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#450020 - 01/09/18 02:06 AM [User Showcase] The Hard Way
PeterF Offline
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The Hard Way

A little rock song of regret & lessons learned.

Leon vocal & lyric
I sang a bit and played the guitars.

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The Hard Way

Don’t be too hard on yourself
Everybody stumbles now and then
She might forgive you given time
Maybe even take you back again

Some things you have to learn the hard way
No amount of well-meaning advice
Is as convincing as the lesson
Learned when she walks out of your life

I’m not gonna say I told you so
That you’ve got no one else to blame
Cause I know the way it’s gonna feel
Every time somebody says her name
I’ve walked inside your shoes
I know the meaning of regret
Like you will, I understand the blues
I know how low you’re gonna get

Don’t be too hard on yourself
Nobody always gets it right
We’ve all been down the road you’re on
We’ve felt like you will feel tonight

You won’t find answers in that bottle
Drunk or sober she will still be gone
You’ve got to pull yourself together
Dry your tears and try to carry on

I’m not gonna say I told you so
That you’ve got no one else to blame
Cause I know the way it’s gonna feel
Every time somebody says her name
I’ve walked inside your shoes
I know the meaning of regret
Like you will, I understand the blues
I know how low you’re gonna get

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#450021 - 01/09/18 02:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
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Peter,

I really enjoyed this. It has a very cool Al Stewart "Year Of The Cat" vibe. Good mix on the vocals and tracks as well.

Excellent!

Bob
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#450030 - 01/09/18 03:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
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You had me right from that great opening. Great groove, very infectious! Nice one guys, enjoyed the listen.
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#450047 - 01/09/18 06:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
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Hi Peter
This is fantastic! A real rocker. Great write and great production. Love those backing vocals.

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#450060 - 01/09/18 07:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
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Peter/Leon,

Terrific energy to this. Quite Knopfler-esque - the cadence of the lyric, the rhythm of the backing and (especially) the leads (love those leads!)... A very solid sound (good mix of the instruments for a cohesive sound)

Really enjoyed the listen (several, actually).

fj
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#450073 - 01/09/18 07:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
Scott C Offline
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Super intro Peter. Loved this tune. Super vocal, lyric and backtrack. Harmonies were excellent as well :-). Guitar was awesome. Very cool phrasing and tone..
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#450080 - 01/09/18 08:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
ROG Offline
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Loc: York, England
Hi Peter.

What a great song!

Super backing and vocal, but what made it for me was the lead guitar work.

I can see where Floyd is coming from with "Knopfler-esque", but for me that guitar had the feel of
Hendrix, both the sound and the playing. I'm thinking "Hey Joe" or "All Along the watchtower".

Fabulous stuff and definitely one of your best to date.

ROG.

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#450101 - 01/09/18 09:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
Janice & Bud Offline
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Man, does this ever grab you from the get-go!

Yet another fine production from a very fine team.

And regarding the lyric..."ain't it the truth!"

And Peter, you well know how much we love those soaring leads. We can see Clapton bending back and raising a foot smile

This is one you don't need to say a lot about...just listen again and enjoy...

Great collab you two!

J&B
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#450149 - 01/09/18 01:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: rsdean]
PeterF Offline
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Peter,

I really enjoyed this. It has a very cool Al Stewart "Year Of The Cat" vibe. Good mix on the vocals and tracks as well.

Excellent!

Bob


Thanks Bob - really enjoyed your new one.

Peter

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#450158 - 01/09/18 02:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
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Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
This had me rocking right from the intro.

(You won’t find answers in that bottle
Drunk or sober she will still be gone
You’ve got to pull yourself together
Dry your tears and try to carry on)

Great lyrics and upbeat tune.
Love it. Rob

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#450275 - 01/10/18 07:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
Deryk - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 02/15/17
Posts: 931
What a tune! Within about 2 seconds I knew I was going to be enjoying this - it’s got an addictive groove with a great riff, right from the get go. This whole tune just sound very well written, and professionally arranged. I wouldn’t bat an eyelash hearing this on the radio alongside the classics.


Thanks so much for sharing, Peter smile
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#450318 - 01/10/18 10:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Cooool Song!! A good lyric, and great rock vibe. Some great soloing in there (a little All Along the Watchtower). Great production and mix. Enjoyed this a bunch!! Take care. Greg

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#450346 - 01/10/18 12:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: BlueAttitude]
PeterF Offline
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
You had me right from that great opening. Great groove, very infectious! Nice one guys, enjoyed the listen.


Thanks a lot Dave.

Peter

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#450447 - 01/11/18 12:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: JoanneCooper]
PeterF Offline
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Registered: 12/06/03
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Loc: Sydney Australia
Originally Posted By: JoanneCooper
Hi Peter
This is fantastic! A real rocker. Great write and great production. Love those backing vocals.


Thanks Joanne - the backing vocal comment made me smile.

Peter

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#450457 - 01/11/18 04:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Hard Way [Re: PeterF]
tommyad Offline
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Registered: 05/22/11
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Loc: Florida
Peter & Leon, A good rocker. Some really nice guitar work. Good vocal and lyric. Very nice production. Mix sounds good. I enjoyed it! Tom

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