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Knife-Edge Blues

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My first serious try at blues since High School. Decided it's time to branch out. Lyrically, this one's for Amagi (may we someday get to jam).
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We live our life balanced on a knife-edge
Poised between the shadow and the light,
We’ll be sucked into a fetid swamp, or freeze as cold as ice
If we step out to the left or to the right.

Well the road between is narrow, as was seen so long ago
By a Man they killed for making it so clear,
When the “truth in love” He spoke about was perceived as such a threat
To the power those around Him held so dear.

You can cast away the truth and call it “freedom,”
Build our castles on the waves of stormy seas.
But a “freedom” built on lies is just a slave’s house in disguise.
Only truth embraced is truth that sets you free.

You can play your power games and deconstruct those of your foes
But unless you build on rock, the fall will be so bad.
Nietzsche shook his fist and claimed, “What doesn’t kill me makes me
But in the end it only drove him mad.

So our leaders make an art of propaganda,
And a science out of messing with our brain,
Never seeing that the end of their agenda
Is a culture that will slowly go insane.
(They’re coming to take me away, ha ha, hee hee, ho ho)

Will you come and walk with me upon this knife-edge,
Walk in freedom as the Children of the Day.
“If we lose our life, we’ll find it,” said the One who blazed our trail,
The One who is the truth, the life, the way.
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Uploaded: Jan 06, 2007 - 02:59:55 PM
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Brian Moore iGuitar i88-13 through a Behringer Vintager amp recorded through Sennheiser mic. Rest is my usual setup: (except I used MXL 2001 mic for vocals), Behringer mixer, Edirol UA-30 interface, iMac G5
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said 4671 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
Great stuff Thomas! Fantastic lyrics. More direct than most of my stuff. The TRUTH spoken in love. Really enjoy your passionate singing. Playing and production are lovely throughout. I am blown away my brother. Yes! Ring in the New Year! Deconstruct deconstructionism!

God bless!

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said 4671 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
...when the time and the material are right, Lord willing, jam we shall!

Be well bro!
Roxylee said 4671 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
Great lyrics, Thomas
It's so true: " Only truth embraced is truth that sets you free." We can talk the talk, but unless we live it, we are deceiving ourselves. Really nice guitar, vocals, and arrangement. Brsnching out is cool. :-)
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ValleyPastor said 4670 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
Well, I figured . . .
. . . As to branching out, If Roxy can do a blues, so can I! :) Thanks for the encouragement.
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Vic Holman said 4671 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
a nice blues
great lyrics. the whole song has that "while my guitar gently weeps" kind of vibe. just don't accidentally cut yourself on bending those strings. :)
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ValleyPastor said 4670 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
That's a good vibe to have
"Gently Weeps" is one of my favs, so that's good.
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Cori Ander said 4671 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
A nice song with scent of classic. And lyrics providing food for thought.
Highly appreciated!
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said 4670 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
Great stuff...
Your vocals are out of sight... and that guitar cutting through the song is intoxicating. One of the best vocal blues on MJ, without a doubt.

Really liked the vox harmonies... that sells the song.... really well done. And you know I could never argue with the lyrics point of view... great metaphor... the knife's edge, the narrow path, and like a knife that cuts deep... "If we lose our life, we%u2019ll find it." Gets it down to the the daily call... the universal call - His knife's edge.
MJG said 4669 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
yeah, this song is good
love the melodies and harmonies. great! guitar work-MJG
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drakonis said 4669 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
True to yourself
Great song, great guitar-playing, really great singing, and great lyrics that are well-crafted and I completely agree with, as would many from all razor-edge-walks of life, I bet. And although I liked your harmonizing singing, I wanted it to come in LATER on the lines where you started it partway in... to get more effect. For example, I think instead of singing "..or freeze as cold as ice", the harmony should just sing "cold as ice", and change "and call it freedom" to just sing "call it freedom"... for some reason I think this would give it even more punch. The wildly panning lead guitar was a little much in headphones, but not too bad. Those are my only critiques, other than that, this is super!
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ValleyPastor said 4669 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Re: True
Thanks for the encouragement. Coming from one of your abilities it means a lot. I tend to agree about where to start the harmonies, but I wouldn't redo them yet. The original's too fresh. It was all just a spur-of-the-moment thing (All the lyrics composition came together in about 5 minutes and I sang the verses as I wrote them).

As for the pan, it was compromise. Less extreme pan muddied the middle with the other guitar part, so I settled on this.
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FEEL said 4669 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
First Shot?
First hit.. Really nice... so your kidding right? I think you have a knack for this thing they call the blues. Thanks for sharing... looking forward to hearing some more of that!

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ValleyPastor said 4669 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
First shot since my band "The Solid Waste" in high school in 1971-1972. lol And I was rhythm guitar only back then. So first shot at blues LEAD, period.
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ziti said 4669 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
can i
please play a solo on this????

very good blues tune!!!!!!!!!

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ValleyPastor said 4669 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
NOW . . .
THAT would be an honor!
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alley-oop said 4668 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
solid blues
very nice emotion in those guitars. heart-felt vocals
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said 4668 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
Good Writing
opening verse chock full of good lyrics - excellent beginning. bluesy sound is great - cool note bending. altho this seems to have no chorus or bridge, it manages to hold my ear thru-out. nice job on the mix! anne
buckhorn said 4665 days ago (January 13th, 2007)
Really Nice
Sweet production overall. Nice guitar playing, great lyrics and singing. What more could one ask for. Listened a few times, gets better and better.
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mikkinylund said 4661 days ago (January 16th, 2007)
Very nice
Like this a lot. Good performance. I enjoy the lyrics a lot, as well as how they are performed. This is very good music throughout. Good message, honest, open-minded, and straight forward. I'm going to listen to you again. Thank you. /Mikki
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said 4654 days ago (January 23rd, 2007)
Enjoyable song.
Very enjoyable listen.
Joe Brady said 4619 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
No doubt,
You really said it with this one. I had to explain this in a university multi-religious class; I wish I had your song back then. Would have liked to hear that harmony on a refrain, but that's just my own glutony. Great sound, made better by the message.
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gregd said 4184 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Excellent performance and production in this piece. The lyrics are potent too. Cool tune, reminds me of House of the Rising Sun in many ways.
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