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A co-write with Bill Osofsky


The BAND:
RealTracks in style: 366:Bass, Electric, Country Ev 065
RealTracks in style: ~364:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 065
RealTracks in style: ~368:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 065
RealTracks in song: ~702:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Spirited Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 871:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernRnBRockWarmStrum Ev 065
RealTracks in style: ~369:Pedal Steel, Background Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 1838:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGrooveSync4s Ev16 075
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven8^2-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat



EXCEPT FOR YOU

came home to our apartment
tossed off my old coat
plopped down on the sofa
and i picked up that remote
turned on the evening news
but didn't catch a word
the echo of your leaving
was the only sound i heard

   poured myself a little drink
   sat there in the dark to think
   how i don't need anything
   except for you
   you're my deepest wish
   you're that soft sweet kiss
   i've never felt love like this
   except for you

turned on my computer
checked my favorite sites
nothing out in cyberspace
to interest me tonight
funny how time apart
can teach you what is real
how reaching from a distance
lets you touch the way you feel.

   poured myself another drink
   sat there in the dark to think
   how i don't need anything
   except for you
   you're my deepest wish
   you're that soft sweet kiss
   i've never felt love like this
   except for you

it's just a few more days 'til you're home again
i pray my heart can hold out 'til then...

   i pour myself another drink
   sit here in the dark and think
   how i don't need anything
   except for you
   you're my deepest wish
   you're that soft sweet kiss
   i've never felt love like this
   except for you
   except for you



Do your thing.


fj

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Nice one. Tracks sound good. What's not to like about this? Another Floyd classic.


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Floyd / Bill,

This is an exceptional write...

"funny how time apart
can teach you what is real
how reaching from a distance
lets you touch the way you feel"

Wow!

The guitars are exquisite in this recording, especially the fingerpicked acoustic. The mix is radio-pro all the way and ready for air time.

I love the soaring vocal. Floyd, you know how to bring the heartbreak with your voice / performance.

A new favorite for me - I loved EVERYTHING about this.

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Nice write. I liked how the delayed drum came in and added punch to the chorus. Subtle harmonies.

Guitar before the second verse did its job. "Cyberspace"... haven't heard that in a while.

Guitar after the second chorus does nice build into the bridge and gives an even bigger lift to the final verse.

Crunchy chords. Piano fills in the background just right.

Of course, the vocals are perfect.

Nice mix, too. Textbook perfect! laugh


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'it's just a few more days 'til you're home again
i pray my heart can hold out 'til then..."
That relieves the aching empathy a little bit.
Your voice & the way you use it are the winning elements in this but the lyrics melody and arrangement asre terrific.


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Man, you are such a gem at writing lyrics, Floyd. The first verse is like the opening of a good book how it gives the visual and you know there is a story coming. The music tells us it's probably not a happy one. You should write a book, Floyd. You're always so relatable. Outstanding on all levels!!!


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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Nice one. Tracks sound good. What's not to like about this? Another Floyd classic.

Thanks for listening, Herb

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Floyd / Bill,

This is an exceptional write...

"funny how time apart
can teach you what is real
how reaching from a distance
lets you touch the way you feel"

Wow!

The guitars are exquisite in this recording, especially the fingerpicked acoustic. The mix is radio-pro all the way and ready for air time.

I love the soaring vocal. Floyd, you know how to bring the heartbreak with your voice / performance.

A new favorite for me - I loved EVERYTHING about this.

Bob


Much appreciated, Bob...

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It's always easy to tell where your chorus kicks in, Floyd! Great twist in the bridge!! Vox, production build, etc. all spot-on, as usual.

Dewey

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That's a winning vocal. Lyrics so simply written to make it sound easy, and the way it builds. Wonderful.
Good band too.

Vic

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When you and Bill write together, there's always something magical about it.
I like how you make me believe for most of the song that she has left him forever. Very good.

Arrangement, mix and production are good (as always), and what I like best is your vocal performance (as always smile ).


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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Nice write. I liked how the delayed drum came in and added punch to the chorus. Subtle harmonies.

Guitar before the second verse did its job. "Cyberspace"... haven't heard that in a while.

Guitar after the second chorus does nice build into the bridge and gives an even bigger lift to the final verse.

Crunchy chords. Piano fills in the background just right.

