Choo Choo Chune

February 19, 2011 9:42 AM

sap's rising......

i’m waiting at the station
looking out for you
they say the train don’t come ‘till two
man, that makes me blue

i asked someone for water
no water could be found
I’m thirsting for a daughter
I guess she’s run to ground

all day long there’s a train runnin’
coming down the line
all day long with the sun burnin’
gonna make her mine

(woo-oo it goes
woo-oo she knows)

i wonder what you’re wearing.
how will I know it’s you?
i just can’t keep on staring
at every woman who,

passing along the platform,
shoots a sidelong glance
at this furtive-looking geezer
waiting for romance.

all day long there’s a train runnin’
coming down the line
all day long with the sunshine burnin’
gonna make you mine

she wasn’t on the last one
she wasn’t on the first
she might be on the next one
well here it comes at last

now the rush is clearing
there’s a smile I know so well
she’s rolling and she’s tumbling
into my arms again

all day long etc.

posted by MajorDundee (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

This is great man. Did you get a new mic or change something up? Your voice is just outstanding on this! Yea, your acoustic too. Woo hoo.
posted by snsranch at 3:03 PM on February 19, 2011

Bon. The unusual jazzy chords of the "ooh ooh" bits (a soupcon of Stevie Wonder?) I like. Nice to hear a real harmonica too. Solo is interesting and I can hear it is played over some difficult changes - not sure I like the sound though. What is this - a Stratocaster?
posted by gallus at 8:39 AM on February 20, 2011

Thanks chaps. I've been out of circulation for a few weeks, and it's nice to touch base again.

No changes to vocal mic etc sns. It's more to do with the fact that my voice doesn't really work with "rock" sounds or arrangements. It seems to be more at home with gentler sounds and unfussy arrangements. It's also too that this one has a half-decent vocal melody. So even my rubbish vocals can sound ok with those ingredients! Not fishing btw - my vocals objectively are rubbish, but I'm absolutely ok about that. Don't really give a shit. I'm more interested in the quality of the songs, melodies and guitar playing.

Guitar, gallus, is a Telecaster on the neck pickup. I'm not offended by you not liking the sound mon ami - thank god we don't all like the same things huh? I like the sound of the Tele because it's so basic. I have this growing ascetic approach to guitar where I'm eschewing effects or any kind of frippery - I have this schtick about getting "back to basics" and let my playing stand or fall without any artificial "props" as it were. Sounds like pretentious bollocks I know, but there it is.......
posted by MajorDundee at 10:12 AM on February 20, 2011

I love the staccato beginning on this. Wonderful tune!
posted by tunewell at 10:58 AM on February 21, 2011

Yeah, this sounds great. Digging the changes and the harmonies. (Although I do agree with gallus about the solo tone; I think it might be more to do with the mic placement than with the guitar itself, though.)
posted by uncleozzy at 6:07 AM on February 22, 2011

Really liking this; downloaded for home boogieing.
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:40 AM on February 22, 2011

A bow in your general direction... Might take another shot at that solo though. Use a different guitar (335 might work or maybe an out-of-phase Strat). I don't think it's a mic placement issue ozzy because it's my default set-up: an SM57, a Fender SuperChamp and a Focusrite pre-amp with the mic in the centre of the grille and about an inch out. On the other hand you might be right - I'm pretty lazy about experimenting with set-ups (once I get one that generally works I tend to stick with it).
posted by MajorDundee at 1:11 PM on February 22, 2011

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