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This is a third version of 'On and On.' The first two can be found on TheTiler's page.
In this one, the song is sung from the perspective of a young woman who has seen her beloved go off to war (WWII), only to have him later reported as missing.

In approaching this song, I wanted to follow the steady clip of the guitar and still evoke the sorrow of the woman whose beloved is lost. The close harmonies are not only meant to be reminiscent of a lament, but to sound like a train's mournful whistle as the last car disappears from sight.

Much thanks goes to TheTiler for letting me join in collaboration once again and being able to set his beautiful song to harmonies!
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Lyrics
I remember him riding off in that silvery train.
He turned and looked out the window at me, waving goodbye .
Farmland cows in their breezy fields
A distant setting for that lonely train
As it took him away from view.

He was not found.
There was no clue…
There is no clue.

CHORUS: On and on, on and on, on and on he went
Never to come back.

Though they were all dressed the same,
There is one who will always
Be my own in my heart.
Though he’s gone, we will never part.

CHORUS: On and on, on and on, on and on he went to a place
Never to come back

The notices were such a surprise.
I’ll always remember the tears on his face
As we had one last, brief kiss
That image I’ll always miss
I’ll always miss….

(Lyrics by TheTiler)
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Uploaded: Feb 13, 2005 - 02:47:41 PM
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2014 - 12:17:00 AM Last Played: Nov 03, 2018 - 01:47:58 PM
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Comments
said 5023 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
Wonderful
Beautiful vocals, harmonies and guitar-playing.
Mystified said 5021 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
Wonderful
Thanks, Mungo :)

(no cowbell on this one..maybe next time!)
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thetiler said 5020 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Wonderful
It was truly a pleasure working with her and of course her great
harmonization talent. She'll be a great addition to the MJ. community.


Thanks for the comment on my guitar playing.


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SlimGirlFat said 5023 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
Incredible
Tilers extremely talented guitar playing and Mystis voice
really work so well together



a real pleasure to hear this


Mystified said 5021 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
Incredible
Thank you, Slimmie, for stopping by to listen and make a comment :)
So glad you enjoyed the song.
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thetiler said 5020 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Incredible
To: SlimGirlFa

Thanks for the comments about the guitar work. I sure can't say I deserve
much credit for her beautiful singing on the song. But I know by Ichating
with her that she started singing at an early age.
She must have wonderful parents to have such a great talented singer.


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Monophobe said 4959 days ago (April 19th, 2005)
Incredible
Fantastic! Totally agree with SGF on this one :)
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Rebsie said 5023 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
Stunning
I am gobsmacked. Lost for words. I'll come back
and give you a proper comment when I've recovered
my senses.
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Mystified said 5021 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
Stunning
Awww. thanks, Rebsie :)
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aclarke said 5023 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
Incredible!
I'm so glad you posted this. Absolutely beautiful!
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Mystified said 5021 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
Incredible!
Thanks, AC, for your support :)
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MiMi said 5023 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
Lovely
Voice. Lilting harmonies are a pleasure to listen to.
TheTiler's guitar is a perfect timekeeper for you, and a
very nice pulse for the song. Excellent!
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Mystified said 5021 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
Lovely
Thank you, MiMi. It was both fun and challenging to make the close
harmonies work for this one.
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thetiler said 5020 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Lovely
To; MiMi

Thanks, it helps to have a fine singer to help you keep time :)

Thanks MIMI
Thanks Mystified!


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Syncopatient said 5023 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
Your talent is shining again!
Most excellent interpretation and execution. The close
harmonies are so well delivered...it completely captures
the train, the sadness, the anquish, the hope and beauty
of a timeless love.

It's a real treat that you share your gifts with us!
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Mystified said 5021 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
Your talent is shining again!
Thanks, Syncho. I so appreciate your kind words! :)
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Syncopatient said 5023 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
Your talent is shining again!
Most excellent interpretation and execution. The close
harmonies are so well delivered...it completely captures
the train, the sadness, the anquish, the hope and beauty
of a timeless love.

