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Fragile Men



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A little solo song based on conversations with blokes in pubs and discovering quite a few had tortured relationships with their mothers
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Fragile Men

All the fragile men
Only just holding it in
Smiling on the outside
They fix you
With a rictus grin

Spy lethargical tears
Sliding from their eyes
There’s no flooding here
Just restrained

Will this feeling ever go away?
Will this feeling ever fade?

Brown paper and string
Wrap up the important things
In their heads
But they just can’t seem to untie
The Knot

He just phoned you up
To ask when you died
The last time he saw you
There was no spark of life
In your eyes

Will this feeling ever go away?
Will this feeling ever fade?

Praise them, love them hold them
Look at all the things they’ve done
I’ve done all this for you
Have I been a good boy

There’s no end
To what they could receive
No amount of love
Could fill them empty hole
In their hearts

© Mark Spruce 2010
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Plays: 76
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Uploaded: Feb 03, 2011 - 03:29:01 PM
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2018 - 02:16:07 PM Last Played: Apr 25, 2019 - 02:05:18 AM
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mrattue said 3056 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Mid-Life Blues?
Powerful stuff!

The verse melody sketches out a sort of inevitable, childish dance to my ear, which complements the sort of helplessness and repetition well, and the loss of a defunct moment. Very clever, i think, as if demonstrating the absurdity of trying to be a child again to please a mother wearing rose-tinted spectacles?

Like the way the accompaniment occasionally has something of itself to say between vocal parts.

Sad song this, though, all the same. Even the question of the chorus, though more open melodically, is about something going away, fading out, rather than something better coming.

Were you all on the gin?

Thanks for sharing this. Good song.

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neilh79 said 3056 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Fragile Men
Very powerful man. The instrumental parts are beautifully played the power you get in the bass lines to cause the atmosphere is just perfect. I like the way it transgresses as the song progresses. The short chorus works very well. Like this a lot mate well done
Moviz said 3056 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
sounds wonderful Mark.... love that picking and very sympathetic vocals to go with the sensitive lyrics, which definitely strike a very strong chord with me (forgive the pun). Enjoyed, regards M
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jimmyrus said 3056 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Nice song
Great melody, the words flow well with it. Nice sound on the guitars, well done!
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ZoltanTougas said 3056 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Very interesting....
I really like the structure change between verse and chorus...unique and interesting to the ear. I also say it has sort of a Pink Floyd feeling to the chorus. Well done.
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ted23 said 3056 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Description worked. I was playing the video to this in my head as I listened. Kind of time-lapse, beer glasses emptying, becoming more slouched in the seats, more depressed....
You paint a good visual in the music.
A cool song helped along hugely with you fine playing and vocal.
ted23 said 3056 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Or join em!
alackbass said 3056 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Fragile Men
I really like the smooth guitar sounds. I had to look up "rictus." I love a song that builds my vocabulary. The acoustic guitar and 2 part harmony recall some classic Pink Floyd (which is always a good thing).
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Reinholt56 said 3056 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Hi Mark.....
An excellent song. Love the arrangement and the way it was performed.

Take care.

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hackneybloke said 3056 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
fragile men
hi mark - great to see this finally posted. one of your best....up there with lapwing. we exchanged many messages on this subject - i'm pushing mine over a cliff next thursday.

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magnatone said 3055 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Fragine Men
Hi Mark - wowzers, this is just plain excellent! love these thoughtful lyrics and beautifully played - KUDOS!!
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Jarvoid said 3055 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Get a touch
of the Moodies come through on the chorus ...and nowt wrong with that......almost music to slit your wrists to !! Depression and all sorts of pissed off at life in general imagery abounds ....hey ,I cannot even think of a wisecrack for it ...jeez.

Nice one

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ste said 3054 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
this is quite something. well played guitars, good phrasing. great lyrics, like the concept a lot. well sung too. faved
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SISTERS said 3054 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
mmm hmmmm!
that intro was a Thing of Beauty.
can't remember the last time i heard "rictus grin" as a lyric. 8)
the story, guitar, and vocal make for one delicious little gem of sound.
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DarkPlanet said 3053 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Love the overall feel...your choice of notes, very nice!
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DWL said 3053 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Bleak stuff
I hope you use an electric razor.

Very well done. I like the change between verse and chorus.


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Daugrin said 3052 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Strong tune
Enjoyed this tune. Thanks for sharing here.

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jiguma said 3051 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Lots to like here - "fragile men" are everywhere. You just have to look a little. Certainly resonates with me.
I really like this - you've done a very good mix, and the song is terrific.
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Briguy777 said 3050 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Rictus smile
Definitely left me with one. Great tune! I like every bit of it. Reminds me of Pink Floyd in a way. Thanks for sharing.
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smokey bacon jnr said 3049 days ago (February 11th, 2011)
Very true...
Yeah, I always feel like I'm trying to please my mum (even though she now has alzheimers and is in a home). Nothing is ever good enough - but I think that's a very common thing. Don't usually read lyrics that closely but this one is sooooo true. Nice one.
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thetiler said 3044 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
nice singing
and the background fits right in. Interesting arpeg's at the start and nice jangle feel to it

Thanks for sharing
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lengold said 3039 days ago (February 21st, 2011)
song Mark.

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pablatone said 3035 days ago (February 24th, 2011)
beautiful guitar
lines. good song. there might be a bit much reverb on the solo guitar in my opinion. but a lovely tune.
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