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I apologize for the multiple previous versions of this song. I keep revising it. This has the proper vocals, recorded properly - with me singing into the front (correct) side of the mic.

This song was inspired by a documentary about a man who suffered a cerebral event leaving him with a short term memory of only 7 seconds. The song is in the point of view of his wife, who initially divorced him, but soon returned to be with him. She loved him that much.
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Lyrics
Words and Music by Charlie Chen

You cry ‘cause you can't remember
Home is yesterday
I cry ‘cause I do remember
I am here to stay
‘Til I die

You said, I know your face
I know your smile
You said, Pull up a chair
Sit for a while
But you cry

Have I really loved you?
If you don't remember the love

Chorus:
7 seconds to live a lifetime
7 seconds to confess my sins
Heaven beckons, but I'm not ready
Another 7 seconds now begins

Yes, the candle is brief
But how brightly it burns
And I'll light it again and again
As we turn, turn, turn
Back the time

So, yes, I'll grab a chair
And give you a smile
I'll introduce myself
And stay for a while
For a lifetime

You may not remember my name
You'll remember my love

Chorus repeat

7 seconds holds a world of time
It's time enough to love

Chorus repeat
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Hits: 2948
Comments: 15
Fans: 3
Plays: 153
Downloads: 124
Votes: 11
Uploaded: May 28, 2006 - 09:30:40 PM
Last Updated: May 29, 2006 - 08:46:19 AM Last Played: Jan 17, 2019 - 11:53:17 AM
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Comments
UncleTupeloFan said 4796 days ago (May 29th, 2006)
A new fan
Your songwriting is really tight and a breath of fresh air! Enjoying your
music today.
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charliechen said 4794 days ago (May 30th, 2006)
A new fan
Thanks so much for the listen and the comments. I'll be giving your tracks a listen soon.

Cheers.

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said 4795 days ago (May 30th, 2006)
Touching
Touching song. The subject is one that I dealt with in an alzheimers
related event with a relative of mine. You relay the message well. Good
job.
charliechen said 4794 days ago (May 30th, 2006)
Touching
Thanks. When I first saw the documentary, I was incredibly moved. I don't have any first person experience with something like this or Alzheimer's but have witnessed the courage and devotion in family and friends as a medical provider. These people, like this man's wife, were inspirational.



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thetiler said 4795 days ago (May 30th, 2006)
melodic
haunting vocal and nicely song indeed. Cool style, Wow, I just read the
info up above, incredible story.

Very unique. I am very impressed with this!

Way to go!
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charliechen said 4794 days ago (May 30th, 2006)
melodic
Thanks for the comments and encouragement. I very much appreciate the support.

Cheers.

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Check out my latest song called Sparkles in a Lullaby
ktb said 4794 days ago (May 30th, 2006)
repost it
as much as you'd like. charlie, you have such a deft touch on lyrically
weavng the story with music. your voice carries this well, also caught
some very nice backing vocals in there as well. the backing tracks were
extremenly well done, and the solo fit the tune in its simplicity and
presence.
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charliechen said 4794 days ago (May 30th, 2006)
repost it
Thanks. I appreciate the support with regards to the multiple posts. And I appreciate the listen and comments.

Cheers.

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Check out my latest: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/20605">If Trees Could Sing</a>.
Check out my latest song called Sparkles in a Lullaby
digitalnirvana9 said 4794 days ago (May 30th, 2006)
I told you So!
See Charlie:
I told you you had some great songs in you once you got the vocal
recording down and this is a GREAT song....Very unique. Your voice is
unusual too, in a good way...Its hard for us guys to hit that hi register.
And the quality of the background music, and melody is professional,
emotional, and stylistic, my friend....3 10's and a 9 from me...You really
should see about publishing some of these songs for other artists to
sing....Keep up the Good work. And keep that Mic pointed the right
way!...Peace and Light to you, Norman
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charliechen said 4794 days ago (May 30th, 2006)
I told you So!
Thanks so much for the support and encouragement. I listened to your advice and bought a copy of "Songwriting for Dummies" and am now looking into publishing my songs. We'll see how it goes. WIsh me luck.

Cheers.

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Check out my latest: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/20605">If Trees Could Sing</a>.
Check out my latest song called Sparkles in a Lullaby
digitalnirvana9 said 4794 days ago (May 31st, 2006)
I told you So!
Great Charlie!
I think you're on your way! Best to Luck!....Peace and Light, Norman PS You
live in a beautiful part of the world...Victoria is one of my favorite places.
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Ed Hannifin said 4790 days ago (June 3rd, 2006)
This is very sweet...
Just a sweet song and a sweet idea.

May we all be blessed with such love. To give it and to receive it.

Very clear and simple production. Nice.

Ed
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charliechen said 4790 days ago (June 3rd, 2006)
This is very sweet...
Thanks, Ed. I am very intrigued by the questions raised byt love. When there is deep love, who is affected more, the lover or the lovee. The answer is, of course, both. But in what ways?

Thank you very much for coming by, listening, and commenting.

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SmokeyVW said 4778 days ago (June 15th, 2006)
universal
although i read your description and what this song is "really" about - i
think it's very interesting that many of the sentiments in your lyrics are
applicable to all of us. life is very much a sequence of little moments of
"the now." i came away thinking that i really should redouble my efforts
to truly appreciate my life and the world around us.

musically this is very good, but i do have a few suggestions.

perhaps it was on purpose, but it seems like you were singing at the
topmost part of your vocal range. this results in a stressed tension to
the vocals. i can see how that could be your point, but i was feeling like
the lyrics described a sense of being at peace with the situation, in
which case tension might go contrary to the feeling. (i could very well
be wrong here... just trying to help!) what would happen if you lowered
the key 2 or 3 half steps? it might achieve that sense of comfort i
thought i felt.

one other idea (again, just my take on this) would a modulation
towards the end help? normally a half step up would be typical - but
this is not a typical song - so what if you dropped the key a half step?
that might actually create the sense of having settled into the situation
and having come to terms with it. again, just my crazy idea.

again - this is excellent! i'm new to macjams, so i'm just randomly
wandering around here - but i'm glad to have happened upon your
work. very cool. thanks!
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charliechen said 4777 days ago (June 17th, 2006)
universal
Thank you very much for listening and commenting. What thoughtful suggestions. There was no real intention on my part with singing this higher up in my range. More thought and purposefulness were put into the style of performance. I tried to sing it much more plaintively, with less obvious emotion, thereby allowing the listener to interpret what they will.

I like your suggestion of dropping the key a notch or two. I've in fact tried it. I might go even more and set the key so that I sing it in deep in my chest voice (I'm more a baritone than a tenor.)

I might post some of these experiments.

Welcome to MJ's and keep the suggestions coming. Cheers.

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