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A song for someone I once knew...

Special thanks to Andrew Paulsen, who wrote and played the trumpet part. He's a very good friend of mine and a great musician. We used to play and write quite a bit when he was living in the States. This is our first on-line endeavor since he moved to France. Cheers, Andrew...

Guitars and Vox: Bob Prince
Trumpet: Andrew Paulsen
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Lyrics
The Other Side
Music and Lyrics by Bob Prince ©2009

It's four o'clock AM
on a funky street she stands:
stark pool of a streetlight,
woman fishin' for a man.

She's lookin' pretty good,
but for the swellin' 'round her eye.
She packs a can of pepperspray
for the disprespectful guys.

Girl's gotta make some money...
feed the tracks she's tryin' to hide.
'Cuz there's better times ahead,
waitin' on the other side.

Now, the business took a hit
when the economy went bad.
Base price was once 20,
now for 10 she can be had.

Thinks back to better days
before daddy left the scene.
Flicks her cigarette
as a Mercedes flicks it's beams.

And after fat cat john has taken
lady for a ride,
she makes her cash sweet poison...
takes off for the other side.

The sun sets thru the window,
woman wakes and has a cup.
Hand's a little shaky.
Signs are there...she knows what's up.

She thinks she's gotta stop,
but she can't imagine when.
So daddy's little girl
heads out for the street again.

And as the cars roll by,
shapely feelings frozen dry,
she raises sail and sets a course
for the other side.
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Uploaded: Oct 03, 2009 - 11:33:51 AM
Last Updated: Oct 09, 2009 - 05:16:22 AM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 02:16:42 AM
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Comments
ziti said 2971 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
just freaking perfect
wow

I am blown away...and i havent even heard the tune yet...GREAT LYRICS!!!


BRAVO BRAVO mr bobprince

the trumpet is just tearinducing...GREAT soulful playing!!!!

so impressed Bob...inspirational

wow

just amazing...maybe your best yet my friend...
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
~
Thanks, z...
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sloparts said 2971 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Wow Bob
This is sad, but beautifully done. Life can be tough when you're a junky on the streets. Glad you told this story Bob, and Andrew. Thanks for the wakeup call.

There but for the Grace of God, go I.

Ed
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
"There but for the Grace of God, go I"
Got that right, Ed.

Thanks
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Feter said 2971 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
The Other Side
Powerful intro ...so thrilling ...the trumpet
is right in the core ...what a deep music ...
the vocal just smokey ..I love it ..keep them
commin ..this is a high rank of music ..and
is just a trip ...thnx alot for sharin such gem !!!!!
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Thanks, Feter...
..."smokey" is a good description. Glad you liked it.
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ktb said 2971 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
other side
Bob, stellar mix. The Trumpet is so sweet man. When it stretchs a little at around the 3 minute mark and your doing those cool harmonics in the background..wow..that peaked. Love the conversational vocal.
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
I wasn't sure...
...about the EBow at the 3:00 mark, when I thought about it, at first. Thought it might get in the way of the trumpet (which I knew I wanted from the gitgo). But I gave it a shot and liked it. So it stayed.

Thank you
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Vic Holman said 2971 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
and now for something....
completely different.

very cool arrangement Bob. and the chorus effect on the acoustic sounds perfect for the story line. the trumpet and the brief ebow work very nicely here as well.
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
"...completely different..."
You don't hear the similarity with "Gone Fishin"?

;)
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tokai said 2971 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Stunning
and emotive playing. Chilled, and laid back track, with great lyrics. That trumpet is fitting to the tune.
Cool song bro.
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Thanks...
...glad ya liked it...keep on keepin' on.
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composerclark said 2971 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Your friend is Miles?
Love the song, and that smoky trumpet part adds atmosphere that is perfect for this song! This is without a doubt a great song, beautifully produced. Fantastic work here, Bob.
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Miles...
...is the standard, for sure.

When I first sent the basic track to Andrew, I told him I heard the muted trumpet, exclusively...but asked him to go with instinct and, if he had the time, put down some clear track ideas. What you hear on his first solo, here, was so beautiful, I just had to go with it. After hearing it, now, I think it gives a sweet added dimension to the tune.

