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This is a Mussel Shoals type ballad that I wrote with my buddies Arlis Albritton and Chris Tompkins some time back. It was originally written on piano and since I don't play piano and haven't been in touch with Chris in a while (he played when we wrote) it has just sat there. I was listening to our work tape a while back and thought I would try to take a stab at an acoustic version to have for posterity.
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Lyrics
WHEN TIME
LEAVES ME WITH NO ANSWERS
AND THESE TEARS
THAT I CRY
DRY TO MY FACE
WHEN THE EMPTYNESS
SPREADS JUST LIKE A CANCER BABY
WILL YOU WRAP ME
OH IN YOUR SWEET EMBRACE

AND WHEN I NEED SHELTER
FROM THE COLD, COLD RAIN
WILL BE MY HELPER
OH THROUGH ALL OF LIFES PAIN

CAN I COUNT
ON YOUR LOVE
WHEN THE SUN
ISN’T BRIGHT ENOUGH
WHEN I’M DOWN
WILL YOU BE THERE
TO LIFT ME UP
TELL ME BABY
CAN I COUNT
ON YOUR LOVE

WHEN DECISIONS
SEEM TO BE SO FINAL
AND WE CAN’T COMPREHEND
THE REASONS WE’RE HERE
WHEN WE GET LOST
INSIDE OF DENIAL BABY
WE WERE CHASED THERE
BY OUR OWN HOLLOW FEARS
AND IF WE RUN INTO PROBLEMS
AND WE’RE BOTH FILLED WITH DOUBT
WE CN HELP EACH OTHER SOLVE EM
AND TOGETHER WE CAN WORK THINGS OUT

CAN I COUNT
ON YOUR LOVE
WHEN THE SUN
ISN’T BRIGHT ENOUGH
WHEN I’M DOWN
WILL YOU BE THERE
TO LIFT ME UP
TELL ME BABY
CAN I COUNT
ON YOUR LOVE

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Comments: 17
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Plays: 96
Downloads: 49
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Uploaded: Sep 22, 2011 - 10:58:56 AM
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2011 - 11:35:45 AM Last Played: Jun 17, 2017 - 04:21:03 PM
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Hardware:
M-Audio 1814, Nady PRA-8, MXL 2001, Behringer C-2
Software:
Garageband
Comments
neilh79 said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Can I count on your love
This is just one of those classic tunes that could easily headline a movie. I'm thinking "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" type stuff. Got that real romantic edge to it. Great stuff
MarkHolbrook said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Really
works mate! Love the vocal. Very emotive and fitting to the song. I think you did a great job on this. I could hear a couple of additions you could make... A simple bass to fill it out would add a lot. At times perhaps a violin or cello working in the background would sound awesome.

Really a nice nice job!!!
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PaulaMunk said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
I think
you nailed the vocal. Sounds good enough for a movie soundtrack. Thanks.
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867-5309 said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
here
I like how the vocals are really out - clear and forefront.
Guitar is very warm - as I am hearing here.
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Symphony101 said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Fantastic
such a beatiful tune, I love your singing and guitar work. It's very nicely produced too, very clean work ! Great post !
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dave_b said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Can I Count On Your Love
Good songcrafting! Prechorus provides a nice build to the chorus. You worked your hook into the chorus twice. Strong vocal, and the stripped down approach works fine for this song.
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papag said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Count me in
Solid stuff. Guitars are sweet and the vocals are telling the tale of love and support.

Thanks for the download :)
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Philip18 said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Can I count on
I like the lyrics, like the chord progression and like the vocal (your voice is very expressive, the close harmonies work). Nice clean mix. Would be interesting to hear it with full band, too. Much enjoyed!
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Ed Hannifin said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Weirdly, oddly...
...somewhere between Sticky Fingers era Glimmer Twins and Don Henley....with, maybe, the merest hint of Alex Chilton...

Really well wrought tune. Nicely and simply played and sung. Just enough of everything to carry the tune along. I really like the doubled vocals, and I also think you did a nice job capturing the acoustic guitar tone. What kind of guitar are you playing?


rockstar89 said 2190 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Acoustic Guitars
Hi Ed...I have twin Takamine FP 350SMSB's http://www.takamine.com/archive/discontinued_acoustic_electric_models/fp350smsb

I bought the 1st one from one of the guys who toured with the band Jars of Clay. I loved it so much and it was such a workhorse that I sought out another one online and purchased it as a 'back-up' a few years back. I have them set up a little differently and use different gauge strings so that I get a little different sound with each. I also have a Little Martin that I use on occasion. But the Takamine with lighter gauge strings was the one I used for this particular recording. For the rhythm I captured it with a Behringer C-2 on one channel and an MXL 2001 on the other channel. For this one I actually colored both tracks with one of the presets for acoustic guitar within Garageband called 'Natural.' For the 'picking' pass, I captured with the MXL and brightened it up & threw in a little more reverb.

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PeterB7858 said 2189 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
Very impressive...
Really like the vocal work on this and the song has a classic ballad feel. Impressive. Fine guitar tone as well. Glad you took a stab at it. Take care, Peter.
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Mosaica said 2189 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
Count on us
This is quality stuff. Love the raspy, gravel vocal and the simplicity of the guitar. This stands alone, but would also be interesting to have another version with some of the suggested additions of bass, strings etc.
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alackbass said 2189 days ago (September 23rd, 2011)
Can I Count On Your Love
Strong modern folk with an ear to the traditions of the past. A bit of R&B and blues. Nice vocal and production. The guitars sound really great.
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johnwhitehead said 2189 days ago (September 24th, 2011)
Count
Super solid slab of blue-eyed soul. Love yer singing...and the changes
are super tight. Especially love the end of the verse & into the chorus.
Tasty, heartfelt & soulful. Wanna hear this with the piano, Curtis Mayfield guitar fills, B-3 organ, and female b-ground vocs. Keep 'em comin!
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VicDiesel said 2186 days ago (September 26th, 2011)
Very soulful
The backing track really takes a back seat here, but with a voice as strong as yours that's no problem. Great performance.
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TobinMueller said 2184 days ago (September 28th, 2011)
Solid tune
Nice solid classic alternative love song. I hear a fiddle weaving in and out of the strong vocal performance. I like the harmony on the chorus. Not sure if this demo-like version is enough to carry the track from beginning to end. Adding a late-entering drum track and an acoustic bass or round electric bass might be nice addition. Along with a fiddle, that could lift the track into greatness.

Thanks for sharing this.
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Carrie71 said 2182 days ago (September 30th, 2011)
You can count on me!
That voice...is so damn good mhmmmm! My favorite type of music...acoustic. Your voice is amazing the lyrics are fantastic, the guitar was perfect. I am a fan, oh yes I am. Simply outstanding!
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