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Andrea Yates w/ Jim Bouchard

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From Kelli:
This was an easily forgotten little murder ballad until the magic touch of Jim Bouchard.
The Amazing Jim Bouchard. Words will never express my gratitude.

From Jim:
Kelli was looking for a guitar player for
this song she sang to GB loops and I volunteered. I ended up replacing
the loops in the first version with a fairly thorough real instrument backing and I was really happy to work with her on this song. It's a real life modern murder ballad... chilling, and thought-provoking, and one of the most satisfying collaborations I've had the pleasure of taking part in since I got Garageband.
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In eight years of marriage
the Yates had five children
four boys and one little girl.

Times were hard
nothing was easy down
in seminole florida

In 97' they left the travel trailer
and went back to Texas
lived in a 350 sq ft renovated bus

No one can tell you
how four walls can close in
for years they lived
light and followed God.

But when I was just seventeen
a valedictorian
captain of the swim team
Don't forget
I was a member
of the National Honor Society

June '99
after the fourth child
she started seeing things
hearing things, listening
to a preacher his words
salvation surely bring.

Michael Woronecki
a traveling minister
preached a sermon
about women made
Andrea see the role
of wife and mother
is derived from
the original sin of eve

I was a good girl
I studied nursing
graduated from UT
An RN at the cancer center
When I met Rusty
when we married I was 23.

One day with a sharp knife
at her throat pointed
she threatened suicide
she cried and she pleaded
with rusty to let that day
be their last goodbye.

Catatonic for ten days
Docs said no more babies
haldol they gave her
soon she was feeling well

Rusty would move
them into a real home
November 2000
brought a baby girl.

I prayed and I prayed
I read the bible
sometimes frantically
a better wife?
a better mother?
Lord, can you make out of me?

Desperate days
homeschooling the children
after her dad died
she went spiraling

One by one
took them to the water
held them under
until they stayed

Andrea Yates sits in
harris county prison

Michael's still preaching
under east texas pines.

I saw Rusty on Larry King
the other day
If you ask me
he looked just fine.

But wen I was just seventeen
a valedictorian
captain of the swim team
Don't forget
I was a member
of the National Honor Society.

© kelli king & jim bouchard 2005

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From Jim:
As far as equipment goes, I added 2 acoustic guitar tracks, and electric tremelo'ed lead played on the Strat through my Peavey Delta Blues amp, 2 keyboard tracks on the Kurzweil KME-61. AndI put together
the drum loops from a combination of Spectrasonics New Orleans loops to
benefit Habitat for Humanity and fills/cymbal hits from Drums on Demand.
ragurner said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
Haunting and enraging
This song captures the sense of hopelessness of a woman trapped within
a circle of people using her as a breeder. Excellent job!
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drakonis said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
Nice update
I remember the chilling original, and this keeps the twisted (but great)
singing delivery... but the backing guitars add sparkle and make this a
very ironically "alive" performance. At the beginning of the song, the
heavy tremelo on the guitar was slightly distracting to me
(headphones), but then it sounded good behind the singing. Great
collaboration you two, lifts this song/story even higher!
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caroline said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
powerful song - difficult subject - thankyou for sharing (i think) - it was hard to listen to - just on subject matter - i enjoyed everything else x
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stevel said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
powerful song
Very impressive track, both in terms of songwriting and performance.
Musically it reminds me of Richard and Linda Thompson circa 'Shoot
out the lights'
Thanks for sharing
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said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
Thoughtful narrative
A haunting narrative song. In the tradition of Ode to Billie Joe by
Bobbie Gentry. Good lyrics, singing and instrumentation. I'd like to
hear some kind of cheery female chorus with "But when I was just
seventeen"...as a counterpoint to all the rest of the grim details. The
song is a little long but I can't tell you what to cut. It works well as a
tragic story about a failure of one's values system.
Jim Bouchard said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
Thoughtful narrative
Thanks Richard! I thought it was sort of a long story too and there definitely wasn't a place to slip in a guitar solo, so I looked for something I could cut out and couldn't find anything either...the more I worked on this the more it grew on me.
The story is pretty grim, so I don't know about trying to make it any more cheery in the chorus, that might make it a bit more palateable, but I thought a pretty straightforward unaffected reading would be what suits the story best, since it's something that most of us would know from reading the newspaper.
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said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
Thoughtful narrative
The chorus would be as plaintive as the lead singer's voice. Hard to explain
what I hear. Almost as if the defense was arguing, "Surely, it cannot be the
same woman...valedictorian, swim team captain, NHS member."

