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Submerged Terrain Homesick Blues


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MasonAtom

 Genre: Rock

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This is a remake of the first song that I ever posted on MacJams. Needless to say, the first version was rather pitiful in the production and performance department, as I had just started playing after a 7 year lay-off. This new version puts the old one to shame in terms of guitar and vocal performance, production, and overall energy level. I have also slowed the tempo somewhat to allow for better diction and clarity in the vocals.

The song itself is a study on the Bob Dylan classic Subterranean Homesick Blues. I wrote the song a few weeks after the Katrina debacle, and have since updated it to provide reference to some of the other catastrophic failures of the Bush administration. I have tried my best to keep the phrasology of the original Dylan song, while completely re-writing the music and vocals. In the interest of full disclosure, I did keep the "Look out kid, don't matter what you did" line as an anchor to build the new song around. I hope you all enjoy.

-Mason

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Disclaimer: This is NOT a true Tiny Man Inside song as only the guitar player (Mason Wolak) plays on this song. The full version of TMI is currently working on a few other songs and we hope to release them on this site as soon as possible.
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Lyrics
Cheney’s in the penthouse, pullin’ on the puppet strings
I’m pounding blacktop, wonderin’ what tomorrow brings
A man in the leather chaps, fake smile, cowboy hat
Says he’s “working hard” on that, but I think I smell a rat
Look out kid, there’s something that you did,
The Lord sees all, and you didn’t say Amen
Better jump on the beltway, and slip by the G-men
The man in the bulletproof vest up at 16 Penn
Wants 11 of your sons, but you only got 10

Brownie headed FEMA, canned by Katrina
Response was anemic, botched to the extrema
Police state anyway, wire taps everyday
Patriot Act is here to stay, shadow of the NSA
Look out kid, don't matter what ch' ya did,
Wade through on tiptoes, Louisianna death throes
Better keep away from those knockin’ off political foes
Keep a level head, and respect the dead
You don’t need an anchorman to know which way the bushes blow

Oh, get drunk, get caught, smile a lot and get bought
Cheat and lie, DUI, send our kids off to die
Protect? Disrespect? Shuttin’ down the biotech
Rebuild, resurrect, KBR still gets the check
Look out kid, you’re gonna get hit
By stone-faced schemers in a public appearance
Rove was beamin’ lyrics, but it was still incoherent
Seven men in the break in, comin’ back around again
Runnin’ interference, ‘cuz they got the clearance

Oh, get red, get blue, lying like FoxNews
Hit the booze, take a snooze, close your eye to world views
Demote, misquote, smokescreens and mink coats
Take a stand, get out and vote, and make these clowns take note!
Look out kid, they keep it all hid,
Behind abortion and Wallmart and vague moral values
Rummie, Condasleezy, and a fistful of vandals
Don’t wanna be a fool, you better get schooled
The Press don’t work, can’t handle another scandal


Choruses and moronic quotes provided by Dubya, mostly from the 2004 presedential debates.
Song Stats
Hits: 7672
Comments: 31
Fans: 5
Plays: 1458
Downloads: 194
Votes: 16
Uploaded: Jun 22, 2006 - 06:36:46 PM
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2006 - 06:10:50 AM Last Played: Apr 06, 2019 - 07:21:45 PM
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Hardware:
Gibson SG
Gibson Les Paul
Dean Bass
Mac Dual G5 1.8 GHz/2 Gb RAM
Mackie Onyx Firewire
Software:
Tractktion 2.1
Most of the drum sequencing was done in Logic
Song image from www.unconfirmedsources.com/
Nomad Factory Phaser, Amplitube 1 and 2, Waves Musician Bundle v2, Nomad Factory EQP-4 equalizer, Betamonkey Music DB drum loops
Comments
springclock said 4749 days ago (June 22nd, 2006)
pounds
and grooves....nice and aggressive....killer guitar work and good
production....I like where you are coming from....you have a lot of passion
in what you say....I like that I can really feel the tension that you've
developed here....really really great job!!!! Peace....Ian
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urbnite said 4749 days ago (June 22nd, 2006)
definitely pounds.
this kind of music isn't really my cup of tea.

but i must applaud you in the production/performance department for
sure. it sounds good. it's tight. i like that crazy wirring upwards sound.
whatever that means.

like the lyrics, too - tell it!
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said 4749 days ago (June 22nd, 2006)
Slammin'
is how I'd put it! Excellent tune Mason! Love the production. (Wish i
could mix like that) Those guitar riffs are killer! Can't wait to hear more
from you!
snowdragon said 4749 days ago (June 23rd, 2006)
The pump don't work
cuz the vandal took the handle . . .

