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It Ain't Fair (collab with Bronco)


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Bronco sent me some 12 bar blues, allowing me to do whatever I wanted with it. To me, it was the ultimate chance to indulge my Billie Holliday fantasy. I used my bluesiest voice, wrote some hard luck lyrics, and started singing. I hope you enjoy the results, because boy howdy, did I ever have a good time with this song! Bronco is an absolutely fantastic person with whom to collaborate. It was a wonderful experience for me, and I hope it was for him. I adore all the wonderful touches he added to this piece. It started with him and it ended with him.
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Lyrics
You pay me a nickel when I'm worth more than a dime
Why you keeping me down all the time
I sweat and I slave to give you what I got
And you slap me down, leaving me to rot
It ain't fair. Life ain't fair. But what am I gonna do?

Heavy burdens on my shoulders
Get these weights right offa me
Dangerous fire around me smolders
It ain't the way the world oughta be
But it is. It just is. It always is.

You drag my name through the muck and the mire
Why are you hating? Why do you never tire?
I never did you a single wrong
And you slap me down and silence my song.
It ain't fair. Life ain't fair. But what am I gonna do?

::bridge::

Heavy burdens on my shoulders
Get these weights right offa me
Dangerous fire around me smolders
It ain't the way the world oughta be
But it is. It just is. It always is.

You make me promises and feed me big dreams
But nothing you say is ever what it seems
I fly on a thought, heaven bound
And you slap me down, leave me on the ground
It ain't fair. Life ain't fair. But what am I gonna do?

Heavy burdens on my shoulders
Get these weights right offa me
Dangerous fire around me smolders
It ain't the way the world oughta be
But it is. It just is. It always is.
Song Stats
Hits: 4569
Comments: 54
Fans: 6
Plays: 412
Downloads: 159
Votes: 23
Uploaded: Jun 13, 2005 - 05:25:32 PM
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2005 - 04:31:36 PM Last Played: Apr 07, 2017 - 12:44:17 PM
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Hardware:
All of Bronco's stuff, and my Shure SM58
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Comments
SlimGirlFat said 4563 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Bluesey JO!
wooo..
what a great track guys.
Nice singing Joanna. love that husky timbre you got going on
in here. Fantastic lyrics. Great songwriting, and playing..
Nice one you two.
D/L

Slimmie

Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Bluesey JO!
Thank you, Slimmie! This was such a joy for me. Bronco was the perfect
collaborator.
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Rebsie said 4563 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Very classy
You two make a really good team ... it's amazing
what happens when two people with similar musical
ideas get together and pool their resources. Joanna,
you sound like you're having a great time! The
instrumentation is great, bronco. Much credit to you
both.
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Very classy
Thank you, Rebsie! One of the biggest joys of Macjams is the way we can pool
our talents with others to create something uniqe. You're right - I was having
a lot of fun.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
mandolinquent said 4563 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Lovely meeting of talents.
bronco's in really fine form here on instruments and voice.
Beautiful playing, Tom. And what a great partner he's got
here. Great singing and writing, Joanna. You can hear
what fun both of you had doing this... Class act.
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bronco said 4563 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Lovely meeting of talents.
Thanks Slim, Rebsie, Mando. Joanna was so much fun to work with. Love
doing collaborations. Just send me a file and I will make it mediocre in no
time at all. Nope, couldn't even do that with this one. She's too good!
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Lovely meeting of talents.
Thank you, Mando! Bronco did most of the work on this one.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
stevel said 4563 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Sultry blues
Great vocals..yes very reminiscent of Billie Holiday in
places. Nice backing vocals too. This just has a great
feel...although its blues you cannot help but be cheered
up by this!
S
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Sultry blues
Thank you, Steve! Even the blues can be uplifting. The magic of music.
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Mystified said 4563 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Sometimes it aint fair...
But this collab is more than fair...I'd say fantastic!
What a great combination of talents. :)

I'm waiting for the next collab, you two!

