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At Any Cost


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blamm

 Genre: Rock & Roll

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This song is "mostly done", though we have to find some good drums and do something with the ending. We wanted to get this out there for comments as we finalize things...and we've got more songs on the way!

Written by J. Parker
Vocals, rhythm guitar - J. Parker
Lead guitar, bass - J. Grassman
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Lyrics
What's it gonna prove,
wearing out my name all over town?
Such a poor excuse
to go and turn my whole world inside out.

I know you've got me where you want me.
Why can't you just leave me be?
It's killing me the way you haunt me.
Don't understand why you can't see
You've already taken everything I've got.
I'm down on my knees but still you take another shot.
Don't know whether it makes you feel better
knowing everything is lost.
Once again it seems you've gotta win at any cost.

So what's it gonna take
to bring this situation to an end?
An innocent mistake
to think of you as more than just a friend.

I know you've got me where you want me.
Why can't you just leave me be?
It's killing me the way you haunt me.
Don't understand why you can't see

[ solo ]

I know you've got me where you want me.
Why can't you just leave me be?
It's killing me the way you haunt me.
Don't understand why you can't see
You've already taken everything I've got.
I'm down on my knees but still you take another shot.
Don't know whether it makes you feel better
knowing everything is lost.
Once again it seems you've gotta win at any cost.

So what's it gonna be?
Did this all turn out the way you planned?
Now it's just you and me.
Smoke rises from the pistol in my hand...
Song Stats
Hits: 4232
Comments: 24
Fans: 4
Plays: 166
Downloads: 170
Votes: 16
Uploaded: Jun 13, 2005 - 08:30:03 AM
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2005 - 12:36:13 PM Last Played: Jun 03, 2019 - 11:02:21 AM
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Hardware:
M-Audio Firewire 410
Washburn N2
Les Paul
and a couple of Powerbooks
Software:
Garageband
Logic Express
Comments
Joanna said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
A lot of talent
Wonderful vocals -- you have an excellent voice. The
whole song worked really well for me. I enjoyed it
thoroughly, thank you for posting it.
Check out my latest song called Baby, It's Cold Outside
blamm said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
A lot of talent
Thanks for the kind words, Joanna! Thanks for listening.

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"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Check out my latest song called A Long December (Counting Crows Cover)
said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Yeah, almost done
Joanne's right, the vocals are great. I have a CD by the band
"The Spent Poets" and the singer sounds JUST like this.
Uncanny.

The song would be served with some production values.
Give it a little variety, a little spice and flavor. Some
keyboards? A different snare sound? Some kind of timbral
change-up.
blamm said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Yeah, almost done
Yeah...agreed it needs "something". The drums are the obvious part...it's the same loop through the whole song. We're looking for something better now. I'll play around with some ideas for a keyboard accent...I think you're right.

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"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Check out my latest song called A Long December (Counting Crows Cover)
Kevensor said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Vocals
sound a bit far back in the mix and they have a quality about them that is distracting.

However I didn't mind the sound. Killer guitar solo BTW.

DL/8s!
Check out my latest song called Broken Hearted - Redux
blamm said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Vocals
Thanks for the comment...we'll work on this mix some more as we come down the stretch...possibly too much delay on the vocals at times.

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"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Check out my latest song called A Long December (Counting Crows Cover)
alley-oop said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Rock out!
Great vocals, hip lyrics. great guitars. Smokin'

Check out my latest song called rain
blamm said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Rock out!
Thanks! Our tunes up to this point haven't been very guitar-heavy, but there are a handful more coming soon.

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"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Check out my latest song called A Long December (Counting Crows Cover)
eltopo said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
A stand-out track
Top quality vocals and a creative, satisfying chunk of
rock and roll.
Check out my latest song called Gentrification (live)
blamm said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
A stand-out track
Thanks for saying that. Your check's in the mail.

Seriously, though...this song sat half-done for so long that it's just satisfying to get it out into the world.

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"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Check out my latest song called A Long December (Counting Crows Cover)
stevel said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Crunchin' rock tune
Really good track, vocals and guitars are all top
notch...complete with widdly solo. Nice one
S
Check out my latest song called Out of Reach
blamm said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Crunchin' rock tune
Yeah...I love the lead guitar he put down for this song. He sent me the file and it was one take from solo to the end of the song. I won't let him change anything on it. And, as usually, his bassline kicks.

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"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Check out my latest song called A Long December (Counting Crows Cover)
ThatNation said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
This is pretty shweet
This is great for a garageband tune...you have a great rock voice and your very creative. Keep up the excellent work
Check out my latest song called Performance Anxiety
blamm said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
This is pretty shweet
No one's every accused me of having a great rock voice, but I appreciate the compliment and the comments.

---
"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Check out my latest song called A Long December (Counting Crows Cover)
SlimGirlFat said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
woohooooooooo
This is excellent.
Love your vocals. great lyrics. Awesome guitar
yes, agree it needs a bit of tweaking on the production, but
hey this is really a great track even so.
D/L
Slimmie
blamm said 5118 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
woohooooooooo
Thanks, Slimmie! And a great rock yell, too. WOOHOOOO! Rock on! *cough*

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"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Check out my latest song called A Long December (Counting Crows Cover)
mandolinquent said 5115 days ago (June 16th, 2005)
Wearing out my name...
... all over town. That's a great opening couplet and sets
up a great rock song. Great hook too. Good song, fine
singing, thanks for that one blamm.
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
Swanny said 5114 days ago (June 16th, 2005)
Nice Jam Blamm !
Good vocals and good overall feel ! Like it !
Check out my latest song called You're all that I need
juedm said 5114 days ago (June 17th, 2005)
Nice Solo
Nice guitar work. An interesting piece, on the loud side.
From the lyrics, I was hoping for more of a story-telling song, the ending is abrupt.

The vocal is nicely mic'd within the piece.
Check out my latest song called Take #5
AquilA said 5113 days ago (June 18th, 2005)
Solid Rocker
Terrific vocals, as other have indicated. Very good guitar,
rhythm and solo. Really like the solo, but I don't know if
I'd continue it over the subsequent lyrics, at least not for
as long. Might be more effective to apply it a little more
dynamically after the straight solo portion. Just my take
on it though. Very good all around. Looking forward to
hearing the final version.
Check out my latest song called Bounce Buffet w/ Hectorious
Tiny_Man_Inside said 5105 days ago (June 26th, 2005)
nice job
this is the best song I've heard on MacJams so far. Very polished overall, the only thing that needs improvement is the drums - very repetitive. Great work though!
Check out my latest song called Zucchini: TMI Amp Giveaway Soundbed #2
repitx said 5104 days ago (June 27th, 2005)
Wow!
Good job!
drummer120 said 5103 days ago (June 28th, 2005)
good
I like the song. The guitar is a little bit overpowering, but
overall really good.
Check out my latest song called 14 first
aclarke said 5101 days ago (June 29th, 2005)
Channeling Myles Goodwin?
This reminds me of one of my favorite 70's early 80's
bands.... April Wine. Unless you're Canadian (or me) you
tend to forget how good this group was before they got
"popular".

Excellent guitar riffs, smoking lead, smart lyrics and
perfectly executed vocally. Drums don't have enough
variety or punch but you already new that. Can't wait to
hear more guitar driven rock by my favorite band that
doesn't exist :)
Check out my latest song called Right on Time 2014- feat. David McNair
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Name: John Parker
Location: Texas USA
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John writes and records in his small corner of the world over the garage in Central Texas. With a head full of music, the only thing keeping him from flooding MacJams with songs is free time, which he finds little of these days. However, the things ... [see more]

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