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#751150 01/27/23 05:06 PM
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Last year’s cross country trip included a stop in Carbondale Illinois where I went to college.

I hadn’t been back in 50 years and it filled me with stories that I hadn’t thought about in

decades. Not all of them good.

There were a few terrible things that happened back then that made my time there much more

difficult then I would have liked. I survived and in the process I realized it was just another step

in this long journey. While visiting something unusual happened the first day walking down the

street. I ran into a guy I knew from my time there who never left. You should have seen the look

on my wife’s face when I yelled out “ Hey Dave”. This song is about that visit and is dedicated

to Justin Boot Co. and Jose Cuervo Traditional Tequila. I hope you like it and feel free to

comment as always. Thanks, Tom

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Ain’t been around here much

Since i left this town

There’s ghosts round every corner

And they don’t make a sound

But somewhere in the back of my head

I might have never left

Got half a mind to leave right now

If the other half knew what’s best


In the trunk’s there’s a pair of Justins

Wore out long ago

Never thought that I’d be back here

Walkin this old gravel road

To a place where I can look back and

Remember my roots

Sure has been a real long time

Since i wore them boots


Some things they oughta stay buried

Way down in the dirt

If you go digging around there

Somebody’s gonna get hurt

Don’t you wake them sleeping dogs

Don’t em let know you’re here

Don’t go trying to change the past

Just let it disappear


In the trunk’s there’s a pair of Justins

Wore out long ago

Never thought that I’d be back here

Walkin this old gravel road

To a place where I can look back and

Remember my roots

Sure has been a real long time

Since i wore them boots

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Hello Tom
Really cool song
Sounds great
You play really good guitar
And also the sound of the guitar is extremely good
What kind of guitar/amp combination do you play ?
Great work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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This is my new favorite of yours, very good choice of instruments, nice drive and your vocals and guitar playing/sound are top.

Mix is also good, so absolutely nothing to complain from my side smile


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What a great teaser in what you say before I push Play. We have a Carbondale in PA, too, and most folks pronounce it Car-Bon-Delay --real fancy like. I love this song, and I love that Dave hasn't graduated yet. Nary a mention of Jose, but I know it was in there. The lyrics are dripping with lemon and salt. A fun memory made better by time. Love it, Tom.


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Tom, very well done man.
Love that guitar playing and one can easily relate to the lyrics.
Of the many things that came to mind as I listened was Billy Joel's lyric
"When I wore a younger man's clothes".
In this case it's "When I wore a younger man's boots" smile

Well done in all aspects.

PS> This is one of the many reasons I enjoy this forum. Where else can you find good original music written, arranged, sung and performed by musicians that don't think they are the one and only gift of God to this world?


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Tom...now that's "boot kickin" country....super track...I like when you stretch out your vocals in the the upper range...pro sounding all the way especially your electric work...would not have been surprised to hear this on a country radio station...not sure much good comes out of Illinois these days or inspires songs but Carbondale and SIU are south enough to do that I suppose!


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Originally Posted By: PROJECT M
Hello Tom
Really cool song
Sounds great
You play really good guitar
And also the sound of the guitar is extremely good
What kind of guitar/amp combination do you play ?
Great work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)
Andi, l appreciate your kind comments. The guitars are a Telecaster and an Epiphone Elitist Les Paul. I record direct with Scuffam Amps S-Gear plug in. Thanks, Tom

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Tommy.
I like the simple lyrics. Ones you can fit to many situations.
Guitar work, vocal and mix are great. Pro stuff.

Vic

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Howdy Tommy....

This is good cut.
Good lyrics and fine axe playing.
I'll echo all other comments.
Well done....

Back to it....

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Oh, yeah - good song! All the way around. And it definitely has your signature sound - right from the first beat. I really liked the whole thing, but the last line of that first verse and the entire second verse are just killer. A very relatable song, We've all been there. This is yet another example of why I like your guitar picking so well. It's got a really good lead that fits the song well, but you are a master at coming up with a great signature riff that carries an entire song along. Great tone and clever ending too. Great all around Tom!

Brad

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Tommy,

This is one of the absolute best and most radio-ready country songs I have ever heard on here.

Outstanding. LOVE it.

Going to copy those tracks and make a style right now, as I often do with your songs. I have a Tommy Adams styles folder I made. Keep 'em coming, and I'll keep typing. It's a good deal for me man.

smile

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Tom,

Your tracks always have such a big awesome sound that really let the guitars have their proper place in the mix! Man I love the whole production of this one! Your vocals sound really great and are perfect for this type of tune! The realtracks you chose couldn't be any better for this and they sit in the mix right where they should IMO! Great solo at around 2:00! Great ending!

Take care, T




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Tom

Loved the crunchy guitar.

Nice pro feel throughout, excellent vocal and harmonies.

A great sound, top quality mix, a catchy chorus and nice melodic solo.

Excellent.

Peter

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Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
This is my new favorite of yours, very good choice of instruments, nice drive and your vocals and guitar playing/sound are top.

Mix is also good, so absolutely nothing to complain from my side smile
BDT, Thanks for your great review, Tom

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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
What a great teaser in what you say before I push Play. We have a Carbondale in PA, too, and most folks pronounce it Car-Bon-Delay --real fancy like. I love this song, and I love that Dave hasn't graduated yet. Nary a mention of Jose, but I know it was in there. The lyrics are dripping with lemon and salt. A fun memory made better by time. Love it, Tom.
Marty, I’m glad you liked it. Your comments always make me smile. The only other thing I can say is Lime not lemon, Tom

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Oh wow!!! Oh my word :-) Gave me (for one) a schooling, right here, on what it is to write a top-notch song. Bravo, sir. Hats off to you. If this came on, on the radio or TV, I wouldn't bat an eyelid - it belongs right there, at the top. Phew :-)

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Tommy, you have produced some fantastic music but this one is the absolute best IMHO.

"Some things they oughta stay buried
Way down in the dirt
If you go digging around there
Somebody’s gonna get hurt"

I can relate eek

This should be played on every contemporary country station right now.
Everything is pro level on this one.

Loved it.


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Originally Posted By: Bass Thumper
Tom, very well done man.
Love that guitar playing and one can easily relate to the lyrics.
Of the many things that came to mind as I listened was Billy Joel's lyric
"When I wore a younger man's clothes".
In this case it's "When I wore a younger man's boots" smile

Well done in all aspects.

PS> This is one of the many reasons I enjoy this forum. Where else can you find good original music written, arranged, sung and performed by musicians that don't think they are the one and only gift of God to this world?
BT, thanks much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it,Tom

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Hi Tom,

Excellent song and well sung also.

(that's 5 good new songs in one day on this forum - surely a record!).

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Hi Tom,

Man, you always seem to have a knack for coming up with killer riffs for your songs, and this song is a good example, great hook!

Good story, delivered well. Love the solo!

Excellent, listened a few times.

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