It's a real treat that you share your gifts with us!
Check out my latest song called Jazz Praise
Batoosie said 5023 days ago (February 13th, 2005)
You make me wish I could sing
Cool harmonies.
Mystified said 5020 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
You make me wish I could sing
Thank you ... I'm grateful to be able to share my singing again.
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BlackLily said 5022 days ago (February 14th, 2005)
beautiful
this song is amazing. i kept thinking of dar williams and
her song February. thats the quality of song writing. Song
stylings are similar but your voice is just different enough
to make it yours. I love this collaboration.
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Mystified said 5020 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
beautiful

Thank you. It is always a surprise, what happens to a song as you listen to it and the harmonies take shape.
Much credit goes to TheTiler for providing the backdrop for these harmonies.
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thetiler said 5019 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
beautiful
To:BlackLily

Singing I think is the highest form of music. The singing should take center
stage. Mystified shines very brightly on this one I think. I am very glad I
had the opportunity to collaborat with her. Her type of style, lyrics,
harmonizations have so much to offer the world. I hope she feels that she
achieved this and I am sure that her other music will be impressive as well.

I know there is one other one that she is working on that I will be there to
give it all the support I can possibly give.



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said 5022 days ago (February 14th, 2005)
This song...
makes me think of home. This voice is heavenly. The harmonies are wonderful. Tiler's guitar playing is superb. And the writing is brilliant. Beautiful. 4 x 10! Thx so much for sharing this one.
Mystified said 5020 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
This song...
...and thank you for listening and posting. I'm so glad this song affected you in a positive way.
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thetiler said 5022 days ago (February 14th, 2005)
It was a real pleasure to work with her.

I really hope that Mystified receives a lot collaborations
until her hearts content. She would be a great addition to
any who she finds worthy of collaborations.

May God bless her in all her future endeavors here at MJ.

Thanks Cat :)

Thanks for all the compliments about my guitar playing!
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TobinMueller said 5022 days ago (February 14th, 2005)
Crystalline trio
You guys make such a wonderful duo. Or trio, since
Mystified is times two with her wonderful harmonies. I like
the sense of free form, breaking out of the normal folk
style, to the melody. It harkens back to the storytelling
aspect of the genre, the courage to add a vocal cadenza
when the emotions require. Excellent sound, performance,
setting for these lyrics.
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Mystified said 5020 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Crystalline trio

Thank you for listening, and for your kind words, Tobin.
As writing is one of my *other* hobbies, I appreciate that you heard that 'storytelling' aspect. I purposely sang the words in a free-form style, giving them greater 'weight' than a strict timing would allow--much like a recitative in an aria allows the same.

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thetiler said 5019 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Crystalline trio
To: Tobin

I hope that Mystified receives plenty of opportunity to display her great
talents. It wouldn't be fair to just confine her to just guitar (what I do). It
would be interesting using her great talents of harmonizations on piano and
other instruments. She IS such a great addition to the MJ community.

Thanks for the comment about my guitar playing.

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Iseae said 5022 days ago (February 14th, 2005)
Had to listen twice
Stunning guitar work. I'm always impressed Tiler. My
only complaint is that you seem to have a hard time
keeping up at times Mystified, like when you sing "window
at me", with that ironed out you'd be as close to
perfection as humanly possible.
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Mystified said 5020 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Had to listen twice

I appreciate your comments, Iseae. The free-form treatment of the words was
done on purpose, though perhaps it doesn't work for everyone.
I'm happy you liked the song :) Thank you for taking the time to listen and to
leave comments.
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thetiler said 5019 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Had to listen twice
To: Iseae

Thanks for the compliment.

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Cameron said 5022 days ago (February 14th, 2005)
sweetly poignant
This is a wonderful song, beautifully sung close
harmonies, sweet vocal quality and the guitar
accompaniment is perfect.

The overall treatment of this song reminds me of Joan
Baez's "Diamonds and Rust", but this is a more upbeat
version.

I loved the soaring vocal variations at the end.

Beautiful. Just beautiful.
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Mystified said 5019 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
sweetly poignant
Thank you, Cameron. Yes, the guitar accompaniment is perfect. It was clear,
after listening to the instrumental track (and a sample vocal track guiding me
as to the basic melody) and looking over the lyrics that TheTiler had sent,
that I wanted to come up with harmonies that expressed the sadness of the
message without having too many layers of them and keeping a somewhat
'transparent' quality overall.
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thetiler said 5019 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
sweetly poignant
To: Cameron

I don't think If I searched all over the internet If I could of been so blessed
than have Mystified sing this. Her wonderful talent with harmonization is just
wonderful for me to behold. So sweet, this song really reminds me of a
soldier going off to war and the sadness of leaving a special someone behind.
To me she really pulled it off big time!

