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Hi All.
I wrote this a few years back after seeing a documentary on it.
Made a few changes with BIAB.
I always loved a story song.

The band:
2483 and 3498 acoustic basses
2548 guitar
1760 and 2030 fiddles
Drums Nashville Southern and tambourine

https://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold/well-never-leave-the-alamo

If we ever leave the Alamo © Vic Arnold 2013 B
V1
My darling I can't be with you this day but I'm thinking of you some.
We're trapped inside the Alamo, maybe there's a battle soon to come.
I've made many new friends here, they came from far and wide.
We're awaiting reinforcements now. That'll surely turn the tide.
V2
Dear general I am begging, come with haste.
We are few but we are brave.
Their guns are getting closer. I fear the walls won't last another day.
To the people of Texas. To all Americans in this world.
We never will surrender, we'd sooner perish by the sword.
CH.1
For thirteen days we've fired our guns.
It's too late now for us to run.
We pray that god will save our souls
If we ever leave the Alamo
V3
We can hear you Santa Anna, saying we can never win this fight.
We see your soldiers moving and your bayonettes flashing
in the early light.
You'll storm across our barricades like rushing waves along the shore
But remembering the Alamo will haunt you for evermore.
CH.2
For thirteen days we've stood our ground
Bravely as the cannons pound.
We pray that god will save our souls
If we ever leave the Alamo
Inst.
... But we'll never leave the Alamo

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Hi Vircan,

It's a pretty composition. The lyrics are very gripping because they make us experience the situation. I appreciated the atmosphere created. The tone of your voice is in perfect harmony with the instruments. It's very well done.

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It's a well written, stirring ballad.

I'm a little disappointed that it takes the traditional, and rather dubious, US perspective of the battle and whole Texican affair, (instead of the reality of illegal immigrants fomenting rebellion/secession and out of control US imperial expansion), and heroes against the evil enemy though.

Well constructed band with lots of space for the narrative to hold the field.
Solid vocal too.

Last edited by rayc; 04/14/21 06:46 PM.

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Hey, Vic:

Good tune . . . I, too, like a story song (though I never seem to write them, LOL). And it’s an impressive write, Vic. I think I may have liked the vocal to come up a bit more in the verses . . . maybe . . . dunno. It seems muted or compressed in spots? Not as rich as your voice always seems to me. See what others think—it may just be my ears tonight. Enjoyed it! Well done!

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Vic,

What a great folk song. Love your approach and delivery.

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Nice, Vic. Really good song. I often thought of what it would've been like to be waiting in The Alamo. You write as if you were there. Very insightful and empathetic.


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Thank you Jani.
You are a master of atmosphere.

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Hi Ray.
History is written by the winners it is said but in this particular battle, no.

Thanks for your comments.

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Thanks Deej. The change in my voice is probably age or lockdown sickness. :-(
I changed a few things now but not sure if it made a difference.

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Hi Marty.
Glad you liked it and thanks for listening.
I did quite a bit of research on it and many questions unanswered.
They must have been stubborn as hell though.

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Great, one of your best, liked the instrument choices, the vocal, and loved those harmonies. One of the best I've heard from you.


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Hi Tunemonger.
Thank you for the very kind comments.

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We love story songs and history so this is easy to like.

And it's good that you like story songs as you do them very well.

We thought your rich emotive vocal was perfect for both the lyric and band.

The fiddle is a very nice touch.

Well done indeed.

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Well done, Vic. Good BAND, very genre appropriate. Well mixed.

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Thanks J&B. Where would we be without history? :-)

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Thanks J&B for your kind comments.

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Hi Floyd.
Thank you for giving it a spin and for your comments.

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Good write, well constructed and arranged. Loved the uptempo change at the end, good contrast.

Enjoyed the listen.


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Thanks David.
I was slightly dubious about the up tempo fiddle at first but I think it works. Like they're marching.

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Well written, and I really like your vocal on this. Band sounds great.

Quite familiar with the history from books and the movie. My wife and I did a driving tour across Texas many years ago and one of the places we visited was the Alamo, I remember it struck me at the time how physically small it actually was. Amazing they held it as long as they did.

Good song, enjoyed.

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