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The Ballad of Billy and Lily


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Joanna

 Genre: Children's Music

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This is really a children's song, but there's no category for that. Some of the sfx are from CDs, others I made myself. Play it for your kids and see if they like it!
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Lyrics
Once there was a little man
They called him River Rat Billy
He liked the docks
And gulls in flocks
People thought him very silly

Once there was a little gal
They called her loopy Lily Lou
She lived on a boat
That couldn't float
People thought her silly, too

River Rat Bill met Loopy Lil
And they were never apart
They both liked ships
And morning dips
Even though it left them with a chill

Doodley doodle de doo...

Billy said they should sail away
Out to the deep blue sea
Lil agreed
So they decreed
On the sea, on the sea they would be

They gathered twigs and some twine
Tied old clothes into a sail
And when the wind
Blew round the bend
They left never to be seen again.

Some folks say the wind that blew
Took them to a land of gold
Others think
Their raft did sink
But no one really knows, I'm told

[Chorus]


┬ęCopyright Jan. 2005 Joanna Sandsmark
Song Stats
Hits: 6416
Comments: 31
Fans: 7
Plays: 714
Downloads: 189
Votes: 18
Uploaded: Jan 21, 2005 - 09:15:48 AM
Last Updated: Jun 09, 2005 - 11:18:09 AM Last Played: Mar 22, 2017 - 12:45:55 AM
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Comments
Stun Nutz said 4537 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
This was great!
Like a female Raffi, this one delivers the goods!
What a fun, innocent song. The lyrics were great. I
am definitely going to play this for my kids. Was the
guitar a loop? Because it fit perfectly with your
singing. Sound effects were great too... aw man!
You still have to do a children's song with me! (That
is, if you still want to...)

I love it, love it, love it!!!
Check out my latest song called stagnation
Joanna said 4536 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
This was great!
Thank you, Stun! Actually, I had originally intended to play around with a
song for both of us, but you had asked for an up tempo ditty, and to me, this
just didn't sound like what you were looking for. So I figured I'd try again for
our song, and post this one as is.

As for the guitar, yes it's just two loops. I wish I could've used more to add to
the variety, but I didn't have any other loops that fit. I spent quite a long time
trying things out until I finally accepted the fact that I only had the the two to
work with. I wish I played guitar well enough to do it myself.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
TobinMueller said 4537 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
Whimsical love song for youth and elders alike
I love your low low resonant voice. This song has a
wonderful sense of whimsy. Such a cute love story,
simple, with interesting overtones (left them with a chill...)
There are moments when the song seems to cut and
pasted, at the end of some of the phrase and the start of
others, like the sound pops in or out at the end or
beginning of loop. Maybe using effects as reverb tails
and pick up notes would alleviate this. Very entertaining
folk-jazz kids song. Delightful.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Joanna said 4536 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
Whimsical love song for youth and elders alike
Thank you, Tobin. I'll give it another listen and see if I can find the cause of
what you're hearing. I'm glad you enjoyed the story!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
_nderscore said 4536 days ago (January 21st, 2005)
this is fun!
the little effects in there just make the imagination go
wild! i love how the song just, ummmm.. 'paddles' along. i
think this will be a giggle-generator for sure!
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Joanna said 4536 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
this is fun!
Thank you, _nder! "Paddling" indeed! LOL! I love that you guys are accepting
of this kid's song. I hesitated posting it, because I knew there was no genre
for children's songs. This proves that Macjams is open to anything!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Mystified said 4536 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
How cool is it...
...that you are doing these wonderful little pieces of
whimsy?
Very, very cool! There is a delight to such playfulness and
carefree connection to childhood. And you are so well
suited to doing it--in voice and verse.

(And yes, I'll be looking for the picture book on this one,
too!)

Check out my latest song called Child of Yesterday
Joanna said 4536 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
How cool is it...
Thank you, Mystie! I've always liked children's songs, so it's a real treat to get
to indulge that part of me. They're so much fun to sing!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
the dennex donor said 4535 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
brilliant . . .
loved the tune, the effects, the words . . .

. . . everything !

nice one . . .

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Joanna said 4535 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
brilliant . . .
Thank you, Dennex! I'm so pleased to get such a positive reaction. I really
appreciate it!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
said 4535 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
Well, this kid...
loves this little children's ballad. I hope to have Julia
review it later in order to supply a more expert review.

8-8-8-8

Jack
Joanna said 4535 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
Well, this kid...
Thank you, Jack! And I'm really looking forward to Julia's review. With this
song, the true experts are the kids.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Tom Atwood said 4535 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
Makes me wish
my kids were little again. Love the chorus, especially. And
the fx.
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Joanna said 4535 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
Makes me wish
Thank you, atwood! I find myself doodley dooing all day long now. Thank you
so much for listening.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
eleveneyes said 4535 days ago (January 22nd, 2005)
my kids loved it!
of course i told them i'd beat them to a pulp if they didn't.
like all good kids songs this has the mysterious
creepy ending. FX were great. Mucho Enjoyo!
Check out my latest song called You And Me
Joanna said 4535 days ago (January 23rd, 2005)
my kids loved it!
Thank you, eleven! And please thank your traumatized children as well! You
know, the creepy ending did worry me, but a friend reminded me that lots of
kids' songs had them, so it sounded like a fine idea to hint at their possibly
untimely demise.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
said 4535 days ago (January 23rd, 2005)
The Kid in Me
Loved this. :)
Joanna said 4535 days ago (January 23rd, 2005)
The Kid in Me
My thanks to the kid hanging out inside Mungo!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Anonymous said 4534 days ago (January 23rd, 2005)
Billy and Lily both Drown, is this an appropriate childrens topic?
I like the song overall, I think that the overall
production quality was its stongest point. The
wind sounds were cool, and the vocal pickup that
you got with your Shure SM 58 (I have a Shure PG
58), is really impressive. Those are rugged mics
aren't they, and for a great price.

