Damn me (it looked like rain)

Posted by: gibson

Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/22/14 09:41 AM

This is the 1st of 2 songs I wrote one weekend in 1975. I was at St Pancras Station London one Friday afternoon saying goodbye to the latest love of my life who was going away for the weekend and this is the one she liked the most.
Both songs emerged over the next few weeks. This was written on that piano in that room in "A Place that I go to".

I heard the 1st 2 lines said by a disgruntled passerby as I sprinted to the bar once the train had gone, except a different expletive I believe!! It was hammering down.

DAMN ME

Damn me It looked like rain
Oh those storm clouds crowding the skies over me again
I remember what you said as the train pulled out on time

Why Now do they have to run on time
When I only have these moments left with you going out of my mind

It always bin the same
I paint a picture with words in my mind again
As the sun always shines on the canvas that’s my mind

Why Now do they have to run on time
When I only have these moments left with you going out of my mind

Its OK you can tell your friends
You can write a book about it if you want to
You even could pretend that you're not there
But somewhere in your mind etched for the rest of time
Is that space for those thoughts of me and you

No wonder some one cries
No wonder they all tell lies
If this is what they go through
Just like me and you
Saying hullo is the easy part
Saying good bye oh no

Damn me if you didn’t smile
And that somehow now makes this all worthwhile

RealTracks in song: 854:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm RockWaltzA-B Ev 140
RealTracks in style: ~522:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1265:Synth Pad, PopShiningSoft Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 793:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming ModernCountrySync Ev 100
RealTracks in song: ~598:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Bluegrass Doc Ev 100

Strings and synths using chord track and NI FM7 and Emu Proteus
BVs The Flab Four
and a bit of me on my 12 string

enjoy

Alyn

Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/22/14 12:44 PM

Great feel on this one Alyn, as usual!! The chord changes are really unusual but beautifully musical. I love the bass string on the guitar doing that walk up (I'm guessing that's you on the 12 string). Another very creative, unique and wonderfully pleasant tune! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/22/14 01:04 PM

This is a really good song. My favorite of yours so far. Nice write and arrangement.


Charlie
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/22/14 03:19 PM

Alyn, The twelver sounds great. There are some unusual chord changes in this one but you always pull it back in and pull it off. I think it's great that you overheard someone say a line and built a song around it. A very enjoyable listen . Tom
Posted by: ROG

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/22/14 03:36 PM

Hi Alyn.

Yes, I'm another one who liked the chords and the ascending run.

But then, I liked everything about this track.

It's another song with "Alyn" stamped all over it. Always good, always original.

It's rare for me to like everything that one person does, but I'm still waiting for a track from you which I don't like.

ROG.
Posted by: dani48

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/22/14 04:22 PM

Hi, Alyn !

This is also my favorite
of your superb tunes !:))
The lyrics are great and
the twelver sound absolutely
magic !:)) Gracias mi amigo !!!

Cheers
Dani
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/22/14 09:37 PM

Alyn,

I also liked everything about this track. Arrangement, vocal, lyrics....totally engaged and enjoyed from start to finish.

One of your best.


Josie
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/23/14 05:52 AM

Alyn,

"But somewhere in your mind etched for the rest of time
Is that space for those thoughts of me and you"

Nice!

Really like the slight echo on the vocal... The 12 sounds great.

Nice melody, too.. Excellent listen!

floyd
Posted by: rsdean

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/23/14 07:55 AM

Alyn,

Really nice - very cool lyrics and arrangement. Loved it all!

Bob
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/23/14 08:34 AM

Floyd beat me to the punch on mentioning that line.
EXCELLENT!

A neat inspiration and a cool write to follow it
up with. Great arrangement. Don't hear many
12 string guitars now days.

We enjoyed everything about it!

J&B
Posted by: RnAM

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/23/14 12:36 PM

Hi Alyn,

This song reminds us of some early Bowie songs.
Nice music and melody. We also love the 12-string.

Rob and Anne-Marie
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/23/14 01:59 PM

Loved it Alyn. Neat chords changes. Lyrics, playing, singing were excellent
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 12:32 AM

Greg,

Thank you for those nice comments, yes it was me on my 12, actually 11 string as one of my top E's went *POP* and I didn't, strangely, have a spare E!!

Glad you enjoyed,

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 12:33 AM

Charlie,

Thanks for listening, I appreciate your comments.

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 12:36 AM

ROG,

Thank you.
I have always wanted my songs/style to be unique and I thank you for saying so. Coming from you that is a REAL compliment.

Take care and keep producing your masterpieces

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 12:43 AM

Dani,
Thanks dear friend, that was my idea of a love song.

I re-met the young lady a few years ago and we Skype now, she still looks the same, if you squint a bit, LOL.

Thanks for commenting

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 12:49 AM

Josie,

I'm glad you liked this, it was a very personal song at the time to a very lovely young lady.

Glad it held your attention throughout.

ALyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 12:59 AM

floyd,

That line appeared because at the time I was revising for my Dental finals and we were in the middle of neurology revision lectures and all I can remember now is the brain storing everything we do, to be recalled when there is a trigger point.

and it fitted perfectly.

I love my 12 string, known as birdie cos it was a gibson hummingbird copy. Well behaved as it is always in tune! Altho' it was actually an 11 string at the time as I said in my reply to Greg!

