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This is a re-post of "Neon and the Night," which was actually the first Dixie Mason Band collab and was originally posted on Coop's page.

Coop wrote on the original post:

Mr. JR Gurner, the Southern part of this Mason-Dixon hook up, brought this piece to life. He plays the Bass, which provides harmonies, counter point and the Color to what had been "Free To Go". While a modern and urban fellow, his persuasive subtlety crafted this remake. Producer, therefore, JR Gurner, who found the way to work with a Blues Folkie, regardless of his Indie home turf. He garnered my admiration, appreciation and respect, in short order. He's a Talent, as well as a fine Dude.

Lyrics are about the same, some re-tracking of Vocals. New guitar and percussion (as it were) to enhance the ensemble.

Hope that it sounds together to you.

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Maggie just cleared the Back Door as
Her Old Heat came through the Side.
Turned East down Fourth Street
Lookin' for a Place to Hide
Hadn't seen Him Recently, but
Too Recently for That
Put Up her Collar
Pulled Down her Hat
And the Wind did Blow.

Don't let it go Bitter
Just takes Time You Know
That's What They're All saying
But Time's Sure passing Slow

Made it to the Highway by the River
Traffic Comes and Goes
Watch the Tug Boats pull
The Barges Oh so Slow
Moonlight melts on the Waves of the Wake
She spreads her Hands
Across Her Face
And a Tear does Flow

Don't Know Why, Maggie
Everybody Takes a Side
They think it's Invisible, but it's
Just Like Ice
Don't Look you in the Eye
Think that It doesn't Show

Aw Like, You Don't Feel It
Senses stripped to the Bone
Their Eyes don't see it
Part of you is Missing
That's All You Know

Ran into Jimmy the Newsman and
Joe The Taxi Cab
Over on McDougal
Havin' Coffee and a Laugh
They waved when They saw Her
Hoping for a Smile
She Tried her Best
Missin' by a Mile
They saw This wouldn't Hold

She Turned Away
And Waved Goodbye,
Into the Neon
And the Night

Can't Say Why, Maggie
It's So Hard to Know
To Tell Yourself
Let Go of What You cannot Hold
The Heart's a Hunter
And always the Last to Know that
You're Free To Go

Numb You can't Heal It
Senses stripped to the Bone
Their Eyes don't See It
Part of You is Missing
That's All You Know
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Plays: 103
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Uploaded: Mar 27, 2006 - 07:02:15 AM
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2007 - 11:23:28 AM Last Played: Feb 16, 2019 - 09:44:23 AM
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jgurner said 4740 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
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Heart-felt tune
Authored by: alley-oop on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 08:58:02 -0600
I really enjoyed this track. I like the melody. Vocals have a down-home
timbre, very nice. I dig the lyrics. cool story. Harmonica and guitar
solos are great. Bass line nice and solid. I think the vocals have a bit
too much slap-back delay for me.
Great tune
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Heart-felt tune
Authored by: rtcooper on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 09:05:48 -0600
Thank You, Brother

For the spin and the Cool Crit.

This is the first song that I have Sweated to try and get right (I always
try, but).
You Guys who can make this Look so Easy just impress the Hell out of

This is the final on this one, but I'll carry your Crit on to the next one.

Best to You,
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Authored by: 13 on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 09:04:44 -0600
This track has real atmosphere.

It took me to somewhere I've never been and it conveyed strong

I liked the slight effect on your voice and musically it's excellent.

As other songs you've written it is so so lyrically strong.

I wish I could convey such a strong sense of feeling lyrically.

Top stuff Cooper.

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Authored by: rtcooper on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 09:30:06 -0600
Say, Brother

From a Stone Cool, Flat Out Painter of the Horizons and Creator of
Atmosphere, that is some Crit/Comment. You Clearly know That Turf!

As you know, it's a song for Maggie and while I'll never be No Kind of
Engineer, if it stays simple enough, it can still do somethings. [I have
NO Idea
how you Guys manage the High End of the Tech Spectum - I just love

Many Thanks for the Spin and the Crit.

Besr Regards,
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From the gut
Authored by: rschletty on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 09:07:28 -0600
Easy-going bluesness. I'm always a sucker for a sympathetic bass and
wailing harmonica. Good vox delivery, RT, although it does seem a bit
separate and forward from the wetter instrument space. Lead guitar is
fine. Perhaps a little too loud in places. Overall, a song that rests easy
on my mind and soul. Great collab. Great storytelling.
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From the gut
Authored by: rtcooper on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 09:36:18 -0600
Say, RS

If I could come to St, Paul for a week, the Things You Could Tell would
out all those miscues in the Mx. Don't know anyone with a Palette that
has more
Colors than yours!

