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#439445 - 11/22/17 05:33 AM [User Showcase] The Bum
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Today we might call him "homeless", but in 1975, we called him a "bum".
We (Deb - the girl who would become my wife - and I) happened upon him one day as we walked in the South Florida area where we lived and worked. (I was playing a regular bar gig, Deb waited tables (Ft. Lauderdale). We rented a one room garage apartment (not far from "homeless" ourselves)).

For a couples of hours we listened to the stories he spun - all the while "bumming" cigarettes from us. The price of admission.
We gave him the remainder of the pack when we went on our way...


THE BUM


i met a bum on the beach in boca
he said the islands is where i belong
if i was thirty years younger, i'd swim there
followin' the smell of the rum

he used his coat for a pillow
the state of the world for a crutch
he'd tell you a story for spare cigarette
two if you were a soft touch

his hands were swollen and bleeding
his stories as raw as they come
his whole life a matter of waiting to hear
he traveled the world on a thumb

i've sold more lies than the devil himself
bought love for more than it's worth
sailed every body of water there is
known every woman on the face of this earth

i could have been rich if i wanted
i could have been in heaven tonight
but a poor man sees a whole lot more
and i stuck around for the fight

success is just one way to grow old
mister's a name i'm not called
yeah, i could have been rich if i wanted
but getting back here is too long a fall

alaska, jamiaca, new zealand
i speak at least seven tongues
been drunk in london, in jail in hong kong
and twice almost got myself hung

well, i might die tomorrow
if i were you i wouldn't take bets
look me up next time you're around
hey, can you spare one more cigarette



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RealTracks in song: ~407:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 165
RealTracks in song: 378:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming DoubleTime Ev 088
RealTracks in song: 623:Banjo, Background Backporch Ev 098
RealTracks in song: 1608:Guitar, High-Strung Acoustic, Rhythm Pop16ths Ev16 110
RealTracks in song: ~622:Pedal Steel, Background Waylon Ev 176
RealTracks in song: ~618:Fiddle, Background Allis Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 2172:Mandolin, Soloist CountryAndy Ev 165
RealTracks in song: ~597:Guitar, Acoustic, Soloist Bluegrass Doc Ev 100
RealDrums in Song: NashvilleBrushesCountryPopEv16: a: Sidestick, Brushes b: Brushes


Hope you enjoy the stories as much as we did.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Comments welcome.
Have at it.


floyd
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#439452 - 11/22/17 06:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Man, so good! My new favorite from you I think.

Classic changes and perfect key for your vocal I think, just sounds so smooth and natural. Love the instrumentation and production, the way you bring in the pedal steel at the beginning for example. I dig the fade out ending too, really works well. Mix is as good as it gets, totally pro.

Loved the backstory too!

Your music never fails to move me in some way, I'm a fan!
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#439459 - 11/22/17 06:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd.

The number of instruments in your track list belies the wonderful open feel of the arrangement.
I expected something more intense and involved, but was enthralled as the track evolved.

Terrific story. I think that the hardest thing to achieve in life is just being happy
and as I look around I don't see that the people with money and possessions are always the
best at that.

Loved the whole thing. As professional as always and a super mix. Particularly liked the
stereo on this one - big without sounding artificial.

One of your best. (Though I still like your heavier side!)

Cheers, ROG.

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#439464 - 11/22/17 07:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Wow - I thoroughly enjoyed this, Floyd. I love how vivid your storytelling is here. There's some seriously great lyrics here. I almost feel like the lack of a chorus made it hit even harder. It's a fantastically written song.

You should be very proud of this one - thanks so much for sharing smile
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#439510 - 11/22/17 09:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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"the state of the world for a crutch"

that's a line that I wish I'd written

the entire song is a super write and shows great storytelling ability

I instantly fell in love with that acoustic bluegrass Doc soloist

easy flowing, takes you along gently painting images

makes you want to hear it again as soon as it ends

"I could've been rich if I wanted"

even if he could not have, his experiences made him

wonderful mix

as always, I enjoyed this very much

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#439517 - 11/22/17 10:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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I think that this song is probably my new favourite from you. Victoria has a pretty high homeless population (perhaps because it is so temperate year round; some also choose it as a lifestyle), so this song hits pretty close to home and almost moved me to tears. There is so much that we will never understand that they go through on a daily basis, and I feel like this song gives us a small glimpse in to what it's like.

