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The Slide

floyd and I (Bud) wrote the lyric while floyd alone developed the melody, chord progression and arrangement. As always floyd took what I thought was a decent idea and transformed it into IMO a fine song. Thanks!

Peter joined in with an intro lead and fills. He sent us a cornucopia of riches to choose from smile Thanks!

OK, it’s not about the “current situation(s);” rather, it’s a broken relationship tune told by a lady - perhaps a little twist on the old theme.

Your time to listen and comment is always appreciated.

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The Slide
© 2020 Bud Merritt & floyd jane / All Rights Reserved

i know i should have drawn the line
a drink or two before closing time
but inviting looks washed in neon
were more than enough to lead me on
 
a slippery slope a wayward path
so i was bound to face an angel's wrath
my demons determined to drive me mad
betraying you and all we had
 
   so many years out on the edge
   i’m still crawling through my wreckage
   always hoping you'll be on the other side
   and desperately hoping to stop the slide
 
a few hours with a stranger erased
a love that I can never replace
a fool opens dangerous doors
forgiveness has its limits, you reached yours
 
   so many years out on the edge
   i’m still crawling through my wreckage
   always hoping you'll be on the other side
   and desperately hoping to stop the slide
 
callin', callin'
fallin', fallin'
 
  so many years out on the edge
   I’m still crawling through my wreckage
   always hoping you'll be on the other side
   and desperately hoping to stop the slide
 
i know i should have drawn the line
a drink or two before closing time...

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Floyd Jane's influence can clearly be felt throughout this song. I can't quite point it out in words - maybe it's the soaring melody lines, who knows. But, without being able to articulate why, I would nevertheless spot his influence a mile away.

Yes, a new "twist" indeed to the genre. In my experience (disclaimer: I'm only joking!), a woman rarely admits she's wrong in such circumstances ... at least when she has to deal with someone like me, haha. Again, only joking ... but my point is that this is indeed an unexpected twist to the usual way these songs seem to go. In any case ... I love the lyrics.

And, of course, Janice sings the lights out of the song, so to speak ... with her usual-by-now-to-my-ears emotive communication. I love the ending, too ... a question which seems to remain hanging in the air ... a beautifully sung "ritenuto" :-) And that guitar ... :-)

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You guys and gal are so talented. It is amazing to me how you come up with one winner after another. Get lyrics and of course super vocal as usual. Love the mix. Peter's guitar is icing on the cake.


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Originally Posted By: musician17
Floyd Jane's influence can clearly be felt throughout this song. I can't quite point it out in words - maybe it's the soaring melody lines, who knows. But, without being able to articulate why, I would nevertheless spot his influence a mile away.

Yes, a new "twist" indeed to the genre. In my experience (disclaimer: I'm only joking!), a woman rarely admits she's wrong in such circumstances ... at least when she has to deal with someone like me, haha. Again, only joking ... but my point is that this is indeed an unexpected twist to the usual way these songs seem to go. In any case ... I love the lyrics.

And, of course, Janice sings the lights out of the song, so to speak ... with her usual-by-now-to-my-ears emotive communication. I love the ending, too ... a question which seems to remain hanging in the air ... a beautifully sung "ritenuto" :-) And that guitar ... :-)

Congratulations to all!!!


Thanks for ALL the kind words. And thanks for mentioning the tag. That also has the fj stamp on it!

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Such a nice collaboration!
Very fluid. Seems like everybody pitched in from the heart. Very rich arrangement. Janice vocals are a treat, loved the repetitive vocal solo from 2:30. Co-writing lyrics can be a tricky task.. Bud, FJ great job, very smooth! Peter's guitars add extra shine. P.S. Ending was super cool.
Congrats to all and thank you for sharing.

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Absolutely wonderful.
My only err umm is that the rim shot is a little aggressive in the intro ...could be my head though.
Fabulous fourth corner on a three cornered hat and the hat fits.
Love it.


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A fine song indeed, Bud and Floyd. Janice's vocal is splendid, as always.
I particularly like the 'crawling through my wreckage' line in the lyrics.
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
You guys and gal are so talented. It is amazing to me how you come up with one winner after another. Get lyrics and of course super vocal as usual. Love the mix. Peter's guitar is icing on the cake.



