful
Very nice, John
A Timeless folk tune.
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kassia said 3130 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
john
i really love your stuff and your style. you are so honest and organic. i feel like i could be sitting in a coffeeshop or a living room or outside in some field watching a midwestern sunset or around a campfire. there is a sweet simplicity that speaks of universal experience, touching my heart and sparking a million memories. this is wonderful.
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chestnut said 3115 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
Tilt-a-Whirl
Excellent and atmospheric! Nicely paced- there's plenty of time for the listener to imagine the scenes. I certainly did! Well chosen words carried by an appropriate and gentle tune. A song to revisit, like the memories it describes.
Ken
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daibhre said 3075 days ago (July 14th, 2009)
Painting with words, man...
Just so happens our local County Fair's in town next week. Got me prepped for a nostalgic visit with my grandkids this weekend! Very nice, indeed.
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hackneybloke said 2953 days ago (November 13th, 2009)
Tilt a Whirl
And then my prayers were answered. i posted about another of your songs resolving to the major sig key...and here you do it...and it sound so sweet. Wow...i really like your songs...and your lyrics really tell a story....and you sing so effortlessly. uber-cool. how do i add this to my favourite songs...i'm a neubie here.
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MarkHolbrook said 2640 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Ah...
the studio version led me here. This one while maybe not as glitzy as the studio version hold a certain simple honesty. Very cool! Enjoying your music a ton!
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alackbass said 2069 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Tilt-A-Whirl
I share the memory! You brought it all back in a thoroughly charming song. Downloaded!
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Name: John Whitehead
Location: Saint Paul MN United States
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I've been singing and playing since the age of fourteen when my brother Paul was working his way through the Beatle book and needed someone to play with. From Paul I learned to fingerpick, play barre chords, and to sing the melody while he sang harmo... [see more]

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