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A Wise Old Owl

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paddler

 Genre: Acoustic

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I also recorded this while camping,it was a very windy evening which the mic picked up,but also quite cold and it was only after sitting cross legged for quite sometime that I realised my legs were aching pretty bad thus the expicit content.I had to leave it in though for prosperity.The cider warmed me up later on though to be honest I'm not sure really what the lyrics are about - I do remember a beetle in the tent and also wondering how the hell people built so many walls of such length in such wild places out of stone back in olden days.
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Wise Old Owl

('My legs are aching badly')

Tiny is the beetle rolling around on his back
The whole world is upside down again
Turn him over let him out
Cos he dont know the difference only now and then

Tiny is as tiny does a shiney place
A pine tree blown down and every soldier fallen
Writin down this history dont seem to make
No sense to me - a kingdom of water frozen

I was a young man when she called
And I am a wise old owl whose flown

Rainy on the sheepskin coat and rainy on the drystone wall
Our work is never finished
Squawking on a broken branch
The leader of the rough-nosed pack is shouting
Though were famished
If i could take these weary legs across the ferry and up the hill
I'd bake you all a stottie *
But they wont budge another inch and we have
Settled by the bridge and our boots
Are far too muddy

I was a young man when she called
And I am a wise old owl whose flown away
And I'll be as truthful as the sunrise
And I'll see you make it to the other side

I was a young man when she called
And I am a wise old owl whose flown away


* The Stottie
Copyright Irv Graham

Every Geordie has had a stottie but not everyone knows how they came about. So open yer lugs and I’ll tell you.
After their long march from the forgotten part of England young George and his followers were lost in the low lands of Scotland. Weak with hunger and burdened with doubt the people just wanted to lie down and die.
Young George in desperation for his people dropped to his knees, and prayed to his God for help.
The Lord listened, and found that goodness dwelt in the hearts of this bedraggled band. So waving his hand bread fell from heaven like snow. Which the people gave the name stottie, after the manner in which it boonced. Gathering them up they ate, and were filled with a feeling of wellbeing and great strength. Thus enabling them to carry on until they reached the place we know today as Geordieland. When they settled down each week they would bake a batch of stottie as a reminder of their deliverance from the wilderness, and that me geet fondy is the hokey.
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Uploaded: Jun 01, 2007 - 10:13:36 AM
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2009 - 06:20:24 PM Last Played: Feb 03, 2019 - 07:55:27 PM
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Hardware:
Boss Micro BR
Guitar
Balalaika
Cider
Software:
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Comments
said 4463 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
Excellent stuff!
typing as I listen again.......this makes me homesick...the rolling tobacco,
bottle of cider...a wee walk down the hill into town for a fish supper with a white puddin on the side. Great song...fine lyrics.
This has inspired me to head for the hills with my guitar and my tent.
Thanks.
paddler said 4463 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
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THANKS Sir Smells,your presence in these parts is new to me I have to be off to work just now but at a brief glance at your page such curious titles as 'Clangers on acid' befell my eye - so I am certain to be sailing around your territory very shortly!

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TobinMueller said 4463 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
Campfire stories
Really nice. Consider adding more soloing in the instrumental parts, or a version that includes you telling the backstory over them with your authentic accent? I like the story and it might add a sweet layer of campfire storytelling to it all.
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paddler said 4463 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
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I've always got stuck on accents,I dont think I've evr recorded anything in my own which is Staffs or more specifically Birmingham i.e Ozzy Osbourne.Maybe one day.. I'd like to do more soloing except I'm not much good on a guitar,maybe thats where I could/should collaborate more.Thanks Tobin - very appreciated

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said 4463 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
Campfire songs....
were never this good. The spontaneity feel in this song of yours is endearing and, of course, very enjoyable. A precious song... intimate, playful, and so very melodic. We need more. Thanks.
paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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Thanks Dadai - aaah the glowing embers are what I like staring into when night draws in.Great for burgers too and the odd ghost story.Oh yeah and to keep warm when you dont have a bed.

