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#720985 - 06/15/22 01:24 PM [User Showcase] Old Southbound Line
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Train songs...

A co-write with Michael LeBlanc.




OLD SOUTHBOUND LINE

lou'siana moon winkin' through the leaves
swear i heard the ghost of a hobo breathin'
every now and then i hear the lonesome sound
of a distant whistle of that old southbound
trestle like a skeleton ready to fall
can barely stand a yankee wind as it calls
broken boxcars battling kudzu vine
home to coyotes, critters and empty bottles of wine
   
   night time on that old southbound line
   takes me back to a different place and time
   some good, some bad, some have slipped my mind
   but i became the man i am on that old southbound line

potters field, many a nameless cross
covered in briars and spanish moss
the stories i could tell with old friends of mine
from the first train we hopped to the end of the line
another wishful night under the stars
away from home, god knows how far
beside these rusty rails prayin' it don't rain
singin' jimmie rodgers waitin' for a train
   
   night time on that old southbound line
   takes me back to a different place and time
   some good, some bad, some have slipped my mind
   but i became the man i am on that old southbound line
   
   night time on that old southbound line
   takes me back to a different place and time
   some good, some bad, some have slipped my mind
   but i became the man i am on that old southbound line
   i became the man i am on that old southbound line


The BAND:
RealTracks in song: 1415:Bass, Electric, PopSw16RootFive Sw16 075
RealTracks in style: 607:Guitar, Nylon, Chet Train Ev 130
RealTracks in style: 600:Fiddle, Background Train Ev 130
RealTracks in song: 626:Harmonica, Background Travis Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 411:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Train Pickin' Ev 130
RealTracks in song: 378:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming DoubleTime Ev 088
RealTracks in song: 623:Banjo, Background Backporch Ev 098
RealDrums in Song: CountryEven8Reduced: a: Brushes, HiHat b: Snare, Ride


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Theorize. Philosophize. Proselytize if you must.
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#720988 - 06/15/22 01:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Hey there Floyd. Man, I'm sure glad you posted this one. Fantastic write. It really took me back. I remember so many times listening to my dad singing Jimmy Rodgers "Waitin' for a Train" to me, just like his dad had done for him. Nice melody and chord progression, and I sure liked the use of the harmonica and banjo - it added a lot. Thanks.

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#720993 - 06/15/22 01:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Really good!
Couldn't sit still.

Makes you feel happy.

Anne-Marie
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#721043 - 06/15/22 05:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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FJ,
excellent song, terrific band and the melody/phrasing is top shelf.
There's an occasional oldies whistle at the end of a line that might be worth addressing.
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#721051 - 06/15/22 05:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Nice song that zipped right down the line. A fun-luvin' tune I think.

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#721052 - 06/15/22 05:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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You did a really great job on this one! The particular arrangement of instruments you chose were the perfect compliment. Thanks for sharing!
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#721069 - 06/15/22 07:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Love the nice, old, warm sound on this Floyd. A great listen, but for me also a very PLEASANT listen. Kinda retro.

Full of lyrical romance and musical magic.

Great job.

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#721071 - 06/15/22 08:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd...nothing like a good old train beat to move a song along...really nice song...love the harmonica...great imagery in the lyrics and great performance especially when you're adding the harmony parts...top-notch in every way!
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#721084 - 06/15/22 11:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd
Gotta love a train song, and this is a really good one. Great lyrics and vocals. Love the harmonica and banjo combo. When it finished I immediately hit play again for a second listen. Top notch.
Regards,
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#721107 - 06/16/22 05:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Much tamer than the Grateful Dead train ride across Canada. What a wonderful ride, Floyd. The perfect band. Love the harmonica. You are the best engineer for a train song like this. Dang, I know I've said this a thousand times, but you are in a special class of lyric writing. Heck, you are the tenured teacher.

OMG, I hear some sibilance on the Ss, but it aptly reminds me "of a distant whistle of that old southbound."
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#721120 - 06/16/22 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

A new favorite for me. Love the wistfulness of this tune. Your vocal is perfect. The touch of harmonica and banjo is just great.

Outstanding!

Bob

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#721164 - 06/16/22 11:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: Brad Williams
Hey there Floyd. Man, I'm sure glad you posted this one. Fantastic write. It really took me back. I remember so many times listening to my dad singing Jimmy Rodgers "Waitin' for a Train" to me, just like his dad had done for him. Nice melody and chord progression, and I sure liked the use of the harmonica and banjo - it added a lot. Thanks.


Thanks for having a listen, Brad...


Originally Posted By: RnAM
Really good!
Couldn't sit still.

Makes you feel happy.

Anne-Marie


Thanks, Anne-Marie...

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#721207 - 06/16/22 03:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

What a great county tune, spurred by a superb write. Those drums are outstanding really giving atmosphere and ambience to the tune. Excellent, just excellent production. Impressive collaboration, boys. Brilliant!

My best to you both,

Deej

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#721280 - 06/17/22 03:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd and Michael
I'm not a country expert but the song sounds excellent
Your singing is absolutely top class
That's how we imagine country music here in Germany ;-))))
Great work Floyd and Michael
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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#721314 - 06/17/22 08:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Country at it absolute best

As usual everything is just perfect

Loved it
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#721325 - 06/17/22 11:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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You are the undisputed master at what you do. That doesn't mean you aren't versatile, far from it; but this is your home ground. A good ol' country song, old school style - and you are truly unbeaten, here. I am not an expert on country music, at all; but your voice is easily one of the very best I've heard in the genre. Better than Randy Travis (my lack of expertise shows, haha), etc., and how. You tell a story when you sing, and you know just how to deliver it, with your trademark inflections, etc. :-) Thanks for sharing this - really brightened up an otherwise rather dreary evening, over here in London.
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#721335 - 06/17/22 01:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi, Floyd !

I share Mario´s opinion
regarding this being
country at it´s best !
your voice is just made
for this !

Cheers
Dani

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#721356 - 06/17/22 04:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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Loved the this tune Floyd. Loved the drums. Really set the vibe of the song. Super vocal and very cool lyric. Old time country. Doesn't get any better. Well done

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#721403 - 06/18/22 07:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
FJ,
excellent song, terrific band and the melody/phrasing is top shelf.
There's an occasional oldies whistle at the end of a line that might be worth addressing.


Thanks, ray.
Thanks for pointing out the siblance. This has been sitting around a while (7 years) - I should have remixed it and eliminated that (I was being lazy though). I have some others that have been around for some time and will look at that (remixing) next time....


Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Nice song that zipped right down the line. A fun-luvin' tune I think.

Charlie

Thanks for having a listen, Charlie...

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#721458 - 06/18/22 05:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Old Southbound Line [Re: floyd jane]
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FJ and Michael,

First class ride - enjoyed from start to finish. Banjo nice touch.
Great collab.

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