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The Road (w/ Amanda Mason)


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ka-klick

 Genre: Folk-Rock

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Song I wrote back in 1981 after having experienced the life of a lounge bound musician playing all the horrid pop tunes of the day for people who mostly wanted to eat their dinner. It provides a glimpse into the conflicted emotions I had about being a working musician and traveling. It wasn't as cool and glamorous as I'd hoped, but at the same time life back in my home town wasn't quite the same any more either. I've always loved this song (among my songs) and have attempted recording it several times. This version actually started almost 2 years ago in GB1 (in feb). I had a mostly finished version but wanted some female backup vocals. After I worked up the courage to contact her, Amanda (Mason at the time) Chapman graciously agreed to help out, but it took a while due to her busy schedule of working on cruise ships and the general back and forth. When she finished she sent me an MP3 (and she'd worked from an MP3) and I wanted to get a better mix, so I asked her for the GB file, but by the time we connected again, due to my lack of persistence - she'd cleaned her drive. She offered to re-do them, and this time I sent her a gb file (and re-worked a few things before hand). What we ended up with is something I'm extremely happy with. Hope you all like it too.

The flipside to this song is sort of represented in the song Moving Sidewalk Life
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Lyrics
They say the road is paved with gold,
and strewn with golden hair,
From the beauties that inhabit every town.
What they forget to mention
are the long and lonely nights,
that you feel that no one cares that you’re around

Chorus:
The road, the road, the road.
You love it, never leave it,
but even so, it brings you down...
The Road.

The ladies on the road
can be a heaven sent relief,
or just another little trap to bring you down.
They are lovely, some are willing,
but they remind you
of that someone you left behind, in your town.

Chorus

The time you serve in dirty, small hotel rooms
makes you think you really do, miss your home,
but when you get back there and stay a while
you remember
why you started out in the first place, to roam.

Chorus

The folks at home can be so cold ‘cause they just can’t understand
what it takes to make a man want to play,
and sometimes it gets so bad, you don’t quite know yourself,
but you know, that you can’t stay...

Chorus
Song Stats
Hits: 5176
Comments: 35
Fans: 8
Plays: 555
Downloads: 222
Votes: 15
Uploaded: Jan 11, 2006 - 08:30:11 PM
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2006 - 11:56:01 AM Last Played: Jul 27, 2019 - 09:10:34 AM
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Hardware:
17" iMac G4 800 for basic tracks, and I believe Amanda's is also that model. Additional tracks (Lead vox, and Slide electric) were tracked on a G5 dual 2.3 - Mixdown on the G5.
Software:
GB, iChat, email
Comments
screamalexz said 5031 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
WOW!
woah i love your voice 3 words into the song and i was hooked and new i was downloading the song! i love this. you have such a soothing voice. later tonight after i practice im checking out more of your songs! i think you've gained a fan. thank you for posting the link to this song.
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ka-klick said 5031 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
WOW!
Thanks a bunch Scream - hope your show goes well, keep working on relaxing.

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screamalexz said 5031 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
WOW!
you're welcome, and relaxing is thankfully something i ussually am good at live.

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Robert Smith lied, boys do cry
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said 5031 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
God-forsaken trail of regret and loneliness
Man, you are milking this for all it's worth. Pathos dripping off a rain-soaked motel canopy. What a heavy heart. Did you play this for your chown-down audience? Great resonance in your voice.
ka-klick said 5031 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
God-forsaken trail of regret and loneliness
Never really got to perform originals in that band, so no. But I did just perform
this in my first fully official (listed) concert in second life. Really glad you
enjoyed it. Come to think of it, you might well have been one of the patrons in
one of the places I played (not likely) - it was in the Minneapolis area that we
were based.

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said 5030 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
God-forsaken trail of regret and loneliness
No, I don't get out much. I would not have seen you. I wish I had.
Leon said 5031 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
I wanna follow the musical ROAD you took, too
Love this country/folksy type of music..very soulful and emotional... yet it
has a very uplifting melody to it ..a paradox that only great music can
bring. A little long, but it didn't make me look at my watch. Loved it from
beginning to end. A downloaded fav!
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ka-klick said 5031 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
I wanna follow the musical ROAD you took, too
Thanks Leon. Glad I caught you in chat there. One of the things I always liked
about this song was the paradox of the way I felt at the time. For an opposing
viewpoint listen to my song "Moving Sidewalk Life" written in the mid 90's when I
was traveling too much.

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stevel said 5031 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Great!
Really nice track..love the deep resonant vocals. The guitar work and
female backing vox are also top notch. This has an almost cinematic feel
to it. Great!
Steve
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ka-klick said 5031 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Great!
Thanks Steve.

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aclarke said 5030 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Wow
I've loved this song since I first heard it in SL. Great story song and
Amanda's backing vocals just add so much more depth to the story... in
an almost haunting way. Like the shadows of what you've left or are
leaving behind. Or maybe I read too much into things...heheh.

Anyway- great song and an instant favorite!
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ka-klick said 5030 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Wow
Thanks AC, yeah I love the depth Amandas vox bring to this. It took a while to
really get coordinated, but I think we got something good out of it. Hope we can
do some more together soon, She's a sweetheart to work with, and does
amazing work.

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snowdragon said 5030 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
Not quite the same
without the occasional "wtf" and "can everybody hear this" but pretty
damn fine Klick.

