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This song is a reflection on 2003/2004, a time period when I lost three people that were very close to me.

This is also the first song I've ever written on the guitar that moves past the fifth fret. I'm beginning to move past basic chords. Exciting stuff!
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Lyrics
im scrubbin my ears so they shine like the moon
and my funeral shoes will always fit like they used to

the mistake's the belief that the dream will come true
you know you hope like a child just to howl at the moon

and now im standing in the backyard and im pouring a beer
it's the third time this semester what a hell of a year

and my fingers are growing in spite of my mouth
it's taken 23 years just to figure this out.

there is an old lady at the top of the stairs
she's bottled 90 years of insolence and now she dont care at all

she says why, god, why do my babies die?
why, god, why, do you let my babies die?
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Comments: 36
Fans: 8
Plays: 410
Downloads: 191
Votes: 28
Uploaded: Jun 05, 2005 - 12:35:41 AM
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2005 - 10:53:36 PM Last Played: Jul 27, 2019 - 10:06:40 AM
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Comments
aclarke said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
--
This song hit me a bit harder than I expected- let's just
say 2003 was not a good year.

Beautifully played and perfectly sung. You do such a nice
job of conveying the emotion and pain of personal loss.
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ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
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thanks, aclarke.
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jgurner said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
very touching
A song with a lot of emotion behind it. Heartfelt lyrics.
Very nice guitar work. Thanks for sharing.
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snowdragon said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Welcome to the dark side of the fifth fret
No turning back now for you.

Nice job on this one %u2014 a very nice job.
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ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Welcome to the dark side of the fifth fret
is that what they call it? there certainly seems to be a lot of potential up there
outside of the realm of A, Am, C, D, E, Em, G and F...
actually, ive been practicing stuff up high on the frets for the last few weeks,
while continuing to do most of my writing down low.
ive been strumming this one formation for the past week up around the 7th fret,
and last nite i decided to see what happens when i picked it. and voila!
it's always a great feeling running into my bedroom to fire up garageband. gotta
get those ideas down in digital form before the analog i have running upstairs
becomes forgetful.
Check out my latest song called The Sunshine Shadows (Live Take)
zendog said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Nice work
Especially liked where you opened it up towards the end
and brought it down for the last lines. Good playing on
this. Great emotion. The lyrics paint a picture I think
everyone can relate to.
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notsosweet said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Sad and Lovely
... I love this piece. Your voice carries the song perfectly.
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Tom Atwood said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Scooter D is all grown up
You have come a long way from that post earlier this year
(The Mermaid's Song) playing a jangly out-of-tune guitar.
This is an amazing tune, well-written, well-played and
well-sung. A grand-slam, to mix and misuse metaphors.
The falsetto at the end of each verse is inspired and
actually helps hold this haunting piece together very well.
Perfect artwork, too. Excellent!

9-9-9-9

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ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Scooter D is all grown up
thanks for the kind words. this is really the first song that ive ever really felt
satisfied with after the first recording. feels "full" to me.
Check out my latest song called The Sunshine Shadows (Live Take)
stevel said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Great!
Love the song, the playing and the vocals. Lovely falsetto
stuff you got going on there. This is really nice tune,
thanks for sharing it with us
S
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Cameron said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
poignant, sad, howling at the moon
This is exceptional work on all fronts: lyrics, vocals,
minimalist guitar (simple yet full), musical concept and
production.

I am sitting here listening to this great song, totally
AMAZED at all the wonderful talent here at MacJams.
Especially lately.

Your voice expresses these words very well; it captures
that sense of sadness, hopelessness and yearning. Yet
through it all, this song somehow conveys a light at the
end of the tunnel. Maybe not shining quite yet, but it will
be soon.

Keep raising the bar, everyone! Very good sounds a'
comin' outta here!


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said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
poignant, sad, howling at the moon
Hey chap great song and I know how you feel! I lost my dad and both of
my grandmothers a couple of years ago. Hang in there! The expression
was great and heartfelt!
ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
poignant, sad, howling at the moon
thanks, bizarre.
i didn't lose my father, thankfully, but he lost his best friend. a few months later
it was my favorite professor from college and then my grandfather.

i recently got this new job that requires me to dress nicely, and i didn't have any
matching shoes. so i pulled out my pair of "funeral shoes," and have been
breaking them in quite nicely over the past three weeks.


Check out my latest song called The Sunshine Shadows (Live Take)
ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
poignant, sad, howling at the moon
thanks so much for listening. having listened to your song, path of tears, i am
humbled by your kind words. i am not a "musician" in the traditional sense of
the word (ive been teaching myself guitar over the past year), so when real
musicians leave me comments like this, it really makes me feel like im heading
in the right direction, and inspires me to keep writing.
thanks.
Check out my latest song called The Sunshine Shadows (Live Take)
ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
poignant, sad, howling at the moon
cameron,

thanks for listening. i wrote a longer response to your comments, but
accidentally put them in the wrong place. look down a post :)
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Swanny said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
WOW !
Brilliant !!!!!
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ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
WOW !
wow. thanks.
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ludar said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
mmm!!!
A-bit-R.e.m-but-getting-there.!!!
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ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
mmm!!!
im not really familiar with REM, with the exception of Whats the Frequency
Kenneth, which I remember loving when I was a kid, and a few of their radio
hits.
I can only hope that one day you will come back and say of one of my
songs:"sounds kinda radiohead-ish."

