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Matt M supplied the great vocals. I did the guitars, lead, bass, etc. The lyrics are from a poem written by Dulcie Levene. This was written in NYC soon after the twin towers came down in 2001. The words are amazing, and seemed to refer to the tragedy we had just witnessed in some weird way. The winds had blown the ashes of thousands over my home in the following days, no graves, no monuments. This has always been one of my favorite "USER" songs. It's just direct, uncluttered and heartfelt.

I know the vocal clips and is overamped a little, but I don't have the multitrack files anymore so I can't fix it.
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Lyrics
Last Wishes of a Seafaring Man
©Dulcie Levene
(renamed by racerat for the song: Duty Visits)


Scatter my ashes on the sea
And as I float on crested wave
I want no tears or grief for me
Or duty visits to my grave…
Don’t bury me beneath the ground
No cold imprisoned tomb for me.
Or headstones with an earthly mound
That’s not the place I want to be.
It’s where the winds blow fresh and free
I know that I will lie content
The sea I love my cemetery
The waves my only monument…
Song Stats
Hits: 4828
Comments: 29
Fans: 16
Plays: 228
Downloads: 185
Votes: 6
Uploaded: Mar 11, 2007 - 10:23:41 PM
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2007 - 01:30:55 AM Last Played: Jul 02, 2019 - 12:32:09 AM
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bud said 4547 days ago (March 11th, 2007)
I get the 9/11 connection - days after
we had ashes on our patio table that we couldn't wash away - we waited for the rain and wind to do the job. Well played tune well sung and well received here.
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racerat said 4543 days ago (March 15th, 2007)
Bklyn
Bud, Thanks for the shoulder. A brother forever in the memory of that day.....

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-Philip
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Vic Holman said 4546 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
when the dust settled
you kicked it up again. intense rocker! excellent tones and crunch on those guitars and bass!
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racerat said 4543 days ago (March 16th, 2007)
dust
Vic,
that would be a great alternate title! "When the Dust Settled"!

Ace.

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-Philip
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said 4545 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
intense is right!
the monstrous bass drives this huge dark song - and matt is aces at giving a vocal that matches the intensity. this is WAY good - jeez - what a mood you've made! ya'll rocked HARD on this one. excellent music! anne
racerat said 4543 days ago (March 16th, 2007)
intense
Thanks for droppin' by girls. Props to you and you musical artistry, too. You have an ear for good vox, too. Not only your own, but your choice of collab-ing with sonnyjim as well!

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
Mcboy said 4545 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
really dig
the modern beats meets the psychedelia flavor of the track.....vocals wok fine just the way they are, in context......the choice of tones for the rhythm guitars are tasty....the lead was trippy (ala hendrix trippy.)....i enjoyed it .....and good way to memorialize that scene of 9/11/
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racerat said 4543 days ago (March 16th, 2007)
hendrix
Thanks for the listen McBoy. I can't hold a candle to your command of the intrument, but your comparison is flattering. Hendrix was one of my biggest favs as a lad, and my entre into what was possible with a Strat, a wah, and a bit of distortion...

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-Philip
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craft said 4545 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
good
love the dark feeling of this song... Matt did it right on the vocals... The guitar is great... well done
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echoroom said 4545 days ago (March 13th, 2007)
raw!
groovy and beautiful, Bullet the Blue Shy played by Hendrix, this is a big, throbbing slab of bleeding rock, a monument.

Sterling work guys

Steve
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racerat said 4543 days ago (March 16th, 2007)
monument
It took me years to decide to post this. I tried, as did others, a thousand ways to process what happended that day, and what all my fellow NY'ers experienced. The real monument is due to the poeple who died, sifted and then rebuilt out of the ashes.

"Duty Visits" also refers to the people who brought their hate, pain and twisted beliefs to our doorstep and tried to destroy our spirit, but succeeded in doing just the opposite.

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
Sil-VER said 4544 days ago (March 14th, 2007)
racerat...
I approved!!! : )

Silver
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racerat said 4543 days ago (March 15th, 2007)
approved!
I am honored. Really, HONORED. Love your stuff......

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
Ed Hannifin said 4544 days ago (March 14th, 2007)
I love the guitar on this one...
...and yeah, the bass, too...

You might hate me for the comparison, but it reminds me of some the stuff I've loved from Gov't Mule...

You're right about the way the lyrics work with the 9/11 theme and experience... This is a hammering version of haunting...

Ed
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racerat said 4543 days ago (March 16th, 2007)

Thanks Ed.

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
said 4543 days ago (March 15th, 2007)
Crunchy
LOve the lead, FLows nice along the driving bass and guitar. The singing and lyrics top notch. Has an old 70's hard rock feel. Very cool!
racerat said 4542 days ago (March 16th, 2007)
YO!
Yo! Queens in the house! Back at cha' Ego....

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
jiguma said 4543 days ago (March 15th, 2007)
Yup!
Simple but intense - great lyrics and playing totally in sync with the emotions - dark and sad.
Production again masterful.
Neil
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MJG said 4543 days ago (March 16th, 2007)
Very strong message and rememberance.
well done RR.-God bless the souls,spirits and family's that endured this day in Global history.
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said 4541 days ago (March 17th, 2007)
Heavy
Man, this is an excellent track! Totally reminds me of Monster Magnet.
said 4539 days ago (March 19th, 2007)
HEAVY!!
What can I say that already hasen't been said. Great vocals Matt, I loved them. Philip, very GodSmackish. This is a keeper.
Job well done to the both of you.

Congrats,

Chris
racerat said 4538 days ago (March 21st, 2007)
props
Thanks for the good words. Coming from a purveyor of heavy riffs like yourself, I am humbled. Thx! And yes, the Matt-meister does indeed hold a set of pipes I adore...

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
perceptualvortex said 4537 days ago (March 21st, 2007)
Right on
Really excellent vibe to the rolling rhythm guitar. Lead guitar and singing are really good too, nice work, man. Not an easy topic to take on... I don't think I could make a song about 9/11 that would do it any justice. But I think you did it well here, with the tone of this song.
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racerat said 4534 days ago (March 24th, 2007)
9/11
Thanks for the listen and the comment.

I actually didn't set out to do this song about 9/11. It wasn't my intention. It was just done in that timeframe and later as I listened to it, and the lyrics, it became clear to me that that is what the song had inside of it, for me.

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-Philip
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
ktb said 4536 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
powerful
Really qute extraordinary. Powerful accumulative power. Haunts & embraces. Fantastic job. Love the cruncy hendrix drone.
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racerat said 4534 days ago (March 24th, 2007)
Karma
Thanks for poppin' in. I appreciate your kind words and support!

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-Philip
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paddler said 4527 days ago (March 31st, 2007)
WELL CRAFTED
KICKIN BASS - CRISP BEAT - SERIOUS GUITAR - MEANINGFUL VOCALS - POETIC LYRICS - sounds like a contemporary 60's song if you know what I mean - LOVE IT!
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ktb said 3261 days ago (September 17th, 2010)
Duty Visits
caught this one the Mj player. Straight though to the heart. The guitar works brilliantly.
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racerat said 3135 days ago (January 21st, 2011)
funny
It must have come up on the MJ player just the day after my B-Day 9/16. Happy you enjoyed it 3 years after the posting. Seems like alot of other folks did, too. 196 listens and 136 downloads, not a bad average...;-)
RR
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