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The Only Ghost Who Cares


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dolby

 Genre: Alternative Rock

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Imagine that you were dead. Then imagine that you were trying to contact the living world via a seance run by a dodgy medium. This is about what it might be like if you were trying to 'get through' only to discover that the medium couldn't actually talk to the dead but was just kicking the chairs. John Lennon makes a guest appearance, although I'm pretty certain he never played a Gibson - but I couldn't get Reickebacker to scan so well :-))

It's been a long time since I put anything up on MJ's. It was actually recorded over a year ago, and it's pretty rough with some well wobbly vocals - especially in the end chorus! As usual I take the 'throw everything at it and see what sticks' approach to music making, so I hope you enjoy!

All the best to you all -
Phil
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Lyrics
The Only Ghost Who Cares

I was thinking, when you played your last card
Crappy ending to a meaningless start
The only compensation was the fact when it came through
A board out of frustration
An actor seeking you

It’s gonna be so cold
Realised
You’re the only ghost who cares
That they’re kicking the chairs

I was drinking in a Liverpool bar
With poet and his Gibson guitar
He said he’d like to come back
He’d concede a few demands
Record another album
But he won’t reform the band

‘Cos he’s gonna be so old
In his eyes
He’s the only ghost who cares
That they’re kicking the chairs

They rolled them over with a certain disbelief
Then fumbled in the dark for a cheap sense of relief
Then took a photograph
It’s the caption of the week

‘Cos he’s gonna be so old
In his eyes
He’s the only ghost who cares
That they’re kicking the chairs
Song Stats
Hits: 3350
Comments: 29
Fans: 17
Plays: 219
Downloads: 91
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Feb 20, 2010 - 11:18:32 AM
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2010 - 11:18:32 AM Last Played: Nov 12, 2017 - 01:24:26 AM
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Hardware:
MacBook
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
Tokai Hard Puncher Bass
Edirol Keyboard
AKG Mic
Software:
GarageBand
EZ Drummer
Comments
BirdmanWayne94 said 2829 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
Good to see...
... a new post from you, dolby. There's a warm feel to this song that I really like. Welcome back!
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dolby said 2828 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Cheers Wayne
While I was away you came back! Thanks for your comment.
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ktb said 2829 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
long time
no hear Phil. I like your approach :-) I'd say a lot stuck..lol.. the vocals sound not wobbly at all (imho) and the horns really shine.
I really admire your song writing and arrangement skills. All the component parts add to something so much larger.
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dolby said 2828 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Thanks ktb
Yeah, I like the idea of 'arranging' and seeing what happens. I suppose it's the 'non-musician' approach to music making! Thanks again.
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Ed Hannifin said 2829 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
First off....
You should know this:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/RSJLPNH/

http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~reli393/Lennon/IV.html

It's the "Bed In For Peace" guitar, among other things....
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dolby said 2828 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Cheers Ed
That's great - so the line worked after all! Phew :-))
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davisamerica said 2829 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
Yes Phil!
long time man... this is great.
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Ed Hannifin said 2829 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
Some people star songs with good lines....
...and some people start song introductions with cool lines: "Imagine that you were dead." Certainly gets my attention....

This is a neat lyrical concept, and the lyric sits well with the rhythm and the melody. I don't think I'd get what it was about with the tip off above, so it may not make a good lead single for radio airplay from your next album... The "kicking the chairs" thing is cool...

I continue to enjoy your singing.... I like the la la chorus vocals, too...

AND it's really good to hear from you again....

The J160-E is the guitar Lennon played on 'Love Me Do' AND the same guitar was around for the Plastic Ono Band sessions... As with his Epiphone Casino, he had the finish stripped off in the later Beatle days...
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dolby said 2828 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
And again...
...thanks for the feedback. I always appreciate your studied comments Ed. It's so nice when someone notices the bits I like - in this case the la la chorus vocals - a favourite happy accident which cam about through just messing about with vocal overdubs. Glad you liked!
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michaeljayklein said 2829 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
Applause
I truly enjoyed this....good work in all departments and thanks for sharing it! Michael
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ste said 2829 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
great
concept, well sung. very nice tune
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Mike_Lynn said 2829 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Interesting
Really innovative in the content. The music flow, vocals & arrangement are also very good. Thanks for sharing.
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MarkHolbrook said 2829 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Well it
seems that the more you throw the better it seems to get! This came out simply great! Music is spot on. Love the chord changes. Love the vocals! Nice work man!
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DWL said 2829 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Nicely done
Vocals sound fine to me! I loved all the bits of ear candy floating around and the concept of a dodgy medium and Lennon saying he wouldn't reform the band.

