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Well, I was hoping to have this song ready for upload on the first of the year. Success! A folk-rock tune partially inspired by a card that had the phrases 'we do second chances', 'we do mistakes', and 'we do real.' And also greatly influenced by the poem 'Aran' written by my oldest daughter to the extent that a number of phrases from her poem help make up the lyrics. Thanks Laura...

Song instrumentation: Acoustic guitar, lead and rhythm electric guitar, bass and B3 organ via Oxygen 25, harmonica, vocal, percussion/drums.

We all need second chances...

Happy New Year!
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1. We inch along our journey hill-ward as we climb
The howling day is ended, a salt-swept rock we find.

They say in this life there are no second chances
We do mistakes, do them well, then turn around
No phony glosses to cover up our losses.
We do it real, hand in hand, and carry on.

2. Rushing to the silence, a symphony of night
The pluming waves now distant, muted in the dimming light
The curtain call is echoing, calling to you and me
A deserted concert hall, the sounds of silence scream.

3. Footlights floating in the mist, memories - another shore
Rise between sky and sea, a portrait seen before
Moments scattered on the ground, pebbles from our past
Line up with tears and wisdom, guiding us in our path.

4. Images like fairy tales tell stories that will last
Calling to the future, calling us out of our past.

**Last chorus - first line:
In this life we do second chances...

Lyrics: Jack Miller and Laura (Miller) Rosenkranz
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Uploaded: Jan 01, 2015 - 12:11:49 AM
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2017 - 03:23:49 PM Last Played: Aug 11, 2017 - 03:25:06 PM
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Dadai.2 said 1055 days ago (January 1st, 2015)
my daughter's poem...

We cycle by inches hillward
After the howling day
... On saltswept rock

Rushing to a silent symphony
Of distant pluming waves

The curtain call echoes
Through this deserted concert hall.
The footlights of Galway are floating
Between sky and sea,

A necklace leading home...
Like Hansel's white pebbles
Pointing... where?
KCsGROOVE said 1055 days ago (January 1st, 2015)
second chances
a fine song
really like the lyrics and the gentle performance
very much enjoyed!
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Dadai.2 said 1055 days ago (January 1st, 2015)
second chances gently...
Thanks, KC. The lyrics were the most difficult thing to come up with on this tune. My daughter's poem then came on the scene.

Vic Holman said 1055 days ago (January 1st, 2015)
Second Chances
nicely done jack. solid structure in the composition and smooth vocal. the organ almost has a electric slide sound to it, fooled me at first. you still got the touch.
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Dadai.2 said 1055 days ago (January 1st, 2015)
Once a year...
I get up out of my rocking chair and attempt a new song. That you like this one (our collab was last year's) makes my day. Thanks! And here's hoping all is well with you as you go into this new year...
RichardSchletty said 1055 days ago (January 1st, 2015)
A poetic and upbeat reflection on the arduous journey. How many second chances do we get? Can we rebound from every fall, every flounder, every chance not taken? Will weary bones and dulled senses take us down? With the grace of God and a positive, prayerful faithfulness, the answer is, "We can be renewed perpetually."

God bless you and your family, always.
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Dadai.2 said 1055 days ago (January 2nd, 2015)
To those ...
who have run out of second chances through failures and mistakes and hard hearts, in a word - disqualified themselves - indeed there is the ultimate "second chance" offered by God in the gospel. Richard, good to know you're still out there and plodding along looking to Jesus, the one who bore the penalty of our mistakes (sins) on the cross, lived the life we should have, and grants the benefit of his mistake-free life and death to all who trust in him for forgiveness from God and renewal of life. Just some reflections on where I've anchored my boat. And thanks for stopping by to listen. I do appreciate it.
Roxylee said 1055 days ago (January 2nd, 2015)
Happy New Year, Jack!
I'm really liking the poetry and message of this song. Filled with hope for a new start, every morning.
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Dadai.2 said 1054 days ago (January 2nd, 2015)
Happy New Year, Roxylee...
New hope, new start, every morning... Good thoughts indeed. Hope all is well with you. Thanks for checking my 2015 song. Maybe this year I'll get around to doing a second new song. Blessings...
PeterB7858 said 1054 days ago (January 2nd, 2015)
We Do Second Chances
Worthy message nicely wrapped up in a Travelling Wilbury's style vibe, Jack. Some fine imagery in the lyrics. Quality post. Thanks, Peter.
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Dadai.2 said 1054 days ago (January 2nd, 2015)
Any day a song of mine reminds someone of the Wilbury's is a good day. Peter, thanks for checking out this tune. I must say that my daughter's poem is the heart of the imagery to which you refer. Her poem and my thoughts on second chances came together.

alackbass said 1054 days ago (January 2nd, 2015)
We Do Second Chances
Very nice. Love the chorus. Well recorded. Clean and tight mix. Digging the harp solo.
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Dadai.2 said 1054 days ago (January 2nd, 2015)
The harp solo...
I love playing the harmonica on a song, this one no eception. Nice to know you dug my Hohner side dish. Thanks for taking time to give this new song a listen. The last original was exactly a year ago. Once a year whether I need to or not!
Bowman said 1053 days ago (January 3rd, 2015)
in need of my 400th chance but I can dig this fine song.