Excellent! Thank you.


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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Sometimes it aint fair...
Thank you, Mysti! That bronco sure can play that guitar!
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thetiler said 4563 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Billie Holliday has come back
I really liked how well you did the Billie Holliday singin.
I enjoyed you both together. You really have a nice talent
Joanna for singin in the Jazz-blues fashion. And your
songwriting is suprerb.

Thanks much for this tune.
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Billie Holliday has come back
Thank you, Tiler, I'm so glad you liked it!
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snowdragon said 4563 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Tellin' the truth
Ah, Chicago, south side, late '40s. Smokey bar, cheap
liquor. Made me want to dig out the old upright and slap
it silly.
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Tellin' the truth
Ooh, Snowy, great imagery! I'm so glad you liked it, thank you!
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bronco said 4563 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Great Job Joanna!
Beautiful job writing and singing. I knew whatever you
came up with would be creative and cool.
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Great Job Joanna!
Thank you so much, Bronco, for letting me sing on your song!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Mcboy said 4563 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
o h....
yeah.....this is so kool.....love your phrasing Joann......and
tonal inflection.......truly in the Billy Holiday spirit ......crispy
git playing Bronco......truly fun to listen to.....
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
o h....
Thank you, Mcboy, coming from someone as talented as you are, it means a
lot to me.
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Anonymous said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Good soul!
nice tune!
thanks your uprod!
Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Good soul!
Thank you, AJ!
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caroline said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
What a privilege
Joanna, it can't believe that such talent is available for me to put on my computer and to listen to again and again and again! I shall boogie on down all day - thank you for sharing your talent x
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
What a privilege
Thank you, Caroline! You're such a nice person. So supportive. I'm so glad
you joined Macjams.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
caroline said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Boogie on down!
Love the voice! Love the music! Thank you for sharing this work - I can't believe that all this talent is available to listen to and boogie round the house to! Thank you Joanna x
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said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Billy "Jo" Holiday!
The two of you work very well together! This has the great
qualities that bring me to the era! Yet, has a "today" feel
to it! JS, your voice just keeps getting better! Bronco, you
are very talented!
Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Billy "Jo" Holiday!
Thank you, Alimar! I love that "today's retro" feel. I really appreciate you
giving the song a listen.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
trebbia said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Nice Joanna!!! :)
Great singing... you catch the BH spirit:)
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Nice Joanna!!! :)
Thank you, Trebbia!!
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said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Very good
Cool tune and great vocal. i could have done without the
backup vocal totally. I was in key and all but just didn't fit
in the vibe and lead.
Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 14th, 2005)
Very good
Thank you, Rob! I liked Bronco's background vocals on it because it gave it
that club feel, like a member of the band joining in. But I understand if it
doesn't work for everybody.
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btransue said 4562 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
Fake trumpets...now fake harmonica...
damn girl...how do you do it?

This is great...and ya, I know they're real. It's all real. Nice
honest piece...the real deal! Two picks up! Nice collab folks.
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Joanna said 4562 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
Fake trumpets...now fake harmonica...
Thank you, Blaine! When I collaborate, I don't have to use my arsenal of fake
instruments -- I love that!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Cameron said 4561 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
GREAT Billie style
Joanna, your voice sounds so much like Billie Holliday in
the opening phrases that it sent chills down my spine.

Then as the song progresses, your own style shines
through more strongly which creates a very good mix,
your own personal "stamp" on the blues.

Bronco, your accompaniment is imaginative and
interesting; lots of little "sound gems" to be mined. I
particularly like your use of cymbals. They accentuate the
singer's intense emotions perfectly. Your vocals add a
certain "live" and authentic quality to the song.

This song is a very good combination of forces. I
thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
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Joanna said 4561 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
GREAT Billie style
Thank you, Cameron! I knew that I couldn't do an exact impersonation of
Billie because our voices have very different qualities at the root. So I tried to
capture a small piece of her ineffable qualities. Because the lyrics mean
something to me in my own life, I was also able to put a lot of myself into the
performance. You've a keen ear to hear that blend.

