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The Walk Back Home (collab. w/futzpucker)


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This is a song that came from hearing "The Walk Back Home", a beautiful instrumental by futzpucker. The song and the title were very evocative, reminding me of The Blue Nile, and I posted futz and asked if I could work on it. He kindly allowed me to. We sent it back and forth a couple of times and the result is this tune.
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Lyrics
Is there a light in your window?
The sky is turning gray.
The sunlight paints the clouds and fades away.

I guess I'll take the walk back home.

Some days I am such a fool.
I run, oh, how I run.
I run this longing out until it's done.

Until I find myself on the walk back home.

Will I see you standing by the window?
Will I see you opening the door?
Have you finally had enough,
or is this what love is for?

The walk back home,
I never thought I could walk this far.
The light is on,
The light is on,
and there you are.
Song Stats
Hits: 5787
Comments: 21
Fans: 14
Plays: 303
Downloads: 204
Votes: 19
Uploaded: Mar 09, 2006 - 10:30:17 PM
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2006 - 03:34:55 PM Last Played: Jul 10, 2019 - 09:51:19 PM
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Hardware:
Paul: Sawtooth PowerMac G4, MXL 990 mic (I think), Presonus Firepod.

I can't remember exactly what futz uses (ProTools?), but it makes very nice noise.
Software:
Paul: GB
Futz: GB, PT, SampleTank
Comments
said 4972 days ago (March 10th, 2006)
Lovely collab.
Beautiful keys and strings. Beautiful lyrics. REALLY beautiful vox! This
goes on my list of faves!
K.I.S.KISMET said 4972 days ago (March 10th, 2006)
Emotive
As said, beautiful, as well as, sad, sweet and comforting. A very nice musical backdrop to a wonderfully expressive voice. Congrats you two:)
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ziti said 4971 days ago (March 10th, 2006)
beautiful lyrics
to one of my favorite macjams of all time. Very nice indeed!!!
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paulhenrys said 4961 days ago (March 20th, 2006)
beautiful lyrics
Thanks ziti,

nice to hear from you again.
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caroline said 4971 days ago (March 10th, 2006)
thank you soooo much
just caught mr pucker discussing this in chat - wow - what a find! d/led!! fav'd and - omg - voted!! what a beautiful piece of work - xoxox
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jgurner said 4971 days ago (March 10th, 2006)
oh yes
Smooth and lovely. Just gives you a warm feeling. Beautifully warm lyrics.
An all-around excellent tune. Great combiniation of words and sounds.
And very reminiscent of The Blue Nile, which is a very good thing.

Nicely done.
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J.A.Stewart said 4971 days ago (March 10th, 2006)
Bravo!
You've done a splendid job of adding lyrical and vocal legs to Patrick's
beautiful composition, Paul.

Your performance is honest and charming and the phrasing is relaxed
and natural. You've made a lovely melody even more evocative.

It sounds like a great number to close the second act of a musical... to
applause and cheers. ;-)
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stevel said 4971 days ago (March 11th, 2006)
Really lovely
Great collab guys...fab vocal performance and a really lovely tune all in all
Steve
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TobinMueller said 4971 days ago (March 11th, 2006)
Adding depth of sentiments to an already lush piece
What a wonderful duo you two make. This has always been one of my
favorite bits of music and futzpucker has been getting better and better
at beautiful lush production. But the addition of Paul's light and precious
voice and lovely image-filled lyrics have made this track beyond
wonderful. The only line that stumbles, in my ears, is the "Some day I am
such a fool" line, especially the diphthong created by splitting up the
word "fool" which I would have preferred the simply end the line (perhaps
by adding an adjective to take up the extra notes). To add such depth to
the sentiments of "morer" music and a title, Paul your lyrics are excellent.
Thrilling collaboration.
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TobinMueller said 4971 days ago (March 11th, 2006)
Adding depth of sentiments to an already lush piece
What a wonderful duo you two make. This has always been one of my
favorite bits of music and futzpucker has been getting better and better
at beautiful lush production. But the addition of Paul's light and precious
voice and lovely image-filled lyrics have made this track beyond
wonderful. The only line that stumbles, in my ears, is the "Some day I am
such a fool" line, especially the diphthong created by splitting up the
word "fool" which I would have preferred the simply end the line (perhaps
by adding an adjective to take up the extra notes). To add such depth to
the sentiments of "morer" music and a title, Paul your lyrics are excellent.
Thrilling collaboration.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
paulhenrys said 4970 days ago (March 11th, 2006)
Adding depth of sentiments to an already lush piece
Interesting you should mention that line, Tobin. I thought a lot about that
line. I went with "fool" for three reasons (in addition to the always avaiable
reason of "laziness"). There is always tenstion in lyric wrtiting between
preserving the form of the lyric vs. preserving the intention or meaning of the
lyric. In this case, I felt that "fool" enhanced the intention of the lyric at a
small sacrifice of form.

