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Sweltering in a recent heatwave and choking on forest fire smoke - both recurring summer events in these parts- I got climate change confused with a nursery rhyme, political humbug with a silly game, and came up with this.
Scott didn`t raise an eyebrow and delivered the feisty twin guitars.
My first try at mastering with Ozone 8, so comments on that or any other aspect of the song are welcome.


RealTracks in song: 1418:Bass, Electric, Southern
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Rock Paper Scissors

King`s in his counting house
counting worthless money
Queen`s in the parlour
eating the last bread and honey
cook can`t find a blackbird
to bake in a pie
birds and bees flew out
through a hole in the sky
four and twenty ministers
deciding who to blame
as soon as they finish
another round of their game

rock paper scissors
tick tock tick tock
there won`t be a winner
too late to stop
its so damn hot

maid says there`s no garden
all the taps went dry
raised the castle drawbridge
shut out the cries
priests count regrets
on a rosary
poets scrawl on the walls
the land`s obituary

rock paper scissors
tick tock tick tock
there won`t be a winner
too late to stop
so damn hot


the King calls for ice!
to chill his martini
who`s gonna tell him
it melted in the sea


rock paper scissors
tick tock tick tock
there won`t be a winner
its so damn hot
is it too late to stop?

© Robert Cordrey Aug.2018

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Robert / Scott,

This is really outstanding! Great rock song - love the Clapton-like sounds Scott is getting... Great vocal and production Robert.

Simply great all around!

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This was another fun project.
Used two different guitars for each part.
PRS P24 for the main part
Gibson Les Paul for the second part
Amp is a Ceriatone CWreck
Maxon tube screamer

Last edited by Scott C; 08/25/18 07:31 AM.

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Beautiful job guys! Loved the guitar ring. It rocks! Really enjoyed it. Thx for sharing.

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Robert & Scott,

I dig it when y'all "get your San Fransisco on". This one goes there big time.

Good psych rock write. The BAND works great for it - good choices. And a good mix.

Scott - your guitar on this is cool - again, sounds like it came right out of early 70's SF rock scene...

(I though you could have gotten wilder with the vocal effects).

Really enjoyed this. Great feel.

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I love this!!! Trippy song, and Scott's riffs were a perfect ingredient to decorate this soup of sound! Some great lyrics:


cook can`t find a blackbird
to bake in a pie
birds and bees flew out
through a hole in the sky

John Lennon is turning in his grave, saying "Why didn't I think of that?"

Great stuff guys!! Take care. Greg

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Robert /Scott

Sound great - nicely mastered Robert and love the guitar part Scott added to this.
Really great work by both of you - great stuff.

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Very nice guys, you handle the late 60’s vibe so well!

Cool lyrics as always, and the twin guitar attack works well.

Just a very nice overall feel to this one.

Great collab as always Robert and Scott, enjoyed the listen!

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Fun song! What I like best about it was the melodic theme that you carried throughout that’s based on the rock paper scissors… I thought that your lyric idea of mixing all those topic elements worked out really great… Gives a listener the impression that they “kind of” know what you’re talking about, but not quite—a little bit of mystery there! The live guitar elements were outstanding.

My only element the feedback is in the use of the words “rosary/obituary”—to my ears, when you create a rhyme that makes an unnatural emphasis (ros-a-REE), it comes off less smooth to the ear than maybe some other word choice that has a natural emphasis in the last syllable—just my opinion.

Really enjoyed you work, the collaboration, and the mos creative idea. Hope things have cooled down!!

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Robert and Scott,

Hehe! wish we had some more hot weather.

Nice guitar from Scott and a great song from you.
Sounds good here.
enjoyed

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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Robert / Scott,

This is really outstanding! Great rock song - love the Clapton-like sounds Scott is getting... Great vocal and production Robert.

Simply great all around!

Bob


Bob,

This started out much more country blues than rock... then I asked Scott to try the l/r dueling guitars and it got alot more enenergetic.
Glad you liked it!

Robert

Originally Posted By: GocartMoz
Beautiful job guys! Loved the guitar ring. It rocks! Really enjoyed it. Thx for sharing.

Dave


Thank you, Dave!

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Robert & Scott,

I dig it when y'all "get your San Fransisco on". This one goes there big time.

Good psych rock write. The BAND works great for it - good choices. And a good mix.

Scott - your guitar on this is cool - again, sounds like it came right out of early 70's SF rock scene...

(I though you could have gotten wilder with the vocal effects).

Really enjoyed this. Great feel.

fj


Floyd,

The inspiration for the music on this started with listening to Sun Zoom Spark ( Beefheart), so you are close to the mark on the psych part... actually I kind of wished I could swallow sandpaper or something to rough up my voice to get more of that attitude into the vocals. Maybe there`s a Nectar preset for that, but I haven`t found it yet.
Your feedback is most appreciated.

Robert

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Robert/Scott, very nice collaboration! Robert, you've offered up some super great lyric content again and I really liked the sound you have on guitar in this Scott! The guitar and vocal played off each other nicely! Thanks, Torrey

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Whoah!!!!!!!!


