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Here is a Western Swing song that has been in the works for a while. I took this back down to drums and bass several times before I finally got it right. Janice came up with the melody and has laid down another of her signature vocal tracks. We welcome all comments/suggestions. Thanks, Tom

Tom Adams, Guitar and Steel Guitar
Janice Merritt, Vocal


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RealTracks in style: ~540:Bass, Electric, Pop Sw 165
RealTracks in song: 2048:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment CountrySwingJohn Sw 120
RealTracks in song: 1872:Fiddle, Soloist WesternSwingAndy Sw 165 (Bluesy)
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2166:Piano, Rhythm NewOrleansSwinginPop Sw 130
RealDrums: RealDrums in Style: NashvilleSwing8^2-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride


Bloodshot Lies

I don’t think that I ask too much just a little honesty

I’ve been good for you now Baby and you’ve been good for me

I’ll need cooperation if this is going to work

If you ask me nice I’ll tell the truth you’ve been a first class jerk


I took one look at you last night it’s enough to make me scream

i’m making myself crazy trying to find you some visine

You said that you’d been cryin wiping tears from your eyes

You can’t hide behind those bloodshot lies


i havent heard you sneezing so it cant be allergies

The least you could do is to tell the truth as a simple courtesy

don’t think that you can turn your head to hide the whiskey on your breath

Man you better close those eyes before you bleed half to death


i took one look at you last night it’s enough to make me scream

i’m making myself crazy trying to find you some visine

You said that you’d been cryin wiping tears from your eyes

You can’t hide behind those bloodshot lies


Webster’s called to let me know i used too many words

trying to get through to you This is so absurd

how can i still love you after all that you have done

i’ll give you one last chance to prove that you are still the one

i took one look at you last night it’s enough to make me scream
i’m making myself crazy trying to find you some visine
You said that you’d been cryin wiping tears from your eyes
You can’t hide behind those bloodshot lies

©2015 Thomas Adams/Janice Merritt

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Hi Janice and Tom.

Gosh! I've managed to get in first. That's a rare event. It could be a sign. I might buy a Tattslotto ticket tomorrow smile

This is fantastic (as your co-writes always seem to be). So many great and unusual rhymes! The two of you are a writing and performing powerhouse! I love the inventive hook and how you've supported it with such strong lyrics - excellent, excellent, excellent.

Janice, your singing is spectacular. Your performance really breathes life into these lyrics and transforms them into vivid 3-D images. I just sat here and let the movie unroll in my head.

Tom, your guitar work is always top notch and a pleasure to listen to. The piano break took me by surprise because I was anticipating a guitar solo... then came the violin (and I started thinking that there'd be no guitar this time around)... then you surprised me with your steel guitar. Seems like I was lulled into a false sense of expectation! That made me smile.

It sounds like you both had a huge amount of fun putting this one together!

All the best,
Noel




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Very nice. Sounds like archetipal western swing with a lot of blues in Janice's excellent vocal.
Marvelous title!
Excellent all round. Cheers.

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Tom/Janice,

Classic opening! Man! that is picture perfect!

Stunning vocal. You were born to this, girl! The mix under the vocal is just right - supporting, but allowing the vocal to shine. Boy, you sure got that bass in a nice place...

The steel swell into the chorus is special. (jealous)

The leads are all very well put together. Your best steel work so far (that I've heard) - top notch. The piano lead seemed like it needed just a hair more "punch" (volume, perhaps). The guitar was perfect! - great tone on that!

A very clever write. Solid throughout.

Everything about this is... professional. Studio quality.

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Wow guys, super job. The arrangement and production on this one really shines. Excellent playing Tom and Janice is superb with the vocals.

The writing and performance of this one gave me the vibe of those long years ago when girl country singers gave us real songs.

This is realistic to me, so much more so than the current crop of female country singers can do. This song will never be heard by the mainstream because the music industry have disabled their minds, but it should be heard, it will stand up against anything by anybody out there today.

