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Caroline Knows



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Another of the songs done on my friends pro tools set-up. This is a long, guitar heavy song that builds all the way through. But be warned, it's 8:05. I really don't feel like I could have done what I wanted in less time. I think it seems shorter than that, but I wrote it. I could listen to it all night :) I listed it as Emo, but i would just call it Indie Guitar Rock. One of the heavier songs you'll hear out of me, but still melodic with harmonies and such.

This is a song about a girl I treated really well, who expected so much from me it was crazy. Amazing how insecure some people can be (including myself for dating her in the first place). Her best friends name was Caroline, so it's basically saying that Caroline knows I treated her well.

That and the obvious Beach Boys pun.
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Uploaded: Apr 22, 2007 - 10:06:12 PM
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2007 - 10:06:12 PM Last Played: Jul 30, 2019 - 11:07:47 PM
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mac G3, gretsch drums, fender jazz bass, ampeg bass combo, fender tele, fender twin, old gretsch amp, danelectro FabTone (their crappy over-saturated distortion pedal that I like for some reason), Marshall Guv'nor pedal (for bass distortion), Sm57 mics, cheap condenser mic for vocals, cheap rack mount delay/reverb for vocals (can't remember the name, but it was affordable)
dajama said 4529 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
Love the guitar work all the way though - heavy without overwhelming the melody. Great vocal performance, too - in the sense that broken-hearted equals great. Great pathos, with an edge. The "Caroline knows" refrain is terrific the way it emerges from that rough guitar build-up. Nice swooping harmonies in that middle eight section. And when that "I'm okay, I'm alright, I'm alive" comes in, well, it's stirring stuff. Outstanding. This is excellent. Downloaded. Nice work.
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michael2 said 4529 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
thanks a bunch
i like this one too. i did another version of it thats all distorted keyboards, maybe i'll see if i can find it. thanks for listening.
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Zantis said 4520 days ago (May 2nd, 2007)
Great song.
Like the poster above the "Caroline Knows" refrain is awesome. Good recording. Yeah i would not call this Emo.
michael2 said 4520 days ago (May 2nd, 2007)
thanks for listening
i'm glad you liked it. yeah, I pretty much hate the emo tag, but it seemed the best bet at the time. i really have a hard time with genres.
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buckhorn said 4516 days ago (May 6th, 2007)
I listened to all eight minutes and didn't get an itchy trigger finger. That is an accomplishment. Your tunes are excellent. They are "alternative" and cool yet have a commercial appeal also. Heart felt vocals and real good melodies. Good stuff. Regards
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Dj French Toast said 4495 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
love this
great song good production ! Pro tools is a good program . I still prefer Logic because im bias :) But my friend has a couple hundred thousand dollar studio with PT and it does some good stuff . love your voice and general feel of the song ...I think the length has no effect I listened to it twice in a row and went back for thirds ...good stuff. Downloaded thanx for the new music.
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SmokeyVW said 4314 days ago (November 24th, 2007)

not too long at all - you needed the space to build it up properly!

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ElPeruano said 4281 days ago (December 27th, 2007)
caroline knowsss
What a great track! Kinda has that grungy alternative sound, almost nirvana-ish. Which in my mind is a really good thing. Definitely original, well produced, awesomely written, incredible performance. Downloaded. I hope to hear you on the radio sometime instead of the crap they seem to play nowadays.

