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Key=C , Tempo 69, Length (m:s)=4:36
No intro. 80 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 80. Repeat x1 chorus
Song is saved with bar changes for Tempo, Time signature,
Style is _DALLAS2.STY (Dallas 12-8 Ctry Blues Refrain)

RealTracks in style: 1152:Silence
RealTracks in style: 2167:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Country12-8John Sw 065
RealTracks in style: ~569:Guitar, Resophonic, Rhythm Blues Delta Sw 065
RealTracks in style: 2674:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Blues12-8Brent Sw 065
RealTracks in song: ~902:Bass, Electric, SmoothCool Sw16 075
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At first I used a resonator, which gave it a good leisurely feel, but totally dumped it when Dave Bell sent me his guitar track. There is no solo in the song and it has a bit of a country flavor, so I hesitated to ask Dave to add fills –not because he wouldn't be great at it, but he knows I'm always afraid of wearing out my welcome. Whoa. Never again will I hesitate. He not only captured the easy stroll, but added so much MORE flavor, and even sounded a bit of country himself. [Nice hat, too.] So Dave Bell of Blue Attitude plays guitar, and I added bass and vocal. Your comments are not only welcomed, but treasured and very helpful.

The first verse is Guy Meets Girl, the second is Guy Gets Girl, and the third is Guy Is Already Married To Girl. You can change the genders anyway you like, of course. The leisurely feel represents... well, foreplay really, and the changing of keys represents impatience. The slowdown at the end expresses the desire to make it last.

The Long Way Home

You know I noticed when you walked in, your eyes they smiled so bright.
Then suddenly your lips rose up into this grin
that knocked me right out of the fight.
I lost myself in you. We need to be alone. I know the long way home.

I know the cool stream that winds through the trees
and where you never walk alone.
I know all the shortcuts to places no one sees.
Let's take the long way home.

You came alone and you walked right up to me
and flashed your loving smile.
The rest of the patrons were watching you in awe appreciating such a style.
Let's turn around and go. We need to be alone. I know the long way home.

We've had enough of the place so let's go. It's such a lovely night.
We'll take our good time with stops along the way, and you can hold me tight.
We'll go a little ways where we can be alone. We'll take the long way home.


Enjoy whatever happens!
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I like everything about this song, the melody, the lyrics, the way it develops...and I think the key and the way you sing suits your voice very well.

In my opinion, your best vocal performance so far (Being the new kid on the block I haven't heard all your songs yet, though).


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Hey Marty,
You may know all the short cuts but you guys certainly didn't take any putting this together. Very enjoyable.

I was bracing myself for you not hitting that low vocal note at the end but you nailed it. Great job.


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Marty and Dave, this is so professional it is scary!

Outstanding vocal, lyrics, guitar, bass, and mix.

IMHO this is your best to date.

Loved the song - loved the video.


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Hi BabuMusic,

Nice symbiosis between your lyrics and the guitar. It's fun and well done. I enjoyed.

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Good song, well sung, and all of the elements worked well. Dave's guitar is ace. I've always liked your singing, I like the way you treat a lyric. Key changes worked well. I thought this song might be better if the tempo was bumped up 5 BPM. Not a deal breaker, but it just felt that way to me. Still a good un and I listened several times.


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Marty,

Nice! (I'll disagree with Bob - I thought the tempo was appropriate)

A good write. Well sung. Nice production.
Very "comfortable".
Love that bass!

Dave did a great job on the fills!

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A very nice pleasant listen, well played, sung and produced.

Good to hear Dave doing some "country" he is versatile and you two always make grerat music.

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Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
I like everything about this song, the melody, the lyrics, the way it develops...and I think the key and the way you sing suits your voice very well.

In my opinion, your best vocal performance so far (Being the new kid on the block I haven't heard all your songs yet, though).

Thanks, BD. Vocals were never my strength for sure, because I can't sing and play at the same time, and I never found a band looking for a frontman.

Originally Posted By: Bass Thumper
Hey Marty,
You may know all the short cuts but you guys certainly didn't take any putting this together. Very enjoyable.

I was bracing myself for you not hitting that low vocal note at the end but you nailed it. Great job.