Thanks for making and sharing this song with us! <3
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#439522 - 11/22/17 10:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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All the lines are great, but these are genius:

his hands were swollen and bleeding
his stories as raw as they come
his whole life a matter of waiting to hear
he traveled the world on a thumb

Nice!!!!

Great song, Floyd. Kinda reminds me of Mr. Bojangles.

I have a story kind of like this. The result of it was REM's third album. Maybe I will tell it later.

smile

Happy Thanksgiving.
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#439523 - 11/22/17 10:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd Jane, well done on this! I found the vocals quite captivating and an excellent groove with this. The Mandolin is a great touch too!
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#439556 - 11/22/17 12:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd.
Great this one.
Nice and relaxed.
A mixture of Tom T Hall and Jimmy Buffet to my ears.
Can relate to more of the song than I like to admit.
Sailing islands rum Hong Kong and more Oh dear. Cheers.
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#439568 - 11/22/17 12:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

What a great song! The simplicity of the backing tracks was great idea so as not to detract from fabulous lyric. By far the story telling in the lyric shines above all else.

Also, the way the backing tracks gentle layered up in about halfway through just added to the anticipation of the remainder of the song - compels the listener to pleasantly wait for the ending.

I could have heard Tom T. singing this back in '75 or '76. I'm quite comfortable with analogizing this to a Tom T. Hall effort. He's one of the very best story songwriters in country music history and this is right up there. It can be difficult to hold the listeners' attention without a chorus and a somewhat repetitive verse. But you threw all that out the window and stamped this with an indelible "can't wait to hear it again" mark.

I could ramble on more with seemingly unending praise, but I think you get the point that I believe this is a fabulous song on all accounts and I simply love it.

Best to you and yours.

Alan



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#439613 - 11/22/17 02:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd you truly are a story telling in song.
Great lyrics and vocals.
Love your instrument choices.
Well told. Rob

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#439617 - 11/22/17 02:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi, Floyd !

The best I´ve heard from
you so far without any doubt !
Love your singing and that
superb tune with those beautiful
chords !:))

Cheers
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#439635 - 11/22/17 02:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd

A wonderful piece of storytelling.
The music sits perfectly behind the lyric with your trademark delivery.
Lovely mix and full of superb lines and touches.

Peter

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#439706 - 11/22/17 07:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Very cool lyric Floyd. Vocal and backtrack was such a smooth blend. Just fit so tight with each other. So enjoyable. Guitar was very cool as well. Well done
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#439782 - 11/23/17 02:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Man, so good! My new favorite from you I think.

Classic changes and perfect key for your vocal I think, just sounds so smooth and natural. Love the instrumentation and production, the way you bring in the pedal steel at the beginning for example. I dig the fade out ending too, really works well. Mix is as good as it gets, totally pro.

Loved the backstory too!

Your music never fails to move me in some way, I'm a fan!



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#439812 - 11/23/17 05:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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You the man FJ.
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#440010 - 11/23/17 03:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
floyd

A wonderful piece of storytelling.
The music sits perfectly behind the lyric with your trademark delivery.
Lovely mix and full of superb lines and touches.

Peter


Floyd,
I could quote all the praise of listeners so far- Peter sums up my thoughts well.
This is the best song I`ve heard about "bums" ( we called them tramps in the UK) since Ralph McTell`s Streets of London.
Going back for another liten to all that streetwise wisdom!

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#440122 - 11/24/17 12:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Hello, floyd

There is a deep taste of the folk song in this tune.
I like your rock vocals very much, but this song is also very nice.
How to use RealTracks is really wonderful.
Particularly Mandolin, Soloist CountryAndy Ev 165.
And as always, your vocals are noteworthy.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

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#440174 - 11/24/17 05:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Floyd.

