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#228741 - 12/16/13 06:14 PM [User Showcase] Don't Make Fun Of Me
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This is a song about an issue that has been in the news lately. My vocals and acoustic guitar leads. All comment/suggestions welcome.

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Don't Make Fun Of Me



I watched them on the playground

as they stood around and laughed

at the little boy as he struggled to his feet

No one tried to step in and lend a helping hand

it was as sad as anything I’d ever seen



He had taped up glasses and crooked smile and he walked a little pigeon toed

He was different than the other boys out there

Aren’t we all God’s children or have we sunk this low

the kids I watched that day didn’t seem to care


Please Mister can you tell them don’t make fun of me

They don’t know the pain that I’ve been through

Please Mister can you tell them just to let me be

They forget that I’m a person too


Break


I’ve heard about the schoolyard bullies and I know kids can be mean

but i didn’t see it much where I was raised

They always pick the weakest it’s a shocking thing to see

a little boy looking up into my face and saying


Please Mister can you tell them don’t make fun of me

They don’t know the pain that I’ve been through

Please Mister can you tell them just to let me be

They forget that I’m a person too

©Thomas Adams 2013

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#228804 - 12/16/13 10:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Hey Tommy

A real nice tune. What a great theme, I hope people do take notice of how we all need to take care of each other a bit more.
I liked the (more-or-less) acapella style lead-in for first two verses with just vocals and guitar, and then bringing in the rhythm section "A tempo" at 1:20. Worked nice.

Great job.
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#228806 - 12/16/13 11:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Another cool tune Tommy. Well done. Well played and well sung. Awesome lyrics. Thanks for sharing
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#228807 - 12/16/13 11:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tom,

A very memorable song with a great, thought-provoking theme. I enjoyed the ride. It is very well written, very well performed and mixed with the skill of an expert.

All the best,
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#228962 - 12/17/13 01:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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VT, Scott and Noel, Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment . I appreciate it. Tom

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#228966 - 12/17/13 01:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Tommy,
Very well done, each area of this tune is exceptional, thanks for sharing!



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#228970 - 12/17/13 02:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tommy
A well thought out song with a theme that is all too familiar. You can believe that it is an "Issue" here in the UK as well. I shall not get on my Soapbox about it save to say that more direct action needs to be taken by Teachers and School Staff.
A great song, Tommy - this should go out World-wide.
cheers
ian
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#228971 - 12/17/13 02:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Hi, Tommy !:))

Where I live knowadays I do not see
that kind of situations, but
your tune brought back a lot
of memories from school times.
In fact, your tune touched me
to the point that I got something
unexpected in my eyes !:)

The message came through, clearly !

Cheers
Dani

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#229002 - 12/17/13 03:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Great work Tommy; an important song beautifully put together and performed. Lovely guitar work.

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#229176 - 12/18/13 07:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,

Everything about this shines. A very well-written song. An important subject, well treated. You said exactly what needed to be said without bogging down and without "preaching" - story well told. Perfect. Solid vocal and harmony. Good production and mix. Terrific guitar work.

Super.

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#229264 - 12/18/13 02:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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I can add nothing to the above. Particularly floyd's comments about not bogging down and/or becoming preachy. It's hard to pull off a song like this but you did a wonderful job of it. The theme, the singing, the picking, and the mix all work together for a powerful statement.
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#229482 - 12/19/13 08:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Robert, Ian,Dani and John, Thanks so much for listening and commenting. I always look forward to what each of you have to say. All the best, Tom

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#229484 - 12/19/13 08:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Floyd and Bud, Thanks for checking in on this one. I am glad that you picked up on the lack of preaching. My take on this is to just tell the story, get the point across and let the listener draw the conclusion. Soapbox preaching can ruin the message. Thanks again to both of you, I have the highest regard for both of your opinions. Tom

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#229489 - 12/19/13 09:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tommy,

Sounds great, great lyrics. You got the message across in a strong way by telling a story. Thanks for posting.
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#229491 - 12/19/13 09:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Hey Frank, Thanks for listening and commenting. Tom

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#229557 - 12/19/13 12:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Tommy,
Great song and performance. Really important topic I'm glad I didn't miss this one. Thanks for sharing.
SD

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#229572 - 12/19/13 02:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Very good song and performance Tommy. The only thing I would add would be one more chorus where the bullied kid decides enough is enough then just WOPS the living you know what out of the bully.

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#229612 - 12/19/13 04:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Tommy,

nice job on the writing and recording. Good treatment of the topic.

I think your voice really shines on this.... you have a good voice for country music. Acoustic sounds good too.
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#229719 - 12/20/13 08:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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SD, Thanks for the listen and the comments. I appreciate it.

Danny, I am glad that the song made you think of fighting back. Where I come from that is exactly what would have happened.

Herb, Thanks for your kind comments. I have never considered my voice one of my strong points, but it's fun to try.

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#229756 - 12/20/13 11:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Don't Make Fun Of Me [Re: tommyad]
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Tommy,

Sometimes your songs speak directly to a listener. They conjure up the past, put images right in front of you and a rock in your gut. I had a tough time making it through this one but I managed. I was the kid on the ground with the taped-up glasses and, yes, I am pigeon toed.

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