Yes, what Mario said ... in spades. Superb talent will always find a way to rise to the top. This is superb talent. I really like how the last word doesn't resolve to the tonic ... leaves a nice edge. A real sweet listen. Congrats to all!

Best to yous. Be safe ...

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Wow, this is great!

Really good writing and of course the vocal/harmonies are spot on.

The treatment on:

"callin', callin'
fallin', fallin'",

not exactly sure how you did that, but it's superb!

Outstanding from the intro with Peter's guitar to the ending with just Janice. Loved it!

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Very cool collaboration. Everything is perfect. Awesome lyric and vocal. Loved Peters guitar. Professional level production. Well done


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A good write with some subtle self examination, avoiding cliches.
Lots of mentionable lines; I like these:

a fool opens dangerous doors
forgiveness has its limits, you reached yours

The way Janice bends the melody adds to the hurt of the theme and Peter`s guitar has just the right edge.
I agree with Dave;that little vocal treatment on "callin` callin" is sublime!

Very good work from all four collaborators.

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Originally Posted By: edshaw
I'm speechless.


Originally Posted By: MarioD
You guys and gal are so talented. It is amazing to me how you come up with one winner after another. Get lyrics and of course super vocal as usual. Love the mix. Peter's guitar is icing on the cake.


Thanks y'all!

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Excellent write. Janice snakes around those lines with that world-weary sense. Band sounds good. Peter's fills extremely tasteful...good sense of "song". Really, really nice and effective ending that fits the theme to a tee. Much enjoyed.


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Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Such a nice collaboration!
Very fluid. Seems like everybody pitched in from the heart. Very rich arrangement. Janice vocals are a treat, loved the repetitive vocal solo from 2:30. Co-writing lyrics can be a tricky task.. Bud, FJ great job, very smooth! Peter's guitars add extra shine. P.S. Ending was super cool.
Congrats to all and thank you for sharing.

Misha.



Thanks Misha. We always look forward to collaborating with floyd. It’s been a fun eight year run. Thanks for mentioning all the aspects that we hoped folks would find pleasing!

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Absolutely wonderful.
My only err umm is that the rim shot is a little aggressive in the intro ...could be my head though.
Fabulous fourth corner on a three cornered hat and the hat fits.
Love it.


Thanks Ray. I (Bud) wish, and I mean this sincerely, that I had acuity of hearing that you have.
My long standing high f loss (even with high tech aids) gets problematic on some mixes for sure.
Janice has stunningly good hearing! So I need to get her more involved in mixing but she's not excited
over that prospect. smile
Love that hat analogy! We appreciate the response.

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This is a great song y'all. You never write bad one.

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Loved everything about this. Great lyrics, vocals, production and parts. Super job.

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I got a strong Jackson Browne feel from this one, with lines like 'inviting looks washed in neon' and the general conceit of 'wreckage.' Fantastic work, hard to outdo your usually exceptional norm, but I think you did it here.


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A fine song indeed, Bud and Floyd. Janice's vocal is splendid, as always.
I particularly like the 'crawling through my wreckage' line in the lyrics.
Regards,
Leon


Thanks Leon! You are a wordsmith and we always appreciate your comments!

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You guys and gal are so talented. It is amazing to me how you come up with one winner after another. Get lyrics and of course super vocal as usual. Love the mix. Peter's guitar is icing on the cake.



Yes, what Mario said ... in spades. Superb talent will always find a way to rise to the top. This is superb talent. I really like how the last word doesn't resolve to the tonic ... leaves a nice edge. A real sweet listen. Congrats to all!

Best to yous. Be safe ...

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Thank you Alan!

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James, Ed, Mario, Misha, Ray, Leon, Alan.... thanks for listening to our song (of course, Janice makes that a pleasure!). It is always a wonderful experience to write with Bud.


Leon - that 'crawling through my wreckage' line was from Bud's original draft - as well as the clever rhyme (with "edge") - he is quite good at that stuff...

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