The number of instruments in your track list belies the wonderful open feel of the arrangement.
I expected something more intense and involved, but was enthralled as the track evolved.

Terrific story. I think that the hardest thing to achieve in life is just being happy
and as I look around I don't see that the people with money and possessions are always the
best at that.

Loved the whole thing. As professional as always and a super mix. Particularly liked the
stereo on this one - big without sounding artificial.

One of your best. (Though I still like your heavier side!)

Cheers, ROG.


ROG - thanks for all of that. Really appreciate it...
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#440441 - 11/25/17 04:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - I thoroughly enjoyed this, Floyd. I love how vivid your storytelling is here. There's some seriously great lyrics here. I almost feel like the lack of a chorus made it hit even harder. It's a fantastically written song.

You should be very proud of this one - thanks so much for sharing smile


Nice of you to say, Deryk... Thanks.
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#440447 - 11/25/17 04:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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I like it very much Floyd.
As someone said, the lack of chorus may seem odd at first, but it does add power to the storytelling element.
Great job. Wow.
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#440707 - 11/26/17 06:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Did we just hear a lost Prine write?

Never noticed the lack of a chorus as the arrangement is perfect for the story and supporting imagery.

The build and variety of instruments is extremely effective and indicative of a heckuva mix.

The vocal was perfect and full of, as Janice said, “richness.”

Many singer songwriters would be delighted to have one or two tunes like this in their repertoire but, man, you are a cornucopia!

J&B

PS We used to talk to an elderly lady, Pearl, who much reminds us of your story.
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#440863 - 11/26/17 05:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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A BIG WOOOOOOOOOW!!!! This is just great storytelling! I was first struck by the line David referenced. BUT, the whole song is so beautifully put together. Brilliant writing! The repetition of the verse structure as the story unfolds just tangles the listener into the story. Reminds me of something by Jerry Jeff or Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone. The arrangement is PERFECT! And the vocal is exactly the right tone for the story. In the LP days, this would be a first or last song on one side of the Best of Floyd Jane. Awesome Floyd!!! Take care. Greg

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#441021 - 11/27/17 03:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: 44kfl

"the state of the world for a crutch"

that's a line that I wish I'd written

the entire song is a super write and shows great storytelling ability

I instantly fell in love with that acoustic bluegrass Doc soloist

easy flowing, takes you along gently painting images

makes you want to hear it again as soon as it ends

"I could've been rich if I wanted"

even if he could not have, his experiences made him

wonderful mix

as always, I enjoyed this very much

Kenny


Thanks, Kenny. Can't think of anything I like to hear more than a writer like you say "...that's a line that I wish I'd written"... Really appreciate that... your stuff has been blowing me away...
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#441031 - 11/27/17 04:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
I think that this song is probably my new favourite from you. Victoria has a pretty high homeless population (perhaps because it is so temperate year round; some also choose it as a lifestyle), so this song hits pretty close to home and almost moved me to tears. There is so much that we will never understand that they go through on a daily basis, and I feel like this song gives us a small glimpse in to what it's like.

Thanks for making and sharing this song with us! <3


I appreciate that, Ember. Glad you liked the song. Indeed, there are far more (obvious) homeless these days. Far too many.
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#441152 - 11/28/17 05:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
All the lines are great, but these are genius:

his hands were swollen and bleeding
his stories as raw as they come
his whole life a matter of waiting to hear
he traveled the world on a thumb

Nice!!!!

Great song, Floyd. Kinda reminds me of Mr. Bojangles.

I have a story kind of like this. The result of it was REM's third album. Maybe I will tell it later.

smile

Happy Thanksgiving.


Bojangles was a classic. Looking forward to hearing that REM story...
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#441207 - 11/28/17 08:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Ah floyd. This is just lovely. Sell you a story for a cigarette. Great line.
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#441236 - 11/28/17 10:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Great story over a top notch arrangement. The entire musical bed is outstanding. It really holds my interest. Enjoyed this a lot and for some reason the bass had my attention throughout the song. It really fit the vibe of the song. A good story of life, and a bit in the vein of "Wrong Mailbox"

Good song by every measure.