Keep em coming!!!
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Heightened said 4252 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Another reposter.
Actually you could repost all your songs to put us to shame. After some thought, I think one reason, for what it's worth, you're unknown in the mainstream is because you don't have visuals/video to go along with your music. That seems to be the musical crime of our age - no visuals, no talent. Really pathetic.
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screamalexz said 4194 days ago (March 23rd, 2008)
nice melody
i like the melody guitar. nice song. can't think of much for critiqing at the moment, brain is sort of dead so sorry for the lack of a meaningful comment.
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michael2 said 4189 days ago (March 27th, 2008)
thanks screamalexz
really cool of you to look through the old songs. i hadn't listened to this in a long time and i still like it; glad you did. kind of wish i had mixed the fuzzy guitars louder though. thanks so much for listening to this one.
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rsorensen said 4170 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
Caroline Knows
I'm pretty sure this is my favorite thing you've done so far. I really connect with this one for some reason. Maybe cause I have a similar (but not nearly as good) song called Amanda that builds in a similar fashion? Anyway, really really well written song with great lyrics - love the 'caroline knows' concept, the bridge and of course the amazing refrain. This will be in heavy rotation over the next few days. Thanks.
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said 4147 days ago (May 9th, 2008)
Here, I must agree with rsorensen about "I'm pretty sure this is my favorite thing you've done so far" (as a full song). This is epic Mikey, great music work and fine vocal delivery. Great job bro. KUDOS!

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ElPeruano said 4113 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
just thought youd want to know
I still listen to this song all the time. :)
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Green44 said 4037 days ago (August 26th, 2008)
I actually like it. Kinda repetitive, but what music isn't. I just wish I could have understood the words.

But for real. It was solid.
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sloparts said 4032 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Glad I listened to the original
Dave Maguire suggested I do before listening to his MJCC version of it. Now either way, I'm glad I did. This is a great song Michael all the way through. Excellent recording with a stellar mix. Love the drum work and the guitars are to die for. You vocal rings true to the theme without being maudlin and the message is one I can relate to on a personal level.

Great track my friend, simple great.

Be well and be cool,

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Nick_Flash said 4029 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
This is great. It reminds me a little of all the Smashing Pumpkins stuff I used to listen to. Long slow build and just keeps going. Seemed like a short 8 minutes to me.
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racerat said 4028 days ago (September 5th, 2008)
Sad that I missed this gem when it was first posted. I could have been listening to it for over a year. Brought here by dajama's MJCovers version. man, what can I say that hasn't been said. The 8 minutes flies by, not an obstacle, it just builds in such a honest and convincing way. Thanks.
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rsorensen said 3963 days ago (November 9th, 2008)
emo :*(
back to tell you to put this song in indie rock where it belongs. emo is such a trite tag for this masterpiece! ALSO, I read above that you have a version with distorted keyboards? Lay it on me!
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rsorensen said 3721 days ago (July 9th, 2009)
back again 242 days later
to post some appreciation for this, my favorite song on macjams. it came up on the itunes playlist today and i was once again blown away, as were a couple of my coworkers who demanded that i immediately play it again. it's a travesty this hasn't gotten more attention and FANS. Great song Michael. You're the real deal.
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magnatone said 3093 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Caroline KNows
i'm answering the call of Ridd - sorry i missed this the first time around ... um .... i wasn't here for another year :). i see why this is ridd's fave MJ song michael! you've been putting out gems for a long time - i always love your stuff!
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Char said 3093 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
aware that Michael2 is one of the most talented people here on MJ. I take it the girl is no longer in your life. You know, she knows and Caroline knows. Thanks to Ridd. And thank you.
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dimm witness said 3093 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
I like!
mike! :-]
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alackbass said 3092 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Caroline Knows
Oh the amazing stuff I missed prior to joining! Thanks Michael for writing this! Thanks Ridd for leading me to it! Downloaded!

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papag said 3092 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
what they said
is right. Just fabulous!

thanks for the download :)
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Corporal Beef said 3092 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
Caroline Knows
Well done. This is one to be proud of. It even caused my wife to come in the studio and ask who I was playing. Very heartfelt, and no, it didn't seem like an 8 minute song. Thanks for posting.
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FEEL said 2298 days ago (May 31st, 2013)
Sorry I missed this one.
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PeterB7858 said 2298 days ago (May 31st, 2013)
Caroline Knows
A fair bit before my time but glad Andrew's fine re-interpretation drew me back to this, Michael. It is a high quality piece of song writing and a wonderful performance. The ebb and flow of the song easily carries the listener along for the 8+ minutes. The Beatles sneak in there at one stage :-) Much enjoyed. Too classy to slash your wrists to. Thanks, Peter.
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