Thank You for the Crit. As this one is final, it goes in the Prod.
notebook to help
the next one.

Best to You,
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From the gut
Authored by: rschletty on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 10:06:31 -0600
I hear you, Coop. Some things are best left raw and fresh. This piece is
as it is. No need to overproduce it. I sit corrected. But do visit me in St.
anytime you're not busy moving and I'll treat you to a monster burger
Hardee's at Hamline and I-94. Part of the routine when cruising the
Ave. strip. The big burger helps to volumize and shape my singing.

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Lots of fun
Authored by: jgurner on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 09:48:19 -0600
I remember thinking just how great this tune was when I heard Coop's
earlier posts of it. A truly classic song. So I was pleased as punch when
he asked me to lay down some bass for it. It was a lot of fun working
on the tune, listening to it evolve. I appreciate Coop's kind words. I'm
glad I could contribute, even in a slight way, to such a great tune.
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A bit of Dylan here...
Authored by: Dadai on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 11:12:36 -0600
in this very American folk tune. I really like this. It is so
comfortable and I think your "talk-singing" vocals are
perfect. Harmonica and guitar blend perfectly. Nice
electric guitar there in the break... nice edge.

Is this the same Maggie that lives out on that farm?

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A bit of Dylan here...
Authored by: rtcooper on Mon, 6 Feb 2006 11:48:33 -0600
A Gifted Musician AND music historian, you.

No, this was the sweet and young Maggie from Hudson Street and I
think the
most she saw of farm life was a visit to the farm where I grew up.

The "sing-talk" style (often reminding people of Dylan) comes from my
octave range, that I do what I can with (no Neil Young, here). And,
Dylan, of
course, can Really sing, with crystal intervals, when he chooses.

Thank you for the Spin and your Crit., not to mention thanks for your
new piece/poetic song, "A Wink and a Smile", which I, personally,

Best Regards to You,
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Authored by: perceptualvortex on Tue, 7 Feb 2006 10:48:23 -0600
I hear some Dylan in here too. This is really a nice tune. It sounds like
vinyl playing in my old living room on a sunny and windy day. Good
songwriting and great performances all around!
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Authored by: renecalvo on Tue, 7 Feb 2006 19:04:15 -0600
I liked this piece. It took me to a different place, a dusty, diry, back
road place. It reminded me of springsteen at his best. There was
nothing new, no surprises but still... beautiful.
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Best yet Coop!
Authored by: jiguma on Wed, 8 Feb 2006 02:23:15 -0600
Best yet Coop! This sounds really nice - love Joseph's additions too.
Great story, classic sounds - take me back to the 70's!! Just love your
voice on this, and the fascinating story you tell in your lyrics - not a
huge harp fan, but on this you seem to have a nice level and roundness
on it. Some slight clipping on the strat at times, but I'm not sure that
matters that much, as what you're playing is perfect in this context.
I really like this!
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Authored by: stacey on Wed, 8 Feb 2006 12:58:49 -0600
Great story. I can see the tumbleweeds in my mind's eye, baby!

However, let's hear that voice! How about taking all the effects off, and
just adding a little reverb. Just a little for resonance? I can hardly hear
singer and I really WANT to hear those vocals deeper, richer, more in
head than as far away as they are. It seems that the storyteller is out of
reach, and I'd like him to be sitting next to me, ya know?

Great song!
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Authored by: selters on Fri, 10 Feb 2006 14:17:33 -0600
You remind me of someone i cant put my finger on. Because i dont
know who it is, I just recall having heard a voice similar to this in some
Vietnam war movie...... Love that guitar lead and the harmonica! You
got a very special voice! Nice and solid bassline from mister Gurner!
Great song mister Hugo!
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Hunting down another great tune
Authored by: TobinMueller on Fri, 10 Mar 2006 06:47:39 -0600
Yes, this may be your best yet. Such a great Dylan feel, and I really like
the space you give to all your players, the strong short lyrical lines, the
easy-going delivery and the certainty behind each phrase.
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Hunting down another great tune
Authored by: rtcooper on Tue, 21 Mar 2006 18:17:52 -0600
MR. Tobin Mueller,

You are very gracious in your forgivenesses (No such word, but that Is
what I

I am trying my damnedest to make Mixes of simple music and limited
something that, even, those of your complexity and sensitivity could
listen to,
if the moment so moved (and, I guess you may have made to the end).
What I
know about Mx, at this moment, you could scratch on a pin-head in
Type, but I'm learning from inspiration/example at MJ.

