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A song about a stripper I saw at my bachelor party a long, long time ago (really honey, I swear). Rock and Roll is a dirty business, but somebodies got to do it. Lyrics by Matt M, music by me. I sang and performed everything on this one.
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Raven
© 2007 Racerat & SonnyJim

She’s walkin’ down the runway
Lookin’ like she’s ten years old
She’s taken all of my money
Leavin’ me with nothin’ to hold

Raven, why’d you have to leave me?
Raven, why’d you have to go?

Married her so young at sixteen
Stayed together a while
Now she’s gone to the city
And someone else gets her smile

Last time I slipped her five
To do a little dance on the pole
Came alive when I touched her thigh
And after that she was cold

Raven, why’d you have to leave me?
Raven, why’d you have to go?

I’d cut off my hands, if you’d only come back
I’d undo all of my plans, if you’d only come back
I’d cut off my legs, if you’d only come back to me
I’d cut myself to pieces for you baby

Raven says it’s temporary
All this shakin’ her ass
She said, why do it for free
When I can do it for cash

Raven, why’d you have to leave me?
Raven, why’d you have to go?
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Comments: 48
Fans: 21
Plays: 282
Downloads: 183
Votes: 12
Uploaded: Jun 02, 2007 - 08:22:10 PM
Last Updated: May 08, 2010 - 10:52:39 PM Last Played: May 15, 2019 - 12:29:51 PM
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said 4372 days ago (June 2nd, 2007)
Ok I hear the difference!
Wow yes a better mix! kick ass my friend, that mustve been one sexy Raven for her to inspire this nitty gritty rock! fast race car rock!
racerat said 4371 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
redux
Tom,
Thanks for coming back after the repost fiasco. Yes, the mix is much better, the first one was a mistake and when I listened to it to be sure it posted OK, I was horrified. glad you liked.

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-Philip
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paddler said 4372 days ago (June 2nd, 2007)
magnificent!
Its great! When the backing vocals came in with that low 'Raven' near the end I was about to go mental.I reckon if you did this live it would be good to continue that backing line on like a chant and then launch into a colossal solo returning to the chorus.But thats just an extended EP in my head,that I'm hearing you doing while I'm carrying on typing even though the song has finished:- Excellent
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
reprise
I LOVE that idea! A big rip roarin reprise after a long moaning chant of Raven- painfully wanting....then BLAM back in your face.....I may try it later....;-)
Philip

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-Philip
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cjdaley said 4371 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
good ol'
rock'n'roll that shakes it like it talks it. As usual the artwork is great, too.
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
cj
Thanks cj. The artwork is from a USER CD cover (my coalition of the willing). A grand total of 6 were pressed....;-)

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-Philip
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echoroom said 4371 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
Lust!
Hi Phil - great to have a new track from you - this is a great dirty slab of lustful rock n roll, down n dirty, reminds me (a little) of INXS at their best.

Did I mention this is dity???

Great mix, real clarity on eveything - the vocals up front, but everything else nicely placed. Feck, how do you achieve this in Pro ... I'm nowhere near this quality??!!

Great stuff, nice and pumping!

Oh, that sounds dirty too ...

Steve
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
"pumping dirty dity"
That's gonna be the name of my next song!

Hope you get as much out of those mastering articles I sent. Music Tech is a UK mag, you should get it! It's amazing! It's $160/yr here in the US (ouch), but it's gotta be lees where you are! I've been working my ass off mixing lately. Learning a lot by being around here and listening to what I admire, dissecting it as to why, etc. I've been at this music thing for 30 years and counting now. Untold years on a Yamaha 4-track to prepare me for Bias Deck and then Logic Pro, and learning more every day. I love it. Thanks for listening.

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-Philip
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Ed Hannifin said 4371 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
This is CRISP....
...and it rocks like crazy....

The drums and the guitars are remarkably tight and hard-hitting...

There's a nod to David Lee Roth in some bits of the vocal...

I love the lead guitar...

My only nit, as a lyric writer, would be: this song is hooky as heck, really very catchy, and I think it would stay in the head better with a stronger lyrical hook...

Always a pleasure, Philip. Let's see...usually you post in threes....