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said 4463 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
excellent.
this has such an impromptu feel to it.
yet, it has such a clarity to it. for recording this outside while camping, it sounds pretty good, at that!
lovely guitar piece with your voice carrying it along nicely. good job!

paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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Faelin thanks - impromptu is the word.I never realised how quickly you get pins and needles when sitting cross legged in a tent,trying to stay somwhere near the mic.The balalaika thingumy is awkward too cos they have to wedge between your knees I think at one point my head was flat against the floor.Mad but enjoyable

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said 4463 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
RUSTIC
CAMPFIRE FEEL TO IT, WILD COUNTRY BLUE THATS WHY I LIKE IT
paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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Next time I'll try and get one by the fire itself - guess that would make some crackles.THANKS TOM

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Vic Holman said 4463 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
over the hills and far away
cool tune, playing, singing and out in the forest yet... and a tent for a recording studio. heck why not, it works.

Good to hear Richard!
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paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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Thanks Vic - keep the flag flying

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peacepiano said 4463 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
Elements
The elements are no obstacle for your music making. Your lyrics are always special. Makes me want to taste a stottie. Thanks for sharing.
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thetiler said 4462 days ago (June 2nd, 2007)
Paddler
You have a tremendous gift of using folk chords and singing so melodically. Then putting nice acoustic backrounds.
Your folkish bounce you have is really catchy.

You make it a pleasure to hear folk!

WAy to go!
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paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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Its weird I go off on phases off writing in loads o styles but folk feels like home.I especially prefer to hear it outdoors than the whole rave electronica thing though that can be good to at a festival with some good lighting and the right narcotics.Thanks Tiler your avatar is a friendly one!

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racerat said 4461 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
richard
So, I finally know your name. No more calling you "pad". Played t9is tune 3 times while reading your life story on your bio page. This is a gorgeous piece. I love the lyrics, progessions---old or not, I love the chords too. I have progessions like that, that are just so beautiful they just keep coming back and you can put them on like a warm sweater when you need to, and they can accompany new words that you need to release. I had to get caught up on your stuff, been away for a while, just listened to "River". but this is my fav.
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paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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Thanks racerat - I've got a lot of old sweaters - they come in handy when its cold.I know what you mean - I'm catching up with replying to these comments as I speak!!

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guitapick said 4461 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
Very happy...
...to be hearing your music again, paddler.

Poetry to music...
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paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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you are a scholar and a gent sir!! Thanks

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Monkaton said 4461 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
IndaWoods
What a soft gentle melody. I like your lyrics and the melody fits very well.

I wouldn't change anathin'.
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paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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in the woods - yep that weirdo is me - thanks monkaton

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Feter said 4459 days ago (June 5th, 2007)
very nice !!
your singin so nice ...enjoyed
the words as well .ye the feelin
of the campfire ..just awesome !

Balalaika ????? realy ?

peace !!
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paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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Yeah Balalaika its a completely weird looking thing basically a triangle on a stick with the strangest tuning I ever came across so I just change the tuning to suit.Dunno how long before I get tired of the jangly sound but its become quite a friend recently,thanks feter

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Cori Ander said 4459 days ago (June 5th, 2007)
Completely beautiful
A completely beautiful piece.. What I dig the most is the mood of it.. Nothing less and it is not easy for me to say many wise word about it .. just the mood..
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paddler said 4458 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
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Thanks cori the mood was very serene - just to have peace and quiet which in the words of bob dylan 'I had known for so long i can't remember what its like' - roll on the summer holidays I say!

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stevel said 4441 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
TImeless folk feel
Great singing and guitar work...and the Balaliaka is a nice sonic additon too. This has a timeless folk feel to it...I can imagine the cast of the Wicker Man dancing to this (let's not get into that Britt Ekland scene right now!)
Cheers
Steve
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paddler said 4441 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
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hey thats a great comment - personally i wouldn't mind getting into that Britt Ekland scene right now - its beautiful,but always intrigues me that they had to get a pole dancer in to do the bit where she slaps her ass,cos Britt couldnt do it - theres a tame bit of imagery anyway,but i feel better for it

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Jarvoid said 4162 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
Tent Studio
How big was this tent?...A great folky song thingy I liked it a lot and I also have struggled with a Balalaika so I know exactly where you're at with that mon ami...

Jarvo
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Jarvoid said 4162 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
PS
The download button has fallen off!!?

Jarvo
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paddler said 3850 days ago (February 3rd, 2009)
download button
has just snapped back on again - momentary obsession with owls (-: thank you - Rich
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