But this tune rocks.
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Tiny_Man_Inside said 4749 days ago (June 23rd, 2006)
The pump don't work
excellent. I'm glad someone got the reference to the original song. I actually
have a version of this with the Dylan lyrics that I recorded for myself, if you can
believe it.

Mason

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"Tempted the devil with my song... and got what I wanted all along" - Maynard
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Boris the Bull said 4749 days ago (June 23rd, 2006)
thoughts from the bull...
echoes of Anthrax, a feeling of Rage Against the Machine, this piece is
extremely well put together. i really enjoyed the Dylan play-off(s). It
takes an aggressive genre and caustic tempo and reels it back home to
those of us raised on classic rock.

while not much for politically motivated music, i can certainly
appreciate the content and the context it's presented in.

I really enjoyed this. well, well done! thank you!
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Hectorious said 4749 days ago (June 23rd, 2006)
Wow
This is flat out Rockin!!
Great mix & guitar work:)
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said 4749 days ago (June 23rd, 2006)
Good song.
The mix is really well and the production sounds good. This definitely
has a good energy too that doesn't get lost. It is hard for me to
understand all the lyrics through the song, it seems they are hard to hear
sometimes, but that may not be super important to this genre style.
Overall a good job with a really awesome drumset.
zenythonline said 4747 days ago (June 25th, 2006)
Vocals!
Some good stuff in here, cant quite make ou the vocals!

sTrong Subject point!

Zenyth
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Scott Carmichael said 4746 days ago (June 26th, 2006)
really good work here
This has real hard edges, while at the same time the production is very
polished... it's takes alot of order to produce the impression of chaos...
anyway I can see you thrashing around the stage as I listen, very
believable and authentic... and the writing is barbed, sharp dangerous
and very clever, several original lines... Is this really a Dylan tune, or
your writing..I never quite gt that from the bio

all round great work
Check out my latest song called He Has Passed this Way
Tiny_Man_Inside said 4746 days ago (June 26th, 2006)
really good work here
Scott,

The lyrics are all mine. I have always loved Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues for the stream of conscious vocal style, and I have also loved the spirit of his lyrics. I felt like I could take the "phrasology" of his song and incorporate/integrate it with some music that I wrote. I basically keep the same number of syllables per line, the same structure of 4 verses, the same number of lines per verse, and in some instances the same kind of overall theme - only with completely different words.

I did use one line of Dylan's per verse - in each verse he has a line that goes "Look out Kid, don't matter what you did", and I kept that as the anchor for each verse to build the song around.

<a href="http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/subterranean.html">Here is a link to Dylan's original lyrics.</a>

I'm glad you enjoyed the song!

Mason

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"Tempted the devil with my song... and got what I wanted all along" - Maynard
Check out my latest song called Zucchini: TMI Amp Giveaway Soundbed #2
Scott Carmichael said 4745 days ago (June 27th, 2006)
really good work here
that just shows how good your writing is if I'm questioning weather this is
yours or his... don't you think
Check out my latest song called He Has Passed this Way
Tiny_Man_Inside said 4745 days ago (June 27th, 2006)
really good work here
Thanks Scott!

That really means a lot to me. This song has been about a year in the making - I've put a huge amount of time and effort into it and I'm glad it shows.

Mason



---
"Tempted the devil with my song... and got what I wanted all along" - Maynard
Check out my latest song called Zucchini: TMI Amp Giveaway Soundbed #2
Tiny_Man_Inside said 4746 days ago (June 26th, 2006)
really good work here
Scott,

The lyrics are all mine. I have always loved Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues for the stream of conscious vocal style, and I have also loved the spirit of his lyrics. I felt like I could take the "phrasology" of his song and incorporate/integrate it with some music that I wrote. I basically keep the same number of syllables per line, the same structure of 4 verses, the same number of lines per verse, and in some instances the same kind of overall theme - only with completely different words.

I did use one line of Dylan's per verse - in each verse he has a line that goes "Look out Kid, don't matter what you did", and I kept that as the anchor for each verse to build the song around.