The Present (ation) of this piece is what I started with in '62 and alway
use as
a base for writing from, but, as you can see, often modify towards the
Seems like that Lead Guitar, who plays the Empathetic parts, can't be
just yet, on Total Gain control. We're working on it.

Many Thanks for the Spin and the Crit. Appreciated.

Best Regards,
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early dylan...
Authored by: Mcboy on Mon, 13 Mar 2006 13:12:14 -0600
when u could understand what he was saying.....hehhe......did maggie
ever let go??........very soulful delivered story....kinda sad but hopeful at
the same time....the guitar's solo is like a cry of pain from the
expressive.....and a fine piece of songwriting!!!
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early dylan...
Authored by: rtcooper on Tue, 14 Mar 2006 21:00:48 -0600
You know, I think she did (let go). I always hoped so. I saw her a few
after she left the Village (time the song talks about) and she was with a
guy in
the Paul Winter Consort, living in Connecticut, but doing a gig in upper
state. Her heart was still so Big and Open that I am sure she got on.
When I
saw her, it was as if our friendship never skipped a beat. So alive. So
real. A
really good friend of mine, to whom I've always been devoted. Thank
you for

I greatly admire your master work here at MJ and thank you for the
spin and
the Crit. It is clear you really heard me trying to tell her story, though
tools are few. And thanks for asking about her - I'm Knocked Out
Loaded by

Very Best Regards,
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Mr Cooper
Authored by: Cydniko on Wed, 15 Mar 2006 13:12:39 -0600
I just took a listen to your new project w/ one of my all time favs,
JGurner, and I'm delighted to have discovered you by this path. I'm in a
mellow kinda mood, abit layed back at the moment and this tune
carried me gracefully, for it's moment. And likely for many others...

Excellent display of musicianship here. Everything was pretty much on
the money. Also, it was a soulful and heartfelt delivery. Great
storyteller, you are. I Iove the way you delivered this. Nice to meet you
and, Thanks - Dion
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Mr Cooper
Authored by: rtcooper on Wed, 15 Mar 2006 16:01:43 -0600
Say, Dion (and it's just ol'Coop for you)

I read everything you write. I am glad and honored that one of the
contemplative and fearlessly probing members found this piece.

I regard the Spin and your Crit a very cool gift from Ms. Fate (you
Miranda Fate, originally from the Big Easy, now in NYC. Some call her
"Commda", but she's just her ol' way, you know).

No, really - Thank you for the Crit, they are the real matter at MJ for

Best Personal Regards,
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Definitely my Saturday afternoon breakfast
Authored by: hrluper on Sat, 18 Mar 2006 13:22:49 -0600
Really nice vocal and bass, and wailin' guitar there, Coop! Like others, I
love the breath harp in there, a perfect fit. Great lines though the lyric,

Hits home:

"Don't let it go Bitter
Just takes Time You Know
That's What They're All saying
But Time's Sure passing Slow"

How fast my life goes by now, but when I was a kid, Christmas was
forever away.

. - Harold

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Definitely my Saturday afternoon breakfast
Authored by: rtcooper on Tue, 21 Mar 2006 17:37:24 -0600
Say, HR

To watch someone you care about be in Pain and not be able to fix it,
happens at a pace that clocks know Nothing about, in my experience.
"Passing slow", here, was that for Maggie, it just didn't even mean
at all, for some while.

Thank You for the Spin and the Crit, (which are the real gift of MJ).

