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Freedom By Degrees



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My 'Iraq' song. Well, everyone should have one!

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Freedom By Degrees
(by Phil Dolby ©2007)

They had no money left
‘Cos they spent it all on the war
I used to think that they had a point
I don’t think that anymore
They had no ideas left
That was so plain to see
They abandoned their principles
They abandoned diplomacy
So don’t let them sell you
Untruths to convince you
Don’t let them lie through their teeth
And don’t let them take away your freedom
Degree, by degree, by degree
They had no strategy
It was flawed to the rotten core
With the thinkers all scratching heads
In their desert home from home
They had no allies left
Just the same old two or three
So I’m starting to wonder
What the whole damn point has been
(repeat chorus)
They tried to introduce ideas of liberty
They’re still enchanted by their version of democracy
But the problem with freedom is...
It takes a little time to grow
It doesn’t just happen on
The presidents say so
George Orwell made the point in 1984
Bad leaders like to keep us on the brink of war
So they invent a threat
Just to keep us on our toes
It’s the oldest trick in the book
It’s the way the story goes...
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Uploaded: Jul 05, 2007 - 01:56:49 PM
Last Updated: Jan 18, 2009 - 01:34:52 PM Last Played: Jun 15, 2019 - 03:30:56 PM
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echoroom said 4365 days ago (July 5th, 2007)
protest until it hurts
Great opening, love the guitar on this, sweet build-up in the verse, and a really unexpected chorus. the horns work rteally well - its a surprise, but works really. Nice vocals - not overwrought, but direct and honest. This has an REM feel to me, which I love.

Great track man.

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craft said 4364 days ago (July 5th, 2007)
hell ye
You are right!!! The chorus is very catchy. I'm with echoroom about the REM feel... GReat performance on a great song!!!
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bobnisbet said 4364 days ago (July 5th, 2007)
Excellent Political Song
Fine intro, lyrics, ending a little abrupt for my tastes. I could see making an anti-Republican video to this for the 2008 elections with your permission!

Good work!

dolby said 4364 days ago (July 6th, 2007)
You have my permission.... and maybe get REM to do a proper version - for a higher profile??? Just a thought...

Thanks for the comment, it's appreciated


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racerat said 4359 days ago (July 10th, 2007)
raise your fist!
Great jangly protest song. Really unexpected and punchy-fun chrous and verse. Cool hooks, really catchy. I love the backing vox, you could use more harmony parts on the tail ends (?) of the lyric lines. That could be fun. Great song. fav'd! downloaded!
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dolby said 4359 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
And again....
...cheers. I was never too happy with the vox on this track - expecially in the first verse where I think I'm a bit flat. I get a bit more agressive as the song goes on, which works. I agree that there could be quite a bit of development with the vox in general -

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Sudra said 4356 days ago (July 14th, 2007)
What needs to be repeated......
I'm a political junkie so I'm all for protesting the leadership void we've been suffering for six years now. Good lyrics and I like the Bare-Naked-Ladies-ish chorus (that's who it reminds me of anyway). I agree with bobnisbet though, the ending is too abrupt. Maybe tag it with a "I'm the decider" quote? ; )
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Jim Bouchard said 4299 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
What's that sound?
Interspersed with the guitar lead, it sounds like a string squeak amplified a bit... It's a little distracting. It might be part of the guitar part, but I would duck down the volume on that, if it was me. Very bright sounding, and the vocal is a little buried. But all-in-all it's a pretty cool song, great hook in the chorus. A little more breathing room at the end would be good. It sounds like you cut the tape with a scissors. Maybe a reverb tail trailing off would be enough.
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dolby said 4299 days ago (September 9th, 2007)
Ha ha....
...you spotted it!

That will be the squeek that makes my wife's teeth grit every time she listens to it!

Seriously, this was one of my first recordings and it was a one take guitar line (that worked, and stayed) that is cut up and repeated through the song (hence why the squeek is repeated as well!). I think it would be a simple job to get rid of that.

This is one of the songs due for a remix. I've never been happy with the vox (I'm sure I'm flat in the first verse), and the guitars are a bit weedy. I kind of like the abrupt ending, but it could easily be changed:-))

Thanks for commenting Jim

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Heightened said 4221 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Freedom Degrees
Perfect! Loved it from beginning to end!!!
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davisamerica said 2818 days ago (September 29th, 2011)
hahaha Phil
... 2 years and things are better ... just catching some Dolby fun on a slow morning at work .... this one works for me.
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