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#622180 - 11/07/20 08:43 PM [User Showcase] Way Down South
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With so much political division on display lately. I thought I would make a comment on one of the longest lasting cultural divides in America. This is that comment…..

https://soundcloud.com/tommyad/way-down-south

http://tommyadamsmusic.com/track/2527050/way-down-south

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Way Down South


he came to town with a suitcase a fiddle and a bow

feeling just as empty as a pocket with a hole

the highway north from Big Stone gap was the way to get ahead

No future where he came from where the past is never dead



Way Down south from the wrong side of the tracks

They made fun of his southern accent

right behind his back

he talked to his Mama every day

And I could tell if he had his way

He would rather be Way Down South


ain’t no strangers here he said so come and set a spell

grab a beer you won't believe the stories i can tell

you gotta go through hell to get to heaven or else you shouldn’t leave

this far from home a simple man is the hardest thing to be


Way Down south from the wrong side of the tracks

They made fun of his southern accent

right behind his back

he talked to his Mama every day

And I could tell if he had his way

He would rather be Way Down South


he said i miss my sanctuary my refuge my home

Whatever people think of me is out of my control


Way Down south from the wrong side of the tracks

They made fun of his southern accent

right behind his back

he talked to his Mama every day

And I could tell if he had his way

He would rather be Way Down South

©2020 Thomas Adams


Edited by tommyad (11/07/20 09:02 PM)

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#622187 - 11/08/20 12:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tom...

Another gem from ya! I loved the percussions ... really made the backing tracks pop! I liked this couplet a lot:

"The highway north from Big Stone gap was the way to get ahead
No future where he came from where the past is never dead"

That last line, in particular, is killer!

Just a thought, FWIW: I was hoping for a half-step key modulation after the bridge. Regardless, it's a heckuva song!

The only thing I have to say about all the political crap is:

Whether or not you voted for my guy, thanks for voting. I got my butt shot up pretty good in Vietnam defending the American way of life. And the freedom to freely vote for our leaders is the cornerstone of our democracy. There are millions of folks around the world who would love to have that opportunity.

Loved the song! Take care and be safe ...

Alan
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#622234 - 11/08/20 08:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,

Great to see ya! And hear ya!

When we lost Jerry Jeff Walker recently, I listened to a bunch of his catalogue. This reminded me of much of that. It would easily fit any of his records. A similar kind of rollicking sound and melody, a good story well told (good write). All the right musical elements. A warm vocal that "makes ya listen".

Nothing out of place. Great mix. On my 4th listen now. It gets better with each listen.

Excellent.

fj

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#622287 - 11/08/20 02:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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Darn good set of lyrics. Kinetic energy of the instrumentation propels this song. Vocal brings you right into the story.

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#622328 - 11/08/20 08:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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Tom

A fan of what you do. Always engaging and musical. Excellent story telling and a nice musical bed.

Expected to and did enjoy it all.

Peter

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#622424 - 11/09/20 03:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Tom...

Another gem from ya! I loved the percussions ... really made the backing tracks pop! I liked this couplet a lot:

"The highway north from Big Stone gap was the way to get ahead
No future where he came from where the past is never dead"

That last line, in particular, is killer!

Just a thought, FWIW: I was hoping for a half-step key modulation after the bridge. Regardless, it's a heckuva song!

The only thing I have to say about all the political crap is:

Whether or not you voted for my guy, thanks for voting. I got my butt shot up pretty good in Vietnam defending the American way of life. And the freedom to freely vote for our leaders is the cornerstone of our democracy. There are millions of folks around the world who would love to have that opportunity.

Loved the song! Take care and be safe ...

Alan
Alan, thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. The idea of a modulation is a good one. I wish I would have thought of that. I have to try and remember to use that and will keep in the toolbox for further use down the road, Tom

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#622461 - 11/09/20 07:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom,

Great to see ya! And hear ya!

When we lost Jerry Jeff Walker recently, I listened to a bunch of his catalogue. This reminded me of much of that. It would easily fit any of his records. A similar kind of rollicking sound and melody, a good story well told (good write). All the right musical elements. A warm vocal that "makes ya listen".

Nothing out of place. Great mix. On my 4th listen now. It gets better with each listen.

