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There and Back Again



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A song from my album 'The Great Road', about the meaning, or meaninglessness, of travel, and the inner territory where it really counts!
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7. There and Back Again

There’s a time for thinking,
Between familiar things,
A space that sets you wondering,
At what a change might bring,

Sometimes in the weary round,
Of years that seem the same,
A sudden dream of other things,
Can seem to call your name.

Then there’s a sound, in the wind that can take you,
The singing of a story yet to be,

The echo of a deed, far in the distance,
The cry of something, aching, to be free.

And things that you have never seen,
Crowd the inward eye,
Plains and hills and lonely roads,
Rising to the sky,

Dragon shapes are seen abroad,
And myths are born anew,
Legends walk the haunted earth,
Like dreams that promised true,


And there’s a time for knowing,
When all the journey’s done,
That nothing is adventuring,
But an inner tale begun,

That nothing is the voyage worth,
That does not stir the heart,
And memories should grow inside,
Like friends that never part,

For in your soul is the sound, still hauntingly ringing,
But now you know the earth is not its home,
The echo of a song, of a choir all around you,
That rises like a tree your love has sown,

And all the stories come to you,

And every legends cries,
And myths are burning round your head,
Like icons in disguise,

And in the end the muddled
Of man and woman round,
Are only steps along a road,
That leads to Holy Ground.
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dave_b said 3193 days ago (November 22nd, 2010)
There and Back Again
Nice picking, and the sincere vocal does the introspective lyric justice. The title suggests this song is about the hobbit, but I don't get the "Holy Ground" reference.
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mrattue said 3192 days ago (November 23rd, 2010)
Too clever
Too clever for me there, Dave! This song was indeed originally to be included in the Lord of the Rings album, but it went its own way and i thought it would be better omitted and put with other more 'gospelly' songs. The 'holy ground' indeed has no real connection with Tolkien.

Perhaps i should have altered the title, which to LOTR fans does immediately make a connection.

Thanks for listening!

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michaeljayklein said 3192 days ago (November 22nd, 2010)
Full marks
You are a master story teller in song here--and the guitar and accompanying music really enriches it greatly. Thanks again--enjoyed! Michael
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mrattue said 3192 days ago (November 23rd, 2010)
Glad you liked it, Michael!
Thanks for the great comment. Thought it might have been bit long, but it seems to have avoided problems there.


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Six-Nail-Coffin said 3192 days ago (November 23rd, 2010)
Color me surprised again
You consistently impress me. Awesome.
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mrattue said 3189 days ago (November 26th, 2010)
Thank you!
Thanks for listening. Glad you liked it.

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kingbee said 3189 days ago (November 26th, 2010)
back again
Really like the interplay between all the guitars and the panning and sound .
The added 'choir' vocals in the background work really well and your own vox are excellent.
What Mic are you using?
a lovely song for this icy cold afternoon
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mrattue said 3187 days ago (November 27th, 2010)
glad you could make it!
Thanks for the encouraging comments.

Just using the built in mic on my digital mixer, actually, but it does seem to work quite well if the house is quiet. A natural sort of echo effect helps.

Hope it warms up soon!

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alackbass said 3187 days ago (November 27th, 2010)
There and Back Again
Nice song! Very nice recording. I like the clear vocal. Great harmonies!

Question: Are plugging the guitar in and using an internal pickup? If so I would try recording the guitar with a mic (the one you use for vocals will do). I always find placing a mic on an acoustic guitar yields a more pleasing and natural sounding tone than plugging in! Just my opinion.
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mrattue said 3186 days ago (November 29th, 2010)
Nice Comments!
Cheers for the positive remarks!

The answer to your question is 'yes'. i have a semi-acoustic guitar with supposedly fancy pants pick ups with loads of adjustments i don't really understand, so perhaps i should look there for a change first? i will experiment with a mic, too, i think i have one around somewhere. The vocals are taken down with the internal mic in the digital mixer.

Thanks for the tip!

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Rayelise said 3184 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
an inner tale begun
I like the thoughtfulness and sincerity of your voice and guitar playing. The lyrics takes on a big theme and does it really well! I agree with it...
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mrattue said 3184 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Sincere thanks
It is rather a big topic, isn't it? i suppose we wouldn't have such a desire to make music if we weren't driven by emotional discovery.

Glad you liked it. Thank you for listening and leaving such a positive review!

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Char said 3147 days ago (January 6th, 2011)
You have
flown with the emotion on this one. I think the great road is the one we travel to a holy place, but in the spiritual realm. Peter Paul and Mary would've loved this song. Thanks.
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mrattue said 3096 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hi Char!
Missed this comment and just chanced to re-visit and have a nice surprise!

I think you are right about the Great Road.

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hackneybloke said 3146 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
the great road
you have a really cool riff going on from 1.52 - 2.15...i could listen to that being part of something experimental.
you sound like a folk god....a very early folk-god. the harmoniesactually i can't work out if you're into the other god....i think i read something about mysticism and spirituality. the song takes off from 3.50 onwards and you have that riff going on with the 'holy ground' anthem going on. it sounds fantastic marc...you're at your best by the sounds of it when you're doing those richer sections with harmonies going on. are you out of the snow yet?
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mrattue said 3096 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Hi Julian!
Sorry about not acknowledging this comment earlier. i just came back to this page for another reason and saw your great and perceptive remarks.

You are right that God for me is a mystical experience and not something than can really be nailed down to a particular religion.

The snow, thankfully, is gone!

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MarkHolbrook said 3096 days ago (February 26th, 2011)
Oh wow...
I have no clue how I missed this... Although November was kind of a bad month for me and my family... This is simply gorgeous... I love how your vocals are right in front and they meet you head on. The guitars work to support that gorgeous vocal!

Now on the song... I get such a Peter, Paul and Mary Puff the Magic Dragon feel from this... It's simply spectacular.

On the subject... I see exactly what you mean. Voyages happen within. Our body travels but it is our inner selves that truly adventure and voyage.

This is outstanding and I hope you do not mind if I pimp this a little... It deserves to be heard more. A gorgeous song.. Performed beautifully!
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mrattue said 3096 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Thanks, Mark!
Can't really mind you pimping this song out, after all i sort of pimped it to get you to have a listen! ;- )

i thought it might interest you, and i'm very glad that it obviously did!

To hear, one must first have the humility to listen, and i am impressed that you can do that. It is surprisingly rare!

Take care

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