Charlie


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Hi Tom and Janice,

very funny lyrics and what an arrangement and performance!
You topped yourself with your teamwork.
Masters of vocals and guitars.
I enjoyed this very much.

Guenter

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Originally Posted By: tommyad
[quote=Noel96]Hi Janice and Tom.

Gosh! I've managed to get in first. That's a rare event. It could be a sign. I might buy a Tattslotto ticket tomorrow smile

This is fantastic (as your co-writes always seem to be). So many great and unusual rhymes! The two of you are a writing and performing powerhouse! I love the inventive hook and how you've supported it with such strong lyrics - excellent, excellent, excellent.

Janice, your singing is spectacular. Your performance really breathes life into these lyrics and transforms them into vivid 3-D images. I just sat here and let the movie unroll in my head.

Tom, your guitar work is always top notch and a pleasure to listen to. The piano break took me by surprise because I was anticipating a guitar solo... then came the violin (and I started thinking that there'd be no guitar this time around)... then you surprised me with your steel guitar. Seems like I was lulled into a false sense of expectation! That made me smile.

It sounds like you both had a huge amount of fun putting this one together!

All the best,
Noel


Noel, Thanks for your wonderful review. We always look forward to what you have to say. And yes this was a lot of fun. Tom
Originally Posted By: RichMac
Very nice. Sounds like archetipal western swing with a lot of blues in Janice's excellent vocal.
Marvelous title!
Excellent all round. Cheers.
Richard, You are right. Janice can definitely slide around a note with the best of them. Glad you liked the title. Tom

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Tom, Janice,
Very well written and produced song. Excellent job!

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Hi Janice and Tom.

Gosh! I've managed to get in first. That's a rare event. It could be a sign. I might buy a Tattslotto ticket tomorrow smile

This is fantastic (as your co-writes always seem to be). So many great and unusual rhymes! The two of you are a writing and performing powerhouse! I love the inventive hook and how you've supported it with such strong lyrics - excellent, excellent, excellent.

Janice, your singing is spectacular. Your performance really breathes life into these lyrics and transforms them into vivid 3-D images. I just sat here and let the movie unroll in my head.

Tom, your guitar work is always top notch and a pleasure to listen to. The piano break took me by surprise because I was anticipating a guitar solo... then came the violin (and I started thinking that there'd be no guitar this time around)... then you surprised me with your steel guitar. Seems like I was lulled into a false sense of expectation! That made me smile.

It sounds like you both had a huge amount of fun putting this one together!

All the best,
Noel




Noel, no matter when you respond I'm always happy to read your comments. Thank you so much for saying that about my vocal. I love this style and Tom's production made it so easy to feel.

Janice

quote=RichMac]Very nice. Sounds like archetipal western swing with a lot of blues in Janice's excellent vocal.
Marvelous title!
Excellent all round. Cheers.[/quote]

Thank you! I love western swing and blues and this song did give me a chance to combine them.

Janice

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This one sounds great, one of your best collabs in my opinion. I like the fiddle intro that immediately sets the atmosphere of the song. The piano solo and of course Tom's guitar later on enhances things even more.
Janice's vocal is top notch.
Another winner!

Rob


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First just a super lyrical hook!

And then a beautiful Western Swing!

And wow, Janice knocks it out of the park!!!

Wonderful all around!

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Janice / Tom,

Another great one! Nothing else to say... Loved it!

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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom/Janice,

Classic opening! Man! that is picture perfect!

Stunning vocal. You were born to this, girl! The mix under the vocal is just right - supporting, but allowing the vocal to shine. Boy, you sure got that bass in a nice place...

The steel swell into the chorus is special. (jealous)

The leads are all very well put together. Your best steel work so far (that I've heard) - top notch. The piano lead seemed like it needed just a hair more "punch" (volume, perhaps). The guitar was perfect! - great tone on that!