Secondly, I don't like to adhere to form too rigidly. The perfect lyric, if too
perfect, can be boring or uninspired. This may just be an excuse, of course.

Lastly, the lack of syllabic exactness points up the word more, which I like.
You can think of it as a short melisma.

But, as usual, IMBFoS! Thanks so much for the listen, Tobin. I value your
opinion.

-Paul
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TobinMueller said 4962 days ago (March 20th, 2006)
Adding depth of sentiments to an already lush piece
Thanks for the explanation. Just want you to know I love this track, critiques
from subjective ears notwithstanding. Excellent and thrilling collaboration.
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said 4970 days ago (March 11th, 2006)
Outstanding!
The perfect melding of music, lyrics, and voice. Truly an impressive
collaboration here. Paul, you have given a new "voice" to Patrick's
already wonderful song. Your lyrics seem perfectly integrated into the
rhythm and spirit of the music. Which is not an easy thing to do
coming to the music written by another. And your vocal offering nails
it and, in fact, drives home the nail... All together this is a complete
song, and so satisfying to listen to.
robomatic said 4970 days ago (March 11th, 2006)
Just listened in
You're such a tunesmith I was surprised it was your words with someone else's music instead of the other way round. Very nice and 'smooth'.

You should do a song about running dogs.
Mcboy said 4970 days ago (March 11th, 2006)
very
very well done vocal treatment to futz's music........i remember how much
i enjoyed your first posted track to macjams.....this one is just as brilliant
as the first.......kudo's to futz for his excellent playing.......
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jonx said 4969 days ago (March 12th, 2006)
nice!

i like how you stayed true to the style in this song-sort of "hats"-era
blue nile and the long notes and melody-very annie lennox-nice job!!
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futzpucker said 4969 days ago (March 12th, 2006)
Wonderful job, Paul
I would like to say that I was very honored to have Paul approach me
with his arrangement of my song. It was quite unexpected, as I thought
it would be quite difficult or even impossible to put a vocal track on a
free-tempo, nearly free-form instrumental piece such as this.

I was very pleasantly surprised to hear what Paul came up with. It
seemed that both lyrically and vocally he captured the essence of the
original and still managed put his own artistic spin on it. He certainly
brought full heart to his effort, which I appreciate.

I am grateful to all these fine musicians for the gracious and generous
comments, and I grateful to Paul for bringing his inspiration to bear on
this piece.

Thank you, good people of MacJams, for letting this song have another
life here.

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alley-oop said 4968 days ago (March 13th, 2006)
Beautiful


Very pretty, very uplifting. Your song makes my day. Your song provides hope and encourage ment. Very well crafted lyrics. Vivid imagry.
Nice keyboards. very relaxed, tasty performance. by Mr. Futzpucker. I like the very low-key singing and vocal phrasing.
Bravo

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thetiler said 4968 days ago (March 13th, 2006)
Really nice
The singin really goes hand in hand with this drop-dead gorgeus music.

This is quite relaxing.

Impressed!
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charliechen said 4962 days ago (March 19th, 2006)
Gorgeous
Your singing is beautiful. Not easy to lay vocals on top of an already polished instrumental piece. Your lyrics suit the music perfectly.

Thanks for this post.
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mvh9591 said 4797 days ago (September 1st, 2006)
Very nice
Henry, Very nice electric piano and vocals. I can't quite understand
the connection of the lyrics from the beginning to the end however I
appreciate the production and I think this is a very nice song after
listening several times.

mvh : )


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