Ed
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
lame
Yeah, I know the lyrics are a little lame, even for my standards (LOL!). They were actually written ad lib/ tape rolling when we originally recorded the song 7-8 years ago. I had heard it so many time before I re-did it, I couldn't bear to change them.....

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-Philip
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said 4371 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
Griity and groovin
Man this is rockin the bass is just moovin and the Vox is right on .. Greatness!!!!!
racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
ego
Thanks ego. I can't keep up with you though man. You put up a new song like-every freakin day! The notification emails just roll in!

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-Philip
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lavalamp said 4370 days ago (June 4th, 2007)
Great job
Excellent song. Great lyrics Matt. Also, great singing. You two seem to work well together.
Just an ass-kicking song men.
Can't say enough!
LL
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
nothing
Lava,
Just listened to "nothing" your new song. Now that is a rocker. Well done. Keep 'em coming....

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-Philip
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said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
Very Strong
I especially like the guitars, vocals and overall mix.
racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
Thx
Thanks Bill!

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-Philip
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apb said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
Rockin'

firstly I also think the mix of everything is very good.
Crisp is the word - very tight playing too. Singing suits the music perfectly. Overall I think Pearl Jam, with touches of Nirvana. Guitar solo is awesome, love the nice expressive wah usage, (you should hear me with my wah .. terrible lol). Nits: I agree with Ed that at times I thought it lacked a bit more hookiness in the lyrics and something jarred with the repetition of the "cut my legs off" and other cutting towards the end.

I'd also re-look at the opening which is played fine but seems just too crisp & stark for the quite flamboyant song that follows. Perhaps use some wah on the opening guitar (and leave the bass out at first), bring the second in as is and bring the bass in with the drums. Perhaps a bit cliched - but does work for these types of songs IMO.

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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
"these types of songs"
you make it sound so "dirty"....;-)

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-Philip
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Mcboy said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
solid
mix......rippin solo.....fullblooded rock n roll.....its a winner.......is it a track on a forthcomming cd?...peace....
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
CD
Thanks for stopping in Mc. No CD I'm afraid, no delusions of stardom here. The audience I have at MacJams is bigger than I 've had my whole life (except maybe the hardcore shows I played in Art School), so I'm happy as is. But thx for the props!

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-Philip
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five_extra_arms said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
Cut To Pieces
Rockin tune, Philip! Your voice is just amazing and the rhythm section is aces. That lead guitar smokes. I'd cut off one of my extra arms to play like that.

This is another stellar Raven song posted here. Tom Wounded's Raven's and Crows is another brilliant Raven song.

Thanks for sharing! Fav'd and DL'd
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mikkinylund said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
Rave for Raven
Nice!!! This is a kick a** song! Have nothing to complain about, it sits, the guitar, the vocal, the solo, everything! Dl'd for the next party. /Mikki
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
party
Thanks Mikki,
I love thinking that this would be played at a party in Europe. If it ever happens, let me know how people react, THAT would be interesting....

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-Philip
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timothy devine said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
hey phil
almost knocked me over.
The opening guitar rocks.
The solo is cooking.
The Bose speakers are put to good use here as the mix is very up front and where it should be for a rockin tune.

I am huge fan of guitar songs from the old days when the guitar riff drove the whole sound and this fits that bill. Nice work.
Love a guitaar tune with a guitar solo, man
thats what i'm saying...
rock on
great work


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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
I agree
Amen Tim,

Guitar, guitar, guitar, loud guitar, more guitar, then guitar solo, then even more guitar, wah-wah, acoustic strum strum, then guitar, louder guitar then end it.

A perfect day.

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-Philip
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Monkaton said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
Great Wah-Wah Lead
I'm not a big fan of the wah-wah sound, but you did it with this lead.

I also like your drums, lyrics, and singing a lot. The rhythm guitar is good as well as the bass.

I also like that you did a middle 8 (or bridge) just before the lead.

Good song and well recorded.
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
email
Monk,
Thx for the personal email and critique. I truely appreciate it when people actually say what they mean here, rather than just blowing smoke. Comments well taken Cheers...