:)
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ka-klick said 5030 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
Not quite the same
Hehe, yeah. Though, IIRC this one went w/o a glitch at the show. Thanks Snow.

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FEEL said 5030 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
Out on the road feel
This definitely has an out on the road feel to it. A weary musician writes his song, then he lays to rest and the tune spins in his head over and over again, closing his eyes it fades to sleep. But hence a chance of stardom diminishes the truth and brings him back on the road the next day. Great voice and the backups are outstanding. I think they all mixed well. Liked your slide too...nice touch. Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
John
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eltopo said 5030 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
Great track
This is more like it. Great big warm cascade of sounds - the guitars,
the world weary voices. All great.
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ka-klick said 5029 days ago (January 14th, 2006)
Great track
More like what? Thanks El.

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elfdaughter said 5030 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
FANTASTIC!
I love this....downloaded!!
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ka-klick said 5027 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
FANTASTIC!
Thanks Elf, glad you liked it.

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Peter Greenstone said 5029 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
my favorite
This is my favorite tune of yours. The new backing vocals are stellar.
Really nicely filled out now. Nothing critical to say at this time. I just
enjoyed it.
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ka-klick said 5026 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
my favorite
Thanks Pete, I'm really glad you like this one of all mine. It's one of my favorites
as well, and probably why I've tied recording it several times. Considering your
body of work this is a real compliment to me. Thanks.

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packosmokes said 5029 days ago (January 14th, 2006)
Now that's a lonely song!
Great desolate flavor and your voice is sounding its best on this track.
Great southern flavored backing vox and that perpetual sad ride. Has a
hint of Leonard Cohen, great track!
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ka-klick said 5026 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Now that's a lonely song!
Wow, thanks Packo. Love Leonard Cohen - though at the time I wrote it,
probably not. Glad you enjoyed it :-)


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caroline said 5028 days ago (January 15th, 2006)
oh - i looove this!
i put it to one side at the start of a busy day and listened to it at the other end when i had a chance to sit down. put the buds in coz the old man's watching the darts and... whoa!!! fab stuff going on in both ears. it's lonesome trail and howling - in a bittersweet way - s'also a d/l - yummy, yummy - thank you for sharing xxx
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ka-klick said 5026 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
oh - i looove this!
Thanks Caroline, glad you kept it in mind after I pimped it the other day. Even
gladder that you enjoyed it. Welcome to SL btw.

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Nolan said 5027 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Great idea getting Amanda
The backing vocals sound fantastic; you must be rapt with them. Nice
understated mix. Enjoyed it.
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ka-klick said 5025 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Great idea getting Amanda
Thanks Nolan. Glad you liked it, and, yeah, Amanda's awesome. :-)

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selters said 5027 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
beautiful!!
What a beautiful song this is, The beauitful female voice goes so well together together with your voice. I love the Banjo or whatever it is that is playing very low in my left channel, and the gentle guitarstrumming is so soothing. The song reminded me a bit of "house of the rising sun" i cant point my finger at it though, its just an accosiation. It seems like this song is never gonna end, it just goes on and on, which is great!! Ah, now i remember another reference!! There is some Bruce Springsteen in here! Reminds a little of "the river". I always love it when a song triggers so many asociatons without beeing similiar to the reference! You have such a tender voice full of feeling! I just discovered another favourite on this site!!!!! Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful piece!!!!
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dreadmon said 5026 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Holy Lou Reed!
Hunter S. Thompson would write books to music like this. This is nice, you've got a great voice - and the vocal arrangements are really sweet! She's got a smooth and lovely tone - maybe a tad bit too much reverb. I think that the two guitars could come up more in the mix to match the strength of your voice - which is very evocative and emotive. Super-nice!
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HypnotiQ Sorcere said 5025 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Holy Lou Reed!
Agreed
The song seeps of The Emphatic American Dream


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If I would break down these walls ,And shout my name at heaven's gate
I'd take these hands, And I'd destroy the dark machineries of fate

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stacey said 5004 days ago (February 8th, 2006)
The Road...
I love the ethereal vocals. The combinations. Very special. I'm looking
forward to hearing more of your stuff.
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stacey said 5004 days ago (February 8th, 2006)
The Road...
I love the ethereal vocals. The combinations. Very special. I'm looking
forward to hearing more of your stuff.
Check out my latest song called tick tock
gudkarma said 4989 days ago (February 23rd, 2006)
oh. as usualy youre rocking well.
hmmmmm...i never deleted my earlier work. its still available.
isnt it?
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ka-klick said 4988 days ago (February 24th, 2006)
oh. as usualy youre rocking well.
The site changed to a MJ hosted mp3 required format some time ago and any
old URL based postings became un-playable - Most of your older catalog is
URL based and so, no one can hear them. That makes me sad, for, whatever
else comes of my involvement in MacJams, having "met" you and done a few
collabs with you will always rank toward the top of my list. Also, would it be
OK to play your stuff on my Live365 station? I'd love to add your material to
the rotation. I also try not to play anything I haven't talked to someone about.
If you want to get a flavor, the link is listed in my profile as my homepage.

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mvh9591 said 4913 days ago (May 9th, 2006)
Can I relate
Mr. Ka-Klick. This is a tribute song for traveling musician. I enjoyed it
very much. I haven't been on "the road" for quite some time but you
never forget. Nice job - slow and easy - "The Road".

mvh: )
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