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Where *do* songs come from? This one is really weird lyrically, but I believe, deep down, that it makes sense. This song is on the Simple Words album by Misses & Mystery. Copyright 2002.
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Left the crossroads, walked the rail
in desert lands, hell-hound trails
shedding layered layers of skin
like a serpent, or an onion.
Suspicion: there's nothing deep inside—
a snake-oil soul, almost alive,
walking days, walk in sin
another step from the garden.
Oh, black wing
Oh, black wings.

Away from my home and land,
became as drugged and cannot stand
hearing voices spouting verse—
a savior's name used as a curse.
Paraphrase: propaganda from the pews
(but who stood by those who'd been accused?)
Waking days, walk in sin,
another step from the garden.
Oh black wing.
Oh black wings.

One for sorrow, two for joy,
three for a girl and four for a boy.
Five for silver, six for gold.
Seven for a story.
Seven for a story.

It's been too long without rain,
throwing bones for laying blame.
Lay the stones, kill the cow.
Find out who's not praying now.
History: Jezebel on the throne
and Elijah stands there all alone:
waking days, walk in sin,
another step from the garden.
Oh black wing.
Oh black wings.
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Rob and Eshinee and our budget-priced microphones, plus Rob's pet powerbook Gypsy.
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Cori Ander said 5176 days ago (July 21st, 2005)
This is interesting! Good song!

I like the cool combination youve got between guitar and
those low strings.

Would have been interesting to be able to read the lyrics,
especially for a non native english speaker who have some
difficulties hearing all the words ...
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eorthman said 5176 days ago (July 21st, 2005)
Thanks. I will try to get the lyrics up soon. Just didn't have time to type them
in this morning.
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Peter Greenstone said 5176 days ago (July 21st, 2005)
I like it. Cool, dark lyrics. Nice mix of guitar with those bass
strings. I dig the simple but cool guitar solo. The treament
of the lead vocals didn't sound too good to me. I'd either go
for a more full sound or the opposite and go for an even
thinner upper mid sound with maybe some light echo. The
harmony vocals really need to come up; they're just barely
audible enough to even know they're there. From what I can
hear of them they sound like they would be good at the same
level as the leads. Sort of a Timbuk Three harmony sound.
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eorthman said 5170 days ago (July 27th, 2005)
Thanks for the comments. "The treament of the lead vocals didn't sound too
good to me." You know that thing producers say about how certain singers
sound really good on the cheapest microphones? I'm not one of them. Gotta
get me a decent microphone. Since this recording, I've gotten a lot better at
using EQ to get a better sound out of our voices with the crappy mics we
have. The barely audible backing vocals were a conscious choice--we
normally do go for a more "Timbuk 3" mix. Eshinee was trying to do a thing
were she kind of whispered behind me (sometimes saying different things
than what I was saying). Then she has the monologue in the first instrumental
break which you have to listen really, really close to in order to make out
what she's saying. It's more of a vibe thing. Perhaps a bad idea, in retrospect.

I appreciate your comments.
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Ed Hannifin said 5171 days ago (July 26th, 2005)
I like the lyrics...
...most of all. The lyrical content of the song is very

The vocals seemed distant and muffled to me, especially
the harmony vocals, and the whole mix is a little dark for
me...Love the last whispered 'black wings'...those are

I think that overall I wish the vocals sounded a little more
relaxed, confident and conversational...

I like the tone you used on the electric guitar...

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eorthman said 5170 days ago (July 27th, 2005)
The electric guitar tone
The electric is just an ancient Ibanez something-or-other I bought off
another student when I was in college ($90) run through a Line6 Pod (the
Mesa Boogie simulator I think). I've really become a Pod fan for guitar
processing. Even use it on my acoustic sometimes to get a clean, jazzy
hollowbody sound.
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stevel said 5153 days ago (August 13th, 2005)
Cool and enigmatic
This is a real interesting, intense performance...great
mysterious lyrics. I think that there is a slightly disjointed
feel in places but it is a very compelling track overall.
Good stuff!!
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Anyse said 5151 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
At first
At first, I felt that the drum loop did not fit but that was
quickly allayed when things came together. Some of the
phrasing, like "on-ee-yon" is a bit over the top and should
have been handled with only two notes. Great
instrumental and the verses seem to hold up with this
treatment. Also, the additional harmonization was lovely.
There is certainly a seemingly dynamically flat guitar
which could use a bit of treble. In the mix, the
instruments are a bit louder and it seems that the voice
and music are competing. While you have done so here, it
seems to be quite common to me in some songs that I
have reviewed and I don't know if this is a matter of
production or "ear." Keep it going!
yankeebriggs said 4251 days ago (February 1st, 2008)
A darkish sort of fun
"Five for silver, si/ex for gold%u2026" Love it.
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