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thetiler said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
nice high notes there with the vocal
Like that falsetto!
Words are just real stirring to say the least.

Man, very soulful there SDM

Impressive tune!
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ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
nice high notes there with the vocal
hey, thanks a lot, tiler. that means a lot coming from you. i think my fandom of
you, atwood and tobin mueller is understated because i lurk too much and dont
comment enough.
Check out my latest song called The Sunshine Shadows (Live Take)
alley-oop said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Your beautiful
You seemed to have really taken a great leap to some
other level. I remember that you were the first, or one of
the first to comment on my first song. So I remember
listening to your music.
Obviously, this is very emotional. The mechanics of the
song are excellent. The playing, singing and composition.
Most importantl _ your LYRICS! Very well crafted.
Also the most elusive thing that most songs don't usually
have is the set up to the ringer lyric placed perfectly that
melts the listener and you pour your soul into theirs.
Really great ScooterDman.
Now, that you hit a homer, you have to hit another. Find
that sweet spot for every song. You've raised the bar, I
expect your next to be better. Take your time. Make them
really count.
Quit college, play music in bars (ha, ha, just kidding)
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alley-oop said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Your beautiful
I didn't want to make it sound like this was tremendously better that what I
heard from you before, which was also very good. This is VERY good, make a
grown person cry good.
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ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Your beautiful
alley-oop, glad you stopped by, i was actually over at your site earlier tonite
listening to those two jazzy songs you have. really love the solo work in the
second one, criminals in love. really tom waitsy.
anyway, thank you for the comments. i do feel like this song is at a different
level, at least musically, than my previous efforts. im not really sure where it
came from. the whole thing came together in about 3 hrs last nite out of
nowhere. one minute on sitting on the couch watching the family guy, the
next im crying into a mic. kinda weird how that works, i guess.
anyway, no plans to drop outta school yet. twelve credits away from a
masters, would be silly to stop now. i have been playing lots in coffeehouses
here in tampa, though, which is a lot of fun.
thanks again for listening. when's your next tune coming out? shoot me an
email when it does.
Check out my latest song called The Sunshine Shadows (Live Take)
said 5191 days ago (June 6th, 2005)
soulful reflection
great lyrics and vocals! ...love the depth and vulnerability/honesty of the song...it evokes real emotions....my symapthy for all of your pains, but i guess life is like that sometimes....this song reminds me of the song "Hurt" by Johnny Cash
jiguma said 5191 days ago (June 6th, 2005)
Just beautiful!
Wish I'd written that! So simple but so strong - great
guitar, amazing vocal and seriously good set of lyrics.
Not much more I can add - keep up the fantastic work.

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ScooterDMan said 5191 days ago (June 6th, 2005)
thanks
thank you both very much for the commnents :)
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Mystified said 5190 days ago (June 6th, 2005)
Poignant
...and touching. Beautifully played and sung, but the
honesty and 'heart' of it is what sets it apart.

Thank you.
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Jim Bouchard said 5189 days ago (June 7th, 2005)
great
You've got some good lines here! Especially:
"bottled 90 years of insolence and now she don't care"

I love the simplicity of this. Your restraint is greatly appreciated. There's a lot ot be said for being this forthright musically. Especially since the lyrics string together a lot of disparate elements in a very poetic way. There's a taut balance of elements that create a complete work of art. Good job!
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ScooterDMan said 5189 days ago (June 7th, 2005)
great
thanks for stopping by jim. i really enjoyed singing this song, as it's really the
first song ive ever written where i really use my voice.

i am trying to adapt it so i can play it live, and what ive come up with is
something less restraining and sad and more upbeat. i think i might give it a
shot tonite.

thanks again for the comments.
Check out my latest song called The Sunshine Shadows (Live Take)
ChrisSly said 5189 days ago (June 7th, 2005)
Simple
and effective. nice bit of songwriting.
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ledebutant said 5187 days ago (June 9th, 2005)
How many ways to say Wow?
Your voice on the last two lines actually made all the hairs on my arms stand up (unless it's unusually cold in here)!


ScooterDMan said 5187 days ago (June 9th, 2005)
How many ways to say Wow?
wow. that's awesome. ive never really tried to "sing" sing before this song, so it
felt really nice to try to stretch my voice. thanks so much for listening.
Check out my latest song called The Sunshine Shadows (Live Take)
Cantor said 5185 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
very "Kings of Convenience" sounding
at the begining of the song, i'd bring the vocals up just a
little--they're getting buried beneath the guitar. hypnotic
and powerful.
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JunkyardCutiepie said 5159 days ago (July 7th, 2005)
Very strong!
You clearly have an ear, some strong fingers and a voice.
Keep at this, if you can outlet that well already, you will only
get better. Wondering what you're studying, if music is only
a side interest! BUENO
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ScooterDMan said 5159 days ago (July 7th, 2005)
Very strong!
thanks, junkyard. i am earning a masters in rhetoric and composition at the univ
of south florida in tampa. i wish i would have begun playing music earlier than
last year, that way, by now, i could bypass all this education crap and go straight
to being a rock star.
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