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FARTHER FROM THE TREE

This is a deeply personal song that I have held off on sharing for a while but have decided to go ahead with because I know many folks can relate! Although it may sound like there's a tinge of bitterness on my part, it's not the case, only regret! Some of the lyrics are drawn from my own experiences and some from other people I have known that have had parent/child relationship issues. Almost the entire chorus "dropped" into my mind one day while traveling to visit my friend Ron Helm for a writing session! Ron loved the idea, and we wrote it quickly. He contributed some key lines in the song. It's a much different type of song for me but it had to be done this way! BTW, we've had some interest in this tune and I believe it will be recorded by someone. Thanks for having a listen! T

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Farther From The Tree
Words and music by
Torrey Bliss and Ron Helm
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I am my father's son
That can be said of me
Yes, the apple doesn't fall
Very far from the tree
It's sad we never found
Common ground for our beliefs
It seems that we would always just
Agree to disagree
You were right, and yes, you were so wrong
Oh, and so was I now I must break this chain
That's bound me for so long

Time marches on through fields of broken dreams
I know you felt, I'm not the man that I should be
Now, things that you would say and do
I see them coming out of me
Sometimes, I wish this apple could have rolled
A little farther from the tree

Sons and the Fathers
Mothers and your daughters
Has anyone but me ever felt this way
I know humility's the answer
Grudges are a cancer
That never let the dark clouds fade away

Time marches on past fields of broken dreams
At times, I felt you weren't the man that I thought you should be
Things that you would say and do
I see them coming out of me
Sometimes, I wish this apple could have rolled
A little farther from the tree

Still, I have hope that some sunny day
That God will restore what we've thrown away
Until then, in my heart, I'll be
Believing somehow that you still love me

Time marches on through fields of broken dreams
At times, we knew we weren't the men who we were meant to be
The very things that you would say and do
Now they're coming out of me
Sometimes, I wish this apple could have rolled
A little farther from the tree




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Torrey & Ron,

A powerful write.
"Things that you would say and do
I see them coming out of me
Sometimes, I wish this apple could have rolled
A little farther from the tree "
Killer lines.

A really nice arrangement/production.
Good vocal.
Nice mix.

Good luck with it!
fj

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The intro had set me up to expect a classic Eagles sound but you played me well.
The lyric/narrative is as on point as Old Man or Cat's in the Cradle though the verse/bridge before the final chorus throws a curve ball of sorts. I know that's your wheel house but I'd consider writing a slight alternative to that bit for a more secular performer.
Everything about the song is fabulous TBness.
You're a wonder.


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Torrey...this is such a poignant and beautiful piece of music...the lyrics are so touching and terribly true for so many people..it could only have been written by a retrospective heart and an honest soul...I commend you for that...I love the keyboard work...the gentle ballad flow...your vocals are some of your best...I agree wholeheartedly with Floyd about the production/arrangement value and with Ray that "everything about the song is fabulous"!


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Before I listened to it, I read the lyrics and damn, they are really good and strong. Even without the music, this would be a pretty good poem.
And the song doesn't disappoint, I'm not surprised it's getting interest. So far my favorite of your songs.

I'd love to see this song take off...


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You're right, Torrey. This is different than your "usual." One thing it has in common is how good good good it is. Love the title and the song idea. Cool piano, and all you do in there makes it all so much better. Very tasteful and a very satisfying mix. Outstanding heartfelt lyrics. Life isn't for regrets --only improvement, and, man, you have that in so many ways.


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Torrey, this is great in every way.
I love how the chorus moves from "I", to "you", then to "we".
Masterful and deep.


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Mornin T....

This is a well written, well performed, heartfelt song.
I happily echo all other comments....they stole my thunder on this one.

Hope all is well....back to it.

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Hi Torrey
Very touching song
Has a very nice melody
And your vocals work out the thoughtful theme very nicely
Is of course a partly sad song for all to whom the lyrics apply.
In any case very successful song
Thank you for letting us hear it
And good luck that the song becomes even more famous
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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Excellent hook and lyric, Torrey.
The only sugg I have is to take the piano down a couple of db here and there where it overpowers the vocal.

Great stuff.

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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Torrey & Ron,

A powerful write.
"Things that you would say and do
I see them coming out of me
Sometimes, I wish this apple could have rolled
A little farther from the tree "
Killer lines.

A really nice arrangement/production.
Good vocal.
Nice mix.

Good luck with it!
fj


Thanks so much Floyd! You seal of approval on a tune is encouraging! T




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Man! This is right up there with your best, Torrey, and that's saying something!

Just an excellent write from you and Ron, and the performance is your usual high standard.

Great to read that it's generating some interest, I hope it gets recorded and becomes a hit, how cool would that be?

Very much enjoyed, and good luck!

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Not what I expected, but I love it! You don't usually sing in the lower register, because my first thought about the vocal was "Who is this guy? He sounds really good!

   Time marches on through fields of broken dreams

Great write, emotional vocal, excellent production. You and Ron knocked it out of the park! laugh


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> I know humility's the answer
> Grudges are a cancer
> That never let the dark clouds fade away


The lines above are my favorite. Please keep us updated on this song's progress. This is very exciting! Good luck!


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this is very very good.
with great vocal emotion.

i absolutely love the subtle little sonic touches in
the song.

only one word for this...seriously SUPERB.

happiness.

om


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Hi, Torrey !

One of your absolute best without doubt !
I just love your voice and the tune is
so good for you and your golden voice !

Cheers
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Hey Torrey,

This is a great classic song.

Wonderful in every way

Great job!

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Great song!
But you're certainly not the only one who asks these questions.
A famous Dutch singer-songwriter sings this song:
Papa = Daddy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wxVTIB6qE4

This is the translation of the lyrics:

Papa
I have the same eyes
And I'm getting your features around my mouth

I used to be short tempered
You used to be short tempered
But we have found our peace

And we sit beside each other
And we do not say a lot
For everything you do
I have the same ritual

Daddy, I'm more and more like you

I have the same hands
And I'm getting your wrinkles in my skin
You have your ideas
I have my ideas
And we wander in our thoughts
But we always come back home

The truth you used to look for
And which you've never found
I'm searching for her as well
And in vain
For as long as I'll live

Because Daddy, I'm more and more like you

In former days you could be strict
And God, I've hated you at times
But your words
They're coming from my lips
And I speak now
The way you used to speak before

I have a godless faith
And I love each and every woman
And perhaps I have become
What you didn't want me to be at all

But Daddy, I'm more and more like you

You believe in God
So you will go to heaven
And I believe in nothing
So we'll meet each other
After death, after death
Nevermore

But Daddy, I love you more and more

I have a godless faith
And I love each and every woman
And perhaps I have become
What you didn't want me to be at all

But Daddy, I'm more and more like you
Daddy, I love you more and more
Daddy, I'm more and more like you


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Torrey, l love all your songs. This one is especially good. The lyrics and melody are fantastic. Great production and playing. Good luck with pitching it. It’s hard for me to imagine anyone singing this any better than you. Very moving, Tom

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Originally Posted By: rayc
The intro had set me up to expect a classic Eagles sound but you played me well.
The lyric/narrative is as on point as Old Man or Cat's in the Cradle though the verse/bridge before the final chorus throws a curve ball of sorts. I know that's your wheel house but I'd consider writing a slight alternative to that bit for a more secular performer.
Everything about the song is fabulous TBness.
You're a wonder.


Thanks Ray! Your comments are always appreciated by me! I may at some point look at alternate versions of this one, but it may be a while!

Thanks, T




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