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thetiler said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
This is really something
I am very impressed with the words here. In fact it is one of most
impressive lyrical songs I've heard here at Mj, Just terrific! Like the guitar
work and how it ftis so well with the singin.

The whole, is quite a nice piece of folk type musical work.
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Jim Bouchard said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
This is really something
Thanks a lot Bill! I thought Kelli's singing and writing was really striking too. I just tried to follow along and write an appropriate backing for it. She's been sort of busy lately helping out hurricane victims where she lives in Texas, so I'll probably just respond to most of the comments.
I usually find it really difficult to write lyrics of this type of depth, but some stories need to be written, and I'm grateful I could work on this one with Kelli. Thank you for your comment!
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Cori Ander said 4986 days ago (September 23rd, 2005)
Absolute class
This must be one of the absolute strongest posts on this site. I havent
heard any of your creations before, just "discovered" you, but I already
feel you are a lyrical genious. And Jim, one of my idols since before, has
done a superb job! Cant see how anyone could have done it better than
this. Absolute top rating and appreciation from me, to you both!
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eltopo said 4986 days ago (September 24th, 2005)
Utterly CD ready
I loved this track before, but it seemed to get overlooked because of
the stock-loops, which I feel was unfair.

heck, what a transformation. What an arrangement. It's commercial-
release ready.

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macgalver said 4985 days ago (September 24th, 2005)
muchos gracias.
I'm blown away too. Jim really heard something special and greatly
improved what was going on. It's funny how some songs write
themselves. This was another one of those. Once I read how hopeful
her future once seemed it made her reality all the more stark.

A key change or maybe a harmony sung in an upper register would lift
the chorus. I might try to tinker with that. Thanks for the kind
feedback. I promise I will give feedback in return-- What so
encouraging for me that had it not been for those crappy "stock loops"
I never would have "heard" this song. Jim really made it sparkle. I love
the world garageband has opened up for me. I love this computer!!!
lol. And I can't believe what great music I keep hearing on macjams.
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jiguma said 4985 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
Far out
Far out - this is VERY good Jim and Kelli. Love the sound of the
acoustics, love Kelli's voice. Great lyrics, amazing story, nicely
produced - as I listen this is getting better and better. Jim, I just love
your Strat work on this, and the drums are very well done - sound real.
This would be one of the better "songs" I've heard here (and that is
some compliment!). I'm totally amazed by this wonderful post -
thanks so much for sharing it around.
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Jim Bouchard said 4981 days ago (September 29th, 2005)
Far out
Thanks for the compliments! The drums are in fact real loops played by Alex Acuna in the New Orleans pack of loops to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. Not only are they for a good cause, they are very good, played by really great drummers, and not just for New Orleans style music! I did have to get some fills from Drums on Demand and put those on a separate track so that I could match the sound a little closer.
The strat is a maple necked one that seems to have a little lighter touch than my other guitars which all have rosewood fretboards.
Check out my latest song called Big Yawn (Apogee One mic demo)
thoddi said 4985 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
what a story..
It's the lenght of an old Dylan song and has the style and vocal qualities of something from Janis Ian. Well performed instrumental back-up Jim, and you two made a very good piece of music. That fender twang has a little Dire Straits to it.

Think I'll take this along, and put it in my box of favorites - if you don't mind:)

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snowdragon said 4985 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
An incredible soundbed
for an eerily poignant story. Like nothing I've ever heard before. A
remarkable achievement.
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Jim Bouchard said 4982 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
An incredible soundbed
I thought you'd heard it all, snowy! Thanks for the comment.
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said 4359 days ago (June 13th, 2007)
A tragic tale of
how to many get missed, or because of the stigma attached dont treat mental health as they should.
I can not think of a more tragic story than this.
Tastefully done.
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