The aspect of the song I didn't like is that it has a dark
ending, and perhaps morbid feel. It left me feeling sad
inside. I was sad with the thought of not knowing what
happened to Billy and Lily, with one "l" (I also think that
Lily should have 2 "l" 's it just looks better). Maybe in the
end they could sail away happily instead of sinking to the
bottom of the ocean or finding gold.

The children that I had listen to this almost looked like
they were going to start crying when the song was over.
They were entertained however, so I credit you in that
area.

Keep up the Good Work.

Sincerely,
Johnathan J. Stegeman
MidiMacMan.
Anonymous said 4534 days ago (January 24th, 2005)
Quickie
One more little thing, check the spelling in your description for the word
"catergory".

Sincerely,
MidiMacMan
Cameron said 4534 days ago (January 24th, 2005)
cute, child-like and entertaining!
Great little story, which you delivered with the perfect
amount of whimsy and enthusiasm. Your obvious love for
children comes through loud and clear on this track!

It would be cool if you could somehow edit the guitar
loops (were they green, or blue tracks?) to have slightly
different chords at the ends of verses. But this was ok "as
is".

Nice little FX's, added a lot to the story.


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Joanna said 4533 days ago (January 25th, 2005)
cute, child-like and entertaining!
Thank you, Cameron! The guitar loops were both blue, so I couldn't do a lot
with them. For such a simple song, I spent hours looking for another loop or
something else (i.e. my own bad keyboard playing) but in the end, all I really
had were these two loops. So I did the best I could with them. I could hear
what I wanted in my head, but there was nothing available to me that
matched what I was hearing internally. One of the many disadvantages of not
being a gifted musician.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Suzanne said 4530 days ago (January 28th, 2005)
do a whole album of this!
delightful! as someone who never had kids, i think i have been missing a whole lot! you should do a whole album, i hear it is a big market. generous and clever. great fun to hear.
Check out my latest song called Rock The Baby With Voodoo (w/Tobin)
Joanna said 4529 days ago (January 28th, 2005)
do a whole album of this!
Thank you, Suzanne! An album of children's songs would be a deilghtful
undertaking. Maybe some day in the future.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
JimmyMac said 4521 days ago (February 6th, 2005)
Two thumbs up
One from me and one from my three-year-old (Oh, sorry,
"free-and-a-half"). She did dance to it, But further
comment was lost when she had to be sent to her room
for pulling the cat's tail.
From my perspective, excellent vocals and production.
Nice story - I'll choose to think they found gold. You do a
great job integrating your vocals to loops. But loops are
limiting. I like it best when you collaborate. There are
some really good guitarists on this sight that could add to
those 2 loops you're confined to (Thetiler and
atwood1956 come to mind).

JG
Check out my latest song called Take Me There
Joanna said 4521 days ago (February 6th, 2005)
Two thumbs up
Thank you, JG, and much gratitude to the cat puller! I would love it one of the
site's wonderful guitarists would collaborate with me. I always feel a bit shy
asking, though. I'd hate to rope someone in on a project they have no interest
in. As for loops, they have their advantages in that I can write a song
whenever I feel like it, instead of having to ask for the charity of others. Or
perhaps I should just learn to play the guitar, huh? I've got one; it's just been
years since I played it. Anyway, give your daughter my best!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
thetiler said 4507 days ago (February 19th, 2005)
Totally cute
This is a very cute tune.
A beautiful kids story song that delivers the goods.
The music, the effects, just very complete sounding.
Thanks for sharing!


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Joanna said 4507 days ago (February 19th, 2005)
Totally cute
Thank you, Tiler! I could've used your expertise with the guitar because those
two loops I used (the only ones I could find that fit) leave it a tad spare. But
I'm so happy you enjoyed the result anyway!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
diamondvalley said 4265 days ago (October 19th, 2005)
Fun song
Thanks for sharing this. It was a delight. Nice effects and well sung. As Inigo might say "You have a great gift for rhyme."
Check out my latest song called When You Taught Me to Dance
Einarus said 4035 days ago (June 6th, 2006)
One has to like...
...children's music - it's so innocent and happy that one can't help but
smile!
This had exactly that effect on me!
Very fun and very well delivered!

-E
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composerclark said 4031 days ago (June 11th, 2006)
Curious
i was curious to hear this after reading your post in the "Best Comments"
thread, and I really enjoyed the light-hearted feel of the music (especially
the chorus) juxtaposed against the sense of (possibly) impending doom
that you have in the lyrics. Dark and light at the same time.
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