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Red Dirt


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dolby

 Genre: Alternative Rock

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Backstory
After New Zealand and 'A Cave of Stars' we headed to Australia, where we spent ten weeks. Although the outline of the song and the first verse was written in and was about Kauai the rest was completed in Australia. It was December, and we were in the 'red centre': Alice Springs and Ulhuru - the hottest place on earth. One thing you hear a lot of, throughout Australia, is how potentially dangerous it is - whether it's being swept away by a torrent of red earth in a flash flood, or being eaten by box jellyfish in the ocean, or just simply getting lost in the desert without any water and shrivelling up in the sun. Never mind the spiders, snakes and various other creepy crawlies that can kill you there. So this is the first of three songs written in, and about Australia (two more will follow soon) and is about how dangerous it is! Even though it's actually a very nice place, of course:-))

Production
This is the song where I really wanted a proper orchestra/brass section backing me rather than a computer. In my mind this is massive - but for the time being we'll just have to make do. Although pretty much everything else was recorded in Oz, I re-recorded the vocals here in India, as the original was way out of time. Unfortunately the rickshaws out on the street made it onto the vocal track and I've spent an eternity trying to edit them out - still a bit hissy, but that's what you get recording directly into a laptop. What wouldn't I give for a decent mic and quiet room!

All comments appreciated - good or bad!Thanks,
Phil
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Lyrics
Red Dirt
(by Phil Dolby ©2007)

I will never turn my back on the red dirt
I will never turn my back on the red dirt
Red dirt’s gonna flow with rain
Red dirt’s gonna mark and stain
I will never walk away from the red dirt
Red dirt’s gonna mark my days
Red dirt’s gonna turn me to clay
Never more to walk away from the red dirt
 
I will never turn my back on the ocean
I will never turn my back on the ocean
Ocean’s come to dance in waves
Ocean tide will take me away
I will never float away on the ocean
Ocean’s rip will pull under waves
Ocean's now a watery grave
I will never float away on the ocean
 
I will never turn my back on the desert
I will never turn my back on the desert
Desert sun will burn in flames
Strip my skin and heat my veins
I will never walk my way through the desert
Desert sun will burn and rage
Dry my lips and steal my shade
I will never walk away from the desert 
Song Stats
Hits: 3775
Comments: 17
Fans: 9
Plays: 111
Downloads: 137
Votes: 6
Uploaded: Aug 07, 2007 - 03:27:51 AM
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2007 - 07:18:51 AM Last Played: Jun 21, 2019 - 04:18:17 PM
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Hardware:
MacBook laptop. Guitar lead.
Software:
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Comments
echoroom said 4363 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
massive!
Jeez Phil, sounds like you've got an orchestra here to me. This is ace - lovely big drum sound, the horns give this a really nice lush feel, and your voice is the best it's been - pure and warm. Personally, I can't hear the rickshaws, but it wouldn't matter if I could (give it a bit of realism!). The only bit I'm not keen on is one of the keyborad soundsm which is a bit too synthy for my liking, but a minor quibble. Love the drop out , with just vocal and guitar.

Best track you've posted - really excellent work.

Steve
Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
dolby said 4363 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Cheers
It's the same thing as with the last track I posted - you either love that synth sound or hate it. I figure if I ever use a synth I want one that sounds like it was personally configured by Keith Emerson in 1972 - no half measures!

Thanks for the comment, as always.

Phil

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echoroom said 4362 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Hey Phil...
...gotta do what keeps you happy, and it's a great track ... but i like the natural instrument sounds on this. Does he know you've knicked his synth, by the way?!
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Moviz said 4362 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
What a
really well constructed song this is. Great production which sounds like an orchestra.. a well arranged one at that and your voice is really good with a nice resonance, cheers M
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Tadashi Togawa said 4362 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Red soil.
Beautiful, and cool.
Good song.
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Mcboy said 4362 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
huge musical bed
supports your vocal nicely......but i agree with steve...just guitar and vocals sounds great....would have more emotional depth i think.....kool track!
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Godchaser said 4362 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Well done
and liked all the details you provide with the tune - a well written and well performed song - enjoyed the story and the song.

Blessings,
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said 4360 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
Great !
Very nice tone, i've just listened to your BLUEGRASS, but this one is the best i've heard of yours, all the stuff composed and played well.
Enjoyed this track very much, keep up your good work.

Take Care
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
dolby said 4360 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
Thanks again Wayne
Glad you liked the song. It's probably the song I've worked on more than any other, so happy it's been appreciated. Cheers.

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Check out my latest song called The Only Ghost Who Cares
Vic Holman said 4360 days ago (August 9th, 2007)
This is big as a continent
Excellent tune and with a large production. Really enjoyed.

Even though the lyrics are about Australia, I had a small chuckle thinking back driving though a large red desert, washing my car latter to see the color of blood running down the gutter. The ocean to save my brother. And hiking through a desert in New Mexico. Sure brought back some memories
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dolby said 4358 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
Thanks Vic
Glad you could relate to the experiences. I suppose you always risk too much with the space you get to explain your songs on this site. These are about specific events in my life but I'm glad others can relate to them as well.

Big thanks for dropping by:-))

Phil

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Same Same, But Different
Check out my latest song called The Only Ghost Who Cares
lengold said 4358 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
This is
one of the best songs I heard on here. I like everything about it including the orchestration and choice of instruments. Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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dolby said 4358 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
Flippin' 'eck
Cheers Len,

High praise indeed. Really glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the comment.

Phil

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Same Same, But Different
Check out my latest song called The Only Ghost Who Cares
Ed_Moran said 4355 days ago (August 14th, 2007)
Hey Phil
Great tune and fantastic production. Really enjoyed your song well balanced and performed. I off to listen to more og your work.

Ed
Check out my latest song called Cowboy (WIP)
dolby said 4355 days ago (August 15th, 2007)
Thanks Ed
Really glad you approve.

Phil

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Same Same, But Different
Check out my latest song called The Only Ghost Who Cares
Heightened said 4252 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Red Dirt
Very nice indeed. Could be your best one - but I know better stuff will be coming - such is your talent.
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