"Mystified" really sets a great example of what a folk artist should be like. To
me she is a real partaker in a special modern movement to put folk back to
were it used to be as a leading high class music venue.

She is a real class person, and sets a very high standard and is a good
example of how collaborations should be. I really have learned allot from this
special lady.
As much as she may think that she benefited from what I do. I really have
grown to better understand about collaborations because I am so new to this
in an online setting.

Thanks Mystified for putting up with me :)

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said 5022 days ago (February 14th, 2005)
Pure Listening Pleasure...

Your vocals (lead and harmonies) are right in there with the best of female folk... Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, etc. I just love listening to you. Great to have a tiler handy to play a little guitar to back you up, isn't it?

Jack
Mystified said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
Pure Listening Pleasure...
Thank you so much for such a gracious compliment.
And yes. It is.
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thetiler said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
Pure Listening Pleasure...
To: Dadai

I feel equally as blessed to have had the great pleasure of listening to her on
my Ipod and of curse working with her.

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Jim Bouchard said 5022 days ago (February 14th, 2005)
incredible singing
I hadn't caught this at first, and now I'm catching up. The comment noting the Dar Williams quality to this seems to be right on, as there's a distinctive phrasing to this. The original tiler version is really nice, and comparing the two is quite interesting as this has quite different lyrics and the original studio version has an almost poppy quality to it... This version is extremely poignant, probably due in part to the freely expressed vocals. A Beauty!
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Mystified said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
incredible singing
Thank you.
I've always been interested in different interpretations, and it was great that I
could put my own vocal interpretation to this song. I didn't actually listen to
the first version until I had laid out the harmonies on four 'draft' tracks. I later
cut one layer of harmonies to what you hear on this final version.
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thetiler said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
incredible singing
To: Jim

Because Mystified's voice is so lyrical and rich with harmonization's. If was
very inspiring to blow up the original tune and bring out the great flavor of
Mystified's singing and bring in a real story that listener's can appreciate. At
least I think of it in that way.

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Warren Smith said 5021 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
MIA
The music and the singing are beautiful in the extreme.

I have a couple of thoughts on the lyrics, for what it's worth. Feel free to ignore them.

The second verse opens with a distinct image of many identically uniformed soldiers, but it doesn't exploit the thought, other than to use the word "one" as compared to many. Maybe something as simple as "Though they were all dressed the same/There is one who will always stand out in my heart" would complete the conceit (especially since soldiers are know for spending a lot of their time standing at attention).

The final verse opens with the surprise notices that have no context. I'm guessing this refers to multiple letters informing of his missing in action status, but the only reason I think that is because it was mentioned in the liner notes. In the context of the song, with most of the action taking place on the platform during the act of saying goodbye, the surprise notices would more likely be the orders to report for duty. Either way, I'd suggest the notices are not needed, for two reasons. 1) it somewhat muddies the idea that the singer has "no clue" as to what happened and 2) because notices really have nothing to do with the rest of the verse, which dwells on the physical aspects of loss (the tears, the face, the kiss). The thought that jumped into my head for an opening was "I miss the action in his eyes," but that might be a little overt in its reference to MIA.
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Mystified said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
MIA
I appreciate your comments. You do bring up some valid points on lyrics, interpretation and clarification.
Thank you for taking the time to post.
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thetiler said 5017 days ago (February 19th, 2005)
MIA
Thanks for posting

Going off to a war zone my self, I guess that is one of the reasons I wrote this
song originally. But a "your going into a battle ground notice" is a very scary
thing and it can effect you in all time avenues. You can be effected, when you
first leave, right before you get to the battle zone. I guess there are some that
can hardly wait to get their notice and jump right and be a happy camper. But
I wasn't like that. The song was originally intended for a World War 2 soldier
and I was not in that war, but even though they could of been
incredibly patriotic, leaving the love of your life was pretty hard on them.
Especially knowing that their were major war fronts were a lot of soldiers
died.

You made some other comments that were very interesting as well. I value
them!

Thanks

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Warren Smith said 5017 days ago (February 20th, 2005)
MIA
Maybe it's just I find "the notices" a bit too vague ... or a bit too confusing
because of the plural. Maybe just "The call to duty came as such a surprise" if
that's what the notice refers to.