The rusted chains of prison moons
Are shattered by the sun
I walk a road, horizons change
The tournament's begun
The purple piper plays his tune,
The choir softly sings;
Three lullabies in an ancient tongue,
For the court of the crimson king..


Wait, wrong song!

Man you guys had me tripping so hard I had a flashback and I thought my neighbor's face was a skeleton head.

This is so utterly cool, it's outrageous.

Totally King Crimson though.

And that's all right!! Magical, dudes.

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What a tune! I'm loving this one - the groove, the guitar work, your vocals, the lyrics - it all comes together here. It flows magnificently, and has an almost epic feel to it. The sound is gigantic, and almost forces your attention. I can't help but imagine how great this would sound live.

Great work and thanks for sharing smile


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Robert/Scott, excellent collaboration! Loved the lyrics and the guitar soloing. The insistent melody's stuck in my head now!
cool crazy

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This song was a really cool one. I really love the artist choices you made. Awesome job, thanks for sharing!


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Groovy!

love the phrasing, guitars rock mucho

cool song

great write

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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
I love this!!! Trippy song, and Scott's riffs were a perfect ingredient to decorate this soup of sound! Some great lyrics:


cook can`t find a blackbird
to bake in a pie
birds and bees flew out
through a hole in the sky

John Lennon is turning in his grave, saying "Why didn't I think of that?"

Great stuff guys!! Take care. Greg


Greg,
After writing this I thought " bet there are a bunch of songs with that title"... apparently not.
You picked my favourite verse to quote, so thank you!

Robert

Originally Posted By: PeterF
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Sound great - nicely mastered Robert and love the guitar part Scott added to this.
Really great work by both of you - great stuff.

Peter


Peter,
Thank you - I agree Scott`s guitars here are cool and its good to know the production sounds ok (I really like that Tonal Balance plugin for Ozone8).
Cheers,

Robert

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Very nice guys, you handle the late 60’s vibe so well!

Cool lyrics as always, and the twin guitar attack works well.

Just a very nice overall feel to this one.

Great collab as always Robert and Scott, enjoyed the listen!



Thanks for being a regular listener and supporter of our collaborations, Dave!

Robert

Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Fun song! What I like best about it was the melodic theme that you carried throughout that’s based on the rock paper scissors… I thought that your lyric idea of mixing all those topic elements worked out really great… Gives a listener the impression that they “kind of” know what you’re talking about, but not quite—a little bit of mystery there! The live guitar elements were outstanding.

My only element the feedback is in the use of the words “rosary/obituary”—to my ears, when you create a rhyme that makes an unnatural emphasis (ros-a-REE), it comes off less smooth to the ear than maybe some other word choice that has a natural emphasis in the last syllable—just my opinion.

Really enjoyed you work, the collaboration, and the mos creative idea. Hope things have cooled down!!


Yes, a bit cooler now... but I really should stop checking the global Co2 levels, its bad for my health!
Thank you for your thoughtful review.
There`s another awkward rhyme pair in the lyric -" martini/sea" - I got around by recording that one again...and maybe should have revisited " rosary" to change the emphasis.

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So damn hot and so damn cool!

We've said it many times but your lyrics would lend themselves to stellar videos!

"Actually I kind of wished I could swallow sandpaper or something to rough up my voice to get more of that attitude into the vocals."

Johnny Winter wrote that he used to shout/scream into a pillow to roughen up his voice...if I recall correctly. You could try that and not disturb your spouse smile

You guys OWN this style around here and it's well deserved. Sophisticated psychedelia it is.

Fine write, vocals and the guitars (playing and tone).

Kudos y'all!

J&B

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Robert and Scott,

Hehe! wish we had some more hot weather.

Nice guitar from Scott and a great song from you.
Sounds good here.
enjoyed

Alyn


Thanks for the listen, Alyn.
I think Britain just had its heatwave- sit tight, there`s more coming!

Robert

Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Robert/Scott, very nice collaboration! Robert, you've offered up some super great lyric content again and I really liked the sound you have on guitar in this Scott! The guitar and vocal played off each other nicely! Thanks, Torrey


Torrey,

I had to redo some of the vocal after Scott sent his guitar tracks, to try & bring them up closer to the level of his playing.
Glad you liked this.

Robert

Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Whoah!!!!!!!!


The rusted chains of prison moons
Are shattered by the sun
I walk a road, horizons change
The tournament's begun
The purple piper plays his tune,
The choir softly sings;
Three lullabies in an ancient tongue,
For the court of the crimson king..


Wait, wrong song!

Man you guys had me tripping so hard I had a flashback and I thought my neighbor's face was a skeleton head.

This is so utterly cool, it's outrageous.

Totally King Crimson though.

And that's all right!! Magical, dudes.



David,
Well I can hear a bit of 21st Century Schizoid Man in the lyrics
so I`m tickled this gave you flashbacks... hope they were fun!
Thanks for the thumbs up.

Robert

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