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(It Couldn't Happen To) A Nicer Guy

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dolby

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(It Couldn't Happen To) A Nicer Guy

Pretty rough mix this so bare with it, but I wanted to upload something as I haven't for a while.....

I've had the basic structure for this for about a year and it never really got anywhere. The original vocal was the "High five...." lines which now acts as a backing vocal in the chorus sections (also quite unusual to start with the chorus - but I liked it and, well, why not?).

When I finally came to record it I was struggling to find a suitable drum beat, but it fell into place when I stumbled upon the "Motown" beats in EZ Drummer. I would never normally have thought Motown, but the driving snare beat seems to fit quite well. The end result of course is some kind of twisted Phil Collins out-take (especially with the brass) which both appals and fascinates me in equal measure! As I've said before in these intro blurbs I never set out to write in a particular style - so sometimes the end results surprise me as much as anyone.

Lyrically, I'm not entirely sure what this one is about - a kind of fantasy journey to commit a crime of revenge is the closest I've got - I'm open to suggestions! I kind of like the triple vocal at the very end - but it could do with a female voice to bring out the differences I think. Let me know what you think -

Hope you like :-))
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Lyrics
(It Couldn't Happen To) A Nicer Guy
© Phil Dolby 2009

chorus
(High five - it couldn't happen to a nicer guy)
Bullet or a vial, now which one will it be
He's looking kind of funny, well that's a certainty
(Quelle surprise - you never got to know the reason why)
Hammer or nail, now which one will it be
You know he had it coming, well that's what we believed

You walked right through it and you knew that you blew it
On the way to France
You claimed you knew it but you still misconstrued it
For a song and dance
So nothing's changed
Just rearranged

chorus
(High five - it couldn't happen to a nicer guy)
Bullet or a vial, now which one will it be
He's looking kind of funny, well that's a certainty
(Quelle surprise - you never got to know the reason why)
Hammer or nail, now which one will it be
You know he had it coming, well that's what we believed

We were not looking when we came right upon it
It was quite by chance
And though we knew you were a real nasty fucker
In the circumstance
We couldn't wait
To chalk the slate

chorus
(High five - it couldn't happen to a nicer guy)
Bullet or a vial, now which one will it be
He's looking kind of funny, well that's a certainty
(Quelle surprise - you never got to know the reason why)
Hammer or nail, now which one will it be
You know he had it coming, well that's what we believed

bridge
And you blamed it on the Eurostar
Doesn't make much difference who you are
The time
It's another part another distant line
Heading westwards where the sun will always shine
It's amazing what you see when you are blind
Isn't it a shame?

chorus
(High five - it couldn't happen to a nicer guy)
Bullet or a vial, now which one will it be
He's looking kind of funny, well that's a certainty
(Quelle surprise - you never got to know the reason why)
Hammer or nail, now which one will it be
You know he had it coming, well that's what we believed
London Bridge is falling falling
Paris France is burning down
London nights are calling calling
No one really gives a fuck about Paris now
Song Stats
Hits: 2669
Comments: 22
Fans: 14
Plays: 83
Downloads: 93
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Mar 07, 2009 - 11:41:23 AM
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2009 - 11:41:23 AM Last Played: May 18, 2018 - 02:32:38 AM
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Hardware:
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
Software:
GarageBand
EZ Drummer
Comments
dajama said 3489 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Excellent
This is very cool. I think the drums work well. I love your comment about not trying to write in any particular style, and being surprised by what you come up with. I know that feeling, and I think it's really part of the adventure! I think your vocal is very effective on this - a sweet, laidback delivery of some really acidic lines! Nice contrast. Great lyrics! Witty and dark. The acoustic is lovely on here - a great sound. The horns do sound a little synthy to my ears, but that's really just a taste thing, as well, and also really just a nit. I really like this song, and I think the arrangement works very well. The move from the opening chorus to the verse is a little unexpected, but in a really good way! Great stuff. Nicely done. Peace.
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Feter said 3489 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
(It Couldn't Happen To) A Nicer Guy
This is really pretty cool song my friend ...your vocal so great
matchin with fl;avour with the strummin and the drums ..this is all
so classic ...good rockin groove a very well pro production ..Kudos !!!

