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A co-write with Bud Merritt
If memory serves, most of the lyric is from Bud.
I provided spit and shine.
And the music.

Janice Merritt provides the awesome harmonies.

THE RIGHT TRACK

too long in this town, too long in shadow
roads lead out, where the hell do they go?
this might be someone's idea of good old days
not mine
i'm parting ways
   
   i'm leaving
   some might think on a wing and a prayer
   but there's got to be peace
   between here and somewhere
   sun on my face, wind at my back
   i'm finally... on the right track

day by day, time gets shorter
while my bucket list just runs over
some things age well like a fine old wine
but a spirit chained
will die in time (so...)
   
   i'm leaving....

friends say slow down don't go
but what the hell could they know
i got boots older than most of them
and I ain't leaving on a whim
   
    i'm leaving....

©2016 bud merritt and floyd jane.
Words and music. All rights reserved.


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You can dig back through the Showcase to find Janice's version of this.


Thanks for listening.
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Have at it.

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What can I say. I LOVE vocal harmonies, always have, and 2 of the voices I like most on this forum are singing it.
Plus, it's a great song and a great arrangement with a perfect selection of instruments.
My new favorite song!


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The arrangement is perfect, but the expressive vocals are what really sell the track.

No one does that plaintive cry in the voice like you, and Janice's harmonies sound great.

And of course, a good write between the two of you.

Love it.


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"I provided spit and shine."
That phrase took me back...in Australia we'd be inclined to say "spit n polish" harking back to British military jargon.
A slight memory fold back & I was more than ready for the song.

While Janice's harmony is excellent in the chorus it's sneakily, perfectly balanced in the first verse.

A very cool narrative and a melody that lifts it.
The delay on the guitar under the steel after the outro is lovely.

Heaps of detail in this and it'll take repeat plays to hear and appreciate.
1st listen - wonderful!


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Wow, this is great! I'm a sucker for minor keys, always, and man, you knocked it out of the park with this one.

Love the melody, GREAT vocal from you, and then when Janice comes in .... goosebumps.

Excellent write! Lots of great lines, "I got boots older than most of them" made me smile.

My new floyd favorite I think, well done you three.

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Floyd, Janice & Bud,

Such an awesome song! The vocals and interplay between Floyd and Janice is just great.

Love the write, performance and production. Absolutely superb!

This should be a hit!

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Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
What can I say. I LOVE vocal harmonies, always have, and 2 of the voices I like most on this forum are singing it.
Plus, it's a great song and a great arrangement with a perfect selection of instruments.
My new favorite song!


Thank you! We were both excited when floyd decided to do a version and invite Janice in for harmony. Fun.

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floyd, Janice & Bud,

Always liked this one and this is a lovely version.

Great vocals - you and Janice sound wonderful together.

The band sounds great and the mix is clear engaging.

The interchange between the vocals is a real highlight.

Excellent.

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Well you three provide an entertaining production. Of course I knew that it was going to be something special just seeing the title to the post. Man, you three creating together can only result in some of the most engaging entertainment in music. Two great voices who know just what a song needs, and Bud writing lyrics and directing the energy, will always hit that mark. So well done, y'all.


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Originally Posted By: dcuny
The arrangement is perfect, but the expressive vocals are what really sell the track.

No one does that plaintive cry in the voice like you, and Janice's harmonies sound great.

And of course, a good write between the two of you.

Love it.


Thank you.
Couldn’t ask for more!

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Very good song and lyrics, the boots line obviously stood out. Two of the best singers on the forum, a real pleasure to listen to the intertwining vocals. I'm sure most of what you do to make your tracks sound so good is over my head, but I certainly can appreciate the end result. Superb work as usual.


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Wow what a cool song. The vocal and harmonies are perfect. So haunting and delicate. Backtrack was pure excellence. I must say you and Bud hit a home run with the lyric. Excellent production as well. Loved it...


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You three keep hitting home run after home run!

Loved the vocal and harmonies ....Janice was brilliant in supporting Floyd's lead vocals

Everything about this is professional.

Loved it.


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This easily makes top 10 best tunes I've heard in Showcase this year hands down. Very interesting structure. Perfect lyrics & amazing vocal performances by you and Janice! Very tasty instrumental passages. Didn't get board after three consecutive spins and discovered something new every time. Really like this one! Congrats on this wonderful collaboration and thank you for sharing.

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Originally Posted By: rayc
"I provided spit and shine."
That phrase took me back...in Australia we'd be inclined to say "spit n polish" harking back to British military jargon.
A slight memory fold back & I was more than ready for the song.

While Janice's harmony is excellent in the chorus it's sneakily, perfectly balanced in the first verse.

A very cool narrative and a melody that lifts it.
The delay on the guitar under the steel after the outro is lovely.

Heaps of detail in this and it'll take repeat plays to hear and appreciate.
1st listen - wonderful!


Thank you Ray! And yes floyd’s productions are indeed nuanced. We much appreciate all of your remarks.

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Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
What can I say. I LOVE vocal harmonies, always have, and 2 of the voices I like most on this forum are singing it.
Plus, it's a great song and a great arrangement with a perfect selection of instruments.
My new favorite song!


Thanks, B.D.


Originally Posted By: dcuny
The arrangement is perfect, but the expressive vocals are what really sell the track.

No one does that plaintive cry in the voice like you, and Janice's harmonies sound great.

And of course, a good write between the two of you.

Love it.


Thanks, David....

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I'm glad I clicked on this one to give it a listen! Really touching. Always love your vocals and production. Nice lyrics too.

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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Wow, this is great! I'm a sucker for minor keys, always, and man, you knocked it out of the park with this one.

Love the melody, GREAT vocal from you, and then when Janice comes in .... goosebumps.

Excellent write! Lots of great lines, "I got boots older than most of them" made me smile.

My new floyd favorite I think, well done you three.


Dave, thanks for the generous and supportive comments. They genuinely mean a lot!

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Hello together
Floyd, this is an excellent collaboration with an equally excellent result
The song sounds really fantastic
Everyone is doing a top job here
Congratulations for this song
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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Floyd, Bud and Janice....this is such a well crafted song....lyrically, melodically and performancially (I made that word up just for you guys)...your voices are a great male-female duo...the harmonies were so tasteful and spot-on and the melancholy mood of the song was a great match for your arrangement...hope you know I'm a big fan of you all!! Dan


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