[AND for the TX that you sent. Looks like a new FB for me, FedEx lost

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Definitely my Saturday afternoon breakfast
Authored by: hrluper on Wed, 22 Mar 2006 03:02:59 -0600
I do know what you mean about that slow pain, sorry to take it out of
context. My daddy passed away with prostate cancer, after giving a life
of service to others and his Lord. Just doesn't seem right, to feel that
you hope the time will pass quickly, and lose one whom you love. A
hard time to remember -

. - Harold
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new fan...
Authored by: listen on Tue, 21 Mar 2006 13:48:49 -0600
I like the slap back delay - learn something new everyday. Very cool -
lyrics, vocals and music.
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new fan...
Authored by: rtcooper on Tue, 21 Mar 2006 17:25:05 -0600
As you may know, I Really Dig your latest, "Andy Warhol", which, in
to the Voltage Vocals and perfect Attitude, has great Mix moves Goin'

To clarify, while it may sound otherwise, the only Slap-Back delay is on
Lead Guitar in the Emphatic restatement instrumental. The Vocal,
Sounds like Slap-Back, in this case is Double-Tracked mono, with a
stagger (mostly 1/16 note) and Matrix Reverb on the R-channel. L-
solo, is slightly EQ'd to warm up the AKG and has some GB version
'verb, but
no Delay to keep it more forward and allow Clarity in the Lyric (which I
to have missed, by some). R-channel is Gain boosted to compensate
for the
FX loss of the Matrix 'Verb.

The characteristics of my Vocal (as opposed to, say, the "Crystal" of
cannot carry Slap-Back repeat and still be "readable" (i.e., understood).

Thank You for the Spin and the Crit. Look forward to reviewing your
work, and anything New that may come along.

Best Regards,
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Authored by: urbnite on Wed, 22 Mar 2006 11:29:27 -0600
this is a sweet tune.

dylan-esque vocals. nice guitars, harmonica, everything!

i wanna meet this maggie chick!
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Authored by: rtcooper on Fri, 24 Mar 2006 12:57:47 -0600
But, URB

The song recalls 1970 in the Village. I'm afraid Maggie is, maybe your
age (however, she may have daughters as kind and gracious as she).

Thank you for the Spin and for "I'm Not Here" (your latest), which I find,
I think I
have to say, Ground breaking. Totally Arresting (though i did make one
suggestion), but not by way of diminishing it's captivating effect, you

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This creates its own unique mood
Authored by: futzpucker on Wed, 22 Mar 2006 12:56:57 -0600
Coop, you set a great atmosphere with this track.I love the bass line
talented Mr. Gurner provided. The chorused guitar sound is pretty, and
part is sweet.

I try to set a mood with my compositions, but you have a tool I'll never
have - compelling lyric writing. "Moonlight melts on the waves of a
wake..." You are a wordsmith, sir.

Congratulations on this success, Coop and Joseph. I hope you're both
feeling the satisfaction you deserve.
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This creates its own unique mood
Authored by: rtcooper on Fri, 24 Mar 2006 13:13:38 -0600
You, Sir, are So generous in both your Music and your comments.

I play your compositions regularly, ("Slick" and I sometimes hang
together in
Town) and cautiously hope for a second of your elegantly complex
visions of
the Desert.

Though I have few tools at hand, I am so pleased to Post a piece that
you find
of interest. While it is the "Run what Ya Brung" school of Music, I do the
best I
know, even if it is void of virtuosity, which I do not posess.

With Appreciation and My Best Regards,
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Great tune!!
Authored by: mikey_d on Fri, 24 Mar 2006 18:19:29 -0600
The lyrics are amazing! They painted such a descriptive picture for me.
The mix was very cool. Loved the width on the vocals. I'm leery of
widening things too much, but this seems to work just fine. Sitting in
front of my monitors, I kinda felt surrounded by the song. Bottom line
that it's a damn fine tune!!
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Macaudion said 4740 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
And I say it again... Cheers Fellas! Thanks! - Dion
Check out my latest song called Picture country living
said 4740 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
Really like this one
Something laconic and moody about it. A country-bluesy tale. Vocals are great here, jsut right. A really first rate song. Good job everybody.
timothy devine said 4378 days ago (March 24th, 2007)
Bob meets Neil
A Gem with the ghost of Mr Dylan in the lyric and vocal as well as Neil Young jamin on the Harp.
Great Guitar solo. Nice change to the mellow tune otherwize. Nice addition to the mix.
This is the kind o tune that seams to be a lost art... with all the electonica stuff out there this is so refreshing...
got me diggin out 'Blood on the Tracks'...instead i'll just listen to this one a few times and add it to the hard drive

Check out my latest song called Inside of You
lavalamp said 3046 days ago (November 16th, 2010)
Dylan all the way
Have you thought about going back and fixing the production because you've got a good song here?

Check out my latest song called The Shallow People
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