Thanks, Clark. Have a good one...
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ziti said 2971 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
again tonight
this was GREAT

be very proud of this song bob, andrew!!!
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Thanks, again...
...I'll tell Andrew. He'll appreciate it. You know: he's from Boston. Serious Red Sox fan. For some reason, we still get along, despite that major flaw in his character.
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Moviz said 2971 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Love the dreamy
guitar quality of this in the opening and then the transition into this sexy sultry song. Love the trumpet, the vocal and the arrangement.... really excellent work here, love it, cheers M
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Thanks, Maurice...
...much appreciated
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MarcusPerry said 2970 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Very Smooth
Nice and Smooth.. great playing all around. The trumpet is definitely a nice addition to the guitar. Great poetry... a bit sad, but honest and raw. Interesting stuff. Great work!
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Thanks, Marcus...
...really enjoyed "Preacher Man"...
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blaky smith said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Talent
You have made here an excellent work Bob. All sounds so nice. I love your pure vocals on this simple guitar with the touch of trumpet, I'm impressed, it's really a great piece. Bravo...
Marc
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Thanks, Marc...
...I'm looking forward to hearing "Pigeon Voyageur"...
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drakonis said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
ouch
This is really amazing. My only critique would be that while listening in headphones the sudden cut between the two guitar "spaces" is noticeably jarring (just in a couple places, e.g. at 0:46... minor nit.) But the guitar playing and horn work are breathtaking, as is the music itself. Your spoken voice on this is really nice, well delivered. And I must say, from one dad to another, the lyrics send a chill down my spine.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
I am...
...a charter member of the Universal Nitpicker Society, Eduard. And I know exactly the spots you're talking about (and a few more, probably, lol).
I decided that I wanted that bit of a "jar" in those spots, specifically to paint the picture of her being pulled back to "reality"...but not too gently. Took me awhile to decide on it, though. I tried out a couple of softer dynamic shifts as well as cutting out notes, altogether, in two of the spots. But kept coming back to the original concept and decided to stick to it.
Glad you liked this, Eduard. And, as always, I always appreciate your comments and inputs.
Best,
Bob
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said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
this really goes well with your
taste in hats! : - |

Really well laid plan on this one, the horn and guitar interplay in simply superb.

. - Harold
guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Thanks, Harold...
...I like my hat.
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Ed Hannifin said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Resonant...
...your friend Andrew definitely listened to 'Kind of Blue' once or twice, and that's not a bad thing... Nice tone and phrasing...

Neat main acoustic riff....

The whole tune's construction reminds me a bit of some of Bruce Cockburn's spoken-against-music tracks, especially 'Charity of Night'...

Ed
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guitapick said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Hi Ed...
...not familiar with Bruce Cockburn (my friends are often aghast at great artists I haven't heard of). I'll have to check him out.

Thanks for the listen, Ed.
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DWL said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Too cool!
That horn is perfect. The man can play and a wonderful acoustic bed.

I see Ed has already said Kind of Blue so I won't!

Great lyrics and very evocative.

Cheers

Dick
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guitapick said 2969 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Thanks, Dick...
...and a hearty "cheers" right back to ya...
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damiengh said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
mood setter
Your painting of this desperate life is dealt with in a most artistic way.
Nothing like an echoey muted trumpet to conjure those late night stirrings of the lonely and callous city streets.
Colorful.

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guitapick said 2969 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi Damien...
...the echo/mute really does set the scene...yes...
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Calchas said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Bravo and encore!
Love that chilly opening guitar.

It really sets the mood. Kudos to Andrew for that awesome muted trumpet (and for his playing throughout).

Speaking the lyrics was a good choice. This is a story that needs to be TOLD.

Yes...Bravo and encore!

Be well friend!
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guitapick said 2969 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
The intro...
...was going to be another piece, originally. I was sitting around, looking to develop it from what's here. Then I got frustrated and started playing this piece, which I'd almost finished. Really liked how they worked together. And it's the feel of that intro that got me into the lyrics...

Thanks, Micheal...

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Calchas said 2968 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
I think I understand Bob...
Sometimes my conscious mind thinks I need to play one thing, but my subconscious has it's own agenda. When the latter prevails, things tend to turn out better.