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-Philip
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Dj French Toast said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
solid
this is an all around good song . sounded great and love the feel. nice job bro. :)
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
back acha
Just got hipped to your stuff DJ, I'm listenin to Hotter N Lava right now as I write this. Now THAT is a rippin song. Really great production and the lyrics are crackin me up....MORE fire!

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-Philip
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ktb said 4367 days ago (June 7th, 2007)
oooh
I love this. Very gritty. The guitars of the streets. Overall a really hip eclectic sound. Supa job on the vocals. Sort of emulates that electric current that permeates those types of places, not that I've ever been in one. KA approved
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racerat said 4367 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
that's what I'm told.
LOL!

Me either, all I know about those type of places is what I've been told. Really.

No Really.

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-Philip
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***itiswotitis*** said 4366 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
Raven is HOT
very good sound you have ... rocking vocals and nice production...
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Feter said 4366 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
cool rockin' !!
this is very cool .... raven .Why d have to go !!!

the guitars effects remind sme of lenny kravits
which I adore alot !!

rock on !!!!

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racerat said 4366 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
hey
Feter,
Thanks for dropping in. It's always nice to see a new face on my pages. I'll have to check out your stuff, at a glance it seems you've been here a while. Thanks for the props on Lenny. I like his direct guitar style, not too tricked-up.

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-Philip
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said 4366 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
Smooth Rocker!
There is a "Steve Miller" quality to your vox and playing. Makes me want to pullout the "funny cigarettes" and crank it up!! Bring's me back to my younger days. I like the version MUCH better!

Great Job! Favin'
racerat said 4366 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
younger days
Anything that brings me back to my younger days is OK by me!

PS: I saw some of your posts about the MJ legal agreements in the newsgroups. Don't get too worried about it. I do a lot of artists rights and intellectual property rights stuff with my job. If MJ (or anyone else) stole and profited off your stuff, basic copyright law has you completely covered and you could sue thier pants off for damages and re-imbursement.

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-Philip
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michael2 said 4366 days ago (June 8th, 2007)
hey
this isn't my area of expertise at all; but it sounds really good. your voice, the cool wah wah solo, it's totally hooky yet rocks. i should really work on my production techniques, but i like writing too much (the old lie was: i should really practice my guitar more, but I like writing too much). good job.
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Youra said 4365 days ago (June 9th, 2007)
Excellent%u2026
%u2026 as usual, Racerat. Love the voice, guits, everything. Keep on doing your great music, man.
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MJG said 4365 days ago (June 9th, 2007)
Hey Phillip
This really well put together. Very cool tune, love the toughness and feel. Excellent sound, story, and music.
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Scott Carmichael said 4354 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
Hi Philip
I didn't ignore your note... I've been away for 3 weeks... so I'm catching up... your vox here are professionaly outstanding... great straight ahead rock... solid guitar work and producing... your definately a savy songcrafter
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said 4309 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Nice!
Dude, finally I've gotten around to catching up on the forum, I like the song alot, the intro riff is great, very catchy rock. Extremly well mixed as well, I think the coda is something that stands out too me, really like the progression. The wah on the solo went off as well, I love a good wah solo. Are you doing backup vocals as well?
racerat said 4308 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
ruef!
Hey Man! Glad to see you're back. Yeah, the backing vox are me as well. Glad you liked. I'm (obviously) a sucker for wah lead, too. Some hate the wah, but I choose to call the wah my friend. Looking forward to hearing your new stuff!
Philip

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Heightened said 4222 days ago (October 30th, 2007)
Raven
This song is outstanding! And fantastic gutar playing!
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Drew Kopr said 4203 days ago (November 18th, 2007)
Great song!
God, I love strippers.
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racerat said 4201 days ago (November 20th, 2007)
yup
Thx dude.
I write music for what I am passionate about....;-)
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Nick_Flash said 4177 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Cool Song
The intro is great. When the drums kick in everthing just flows perfect.
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Fourth Window said 4154 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
wow
this song is fuckin great sorry for swearing but i do that when i get excited this is one kick ass song man you know your shit I love this alot and sorry for taking awhile on getting to this been busy working peace
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alackbass said 2844 days ago (August 8th, 2011)
Raven
Now that's rock n' roll to the bone!
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