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Brotherland

A song recorded solo a few years back which I thought fell a little short on intensity.This version, with Scott adding great guitar,and leading the production, sounds closer to the feeling I had for the write, and rerecording it got me into the "brothers" space again for a new song; there`s more to discover in Brotherland.
(the original song recording I had to remove from my SC page as its chock full-the account upgrade cost is too much for me!)

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Brotherland


we grew up north of happy
across the river from getting by
born under a bad sign
the song he played after school

you better stay on planet Star Wars
my brother winked blazing that J
this world`s done he`d say
tell you what we`ll do

we`ll make another country
we`ll do things different there
in brotherland
we can`t fly
they`ll never know never know
we walk
walk an inch above the ground

we ran under the radar
he said proud nails get hammered down
the first kids on the moon
they`ll never find our base

I wonder if he even knows
he was half the air in my world
between the bottle and his girl
we built our escape

we made another country
we do things different there
in brotherland
we can`t fly
they`ll never know never know
we walk
walk an inch above the ground

© Robert Cordrey Nov.2019

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nice rt choices.

v nice lyrics and wow loved the sonic character of lead gtr..includeing 'wah'. superb session pro playing.

maybe in the song beginning bring up the lead vocs a tad. ??

lovely fade. this song really held my attention.

nice emotion in song vocs.

well well done.



happiness.

om

Last edited by justanoldmuso; 09/23/22 02:23 PM.

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Nice job with the lyrics - evocative and poetic, but clear.

It all works for me. smile


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Went back to the old version from 2019 for comparison but it's gone. This was one of the first songs I heard from you and it was a real eye-opener for me because I'd never heard anyone be so poetic in a musical context. Still amazed at how you pull it off. This song has several great lines in it and a perfect musical backing. Solo fits so well. Vocal great as well. Everything just fits, well done.

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This sounds great!

Whatever you added must have done the trick.

You are a really good songwriter. I love this lyrics. Excellent instrumentation, and Scott is sounding good!

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I like it, especially the lyrics and the guitar work. And great harmonies!

I'd add another harmonized "walk an inch above the ground" at the end


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Spirit Level strikes again!

COOL song. Good production. Good vocals.
Nice guitar work from Scott.
Mix is good.
Such interesting lyrics!

An excellent listen.

Well done.

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Hi Robertkc,

Pretty composition very soft as I like them. The guitar solo is very well done. I apprecied.

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Originally Posted By: justanoldmuso
nice rt choices.

v nice lyrics and wow loved the sonic character of lead gtr..includeing 'wah'. superb session pro playing.

maybe in the song beginning bring up the lead vocs a tad. ??

lovely fade. this song really held my attention.

nice emotion in song vocs.

well well done.




happiness.

om



Thanks for that-I agree Scott`s playing & that wah solo is great!
My hearing was compromised during the mix so this is Scott`s take- vocal levels sound good to me on`phones though.


Originally Posted By: dcuny
Nice job with the lyrics - evocative and poetic, but clear.

It all works for me. smile


Thank you,David!



Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Went back to the old version from 2019 for comparison but it's gone. This was one of the first songs I heard from you and it was a real eye-opener for me because I'd never heard anyone be so poetic in a musical context. Still amazed at how you pull it off. This song has several great lines in it and a perfect musical backing. Solo fits so well. Vocal great as well. Everything just fits, well done.


TuneMonger,
Sorry about the missing original- I left a note in the intro for anyone else curious about it.
This version is slowed down a little with a couple of major to minor chord changes.
I really appreciate your very kind comments on the Spirit Level rework of the song.



Originally Posted By: David Snyder

This sounds great!

Whatever you added must have done the trick.

You are a really good songwriter. I love this lyrics. Excellent instrumentation, and Scott is sounding good!


David,
I just added a few years of missing my bro` and big servings of Scott!
Thanks for listening and commenting.

Robert

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Robert,

I think one of my favorite set of lyrics from you—and maybe top song as well. Those opening two lines are excellent, as does all that follows. Like how the chorus kicks in—wonderful melody and harmony, sweet arrangement. Scott’s guitar aces as always. Outstanding collaboration!

