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well this is another remix of an old song, stripping it down to a 4-piece arrangement, in hopes of doing this at a gig. The vocal is from the original version, but everything else is new, including some changes in the arrangement, timing things and some new chords here and there and a new electric guitar part.
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how the west was won

The old range ain’t what it used to be
don’t look the same and nothin’s free
we fought for so long over scraps and stones

a place at the table with scars on our back
the rich man’s dreams leave no tracks
and for all the lies they told they never hurt no one

tell me again how the west was won
tell me again how the west was won

it won’t count if you don’t buy it
it won’t fly if you don’t fly it

Fencing it in selling off section after section
plot after plot and mile after mile
as far as the eye can see

how much will you pay for a little piece of heaven
we fought for so long for a place we call our home

tell me again how the west was won
tell me again how the west was won
tell me again how the west was won

it won’t count if you don’t buy it
it won’t fly if you don’t fly it
it won’t work if you don’t try it
youll never get it if it’s already gone
already gone

Oh babe don’t you cry for me for the tears or blood we leave
by the pen or sword you wield

tell me again how the west was won
tell me again how the west was won
tell me again how the west was won

©kelli king & jim bouchard
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Uploaded: Sep 15, 2009 - 10:16:52 PM
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2009 - 08:57:50 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 11:30:46 AM
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Feter said 2988 days ago (September 15th, 2009)
How The West Was Won
WOW ...I just love this sound ..cant wait to
see the video for this evening ...you are one
of the best I ever enjoy their music ,feel and
spirited performances ....awesome vocal as always
..I wonder what kind of new electric guitar !?!?
lovely set ...good luck my friends ..thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
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The Fritters said 2987 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
Thanks!
We probably will make a video of this after we perform it next Thursday...we have done a video of a practice doing this with just 2 acoustic guitars
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johnwhitehead said 2988 days ago (September 15th, 2009)
West Was Won
Wonderful. Love this. Cowboy alt-country. Great piece 'o songwriting, Jim. I love Kelli's voice and the guitar is twangy in the exact right kinda way. This is pretty close to perfect in my opinion.Would love to hear you do this live. Comin' to Minnesota soon?

One thought: the guitar break sounds a little tenetive. Everything is so nicely understated and throttled back. It might be cool to ratchet up the energy on the break, maybe a little whammy bar or something with a slightly more urgent voicing. Another color, a left turn, then back in the saddle again. I'm thinking of the way David Rawling's slightly dissonant breaks really lift Gillian Welch's stuff. Just a thought.
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johnwhitehead said 2988 days ago (September 15th, 2009)
West
Just read your bio...so Kelli did you write this?
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The Fritters said 2987 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
yeah!
Jim wrote the music first and Kelli wrote the lyrics after. Then Kelli changed some of the music and Jim did the rest. The guitar solo is a bit tentative, granted, but it's sort of a demo and we'll probably revise this a little still.
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Roxylee said 2987 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
Looking forward to the video
I love your voice, Kelli. It's like Linda Thompson went country. The sparse instrumentation really works well, too. Much enjoyed. :-)
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Moviz said 2987 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
Wonderful
'easy' sounding song with plenty of open air space about it.... love the lyrics and music; Guitar sounds great and Kelli's vocal is so nice and clear..... lovely stuff, regards M
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mybravedesign said 2987 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
...
nice....reminds me of later rilo kiley.... it's about as indie as it is country.... don't limit yourself to the country label....lots of indie kids out there that love this sound....
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woofer3 said 2987 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
quality quality
firstly I love your voice, a comfort to listen to, like riding in a Roller..... I like the song as well - very hooky. A fave.
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VillageIdiot said 2987 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
Fantastic
Love everything about this... the space, the playing, the singing, the words...
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VillageIdiot said 2987 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
Second listen
SERIOUSLY good. Really really good.
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crissew said 2987 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
Very cool and old school
country style tune. Back when country actually sounded like country. Pro Vocal. Faved and DLed. Great job.
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buckhorn said 2983 days ago (September 20th, 2009)
Love
The instrumentation on this. And the vocal and lyrics aren't exactly shabby either. Wish I could create a sound like this. Very nice.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2867 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
a great song!
Thanks for pointing me to this, Jim! The stripped-down feel makes this song feel very direct--I get the Gillian/David reference in the comments but I think both the arrangement and Kelli's voice are a touch more country. Love the song, in any case. The chorus melody "Tell me again how the west was won" is stuck in my head!
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dave_b said 2867 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
How The West Was Won
Yeah, this is the real deal... Elegant yet simple arrangement, tasty guitar licks, great vocals. Radio ready
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crissew said 2794 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
still loving this song
193 days later. You have a classic here in my book!
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awigze said 2794 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
oh wow
how did I miss this? great!
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jdholliday said 2794 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
all around
great tune!
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sschedra said 2794 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
JIm
You and Kelli have a solid sound here. I think this would stand up against any of the more popular western theme songs. Love Kelli's voice.
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mikkinylund said 2794 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
Jut found through as great thread
You're such a great team, the best. Great lyrics, performance and recordings... Keep going!
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MarkHolbrook said 2793 days ago (March 29th, 2010)
Tis the trouble
with so much good music... It is easy to miss a hit like this. Excellent!
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Jim Bouchard said 2793 days ago (March 29th, 2010)
Well...for my part,
Thanks for all the listens everybody, and thanks for the persistent call-out Charles. Now in the course of a couple days we've gotten a whole mess more listens. Just so you know, Kelli has been sort of busy these days with a new job in a new city, a bunch of new concerns, and computer crashes and a less-than ideal recording environment. So that part of the Fritters formula for success has been more or less on sabbatical. These things happen and I am patient and sure we'll pick up where we left off when it's right for that to happen again. I've been disenchanted with MacJams and too busy with other stuff to work through my issues, so I haven't been spending too much time here. And a lot of what makes people listen to your songs is the networking and reciprocity of comments and such and all that's as it should be. I do think that Country music is less than popular on MacJams and many run screaming when they see that label. I also think that this is not exactly country but since it has West in the title the Western part is appropriate.
I do also think I need to re-do the solo part in this at least and make it less tentative as john whitehead commented, and so that part at least is not exactly as good as I'd like it to be. It's close but not quite there. I'd also discussed with Kelli the thought that perhaps seeing as I'm remixing these songs, that she come up to my studio when she has time and knock out new takes on the lead vocals with some better gear than they were originally recorded with. Who knows when that will be at this point. But it's nice to get all the encouragement to keep going...The Fritters are flattered!
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A match made in macjam heaven. Jim is an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter living in Boston. He does all of the production work and instrumentation. I sometimes play the guitar. I mostly like to write and sing. We've been working togeth... [see more]

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Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music. Howe

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