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Dadai.2 said 1053 days ago (January 3rd, 2015)
Only 400??
I'm well on my way to way beyond that. So we're in the same club! Thanks, Charlie, for stopping in...
jobu said 1053 days ago (January 4th, 2015)
Just to be constructive, the performances start out a little raggedy, but get tighter as the song goes on. The lyrics are really really good. I definitely agree with the Wilbury's comparison vibe-wise. The song could benefit from some dynamics, but I certainly enjoyed it enough to listen to it all the way through. Nice.
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Dadai.2 said 1052 days ago (January 4th, 2015)
Glad to have you...
... stop in for a listen and that you enjoyed the song enough to listen all the way through! Cheers and a Happy New Year...
egobandit said 1053 days ago (January 4th, 2015)
do it real
gotta keep it real, really beautiful peom your daughter wrote and this song really brings it out to the fullest btw the harp playing rules :)
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Dadai.2 said 1052 days ago (January 4th, 2015)
Keeping it real...
We likes playing the harmonica. Thanks for stopping in for a listen, Tim. Best to you in this new year!
H3nry said 1052 days ago (January 4th, 2015)
New year, second chance
Fitting lyric for the hope of a new year. Nice one. Sounds a bit Dylan-esque except the poem makes too much sense.
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Dadai.2 said 1052 days ago (January 4th, 2015)
Hopeful Dylan-esque...
That works for me, Henry. May blessings be yours in this new year and thanks for coming by to hear this tune...
jiguma said 1051 days ago (January 5th, 2015)
Nice one Jack!
I kept waiting for the 4 part harmonies ;) Laura's poem and your words certainly show some family talent in the words area.
Familiar, but intriguing - happy 2015 to you and yours Jack.
Cheers from Oz,
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Dadai.2 said 1051 days ago (January 5th, 2015)
4 part harmonies...
;-) maybe next time, eh? Neil, glad to see you to stop in. Yeah, familiar - a lot my songs are in a similar strain. Glad you enjoyed this one. And good luck on your new CD. Cheers...
musichead said 1051 days ago (January 5th, 2015)
I really liked this. If I may say one thing. Id play less drums. Make it more simple. But thats me and my taste in drums, Great Harp solo. But all and all well done song !!!
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Dadai.2 said 1051 days ago (January 5th, 2015)
Less drums...
Interesting and maybe right. I don't use drums all the much in most of my songs. Partially due to the type of music (often folk) and also to the fact that I'm too cheap to buy some good packages of drum tracks. Any way, I came across this one, liked it and used it to arrange to the tune. I did find myself cutting back on the "presence" of the drums during mixing... maybe not enough? Any way Steve, it's nice of you to listen and know you like the song. Cheers...
Warren Smith said 1049 days ago (January 7th, 2015)
Second Chances
I find, too, that my howling days are over. Now I just rave in private about the inequities of life : )

It's not easy to put thoughts like these into words. That's the lyrical challenge .. especially when the musical bed is already made and is waiting there in front of us. But I think you have met the challenge here.

Doing mistakes .. and doing them well .. now that's something I think we all can relate to! We all need second chances.

Love that harmonica. Some day I am going to reach out to you for a collaboration so I can get some of that harmonica into one of my songs.
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Dadai.2 said 1049 days ago (January 7th, 2015)
Howling days...
raving on in private...

Warren, thoughts into words were surely made easier via my daughter's additions. That is one of her many talents.

Doing mistakes... well. To not shy away from how we really do screw up in our relationships. And then to not back away from owning our screw ups and making amends. We do all need second chances. And we do all need to give second chances to others.

Give me a call. My harmonica is ready!

VicDiesel said 1049 days ago (January 7th, 2015)
Happy new year!
Nifty song. Enjoyed.
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Dadai.2 said 1049 days ago (January 7th, 2015)
Vic, a happy new year to you. Thanks for your gracious comment warmly received...
paul f. page said 1046 days ago (January 10th, 2015)
The message...
...is delivered with clarity and a classic folk style. Nice.
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Dadai.2 said 1045 days ago (January 11th, 2015)
message received....
Thanks, Paul. Always good to get your comments.

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