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GOING DOWN (to Memphis)


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j2morrow

 Genre: Bluegrass

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I grew up in Nashville but never cared for most country music. Bluegrass, however, is another matter. To me, they're not the same kind of music at all. I'm also a big fan of the mandolin but can't play it myself.

This song is one of those songs that came all at once, which almost never happens to me. Purists, be warned, it contains the dreaded "L" word. No, not "liberal;" I'm talking "loops" here. I found a couple of short, but wonderful mandolin loops and couldn't resist transposing them, twisting them, and generally sculpting them to fit my needs. The lead sounds like a mandolin but is actually me on guitar, after filtering the hell out of it to get the right sound.

This is just for fun; a song to bring you a smile and tap your toe to. Hope you like it.
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Lyrics
Oh yeah, I'm going down.
Well, I packed my bags and I gassed up my car.
I've drawn on the map 'cause I going pretty far.
I'm going down to Memphis, gonna see my girl.
I'm going down to her house and give her a whirl.
I'm going down to Memphis cause she called me on the phone,
said she needed me bad, she was feeling so alone.
So I'm going down to Memphis. I'm going down to see that girl.

Well I drove all night and I drove all day.
Stopped for gas and coffee and then I was on my way.
Yeah, I watching out for speed traps and cops with radar.
Yeah, I'm going pretty fast, 'cause I'm going pretty far.
I'm going down to Memphis to be with my girl;
I'm going down to Memphis, gonna shake up her world.
So I'm going down to Memphis. Going down to see that girl.

Well, there she stands in a brand new dress.
Whatever worries I had, well, they're gone I guess.
'Cause I came down to Memphis to be with my girl.
Yeah, I came down to her house; it's a brand new world.
I came down to Memphis, took her out to dance.
I'm taking a chance on a new romance.
Yeah, I'm going down to Memphis. I'm going down to see my girl.

I came down to Memphis to see that girl
I came down to her house to rock her world.
I came down to Memphis, 'cause she called me on the phone,
said she needed me bad, she was feeling so alone.
So I'm going down to Memphis. I'm going down to see that girl.
Song Stats
Hits: 4438
Comments: 15
Fans: 2
Plays: 279
Downloads: 133

Uploaded: Nov 24, 2006 - 06:08:09 PM
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2006 - 06:13:49 PM Last Played: Mar 07, 2018 - 11:05:29 AM
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Comments
wurlygig said 4350 days ago (November 25th, 2006)
Sculpt away!
Like the idea or manipulating the loops.
Like the breakdown sections the best.
Cool pickin an grinnin'.
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j2morrow said 4349 days ago (November 26th, 2006)
Thanks, Wurlygig
Yeah, I think the creative use of loops is getting more respect around here. Thanks for listening and for commenting. Take care.

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
said 4350 days ago (November 26th, 2006)
Nice!
Hey J...I'm not much of a country fan either, although I like harder-edged alt. country like Steve Earle, Blue Mountain, Bottle Rockets, Charlie Daniels Band; etc.

I like Bluegrass much better. I love celtic music and Bluegrass is directly decended from it. Ever hear the short-lived Beacon Hillbillies?

Also I like Alt. Bluegrass. Ever hear the Blood Oranges or BO/front man/mandolinist Jimmy Ryan's solo efforts? GREAT STUFF! Check Amazon.com for his stuff.

RE this tune: I like it. Nice energy. Good vox. Cool trad lyrics. Reminds me a bit of John Hiatt's LINCOLN TOWN.

I don't understand why it's had so few hits. Maybe the genre frightened folks off? But that seems rather dumb to me!

Hang in there man!
j2morrow said 4349 days ago (November 26th, 2006)
Thanks, Michael
Me, I'm a Lyle Lovett fan, and Hank Williams, of course, some of Willie Nelson's stuff but not a whole lot more. Anyway, thanks for listening and for commenting. Always good to hear from you.

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
said 4349 days ago (November 27th, 2006)
PS:
...back in the 80's I read almost every one of Erich Fromm's books. My faves were/are: ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM, THE HEART OF MAN and TO HAVE OR TO BE?
Feter said 4344 days ago (December 2nd, 2006)
cool job !!
loved your way in singin ...man this is cool job
ye the mandolins felt set well good ...!! the bass
is cool too though !!
well done !!
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j2morrow said 4343 days ago (December 2nd, 2006)
Thanks,
Appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment. Yeah, this was fun to do because I didn't try to over think it--just let it flow and have a good time. All the best!

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
rsolorio said 4324 days ago (December 22nd, 2006)
Great musicianship
This is a solid performance. Tight and crisp. Well done JT
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j2morrow said 4316 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
Thanks, Roy
Well, I wish I could take all the credit but a few loops were involved. Thanks for listening and for commenting.
All the best.

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
said 4320 days ago (December 25th, 2006)
great
I like the flow of this song. I dont listen to much bluegrass but i like this. THis is a fun tap your toe song. great lyrics and singing
j2morrow said 4316 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
Thanks Egobandit
Really glad you enjoyed this. Yeah, I know what you mean--I don't listen to a lot of Bluegrass either, but it is a facinating sound. Almost always upbeat and toe-tapping, even when the lyrics are about the sad aspects of life.

Anyway, thanks for the comments, they are much appreciated.

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
guitapick said 4276 days ago (February 7th, 2007)
Really like
the way the subtle background vocals broaden the tune.

This could easily be on a soundtrack of some movie. Car going down the highway...early early morning...city in the distance.

Cool instrumentation. Really enjoyed this.

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j2morrow said 4275 days ago (February 8th, 2007)
Thanks, Bob
Hollywood here I come! Seriously, thanks for listeniing and commenting. I really appreiciate you stopping by.

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
Joe Brady said 4264 days ago (February 19th, 2007)
I enjoy the percussion
and the way you put it together; nice way to mirror the hooks in the music with lyrical rhythm hooks; I appreciate that kind of writing. Toe definitely taps.
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j2morrow said 4262 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
Thanks, Joe
Ah, another toe-tapper. Thanks so much for listening and for the generous comments. And welcome to MacJams, hope you get as much out of it as I have.
Peace.

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Music is the poetry of sound. -James McNeill Whistler
Check out my latest song called CAPTURE THE RAPTURE
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