Thanks for listening

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 01:00 AM

Thanks Bob,

So glad you enjoyed it

Also good to hear you back on the forum!!

take care

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 01:06 AM

Janice and Bud,

As I mentioned to floyd that line appeared because of the other part of my life then, revising for finals mad

I got soaked on the way to the bar and the 1st words were that phrase verbatim, but of course I had to change the expletive and its adjective variation.

I only play that 12 string when I am acoustic, don't like the sound of a 6 string, also a 12 covers a lot of mistakes!

take care, both

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 01:09 AM

Rob and Anne-Marie,

I was into the early songs of Bowie before Ziggy Stardust.
I heard "memory of a free festival" in the early '70's and that started me being influenced by him.

I only play 12 string acoustic ever since I got this one in 1972/3. Glad you liked it.

All the beat

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 01:11 AM

Scott,

Thanks for listening and I am glad you liked the song.

I have to say I like your avatar, is that your guitar rack?
Its a bit like mine LOL

All the best

Alyn
Posted by: Pat Marr

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 04:19 AM

Alyn,


The whole time I was listening, I kept thinking "that sounds like somebody famous... but who...?"
So my main question is this: "how did you convince Cat Stevens to come over and sit in on your recording session?"

Put my name of the list of people who liked the interesting chord progression! That's something I always listen for in showcase songs.

Interesting use of environmental lyrics captured as random people pass by. I bet there's more of that in songs than we normally realize.

I also really enjoy hearing your accent as you sing. With some people, singing just comes out differently than speaking, and regional accents don't pass thru the filter. Yours does, and I like the effect.

Good project Alyn! Keep 'em coming!
Posted by: boehm

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 09:02 AM

Hi Alyn,

a very personal song and a personal accent.
I like both plus your 12 string guitar.

Guenter
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 10:30 AM

Tommy,

AARGH!! Where did my reply to you go??
Thanks for listening and your comments.

AT that time in my life I tried to intentionally throw in strange chord relationships (that sounds grand!)Glad this effort worked!! BIAB has given more ways now!!

All the best,

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 10:38 AM

Pat,

Hmm Cat Stevens, thank you. I wish I could write like he does.

As I said to Tom I was in a phase of strange progressions. Glad you liked it!

"environmental lyrics" brilliant!! I have written an environmental song YAY!

Someone once said I speak with a tune rather than sing so they were right!!

thanks for listening

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 10:40 AM

Guenter,

Thank you so much for those nice comments.


It was actually an 11 string as I broke the top E and didn't have a spare!!!

Alyn
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 10:48 AM

Really like this one Alyn. Love that 12 string too.


Regards,

Bob
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 04:50 PM

Alyn,

There's that unique voice. I can identify you in three notes, which is a lot more than I can say for all the musical clones in this world. Good lyrics that tell a story. I enjoyed this one a great deal.

Dean
Posted by: MarioD

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/24/14 05:05 PM

Alyn this is your best to date IMHO.

12 string guitars are great are they not? I love that sound. You vocals were super here and I liked your harmonies as well. That chord progression was super, as was the mix.

You should be very proud of this one.
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/25/14 01:06 AM

Bob,

Thanks for commenting, I have always loved the sound of a 12 string ever since I heard The Byrds and an Aussie Group, The Seekers, when I was a child in the 60's.

take care,

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/25/14 01:12 AM

Dean,

What can I say, praise coming from a musician like you is praise indeed, thank you.
I dislike musical clones, if you can't be original why bother, is my opinion!!!

"I enjoyed this one a great deal."

Thank you,

All the best, I look forward to your next masterpiece.

Alyn
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/25/14 01:19 AM

Mario,

12 strings are GRRRREAT!
I restring mine with the octave strings of the pair first, in a downward strum direction, E A D and then unison on G B E.

Thank you, I am humbled by your comments, coming from a great musician as yourself.

Alyn
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/25/14 05:07 AM

Originally Posted By: gibson
Bob,

Thanks for commenting, I have always loved the sound of a 12 string ever since I heard The Byrds and an Aussie Group, The Seekers, when I was a child in the 60's.

take care,

Alyn




Loved The Seekers too. Here's another 12-string song that I've always loved:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_f16t1JGHo


Bucket List Item: Ricky 12 String. grin
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/25/14 05:54 AM

Bob,

We had the Crispian St Peter's version here in the UK. A man who said he was a better song writer than the Beatles if I remember correctly, yup laugh.

In the video the rhythm guitarist on the ES335 looks like me in those days blush but a bit thinner.

I always wanted a Riki 12 but ended up with an Epiphone double neck, a bit like Charlie (C_fogle)'s avatar.

Nice seeing Fred Astaire in the video, another of my early heroes!

My 11 string is now back to 12 after a quick visit to the shops!

Alyn
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/25/14 06:02 AM

Alyn,

I had a Framus (German) Texan 12 string many moons ago. Loved it. Sounded like cathedral bells.

Now I'm Jonesing for another 12. Rats! mad
Posted by: gibson

Re: Damn me (it looked like rain) - 11/25/14 06:20 AM

Bob,

I remember the Framus 12 str, never played on tho'. There's a replacement window firm in town called Framous, the owner is a drummer but a great bloke all the same grin laugh

I jokingly tried to register Crane's Disease as a certifiable disease many years ago, but failed. It was published in a minor medical magazine tho' so nearly there LOL. Symptoms: The inability to walk past a musical instrument shop without going in and wanting/buying some musical goodies. Named after a local instrument emporium Cranes Music in Cardiff, Wales. Similar to GAS

Sadly there is a large chasm between wanting and being able to afford cry

Alyn