To clarify, I wasn't questioning the emotional validity of this song. The
conception is clear, the musicianship is stellar, and the evocative vocals are
tender and touching. Also, no disrespect here from me - my father served in
WW2, and my mother lost a brother in the Battle of the Bulge. I've added my
endorsement to the bottom of the page.
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packosmokes said 5021 days ago (February 15th, 2005)
Nice dreamy folk goodness
Very well performed and the vocals really give it that extra
oomph! Man, my vocabulary is really declining. :P
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Mystified said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
Nice dreamy folk goodness
Naw...it isn't.
(But maybe by now mine is, lol.)

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Truth42 said 5021 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Beautiful
This is a very gentle song, it's really nice. I really like your
voice also, it sounds very pure. Fantastic job!
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Mystified said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
Beautiful
Thank you very much :)
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cjhoose said 5020 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
*cries*
So beautiful. You two work very well together.
Now where's my kleenex?
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Mystified said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
*cries*
Thank you, cjhoose. :)
here's a kleenex....
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TennesseeVic said 5019 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Sweet song
Very melancholy. Great treatment of the vocals. Very cool
stuff.
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Mystified said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
Sweet song
Thank you for your comments. It's nice to get positive feedback to take me
into my next project.
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daphna said 5018 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
best thing
I've heard in a while. Thank you!
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Mystified said 5017 days ago (February 19th, 2005)
best thing
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a comment, Daphna.
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Nolan said 5017 days ago (February 20th, 2005)
Absolutely...
...beautiful harmonies

...beautiful guitar work

Well done. Talk about a worthwhile collaboration.
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Mystified said 5016 days ago (February 20th, 2005)
Absolutely...
Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Nolan. I'm very fortunate to have
participated in the collaborations I have already here at MacJams, and hope to
do many more, in various genres, in the future.
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thetiler said 5016 days ago (February 20th, 2005)
Absolutely...
Mystified has been a pleasure to work with. I know I have learned a bunch
from her. She is a very good addition to MacJams. Hopefully our paths will
meet again in music collaboration.




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_nderscore said 5012 days ago (February 24th, 2005)
okay..
so you got me to listen to a folk song & i liked it. not only
is your voice beautiful, but you are also so very talented at
using it. pretty song-wonderfully written & performed
tiler! dreamy & sad, i liked the 'on and on's
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Mystified said 5012 days ago (February 24th, 2005)
okay..
Thanks, _ndie!
So glad you stopped by and listened and left a comment! And especially glad
you enjoyed the song :)
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thetiler said 5004 days ago (March 4th, 2005)
okay..
To: _nderscore

Thanks "_nderscore", Mystified's sweet beautiful voice plus her great ability to
do pretty harmonies really helped make my guitar playing shine.

Thanks Mystified!

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stevel said 4960 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
ethereal folk
Lovely vocal harmonies on this one...coupled with Tiler's
typically expert acoustic work. The song has a bit of a
Simon and Garfunkel feel. The harmonies are interesting
the way they develop throughout. Very nice!
S
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Boris the Bull said 4949 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
another fine discovery for the bull!
i came across your song whilst listening to Rebsie's music,
and i'm delighted i did! you've got another fan in me, for
sure!

this is such a wonderful piece, full of depth and honesty.
your vocal treatment(s) is/are just terrific! the guitar work
is complex, yet comes off so simple and free.

thanks for sharing your music... again, i'm just so happy
to be finding such amazing talent at this site!
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rik said 4860 days ago (July 27th, 2005)
Really moving
I have to say I have no culture about folk music.
That said... great idea, the onmoving guitar, the verses
starting with fast rithm and then finding rest.
Maybe every now and then a bit much repetition of lyrics
("waving goodbye", and also the marvelous "on and on", I
would keep it just for the Chorus).

Anyhow, these are details, you definitely accomplished what
you proposed, I was really moved by this song, I'll listen to it
again.
"On and on, on and on"...wonderful lyrics/music creation...
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rik said 4831 days ago (August 24th, 2005)
Really moving++
I simply love this song.
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Mystified said 4810 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Really moving++
Thanks, rik....for not only commenting once, but twice!, on this song.
What a lovely compliment. Thank you.
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