thnx alot for sharin !!!!!
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dolby said 3488 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Cheers Feter
as always - thanks for listening -
Phil
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ktb said 3489 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
nicer guy
Phil, nice song chops on display here. For a "rough" cut it sounds pretty polished to me. Just loads of catchy turnarounds and refrains. The beat works perfectly. I'd start hunting for a horn section for the album.
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dolby said 3488 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Yep...
...I totally agree about the brass - I'd love a real brass section, but don't actually know any! If you see any in passing be sure to give them my address:-))
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dolby said 3488 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Thanks David
Thanks for your very careful and considered comments - it's nice when someone really listens closely to a track! Glad about your comments on the acoustic sound - I've recently upgraded to a new Taylor acoustic guitar and it has made a big difference - I'm still learning how to record the damn thing but this is a big step forward compared to previous recordings. Totally agree about the synthy horns and will work on improving the overall sound of these in a future remix -

Cheers,
Phil
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tokai said 3489 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Slick
your vocals and lyrics are very good, a great performance. A catchy tune with a solid structure. A few harmonies i guess might sound ok here, you really have a great voice Phil. I have just watched Man bites Dog, some of the words reminded me of it. How is this a rough mix?
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dolby said 3488 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Thanks...
...as always Steve. I'm not really happy with the mix yet - it all sounds a bit muddled I think - as KTB said the horns are a bit synthy, and although I like the general idea of the "multi-line" vocal I think it needs some separation somehow. I like to live with these things for a few months and then go back to them - maybe that's the trick here?
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magnatone said 3489 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Nicer Guy
i knew i was going to love this from the first hit of the cowbell! very catchy tune, the kind of song that stays with you and you find yourself humming without realizing it. Terrific work - congratulations!
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dolby said 3488 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Thanks Karen
I hope you enjoy humming it around the house this week :-))
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MarkHolbrook said 3488 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Agreed
This works very well. Motown!? I don't think I've ever heard a beat like that come from motown... someone got confused but its your good fortune! It works perfect here!

Great lyrics, vocals fit perfect! Guitar is great!
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dolby said 3488 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
Thanks Mark
Yep, Holland Dozier & Holland must be turning in their graves! (Are they dead?)
Thanks for the listen-
Phil
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lengold said 3487 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
I think that
both musically and lyrically you are a great songwriter. This example is joining my ipod dolby collection. I just know that it will grow as have the others.
Cheers
Len

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dolby said 3486 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
Hey Len
Those are very kind words -thank you very much. The songs that grow on you are always the best IMHO :-))

Cheers,
Phil
Check out my latest song called The Only Ghost Who Cares
kassia said 3487 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
yes...humming around the house
a very catchy tune! love the horns, great lyrics. this is a fun and funky tune. great beats. nice cowbell! i love this!
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dolby said 3486 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
Cheers Kasia
Glad to hear you humming - and thanks for calling 'round to listen, it's appreciated!

Phil
Check out my latest song called The Only Ghost Who Cares
ramonaji said 3477 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Excellent work
Great job, you! Love it!
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Estella said 3476 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Phil
You have the sort of clever music and lyric writing that makes a person physically feel the music. Fantastic!
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dolby said 3474 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Cheers!
Thanks for the comment Estella - nice to see around these parts again:-))

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Day-Dreamer said 3464 days ago (April 1st, 2009)
I really enjoyed
listening you got a great voice too.
Sweet:)
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dolby said 3464 days ago (April 1st, 2009)
Many thanks...
...Day Dreamer!
I appreciate you calling round and taking a listen - Merci :-))



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racerat said 3459 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
jumpin'
Phil, Nice track. I like the spirit. Great drum track, worth the search, really brings it alive. You vocal seems like it needs a a bit of EQ on the high freqs, just a bit muffled and cottony, needs some sparkle. The break with the acoustic is inspired! You do such amazing arrangements. Great lyrics too. I've been missing your stuff, my preference for an email notification for your new songs got turned off somehow and now I'm behind. Shame on me! Cheers!--P
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