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This one is a traditional Scottish folk tune and I am dedicating it to Feter. His help and participation on this site is beyond peer (and thats saying something because the folk here are great). It is done with heartfelt emotions as it is about another expatriate and the longing for him to return to his country and people, We all hope Feter is one day back home in a new, vibrant and safe Iraq. Our prayer is that he would be recognized as one of the preeminent folk artists of his country. I know I think of him that way. "Will ye no come back again?"
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Bonny Charlie (Will Ye No Come Back Again)

Bonny Charlie's noo awa'
Safely o'er the friendly main,
Many's the heart will break in twa,
Should he ne'er come back again.

Will ye no come back again?
Will ye no come back again?
Better loved ye canna be.
Will ye no come back again?

When ere I here the blackbird sing,
Unto the evenings sinking down.
A thrush that makes the woods to ring,
To me there is no other sound.


Many's the gallant soldier fought,
Many's the gallant chief did fall,
Death itself was dearly bought,
All for Scotland's King and Lord.


Sweet's the laverock's note and lang,
Liltin' wildly up the glen
But aye to me he sings one song,
"Will ye no come back again?"

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Feter said 4142 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Bonnie Charlie
this is a very touchy one my friend , this is a true
charm ..you are a great folky heart Stephen .
the singing (the accent) .you just left me speechless
just one thing to tell ...I dont want to go back ..
I m heading where my heart is ..so please prayers
to be sent this way ...with great appreciations and
thankfullness to ALL ... God Bless !!
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davisamerica said 4142 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
right then stephen
u r just amazing!
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Elevator_Funk said 4142 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
This one sounds pro.
Good Stuff. I hope my stuff will sound so well produced as yours someday.

Maybe I'll invest in a fancy jar of coffee beans. Which brand is best for music production? I imagine Folgers has more warmth, whereas fancy boutique brands have a special percussive resonance if you're willing to pay the price.
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sschedra said 4142 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
The secret is in the mini-mason jar. Plastic jars of sprinkles work too when you need shakers and your song is not right on in timing.
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Elevator_Funk said 4140 days ago (February 23rd, 2008)
chocolate or rainbow colored?
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magnatone said 4141 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
This is Wonderful!
I just found you because you commented on DaveVan's work today. Made me go to your page and start to have a listen (don't you love how MJ works?) This music is absolutely great. I especially love thinking of it as a dedication to feter, and feeling moved by it through that lens. I look forward to hearing more of you! Thanks
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said 4141 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Wonderful, complete with the accent, me no it's grand...
thetiler said 4141 days ago (February 22nd, 2008)
the Irish, celtic style here. Especially the 12 string and how it dangles and jangles, a great setting for the fun to listen to vocals. Great to hear female voices here at MJ. Can't say that enough cause there is plain and simple not enough! Great to hear!

With this classic style, a war song is so appropriate to do in this incredibly terrific way. A staple for folk singer through out the years.

Thanks for sharing!!
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Roxylee said 4141 days ago (February 22nd, 2008)
Great tribute!
Wow, Stephen, I feel like I'm sitting in a pub in Scotland, listening to a folk duo. You sing this with great feeling. Prayers going up for our dear friend, Feter, for safety in the land where the Lord leads him.
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said 4139 days ago (February 24th, 2008)


Oh this is a lovely song and so moving you sound
really beautiful - Angel of the internet. Your accent was awsome
Well done and another feather in your cap, Thanks Stephen. I have a long way to go yet ?


drakonis said 4136 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
great Scott... great stuff
really nicely done, super singing and harmony, and I like the bounce ye put inna yer singing. So... is there a "Scottish" setting on the Garageband vocal enhancer, or do you have a bit of it in your blood? Sounds excellent!
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sschedra said 4136 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
Drak, I really did laugh out loud when I read this. Yes, no one gets more mileage out of the Vocal Enhancer than I do. I doubled the first voice in the chorus and tried to make it sound like Feter. Then I made the harmony voice sound like a female alto. All courtesy of my favorite effect, the Vocal Enhancer. However, I firmly deny that there is a special Accent Pack AU add on for the VE. At least that is what I'll say until its out of beta ;->

Your buddy,
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dajama said 4132 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Very nicely done
I love the sentiment behind this. Feter is, indeed, a special person, and a real treasure here at MacJams. Great performance here, and very good sound. Nicely done. Peace.
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apb said 3728 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
lovely sound. Liked the guitar layering and solid harmonies. I could nit about the accent in spots .. but what's the point? I think for an American? you do a pretty good Scottish accent Stephen. Ah Bonnie Prince Charlie .. wasn't he a short Italian anyways? lol .. still, he inspired alot of good songs like this one- more in what he represented to the Jacobites. Only the addition of a short penny whistle/recorder solo might add to the arrangement I thought... and the start comes in a little abruptly.
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sschedra said 3727 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Hey Alan
Thanks for stopping by. I was intrigued by the hearing test by the way. My left ear is really bothering me lately (again, to many club dates in my younger years). It losses everything over 96Khz. Anyway, I'm going to check out your stuff. I'v seen you around, I just haven't had the chance. Thanks for the compliment on the accent (I really only have Irish family so thats probably what I hear). I think you are right about the whistle, that might work.
Thanks again,
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MarkHolbrook said 3538 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
Any tune
Dedicated to Feter gets a vote from me. Great song too! Nicely sung and performed.
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sschedra said 3537 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
I thought of a man without a country an well . . .
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