Charlie
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#441348 - 11/28/17 04:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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This is great Floyd! What a story teller you are! Top level Singing/writing/production and I mean it!!! Veteran musicians have some of the best tales to tell! Thanks, Torrey
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#441420 - 11/28/17 08:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Joe -PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Hi Floyd Jane, well done on this! I found the vocals quite captivating and an excellent groove with this. The Mandolin is a great touch too!


Thanks for having a listen, Joe.
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#441682 - 11/30/17 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: RichMac]
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Hi Floyd.
Great this one.
Nice and relaxed.
A mixture of Tom T Hall and Jimmy Buffet to my ears.
Can relate to more of the song than I like to admit.
Sailing islands rum Hong Kong and more Oh dear. Cheers.


Thanks, Richard. Those are a couple of guys I have no problem with having a comparison... smile
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#441730 - 11/30/17 11:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Great arrangement and mix. I appreciate you sharing the story behind the song. The song draws you in, the longer you listen the more you want to hear. Really like the fadeout.
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#441945 - 12/01/17 03:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Floyd,

What a great song! The simplicity of the backing tracks was great idea so as not to detract from fabulous lyric. By far the story telling in the lyric shines above all else.

Also, the way the backing tracks gentle layered up in about halfway through just added to the anticipation of the remainder of the song - compels the listener to pleasantly wait for the ending.

I could have heard Tom T. singing this back in '75 or '76. I'm quite comfortable with analogizing this to a Tom T. Hall effort. He's one of the very best story songwriters in country music history and this is right up there. It can be difficult to hold the listeners' attention without a chorus and a somewhat repetitive verse. But you threw all that out the window and stamped this with an indelible "can't wait to hear it again" mark.

I could ramble on more with seemingly unending praise, but I think you get the point that I believe this is a fabulous song on all accounts and I simply love it.

Best to you and yours.

Alan



Alan - thanks for all of that. The story song seems to have been lost over the last few years. I really appreciate the Tom T reference....
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#442147 - 12/02/17 02:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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I love that story!
The song itself reminded me of Homeless Brother (at least I seem to remember that was the name of the song) by Don Mclean.
Top quality as usual!

Rob
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#442262 - 12/03/17 04:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Rob4580]
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Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Floyd you truly are a story telling in song.
Great lyrics and vocals.
Love your instrument choices.
Well told. Rob


Thanks, Rob. I see that you have another new one... will have a listen soon..
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#442316 - 12/03/17 09:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Ok, I need to know...how many top line writers are on staff over at the group known as "Floyd Jane?"

I used to think you were but one person, however, as you (plural) have demonstrated, that is clearly NOT the case! It simply wouldn't be possible.

Sorry to point out the obvious.
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#442433 - 12/03/17 06:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Floyd !

The best I´ve heard from
you so far without any doubt !
Love your singing and that
superb tune with those beautiful
chords !:))

Cheers
Dani


smile Thanks, Dani...

Originally Posted By: PeterF
floyd

A wonderful piece of storytelling.
The music sits perfectly behind the lyric with your trademark delivery.
Lovely mix and full of superb lines and touches.

Peter


Appreciate that, Peter...
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#442637 - 12/04/17 02:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: MusicStudent]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Very cool lyric Floyd. Vocal and backtrack was such a smooth blend. Just fit so tight with each other. So enjoyable. Guitar was very cool as well. Well done


Thanks, Scott...


Originally Posted By: MusicStudent
You the man FJ.


Always appreciate you stopping by, Dan...
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#442657 - 12/04/17 05:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Genius writing again from you Floyd.

This is magical, both in its sensational instrumentation, but even more so because of the sensational lyrics.

This is story telling - put to music - at its absolute best.

A real winner. Polished delivery. Class? No question at all.
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#442917 - 12/05/17 08:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Another great tune. I just love your songs. The story behind this one is really cool and the way you tell the story is great.
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#443008 - 12/06/17 08:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: animarorecords]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
floyd

A wonderful piece of storytelling.
The music sits perfectly behind the lyric with your trademark delivery.
Lovely mix and full of superb lines and touches.