A very clever write. Solid throughout.

Everything about this is... professional. Studio quality.

floyd



floyd, Thank you very much for once again giving us a very kind review. We appreciate everything you have to say about these songs and always look forward to your words. I actually thought the piano lead was a tad loud but maybe it's the fiddle lead that follows that is too loud. With our differing opinions on the piano, it's probably best left untouched for now. I really do appreciate all your thoughts on these songs. You're keeping me on my toes. Thanks from both of us, Tom

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Another hit from I-75! grin


Nicely done. Had me reachin' for a beer. cool


Regards,

Bob

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Hi there Tom and Janice.

A wonderful mix of styles, all wrapped up in a super professional package.

A bit of swing, a bit of country, a bit bluesy in places and then Janice managed to inject a fair amount of jazz into it with that amazing vocal track.

Loved every minute.

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You guys make a great team!! With Janice's vocal, Tom's guitar, and some fun, clever writing, what could possibly go wrong? From my perspective...Nothing! An excellent production that works on all levels. Great stuff guys! Take care. Greg

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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom/Janice,

Classic opening! Man! that is picture perfect!

Stunning vocal. You were born to this, girl! The mix under the vocal is just right - supporting, but allowing the vocal to shine. Boy, you sure got that bass in a nice place...

The steel swell into the chorus is special. (jealous)

The leads are all very well put together. Your best steel work so far (that I've heard) - top notch. The piano lead seemed like it needed just a hair more "punch" (volume, perhaps). The guitar was perfect! - great tone on that!

A very clever write. Solid throughout.

Everything about this is... professional. Studio quality.

floyd


Thank you floyd for saying that about my vocal. Some of my early memories of country music were of my daddy listening to Western Swing. And he played harmonica!

Janice

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Wow guys, super job. The arrangement and production on this one really shines. Excellent playing Tom and Janice is superb with the vocals.

The writing and performance of this one gave me the vibe of those long years ago when girl country singers gave us real songs.

This is realistic to me, so much more so than the current crop of female country singers can do. This song will never be heard by the mainstream because the music industry have disabled their minds, but it should be heard, it will stand up against anything by anybody out there today.

Charlie


Charlie, that is incredibly nice of you to say that. It's just fun playing a small part in keeping songs like this alive no matter who hears them. I'm thrilled that you heard it and liked it.

Janice

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Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Wow guys, super job. The arrangement and production on this one really shines. Excellent playing Tom and Janice is superb with the vocals.

The writing and performance of this one gave me the vibe of those long years ago when girl country singers gave us real songs.

This is realistic to me, so much more so than the current crop of female country singers can do. This song will never be heard by the mainstream because the music industry have disabled their minds, but it should be heard, it will stand up against anything by anybody out there today.

Charlie
Charlie, "Disabled their minds" funny, sad but funny. Thanks a lot for your kind words. We were hoping you'd like it. Tom
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Hi Tom and Janice,

very funny lyrics and what an arrangement and performance!
You topped yourself with your teamwork.
Masters of vocals and guitars.
I enjoyed this very much.

Guenter
Guenter, Thanks a lot . We had a lot of fun with this one. Tom
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Tom, Janice,
Very well written and produced song. Excellent job!

Ogi
Ogi, Thank you very much for taking the time to listen and comment. Tom
Originally Posted By: R & AM
This one sounds great, one of your best collabs in my opinion. I like the fiddle intro that immediately sets the atmosphere of the song. The piano solo and of course Tom's guitar later on enhances things even more.
Janice's vocal is top notch.
Another winner!

Rob
Rob, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. We appreciate it. Tom

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Clever and fun. Some very nice western swing picking and singing.

I'm grinning. grin

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Excellent work guys. What a lovely write and great production all round.

I thought visine was a South African/Zimbabwean thing?

I love the line "Man you better close those eyes before you bleed half to death".


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