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#486209 - 08/17/18 12:58 AM [User Showcase] I Wish I Had Religion
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I Wish I Had Religion

A somewhat lyrically dark rock tune.
Leon - Lyrics & Vocals
I played a number of rhythm & lead guitars(and sang a little).

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I Wish I Had Religion


Somebody creeping into my dreams
Grabs my hand and I wake with a scream
I don’t know how this ties into
What I’m working through, in my subconscious
My subconscious
There’s a feeling that I can’t pin down
Turn that frown upside down
I’d like to say it’ll be alright
I’d like to go to sleep tonight,
unconscious
unconscious

I wish I had religion
At least that way I could pray
I wish I had religion
At least that way I could pray

The wind is blowing hard again
However much that we pretend
Fanatics, fools and demagogues
let slip the dogs of war
The dogs of war

They pay me for what’s in my head
I’d like to build something instead
So obsessed with how we look
Eyes on phones, never read a book
Unconscious
Unconscious

She drove her car out to the lake
Kissed their cheeks, released the brake
Couldn’t see a future bright
Said kids we’re going to sleep tonight
Unconscious
Unconscious

I wish I had religion
At least that way I could pray
I wish I had religion
At least that way I could pray

Got a feeling that I can’t define
Looking over my shoulder all the time
I’ d like to say it’ll be alright
I’d like to sleep right through the night,
unconscious
unconscious

I wish I had religion
At least that way I could pray
I wish I had religion
At least that way I could pray

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#486213 - 08/17/18 01:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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I liked a lot the passage after the first chorus where the music seems to stops.
Well done.
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#486215 - 08/17/18 01:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Peter and Leon,

That enlivened my evening!

It's very different from your usual and I found it mesmerising. To my ears, the chorus is great and has a lot of potential to be an anthem. Have you thought about using it with this in mind?

I congratulate you on all the effects wizardry too. It's something that I've started playing around with lately and it overwhelms me most of the time!

All the best,
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#486222 - 08/17/18 04:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Nice!

Cool lyrics and very strong chorus.

Love the break down after that first chorus, very effective, and after the last chorus leading into the guitar solo.
Twin lead guitars during the solo is very cool too!

Well done Peter and Leon!

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#486232 - 08/17/18 05:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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It seems like it pretty cool but the vocals are completely swamped for the 1st few lines and gets lost again in the refrain.
When things drop back a little the vocal seems well set but it doesn't lift when the backing surges.
It's a terrific song, the arrangements are cool too - moving away from the obvious.
The solo is cool - and the movement in the parts is a treat.
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#486243 - 08/17/18 07:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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I really like the song. Loved the guitar solo and the production. Really intriguing lyric, as well. I agree that much of the vocal got buried in the effects. Awesome write and nice use of the backing tracks.

Dave

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#486247 - 08/17/18 08:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Really nice work! Really interesting from a conceptual standpoint. I'd personally turn up the volume on the vocals a bit, but that aside this is incredible. I love the lyrics, and the vocals are powerful and unique.

Great work and thanks for sharing smile
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#486255 - 08/17/18 08:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Great!

cool song, love the layers of sound

interesting progressions

strong contrasting chorus

enjoyed!

Kenny

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#486260 - 08/17/18 09:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Very cool and VERY interesting.

It has inspired my next song.

"I Wish I Didn't Have Religion."

smile
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#486272 - 08/17/18 11:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Hello Peter, I thought this song was very well done! It may just be my musical tastes, but I feel this is probably your best to date when you take into consideration every facet of the song, production, instrumentation and musicianship! Someone use the word mesmerizing and I could not agree more! I enjoyed every second of it! Thanks, Torrey
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#486293 - 08/17/18 12:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Peter & Leon,

SUPERB!

Y'all have both out-done yourselves on this one.

An excellent ""Dream Rock" write.
An excellent "Dream Rock" vocal - cool processing.
An excellent "Dream Rock" production.

I like the mix. It has a dream-like quality - Perfect!

This sounds GREAT really loud.

Excellent Music.

fj

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#486300 - 08/17/18 01:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Hi Peter & Leon !


I too find this tune
outstanding !!!!!!

A superb
co-work from both of you !

Congrats & cheers

Dani

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#486308 - 08/17/18 01:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Good lyrics, interesting little twists. Similarly, the changes throughout the song kept me interested to hear what would happen next.

Nicely done all around! laugh
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#486354 - 08/17/18 05:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: EMG]
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Originally Posted By: EMG
I liked a lot the passage after the first chorus where the music seems to stops.
Well done.


Thanks glad you liked it.

Peter

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#486361 - 08/17/18 06:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Peter & Leon,

I don`t usually repeat immediately on a song, but there`s no way to get all that`s going on here in one listen.
Its ambitious; prog rock with excellent lyrics, daring changes ( love that shift to the acoustic guitar at 1:30) and superb guitar layers.
On phones the vocals aren`t too far back for me - and there are some nice effects on them.
One of your best -and one of the most original songs I`ve heard here for some time.

Robert

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#486387 - 08/18/18 12:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Wow, what a dark mood! I like the dynamic flow of the song From a calm acoustic to strong chorus. Interesting chording and melody. Great arrangement completed by that solo guitar work.

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#486474 - 08/18/18 01:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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We agree with Dave.
The song, the guitar solo and the production are very cool. But the vocals could do with a little less effects.
Anyway, a very interesting song.

Rob and Anne-Marie
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#486500 - 08/18/18 03:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Peter and Leon,

That enlivened my evening!

It's very different from your usual and I found it mesmerising. To my ears, the chorus is great and has a lot of potential to be an anthem. Have you thought about using it with this in mind?

I congratulate you on all the effects wizardry too. It's something that I've started playing around with lately and it overwhelms me most of the time!

All the best,
Noel


Thanks for those comments Noel much appreciated.

Peter

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#486501 - 08/18/18 03:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Nice!

Cool lyrics and very strong chorus.

Love the break down after that first chorus, very effective, and after the last chorus leading into the guitar solo.
Twin lead guitars during the solo is very cool too!

Well done Peter and Leon!



Glad you liked the guitar parts Dave (tried not to overplay!)

Peter

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#486605 - 08/19/18 09:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Wish I Had Religion [Re: PeterF]
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Very cool tune Peter and Leon. That intro just grabbed me. I am really liking Leons vocals. Excellent guitar work on this Peter well done...

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