Peter


Floyd,
I could quote all the praise of listeners so far- Peter sums up my thoughts well.
This is the best song I`ve heard about "bums" ( we called them tramps in the UK) since Ralph McTell`s Streets of London.
Going back for another liten to all that streetwise wisdom!

Robert


Thanks, Robert. Wasn't familiar with Ralph McTell, so went and had a listen... the internet is such an amazing thing...


Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, floyd

There is a deep taste of the folk song in this tune.
I like your rock vocals very much, but this song is also very nice.
How to use RealTracks is really wonderful.
Particularly Mandolin, Soloist CountryAndy Ev 165.
And as always, your vocals are noteworthy.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Shigeki Adachi - Thanks you very much...
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#443099 - 12/06/17 03:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: Jon Thomas
I like it very much Floyd.
As someone said, the lack of chorus may seem odd at first, but it does add power to the storytelling element.
Great job. Wow.


Thanks, Jon. Appreciate that. Just listened to your latest - a Wow right back at ya....


Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Did we just hear a lost Prine write?

Never noticed the lack of a chorus as the arrangement is perfect for the story and supporting imagery.

The build and variety of instruments is extremely effective and indicative of a heckuva mix.

The vocal was perfect and full of, as Janice said, “richness.”

Many singer songwriters would be delighted to have one or two tunes like this in their repertoire but, man, you are a cornucopia!

J&B

PS We used to talk to an elderly lady, Pearl, who much reminds us of your story.


smile - I never thought of this as one of my "Prine inspired songs" (I've had many)... more a Jerry Jeff Walker thing, I think... Thanks for the nice review...
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#443131 - 12/06/17 06:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Don't think I didn't notice that you "missed" answering my questions. wink

I'm on to you. I'm like the FBI meets Band In A Box. I'm the FBIAB?

You know how I feel about the song. LOVE IT!
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#443278 - 12/07/17 07:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
A BIG WOOOOOOOOOW!!!! This is just great storytelling! I was first struck by the line David referenced. BUT, the whole song is so beautifully put together. Brilliant writing! The repetition of the verse structure as the story unfolds just tangles the listener into the story. Reminds me of something by Jerry Jeff or Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone. The arrangement is PERFECT! And the vocal is exactly the right tone for the story. In the LP days, this would be a first or last song on one side of the Best of Floyd Jane. Awesome Floyd!!! Take care. Greg


Greg - thank you for such an awesome review. Warmed my heart... smile
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#443298 - 12/07/17 08:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Originally Posted By: JoanneCooper
Ah floyd. This is just lovely. Sell you a story for a cigarette. Great line.
Just Wonderful


Thanks for stopping by, Joanne...
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#443457 - 12/07/17 06:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Great story over a top notch arrangement. The entire musical bed is outstanding. It really holds my interest. Enjoyed this a lot and for some reason the bass had my attention throughout the song. It really fit the vibe of the song. A good story of life, and a bit in the vein of "Wrong Mailbox"

Good song by every measure.

Charlie


Thanks, Charlie. I certainly appreciate that you remember Wrong Mailbox...
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#443547 - 12/08/17 08:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
This is great Floyd! What a story teller you are! Top level Singing/writing/production and I mean it!!! Veteran musicians have some of the best tales to tell! Thanks, Torrey


Very much appreciated, Torrey... Hope you continue your many contributions in the new year - always enjoy your music...
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#443578 - 12/08/17 10:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd Jingles

by David Snyder

V1

I knew a man his name was Floyd
he played the blues
in worn out shoes
cranky guy, hit writing man
from Florida
he paid his dues

and when he wrote a song
when he wrote a song
it just made me cry


CH

Oh those Floyd Jingles
Oh those Floyd Jingles
Oh those Floyd Jingles...

cry....

Words and Music 2017 by David "Jeff" Snyder

Can you hear it man???

smile
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#443587 - 12/08/17 11:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Very well written. And the music evokes a sunset on the ocean.

Wonderful song!

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#443746 - 12/09/17 05:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Originally Posted By: Jim Fogle
Great arrangement and mix. I appreciate you sharing the story behind the song. The song draws you in, the longer you listen the more you want to hear. Really like the fadeout.


