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a house of strangers



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Most songs about love are about the highs and lows. This one is about the flat spots.
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It felt like we'd been fighting, though we'd only said, "hello".
Are you the woman I married? Am I the man you know?
Is our house a house of strangers? Please, say no.

Fall in love with me again, and I'll fall in love with you.
We're not enemies, we're friends. We can make this promise true:
To fall again, in love again, me and you.

We make mistakes. We wonder how
to mend the breaks in the wedding vow.
And will we find when we stitch the seams
what "happily ever after" really means?

Fall in love with me again, and I'll fall in love with you.
All this reverie can end. Let's make old acquaintance new.
In flame again, we'll stay. And the blame will fall away.
Oh, fall again in love, me and you.
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Uploaded: Sep 18, 2005 - 09:27:32 PM
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2005 - 01:07:11 PM Last Played: May 31, 2019 - 05:28:36 AM
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Guitar & Vocal: Paul Henry Schwebel
Flute: Deane Degiacomo
Bass: Chris Conner
Analog! This is an old tune, but I wanted to post something, since I've been commenting on everyone else's stuff. I'm working on some stuff in GB and will post it eventually.
Mcboy said 5051 days ago (September 19th, 2005)
nice piece of songwriting......well played and well delivered
vocals......the harmony with the flute is a treat.......can't find
much to crtique.......simple yet effective song.....! fanned
and downloaded
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thetiler said 5050 days ago (September 20th, 2005)
Very nice
Like the whole thing, nice sounds bit of that nice James
Taylor feel. Like backround sounds as well.

Nice intro!

Good going

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aclarke said 5050 days ago (September 20th, 2005)
Yeah- JT-like
Really nice song. Nice mix of poetry, music and those
questions we ask ourselves and each other as relationships
progress. Sometimes it's tougher to get through the flat
spots than either the highs or lows.

Very well stated!
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Ed Hannifin said 5050 days ago (September 20th, 2005)
This is songcraft!
This is the real deal! The construction is just right, the
vocal and lyric combine to have that "quiet conversation"
cadence that married couples have...

The singing is strong, emotive, and right. The guitar
playing is deceptive in its simplicity, actually excellent.

The flute is very nice, and the bass (uncredited) is right on
the money. Honestly, I wish just once in my musical
exploits I had come up with as lovely a sound as this. The
guitar sound is deep and warm, but the treble has enough
spangle to satisfy and jangle nicely. The total instrumental
sound has something of John Martyn to it, a touch of Nick
Drake, but then the voice takes it elsewhere.

Great thanks to McBoy for the tip. I had checked your
page some days ago when you commented on my tune
"Mockingbird", but I didn't see this... Glad to have gotten a
second chance...

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paulhenrys said 5049 days ago (September 21st, 2005)
This is songcraft!
Thanks, thanks a lot. I've been writing for many years. Sorry about the
uncredited bass. That was a wonderful player named Chris Conner. I updated
the song info; I'm glad you pointed it out.

The tuning is DADGAD. I used to play some Richard Thompson tunes in my
gigging years, and I found it handy to write some tunes in DADGAD so I could
keep the same tuning for longer.
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TobinMueller said 5049 days ago (September 21st, 2005)
Your vocals remind me of Paul Stokey. Such a solid,
peaceful tune. Perfect writing. The flute instrumental
break is nice an warm, unexpected, almost like a
mellotron tone, very smooth, and works itself into the rest
well. And that stand-up bass is so nice, I loved that the
most. I really like how your vocals are so clear, honest,
unaffected; altho it nearly peaks on a few syllables (the
first word of the chorus, for example) and could maybe
have been compressed a tad. There are moments
throughout in which the timing between the players, and
internal to the guitar part, aren't perfectly together, which
my ears wanted since the writing is so perfect. All the
instruments are well placed and I can see the whole
performance, which I love. Extremely solid tune.
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paulhenrys said 5049 days ago (September 21st, 2005)
Thanks to everyone for the comments. I work alone a lot these days, so to have
feedback from other writers is very affecting for me. I can't tell you how grateful
I am to you and to Macjams as a forum for all of us.

I know what you mean about the tightness of the instruments, and some of the
vocal work. I didn't have much of a budget at the time, and this was a "best of 3
takes" option rather than a "best of 20 takes".
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jiguma said 5049 days ago (September 21st, 2005)
Nice one!
Great song, great singing, great playing, nicely recorded.
Not much else that hasn't already been said. I look
forward to hearing more from you.
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J.A.Stewart said 5049 days ago (September 21st, 2005)
The Insidious Erosion...
of an intimate relationship is artfully examined in this quiet,
thoughtful piece of songwriting.

The content is very much like too many conversations I've
had with friends, confused by the "sudden" breakup of a

Bittersweet... but hopeful. Very nicely crafted --- lyrically
and musically. A very sweet piece of music.

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Doadars Uncle said 5049 days ago (September 21st, 2005)
I enjoy the lyrics. They are well thought. The
presentation is clean.
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stevel said 5048 days ago (September 22nd, 2005)
Warm and woody folk pop
Great song, lovely acoustic playing and very nice vocals. I
also love the flute that comes in. A very enjoyable intimate
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Einarus said 5048 days ago (September 22nd, 2005)
So heartfelt and emotional.
Love the honest, casual vocals.
Excellent work.
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EdensEve said 5041 days ago (September 29th, 2005)
Wonderful. I love romantic songs. Fall again in love as you sing.
Mokus said 5037 days ago (October 3rd, 2005)
Not much else to say...
Not much else to say...beautiful guitar playing...
very nice.
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RickW said 4973 days ago (December 6th, 2005)
Very nice. Wonderful lyrics and the simplicity of the song speaks volumes
about a hopeful reconciliation. I loved the flute!

Nice going,


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said 4859 days ago (March 30th, 2006)
...thank you! I agree with all the accolades above. This is
uncomplicated, honest and eloquent.
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Name: Paul Henry Schwebel
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