My best to you both.

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Was really surprised and elated when Robert sent this piece to me. For me this song had a natural melody that just came to me in the first few minutes of listening to it. It felt like I had been playing it in my rotation for the last 10 years..

Thanks for all the awesome comments.

There was so much cool stuff going on in the Real tracks that I tried to make sure the instruments all had their own space aka Floyd, Bud and Jani's productions..


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Cool story, Robert. Your lyrics are always so staggeringly awesome. It's really cool how you create mental images with words. Man, that harmony really grabs ya. Really cool what Scott said about hearing this and instantly hearing the melody. Man, Scott it sounds so good. Excellent wah effect.

Yeah, I go that last-in-first-out routine to make way for new stuff on SC, too.


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Robert / Scott,

This is an outstanding song. Love the story and production. Awesome vocal and some great guitar lines.

You guys always catch the right vibe...

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Robert...super song...it has a Neil Young vibe to me...Scott is superb, as usual....your vocals are haunting as you deliver great lyrics...another great production!


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Your usual top-notch level, with your signature sensitivity to the nth degree. Your writing (both music and lyrics) always leaves me speechless and your delivery is exactly what's needed, in my humble opinion. This is a pro production, without the "technical shine to the nth degree" that some "pro productions" have, and that I feel detracts so much from them. Congratulations to you both.

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Robert,
I didn't hear the original but I like this.
Evocative lyrics and great guitar work.


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We didn't hear the first version, but we like this one for sure!
Great lyrics and music.
Good vocals.
Great job!

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Scott’s performance and production truly suit the lyric, Robert and y’all were really “cooking!” Great mix too, Scott!

Love the wah guitar, Scott, and the emotions come through clearly in your vocal, Robert.

“we made another country
we do things different there
in brotherland”

This section reminded me (Janice) of how my little sister and I spent hours and hours in our imaginary world when we were growing up. smile

We look forward to those additional brotherland songs!

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Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
I like it, especially the lyrics and the guitar work. And great harmonies!

I'd add another harmonized "walk an inch above the ground" at the end


B.D.

Thanks for your listen,likes and the good suggestion.

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Spirit Level strikes again!

COOL song. Good production. Good vocals.
Nice guitar work from Scott.
Mix is good.
Such interesting lyrics!

An excellent listen.

Well done.

fj


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We are happy you listen and support the Spirit Levellers with great comments!

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Pretty composition very soft as I like them. The guitar solo is very well done. I apprecied.

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Thankyou for listening!

Originally Posted By: Deej56
Robert,

I think one of my favorite set of lyrics from you—and maybe top song as well. Those opening two lines are excellent, as does all that follows. Like how the chorus kicks in—wonderful melody and harmony, sweet arrangement. Scott’s guitar aces as always. Outstanding collaboration!

My best to you both.

Deej


That`s very kind,Deej : Thank You!

Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Cool story, Robert. Your lyrics are always so staggeringly awesome. It's really cool how you create mental images with words. Man, that harmony really grabs ya. Really cool what Scott said about hearing this and instantly hearing the melody. Man, Scott it sounds so good. Excellent wah effect.

Yeah, I go that last-in-first-out routine to make way for new stuff on SC, too.


Marty,
I appreciate that and for me, Scott`s solo alone confirms the redo of this song was a good call.
Thankyou for your support!



Originally Posted By: rsdean
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This is an outstanding song. Love the story and production. Awesome vocal and some great guitar lines.

You guys always catch the right vibe...

Bob


Thanks, Bob!

Originally Posted By: firesong
Robert...super song...it has a Neil Young vibe to me...Scott is superb, as usual....your vocals are haunting as you deliver great lyrics...another great production!


Firesong,
I think I was trying for more of a Springsteen style ballad, but appreciate the NY reference and your kind comments.

Robert

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Excellent guitar opening that sets up what follows.

You are on my list of the five top lyricists on this forum

Love the wah wah solo. Magnificent!

The chorus sticks in my ears. Nice.

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