Nice to have you drop in, Jim. Thanks...
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#443817 - 12/09/17 11:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
I love that story!
The song itself reminded me of Homeless Brother (at least I seem to remember that was the name of the song) by Don Mclean.
Top quality as usual!

Rob


Thanks, Rob. I think I may have had that LP - though it was one of those that I played a few times then forgot... went and listened to the song on Youtube - seems familiar, so I must have known it at some point...
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#443850 - 12/09/17 01:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Your new best song!!

Excellent performance, great sound and real tracks choice.
A bit moving story in the song.

Sergio
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#444010 - 12/10/17 11:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: HearToLearn]
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Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
Ok, I need to know...how many top line writers are on staff over at the group known as "Floyd Jane?"

I used to think you were but one person, however, as you (plural) have demonstrated, that is clearly NOT the case! It simply wouldn't be possible.

Sorry to point out the obvious.


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#444059 - 12/10/17 02:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Samuel Davis]
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Genius writing again from you Floyd.

This is magical, both in its sensational instrumentation, but even more so because of the sensational lyrics.

This is story telling - put to music - at its absolute best.

A real winner. Polished delivery. Class? No question at all.


Trev - I really appreciate that review. Thank you...



Originally Posted By: Samuel Davis
Another great tune. I just love your songs. The story behind this one is really cool and the way you tell the story is great.


Sammy - thanks for your support... looking forward to what you do in 2018... Saddle up - I'll give you a run for your money, son...

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#444208 - 12/11/17 07:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Another in a long line of well written story songs. Impeccable production and experly delivered. Your standards have not been compromised with this one. ALWAYS a pleasure to listen to your artistry, Tom

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#444212 - 12/11/17 07:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: tommyad]
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Another in a long line of well written story songs. Impeccable production and experly delivered. Your standards have not been compromised with this one. ALWAYS a pleasure to listen to your artistry, Tom




+1.



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#444287 - 12/11/17 11:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: gruverider]
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Originally Posted By: Samuel Davis
Another great tune. I just love your songs. The story behind this one is really cool and the way you tell the story is great.


Thanks, Samuel - appreciate that...'


Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
Don't think I didn't notice that you "missed" answering my questions. wink

I'm on to you. I'm like the FBI meets Band In A Box. I'm the FBIAB?

You know how I feel about the song. LOVE IT!



smile smile smile

wink



Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Floyd Jingles

by David Snyder

V1

I knew a man his name was Floyd
he played the blues
in worn out shoes
cranky guy, hit writing man
from Florida
he paid his dues

and when he wrote a song
when he wrote a song
it just made me cry


CH

Oh those Floyd Jingles
Oh those Floyd Jingles
Oh those Floyd Jingles...

cry....

Words and Music 2017 by David "Jeff" Snyder

Can you hear it man???

smile


OK... I'm expecting the other 8 verses of this... smile



Originally Posted By: gruverider
Very well written. And the music evokes a sunset on the ocean.

Wonderful song!


Thanks, Lawrence! We need to see you more often!!!
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#444365 - 12/11/17 02:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: 90 dB]
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Time to wrap this bum up... (yes, pun intended).

"Drizzle, Drazzle, Drozzle, Drome; time for this one to come home."


Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri

Your new best song!!

Excellent performance, great sound and real tracks choice.
A bit moving story in the song.

Sergio


Thanks, Sergio, glad you liked it...



Originally Posted By: tommyad
Another in a long line of well written story songs. Impeccable production and experly delivered. Your standards have not been compromised with this one. ALWAYS a pleasure to listen to your artistry, Tom


Thanks, Tom.... SO pleased to see you back... looking forward to what you do in 2018...



Originally Posted By: 90 dB
Originally Posted By: tommyad
Another in a long line of well written story songs. Impeccable production and experly delivered. Your standards have not been compromised with this one. ALWAYS a pleasure to listen to your artistry, Tom




+1.



Regards,

Bob


Bob - great to see you here, too... your Christmas song is killer..
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