Also, most of my songs are written as you describe. First comes the music, and then come the lyrics EVOKED by the music. I think only one of them had the lyrics come first. Only twice have the music and lyrics emerged simultaneously.

I have no control over the process, nor do I seek it. It would be a disaster for me to try to write and play from the Left Brain!

Anyway, as I said above: "Bravo and encore"!
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TERRAPLANE said 2970 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
sweet
I really enjoy the acoustic sounds you produce & the trumpet , elec guitar accent are first class,,, keep on keepin on,T
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guitapick said 2968 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
I shall do all I can...
...to do just that...thanks, T
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Willywagga said 2969 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Giant Guitar
That guitar sounds like it's pyramid sized, beautiful sound.
Voice is clear and true, hints of Mr Reed here and there.
Great lyrics. Trumpet is magical.
Amazing song.


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guitapick said 2968 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
~
Thanks. Lou Reed's definitely lurking about in there...
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lengold said 2969 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Bob, I just
listened to something very special.
Thanks.
Cheers
Len
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guitapick said 2968 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Welllll....
....

;)
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bud said 2969 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Just amazing Bob
really impressive piece of music. The whole thing man - the playing, producing, vocals, atmosphere and that beautiful trumpet. Quite unusual and right on the mark. Fine portrait.
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guitapick said 2968 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Thanks, Kevin...
...very much...
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Dadai.2 said 2969 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Arresting guitar sound...

I think the genre is "guitar noir"... 'cause this is set in such an atmospheric dusky place. Love the trumpet riffs.... but Bob, your vocal is supreme. Kudos dude.
guitapick said 2967 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
I'm listening...
to "The Riverside", as I type...nice choice getting Ed in there with you...

Thanks, Daddy...best to your coastal side...
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magnatone said 2969 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
The Other Side
so GREAT to hear a new Bob-tune. I'm always so amazed at your playing skill - you're just masterful. Andrew's trumpet is extraordinary and such a wonderful addition to this already awesome song. Terrific vox too Bob - thanks for the boost!
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guitapick said 2967 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
KAREN!!!
I've got a gig on my steelstrings this Friday...then I'm going to take a sabbatical and just focus on recording some tunes that Andrew and I have worked on, using the nylon string. So there should be some more of that sweet horn in my tunes, coming up...
Thanks, Karen.
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Outtaorbit said 2969 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
So sweet.......
Sorry I'm late....love the mute....
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guitapick said 2967 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Not late...
...and I love the mute, too...
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Roxylee said 2968 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Wow, Bob
You paint a vivid word picture of the darkness of drug addiction. I hope this woman is still alive and off the streets. Haunting music, very effective.
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guitapick said 2967 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
I haven't seen her...
...in a very long time. I hope so, too.

Thanks, Roxylee. It's always nice to see you, here.
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Doug Somers said 2968 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Honest and direct
I'm in your grip all the way through. All the elements work together here beautifully. This will need several listens to really let all the nuances fully sink in.

Brilliant performances here Bob and Andrew. Right on the mark.

Cheers,
Doug
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Bowman said 2967 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Cool, understated,
sad and perfect. You give us a great character study here Bob. I can see her so clearly in my mind. Tough time for a lot of folks these days.
Very fine song.
Charlie


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segiperkasa said 2964 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
really cool
really cool guitar work... cool song...
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Ibstrat said 2963 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Some
major creativity here.Guitar and trumpet- a great combo!
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guitapick said 2962 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Trumpet sounds great...
...with the nylon string, too. Hoping to get another one recorded in the next month or so...
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Gaylen75 said 2962 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Beautiful
haunting. love this.
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egobandit said 2959 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
To to good
Love the horns on this and of course the flawless guitar, I lost a friend to junk. its a hard road. Greatness thanks for sharing!
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ste said 2951 days ago (October 23rd, 2009)
awesome
all through. great vox! guitar and trumpet also great obviously.
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Rasapriya said 2947 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
nice tune...
I really liked the long intro and the transition to the verse.
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PockBluesman said 2708 days ago (June 23rd, 2010)
Pure
This is pure poetry put to music. Love the lyrics, as always your picking is perfect. Vocals just suit this superbly. For god sake Bob have a day off Bob and right a crap one. Us mortals need time to catch up. again really enjoyed.

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