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The Robots of Coconino County

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It's like another Mermaid Ave disc came out, but from Woody Guthrie IV in 2123. Just a melody tapped out along with the piano. I tried to put a chorus on it but nothing ever fit. So I just kept playing and playing with it until I sang "The robots of Coconino County are finally earning minimum wage". Out of idiocy and desperation I ran with it. It's a loose union struggle story about how each county in Arizona is thrown in to disarray after the robots of Coconino County win the right to a fare wage that matches their human counterparts. Some counties are ecstatic and some are enraged. But I think we can all agree that it's time we let our robot caretakers unionize.
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The robots of Coconino County
Are finally earning minimum wage
What a blessing for robot children
And what an honor for what's his name.

The robots of Yavapai County
Will contact their union reps
Stories of their brother's struggles
Will fall from mechanical lips

When the robots of Yuma County
Hear of these developments
They'll internalize the situation
As an affront to their intelligence.

The robots of Cochise County
Will do anything to push the cause.
Sell out their friends and family
To the robots of La Paz.

The robots of Maricopa County
Have never been less concerned
Who cares about some stupid robots
When there are bridges left unburned

The robots of Greenlee County
Are thirsty for revolution
But their neighbors in Graham County
Prefer a peaceful resolution

The robots of Navajo County
Have other things on their mind
That's where baby robots are planted
And harvested in 3 months time

The robots of Apache County
Are sharpening their blades of war
Gathering oil and lugnuts
For where robot food is stored

The robots of Gila County
Think minimum wage is low
You can't place a value on service
No matter which county is home

The robots of Pima County
Prefer things to stay the same
A robots place is serving
And some things should never change.

The robots of Mohave County
Have a theory they'd like to suggest.
But nobody's ever listening
But they've gotta get it off their chest.

That the robots of Pinal County
Can never be trusted again.
But the details are very vague
And I don't want to tell you, my friend

The robots of Santa Cruz County
Know this can only be bad
They never did nothing to no one
And all this robot fighting makes them very sad.
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chikoppi said 2189 days ago (May 29th, 2013)
I hesitate to recommend...
I love the lyrics, vocals, and accompaniment. It has a classic vibe, a clever turn, and is instantly appealing.

Although I like the idea of a song without a chorus, I really think a little something, very simple, would kick this up measurably. A repeated chorus, even if it were just a hummed melody, would help punctuate the song a bit and provide the listener with a sense of progression. Or, I could imagine a chorus that riffed on something robots might chant at a labor rally. "We want our parts warrantee and we want it now!"

The lone guitar fill seems out of place (and a little too up-front).

What does one pay a robot? Rare earth credits? Microprocessors? Backup drive space? Nice piece!
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Lennon714 said 2188 days ago (May 29th, 2013)
The Lone Riffer
The guitar riff was originally intended to be part of a consistent noodling throughout the song. But as this was part of the RPM challenge I simply ran out of time. I think the repetition of the verse could have been buffered by a more lush arrangement, but again time was not on my side. I think a harmony vocal could have helped, too. But yes, it does drone on (unintentional).

I don't know what you pay a robot, but we'd probably need a robot to calculate said payment so we need to start thinking about this now or we'll end up paying... WITH OUR LIVES.
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paul f. page said 2188 days ago (May 29th, 2013)
A lot to say...
Maybe a little too much for one song. I have to agree with chikoppi about the need for something to break up the verse-verse-verse-verse structure of this song. ... I do like the backing accompaniment and your voice is very pleasant (though maybe a little soft in volume against the accompaniment)... I don't know what that clinking was aroudn 3:45...And I wonder why you ended with a "cha-cha-cha." Doesn't seem to fit... Well,hey...I'm glad you put it out there and I am glad I had a chance to hear your song. I DO think the idea of the lyrics has great merit, but I also think that idea could be compressed and then musically expanded so that the message is not lost in the sameness of your verses.
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Lennon714 said 2188 days ago (May 29th, 2013)
I blame
the numbskull that gave Arizona 15 counties. I tried to combine some counties in a few verses but it's still an undertaking. I have no defense for the cha cha cha ending, other than you don't hear them much anymore. Sam Cooke said that everybody loves to cha cha cha, but maybe that was reserved for the songs of yesteryear. Even I don't know what the clinking at 3:45 is. I don't think I hear it. I do know I still had the electric guitar going and was doing soft stabs on the chord but that might be wrong. Thanks for listening and for your feedback!
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PeterB7858 said 2187 days ago (May 30th, 2013)
The Robots of Coconino County
Interesting idea with an unusual song structure but it is kind of catchy and grows on you. If you live in Arizona it must be agony waiting for your county to get a mention :-) Robots of the world, unite. Thanks, Peter.
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MartinD28 said 2187 days ago (May 30th, 2013)
Pima County here (Tucson) but spent my earlier years in Coconino county (Flagstaff/NAU). Yes, it IS a lot of counties and a chorus would be nice - but you have a very appealing voice and my guess is not to many of us could have pulled off getting people to listen to the end. You are right up there with Arlo G. and Phil Ochs in my opinion.
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TobinMueller said 2175 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
I love the line: The robots of Gila County / Think minimum wage is low. Interesting Arlo Guthrie feel for me. Love the song art
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ste said 2120 days ago (August 5th, 2013)
lyrical idea. i really like that sparse guitar that flits in
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