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I made this one on Friday night, with some tweaks on Saturday morning, as an excuse to use the penny whistle I found when packing up to move house. The production has the usual uncorrected style and the vocal effort is appalling even by my own low standards.

The song is about living one’s life in a world that increasingly jars. There’s a slight influence from watching ‘Valerie and her week of wonders’ the other night and was going to be called ‘Eltopo and his week of blunders’ but that would have been too corny.
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Lyrics
Some have all the money, baby
And others have the moves
And maybe we’re just merchants
Of a lesser groove

Minotaurs are multiplying
But we’re keeping them on our side
By throwing peanuts in the labyrinth

We do just what we do and we do it good…

There’s some trouble…
(We just don’t know where we’re going, no)
We’re taking our chances, we know
(We’re finding the places we can not come to)
There’s some trouble here finding a home…

Some will take the biscuit, baby
And some the custard creams
And some will suck the middles out
Then spit on all your dreams

Making daisy-chains all sportsday long
‘Cos we never made the teams
We have no looks of jealousy

And we don’t care what they think, no, baby…

Are you productive?
(We just don’t know where we’re going, no)
Do you have a role?
(We’re finding the places we cannot come to.)
Or are you expendable?
Does the job you do define your soul?

It’s never ending question
Consuming more and more
Our souls prescribed by the products we buy
That leave us feeling raw

I’m going to the supermarkets
Place a bomb at every store
Made from custard and ketchup
That leaves the shoppers feeling far less bored…

There’s some trouble…
(We just don’t know where we’re going, no)
We’re taking our chances, we know
(We’re finding the places that we cannot come to)
We’ll decide what lives will be our own…

Hap, ba, b-da, hap, ba d-ba, dah

Techno! Techno! Techno! Techno!

The party is filled with perverts
The fountain’s filled with frogs
And the government’s a pack of dogs
Barking dialogues with other dogs

There’s goblins shagging gargoyles
As they’re begging for them to stop
Now the stone is crumbling from around the church

We’re dodging every stone that tumbles off…

There’s some trouble…
(We just don’t know where we’re going, no)
We’re taking our chances, we know
(We’re finding the places that we cannot come to)
We’ll decide what lives will be our own…
Song Stats
Hits: 3815
Comments: 10
Fans: 5
Plays: 179
Downloads: 148
Votes: 11
Uploaded: Jun 12, 2005 - 05:34:33 AM
Last Updated: Jun 12, 2005 - 05:50:44 AM Last Played: Jun 03, 2019 - 08:05:42 PM
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Hardware:
The song hardware is as follows:
One iBook from Apple Computer
One accoustic guitar by the Simon and Patrick guitar makers.
One NT1a mic by Rode with no pop filter(obviously)
One M-Audio Firewire interface.
One penny whistle in the key of 'D'
Software:
The software used was GB2. Drums are bogstandard loops with effects. The string pads are the rather nice 'hollywood strings'.
Comments
mandolinquent said 5150 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
El-TOP!
Love this... it has a lot of verve. Your voice is nice... and
the guitar tones are great. A nice bit of Dylan-esque
songwriting; with a great joie de vivre about it. I know you
favour the spontaneous blurt as a method of songwriter,
but it could do with another mix just to clean it up a
little... especially on "We'll decide what lives can be on our
own..." But it's lovely.
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eltopo said 5150 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
El-TOP!
Thanks for your comments, mando!
Yes, I'm hoping my next track will be a set notch up in terms of production/
performance. The Rode mic captures great sound when used correctly but
I'm currently confined to a heavily carpeted loft-room with dead accoustics.

The next house is all wood floors, so I should find a good corner for taping
decent sound!

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I ain't marching anymore...
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country john said 5150 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
epic !
great song eltops !

on an epic scale . . .

nice one . . .

Some will take the biscuit, baby
And some the custard creams
And some will suck the middles out
Then spit on all your dreams

what a f**king line !

. . . dude you gotta be happy with this !

safe

cj
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stevel said 5150 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Great track Eltopo
I really like the acoustic playing, you have some very
interesting lyrics there too. The string pads are effective
too. Basically I love it all!!!!
Your best track yet!
S
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blamm said 5149 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Fun tune.
Love how the great acoustic work weaves with the head-on synth drums. Gives me a Badly Drawn Boy-like vibe. Great lyrics...a few of the lines are classics.
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mikkinylund said 5148 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Wow
Never heard you before, what a great surprise! Awesome
lyrics - I agree, some classic stuff in here... Singing and
guitar(s) are well played as well, it sound almost "live" for
some reason... Good concept, needed!!! Thanks!

M
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JOAN said 5145 days ago (June 17th, 2005)
very nice
has a billy bragg thing about it. nice little hints of anarchy. love the penny whistle.

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caroline said 5135 days ago (June 27th, 2005)
i listen to this lots
on my ipod - thank you - esp. like the biscuit lyric - one nibble and yer knobbled x
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cbuchner1 said 5125 days ago (July 7th, 2005)
never mind...

...gee, I understood "and some have all the boobs". This
couldn't be right!! So I scrolled up again - read the lyrics -
and had a good laugh.


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paulhenrys said 5054 days ago (September 16th, 2005)
Okay, so, you're right
about certain aspects of production. But, self deprecation
aside, the attitude is great and has a kind of late 70's early
80's feel to it. It's on my iPod...thanks.
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