Thanks, Steve. You can surely appreciate the HUGE yet subtle difference Dave's playing does for this no-solo song. Yeah, that last note is an open E, 6th string. Much easier for me than the open E, 1st string. smile

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Marty and Dave, this is so professional it is scary!

Outstanding vocal, lyrics, guitar, bass, and mix.

IMHO this is your best to date.

Loved the song - loved the video.

Thanks, Mario. I'll tell ya what's scary --your ability to create such an incredible variety of tunes in like no time. Thanks for all you say.


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Marty,

Great! Love the song, instrumentation and the ending is awesome!

Much enjoyed!

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Marty...as a member of the BabuMusic fan club I must say "well done"....man you just keep'em coming...I like the whole package (as usual) especially the modulations...they were so well placed and add such a professional touch to the arrangement...I'm a sucker for 12/8 and the high hat tip-toes us down the path on "the long way home"...your videos kill me (in a good way...not the way my wife means it smile...your vocals are great especially the bass dip at the end...so pro...so you and Dave...BIG fan!


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Hi Marty and Dave
One of your best songs
Great songwriting
Vocals, guitar and sound are really cool
All around a great song
Also like the video and it fits the song well
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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So you're saying I should be reading in between the lines of the lyric and find some sort of sexual innuendo laced subtext?

And just when I managed to drag my mind out of the gutter! crazy

I thought the tempo of the song was a good match for the lyric - a sort of easygoing gait.

A pleasant listen, well arranged, sung and mixed. I thought the nuclear meltdown was an inspired match to the lyric!


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A very nice Long Way Home!
Splendid music and vocals.
Great vocals at the end laugh
And a lovely video too!

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Yes, Jeevs, take the long way home!

Very good, sweet (Janice’s word) lyric delivered by a resonant, rich vocal.
Those key changes were great.

Dave’s guitar fills, as Peter mentioned, have a nice bit of country feel to them. Excellent!

Your bass (we think) and the BiaB tracks, as always, are hittin’ the note.

Cool video too, as always.
And for J&B it’s hard to go wrong with a mountain bike trail and clear creeks!

Good one!

J&B

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It's a stroll with an urgent story but it works a treat,
Everything to enjoy in the arrangement and your performances with Dave adding the icing.
Your voice is really cool.


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Originally Posted By: Derochette
Hi BabuMusic,

Nice symbiosis between your lyrics and the guitar. It's fun and well done. I enjoyed.

Kindly regard
Derochette
alias JaniJackFlash


Hi, Derochette, and thanks. Yeah, I was really blown away how well Dave interpreted the song, and added so much more than I thought possible.

Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Good song, well sung, and all of the elements worked well. Dave's guitar is ace. I've always liked your singing, I like the way you treat a lyric. Key changes worked well. I thought this song might be better if the tempo was bumped up 5 BPM. Not a deal breaker, but it just felt that way to me. Still a good un and I listened several times.

Thanks for everything, Bob. I went back and forth many times on the tempo, but in the end decided to slow it down to a speed conducive to a stroll by a stream. One time, I even tried to hurry the tempo gradually like the guy just couldn't wait to get home.

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Marty,

Nice! (I'll disagree with Bob - I thought the tempo was appropriate)

A good write. Well sung. Nice production.
Very "comfortable".
Love that bass!

Dave did a great job on the fills!

fj

Thanks so much, Floyd. Comfortable -- I like that.

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Marty

A very nice pleasant listen, well played, sung and produced.

Good to hear Dave doing some "country" he is versatile and you two always make grerat music.

Peter

Thanks, Peter. Yeah, Dave seems quite comfortable in cowboy boots.


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Awesome tune Marty. Really cool groove. Excellent vocal. Instrumentation was perfect. Loved Dave's glassy tones. Perfect callbacks to the vocal. Just loved the mix and instrument separation. Well done


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Marty & Dave.

Make a bad song already, so I don't feel so inferior!
Wonderful tune. No matter which style you tackle, it comes out super smooth, like you been playing together for many many years. Excellent guitar and bass playing and super vocals. Very clear mix. Enjoyed it and thank you for sharing.

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Thanks to everyone that mentioned my part in this song. Always a pleasure to work with Marty on his music!

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