Of course, the vocals are perfect.

Nice mix, too. Textbook perfect! laugh


Thanks, David. That was my reaction to "cyberspace" when Bill sent me the original lyric - and that was 10 years ago. I considered changing it, but after a while became accustom to it.



Originally Posted By: rayc
'it's just a few more days 'til you're home again
i pray my heart can hold out 'til then..."
That relieves the aching empathy a little bit.
Your voice & the way you use it are the winning elements in this but the lyrics melody and arrangement asre terrific.


Thanks, ray. Appreciate the comment on the vocals, for sure. The quoted lines are all Bill. He is an excellent writer. My job there was to find a melody that would match the sentiment and provide added buildup/power/release... Hopefully, that all worked...

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Floyd & Bill...that was another exceptional write...perfect arrangement IMHO...adding the right instrument at the right time is the art of arranging a song or a score and you are so gifted at that...you guys always tell a compelling story with your lyrics...it's seamless and conversational and always rapped in a great melody...no exception here!


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Haven't been here in a while ... logged on, today. Saw this, thought: missed hearing a floyd jane song, let's give it a spin.

"funny how time apart
can teach you what is real
how reaching from a distance
lets you touch the way you feel."

Exceptional lyrics.

"it's just a few more days 'til you're home again
i pray my heart can hold out 'til then..."

Superb twist. Until here, I was (quite on purpose, right?) led to believe that her absence was permanent. This signalled her awaited return. Wow - so well done. I could feel my heart breathe in relief smile

Your vocals, especially in the last verse, where you sing in a strong dynamic, are really, really, really brilliant. SO difficult to sing at this slow speed without one's voice cracking or playing other tricks on one. You are a master of this kind of thing, and your voice never betrays you, but holds true. I am so wowed by this.

One of your very best. Hats off.

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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Man, you are such a gem at writing lyrics, Floyd. The first verse is like the opening of a good book how it gives the visual and you know there is a story coming. The music tells us it's probably not a happy one. You should write a book, Floyd. You're always so relatable. Outstanding on all levels!!!


Thank, Marty. Bill really deserves the credit for the lyric. He's such a fine lyricist that I seldom need to do more than make a few subtle changes to make it work (and sing properly) for wherever I take the melody (so we are kind of in a Taupin/John mode).


Originally Posted By: Dewey_MI
It's always easy to tell where your chorus kicks in, Floyd! Great twist in the bridge!! Vox, production build, etc. all spot-on, as usual.

Dewey


Thanks, Dewey...

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Another great song from you, Floyd! Your stuff always sounds so pro. Tip of the hat to Bill for the lyrics too of course.

Excellent!

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Originally Posted By: vicarn
That's a winning vocal. Lyrics so simply written to make it sound easy, and the way it builds. Wonderful.
Good band too.

Vic


Thanks, vic...


Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
When you and Bill write together, there's always something magical about it.
I like how you make me believe for most of the song that she has left him forever. Very good.

Arrangement, mix and production are good (as always), and what I like best is your vocal performance (as always smile ).


Thanks, Brian. I enjoyed writing with Bill. He had his craft down pat. But, more important was that he knew how to put emotion and passion ("heart") into a lyric. That is not always the case with people who just write lyrics (seldom the case, actually). We had a couple dozen co-writes in the course of 3 months...

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I read through the lyrics first, and for some reason, I expected a faster tempo. It was a pleasant surprise to hear the opening acoustic and singing. The lyric also changed expectations when we get to the bridge.

Exceptionally strong vocal performance.

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Floyd, you have posted some outstanding songs on this site but IMHO this is your best to date.

You and Bill's lyrics are astronomical. As I was listening I said what a beautiful sad song. Then you hit me with these lines "it's just a few more days 'til you're home again
i pray my heart can hold out 'til then..." WOW! Brilliant!

You always have the perfect backing tracks for your songs.

Another winner that should be on the radio.


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FJ,
you and Bill have amazing musical bond. Super tune. Lyrics have a Sting feel to them. Exellent vocals and phrasing. Super arrangement! Electric solo worked really well. I went to check your band list, but it seems not there. Was it played? Ace collab and thank you for sharing.
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floyd

Exceptional vocals, excellent arrangement, great write.

Another in a long showcase of engaging pro songs.

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