Excellent.

fj
Thanks for all that. I got a lot of ideas out there on the road. Now I have to bring them to life. I hope to be around now for a while, Tom

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#622541 - 11/10/20 07:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
Darn good set of lyrics. Kinetic energy of the instrumentation propels this song. Vocal brings you right into the story.
Thanks for the kind comments. I appreciate it, Tom

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#622548 - 11/10/20 07:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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Very engaging, Tom. Your lyrics stimulate double-takes, like "feeling just as empty as a pocket with a hole," and "you gotta go through hell to get to heaven or else you shouldn’t leave". You hired the perfect band, the raised 'em to a higher level. Well done.
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#622566 - 11/10/20 08:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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That's a keeper!
Enjoyed it, Lyrics really tell the story well.

Band sound good.
Vocals well delivered.


I have to add my 2cents and say.....Great comment Alan.
Proud that Democracy is alive.
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#622580 - 11/10/20 10:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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Tom, this is a top notch country tune my friend, I especially like the way you brought the chorus together. I have a couple of good kitty cats I might trade you for that gold telecaster!!! Ha. Enjoyed it Cliff

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#622619 - 11/10/20 02:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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This is among some of the finest music ever presented on the forum Tom! What a great sound you've got here! Not one thing out of place to my ears! Great song! Thanks, T
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#622653 - 11/10/20 07:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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Loved this tune Tom. Very cool lyric. Loved the rhythm to this tune. Drums were very cool. Awesome vocal. Well done

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#622694 - 11/11/20 07:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom

A fan of what you do. Always engaging and musical. Excellent story telling and a nice musical bed.

Expected to and did enjoy it all.

Peter
Thanks Peter. I always look forward to and appreciate all your comments, Tom

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#622775 - 11/11/20 06:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: BabuMusic]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Very engaging, Tom. Your lyrics stimulate double-takes, like "feeling just as empty as a pocket with a hole," and "you gotta go through hell to get to heaven or else you shouldn’t leave". You hired the perfect band, the raised 'em to a higher level. Well done.
Marty, thanks for mentioning the lyrics. I work at it to try to say something more than what’s on the surface. It’s great that you took the time to listen and comment, Tom

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#622855 - 11/12/20 10:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: CaptainMoto]
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Originally Posted By: CaptainMoto
That's a keeper!
Enjoyed it, Lyrics really tell the story well.

Band sound good.
Vocals well delivered.


I have to add my 2cents and say.....Great comment Alan.
Proud that Democracy is alive.
Cap’n thanks for those kind words,Tom

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#622938 - 11/12/20 09:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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Tommy,

Terrific write . . . “feeling just s empty as a pocket with a hole”—great line, and just one of many. It’s concise and right on point all the way through—tight story accentuated with a great melody, lyric and production. Well, well done!

My best to you,

Deej

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#623058 - 11/13/20 02:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: cliftond]
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Originally Posted By: cliftond
Tom, this is a top notch country tune my friend, I especially like the way you brought the chorus together. I have a couple of good kitty cats I might trade you for that gold telecaster!!! Ha. Enjoyed it Cliff
Cliff, thanks for stopping by. I’ll give your offer careful consideration. Ha, Tom

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#623153 - 11/14/20 06:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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Wow, I am impressed, I love country music, and this is a hit!! At first I was trying to get established with the beat, but when you got into the verse, it fell right in, Well done!!

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#623183 - 11/14/20 11:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Way Down South [Re: tommyad]
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"feeling just as empty as a pocket with a hole"

Hooked, the both of us, by that second line - a great one of many.
You have a wonderful gift in the way you can write/sing song stories that seem, as Bill Monroe said, so "true life."

"grab a beer you won't believe the stories i can tell"

Well you may not be from the south bro' but we have had the pleasure of hearing many great ones from you!

Janice was singing harmony before the first chorus was over...it is immediately engaging.

As always your playing, the RT's and the loops make an absolutely seamless band sound -- like guys/gals that have played together for years.

The mix? You have always been one of the absolute best on this forum and this is no exception Pro studio stuff happening here.

Welcome back!

J&B

PS Yeah, we called our mamas all the time!
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