Good to hear a new song from you.

Cheers

Dick
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dolby said 2828 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Cheers Dick
Thanks for listening! I like the ear candy best as well!
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kipak said 2829 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Needs some work o vocals
Needs some work on the vocals as you mentioned. I think this kind of song really lives or dies on the strength of the vocals..particularly since the lyrics are narrative. Here the vocals sound a bit timid and restrained.
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Jim Bouchard said 2829 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Great to hear from you!
I don't get around much here these days, too much drama for me, but maybe things will be better in the future for that. But anyway, it's great to hear your voice recorded so well. I like the vocal sound and placement and whatever you consider dodgy in the vocals, well, they're really fine, way above what most people especially myself can achieve. This is a really solid song, reminding me of Squeeze and Crowded House in the songwriting which is not too shabby. Everything's sounding great and the improvements in your setup have really paid off.
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dolby said 2828 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Thanks Jim
Yeah - that false modesty about the vocals never did work did it :-) ? It's really just the end bit, where there seems to be a slight pitch wobble (or something). Maybe it's the sort of thing you only hear in your own music. I think you once commented on a previous song of mine that that kind of thing never bothered Dylan etc......

Any comparison with Squeeze is welcome - I loved that band - but the chord progression was ripped straight from an Aimee Mann song (shhhhh)....
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DarkPlanet said 2828 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Great production!
Sweet song I like the places it takes you, Love the warm vox and music!
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Sigmund said 2828 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
The Only Ghost
Interesting song - you have a unique style which comes through on this piece. Good musicianship and vocals throughout - thank yo for sharing this with us.
Sig
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lengold said 2827 days ago (February 23rd, 2010)
Really great
to see you back Phil - always love your songs. Great lyric idea.
Cheers
Len

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paddler said 2826 days ago (February 24th, 2010)
..
great 80's feel to this in y ears anyhow - nice vocals RG
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racerat said 2815 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Phil 2 Phil
Hey! Glad to see you back and posting. Who cares if it's a year old, I can pretend. I wouldn't say your vox are wobbly on this. You are much too hard on yourself my friend. In fact I think the EQ on them is perfect. I have a tendency to go too high in the treble department. This is warm and smooth, perfectly suited for the tune. Cool horns, nicely placed harmonies, la, la, la!
Philip
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dolby said 2815 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
Cheers
Always nice to hear your comments Phil. Very much appreciated. Yeah, the vocals are better (now I have mic) but it's still finger in the air stuff! How are you doing these day?
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jiguma said 2813 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
Thomas! :)
Phil, this sounds really good. Sorry I'm late to the seance though. Great to have you back and posting at MJ - things have been a little wierd for a while, but hopefully it is settling down again now (he said, crossing his fingers and holding his breath).
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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tokai said 2612 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Phil
Missed this. Where you been? Clear vocal, can hear every word. Like the Tokai sound! nice bass line. The song reminds me of an Elvis Costello tune.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2612 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
ghost
really nice intro then followed by equally nice verse vocals. interesting changes and turns in a well rounded arrangement. love the voice actually as it has a real honesty and is memorable. theres something really pleasing to the ear about this tune. enjoyed it a lot. cheers
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Hickling_Stan said 2280 days ago (August 24th, 2011)
Kicking the Chairs
Discovering some new performers today as Hackney Bloke led me to Sir Dennis Crowther who led me to you! First off I like the original concept of the song and that line
" kicking the chairs" The whole song kept me engaged from start to finish. Cheers mark
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Char said 2142 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Thoroughly
enjoyed. Pretty amazing concept. Love the la la chorus. Thanks.
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