Here is a link to Dylan's original lyrics.

I'm glad you enjoyed the song!

Mason

---
"Tempted the devil with my song... and got what I wanted all along" - Maynard
Check out my latest song called Zucchini: TMI Amp Giveaway Soundbed #2
alley-oop said 4745 days ago (June 27th, 2006)
kick ass
this rips Mr. Inside, great job! Lots of energy. Lots of emotion.
Production is awesome! bravo! Great political statement!
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ktb said 4745 days ago (June 27th, 2006)
rocks
and rocks again. Walls of guitar, I crank this. This is great writing,
playing, and production. You've got so much good stuff goin on.
I am a fan, many kudo's.
Check out my latest song called Blackwater (by Tokai)
ktb said 4745 days ago (June 27th, 2006)
rocks
and rocks again. Walls of guitar, I crank this. This is great writing,
playing, and production. You've got so much good stuff goin on.
I am a fan, many kudo's.
Check out my latest song called Blackwater (by Tokai)
Einarus said 4738 days ago (July 4th, 2006)
Yeah!
Really dig the riffs!
Nice rhythm you got going there, too.

Coool.

-E
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perceptualvortex said 4735 days ago (July 6th, 2006)
Solid
Very nicely done. This rocks!
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craft said 4730 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
yes
I'm listen to Body Count or Biohazard. This song is great. Faved for sure.. The guitar is great... This song as strenght and I love it a lot.. Professional...
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Monkaton said 4728 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Good One!
Good use of the Dylan song. Your lyrics and the use of the voice clips
are excellent.

Good playing throughout. Nice concept, well executed.
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datafunk said 4707 days ago (August 4th, 2006)
665 1
man I'm glad you responded to my thread cause otherwise I would have missed this awesome tune! killer lyrics and guitar, U ROCK. peace.
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DeputyDoofy said 4695 days ago (August 15th, 2006)
Yeah.
Love the music, lyrics, etc. Picture is priceless.
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eleveneyes said 4690 days ago (August 21st, 2006)
George Bush is an ASS
Dubya's on TV right now as I type pontificating his stupidity.
heavy sound - solid guitar tones with plenty of well founded hate and
disgust for govermental usery going on right now.
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smokey bacon jnr said 4675 days ago (September 5th, 2006)
brilliant
This is one of the best tunes I've heard on MacJams. Great idea reworking Uncle Bob. Killer riffs, nicely understated guitar licks. Reminded me a little of Killing Joke's Total Invasion. Excellent stuff.
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Slashh! said 4600 days ago (November 19th, 2006)
Mmmmm, Crunchy!
You guys have a clean heavy sound that hits you like a punch in the face in the cold outdoors. Sort of a RATM vibe. Incredible guitar tone. The rappers flow seems a bit awkward but I think that was a conscious choice to sort of match the Dylan phrasing. Another amazing production.
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Tiny_Man_Inside said 4599 days ago (November 19th, 2006)
Thanks Slash!
Yeah, this song is actually me (Mason - the guitar player) on vox, instead of Huy, who does all of our other stuff. Needless to say, I don't have the same vocal prowess as Huy does.

Glad you're enjoying our stuff. We have some more in the works and will get it out as soon as we can!

Mason

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rovert10 said 4592 days ago (November 26th, 2006)
Bob with burly balls
Yeah like it. Great stuff.
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said 4356 days ago (July 21st, 2007)
Yeah!!
normally, the whole rap and metal thing escapes me, with the exception of the anthrax/public enemy classic, bring the noise, but i like the mix here...
again, guitars a little thin, but beefy.. maybe need to up the mids in the guitars, and drop the mid-bass.. then up the bass guitars to fatten up the bottom end... one thing i try to do in my tunes is to utilize two tracks of bass, use a fat, low end direct box tone on one, and a higher, modern rock tone on the other, the result being a korn-ish slap tone, with just the right amount of bottom..i mean, it is just me... i am not at all knocking this song-- it is killer!!!!
i want more!!!
Honkrite said 4280 days ago (October 5th, 2007)
Genius
You've done it again Tiny Man. I've been diggin' you since the "NascarMiniVanRedNeck" days. Check out my similar sentiment on the Bush Adminstration called "Mission From God".
davisamerica said 4218 days ago (December 6th, 2007)
right then
dylan upgrades! this way too cool gents...i am stomped on impressed...
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