And I agree with everything you said about Bronco's wonderful, intimate
arrangement.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
said 4561 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
Blues is da color of my true love's hair
Yes, this is quite good. From what little I know of da
Blues, this sounds pretty durn good. You have a nice sassy
twang in your authoritative "tellin it like it is" voice. I am
liking this. Let's collab. I've paid my dues. Good layout and
supporting vocals/instrumentation, bronco.
bronco said 4561 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
Blues is da color of my true love's hair
Hey Richard where you been? I'll be ready for some more production advice
and backing vocals in a couple of weeks if you want to do it?

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Joanna said 4560 days ago (June 16th, 2005)
Blues is da color of my true love's hair
Thank you, Richard. I know blues is not your usual mien, so I really appreciate
your having given this a chance. It's very gratifying to hear that you liked it.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Emily Rohm said 4560 days ago (June 16th, 2005)
My dog Ernie loves it!
(So do I!) I just got a 10 week old dachshund puppy, and
he slows down for nothing! But I played this song and he
sat so quiet and listened to the whole song! Thanks for
the moment of peace...
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Joanna said 4560 days ago (June 16th, 2005)
My dog Ernie loves it!
Thank you, Emily and Ernie! I love that story. One never knows what will
appeal to furry members of the family, but it's always a delight to find
something. I'm so pleased that it soothed his rambunctious nature.
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Mr. S said 4558 days ago (June 18th, 2005)
...
take me down South, and give me one of those
harmonicas please. Nice blend of sounds.

S
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Joanna said 4557 days ago (June 19th, 2005)
...
Thank you, Mr. S! You'll have to ask Bronco about the harmonica, though.
Sure wish I could play like that.
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drakonis said 4558 days ago (June 18th, 2005)
Woohoos for Blues!
Very nicely sung & played & written. Loved it, both of you!
ttfn,
Drakonis -- wallowing in blues
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Joanna said 4557 days ago (June 19th, 2005)
Woohoos for Blues!
Thank you, Drak! There's been a lot of good blues here lately. A fine time for
those of us who love to hear some blues.
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listen said 4558 days ago (June 18th, 2005)
...cause I'm a woman!
well done - feels good to sing the blues like BIlly
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Joanna said 4557 days ago (June 19th, 2005)
...cause I'm a woman!
Thank you, Listen! There's no one quite like Billie, but it sure is fun to give
her a nod.
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alley-oop said 4556 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Blues, baby
I don't know how I missed this! Congrats on a great collab. Great Bronco blues bed for the smokey, raspy Joanna vocals. Love it!
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Joanna said 4556 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Blues, baby
Thank you, alley! I'm so glad you found it!
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TennesseeVic said 4556 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Is it Bilie or is it memorex?
Your voice is very different from Billie Holliday, but within
that limitation you're doing very well in catching her spirit.

Cool!

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Joanna said 4556 days ago (June 20th, 2005)
Is it Bilie or is it memorex?
Thank you, Vic! As you discerned, it was the vibe I was trying to capture, as
opposed to doing an imitation. Our voices are too different for me to recreate
hers, much I'd love to be able to.
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Macaudion said 4546 days ago (June 30th, 2005)
Excellent
Very nice work Joana. I can't say anything as
intellegent as most comments here, but my ears
inform me that you are an extremely talented singer/
song writer. This is a very nice and solid piece here.
Great lyrics! Your vocal work here is absolutely right
on and as well, every single note of the
accompaniments are on too. Congrads!

Cydniko
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Joanna said 4546 days ago (July 1st, 2005)
Excellent
Thank you, Cyd. You made my day!
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Alan M Hall said 4514 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Wow, Collaboration!
Just getting to know this place, MacJams, and that was a
great collaboration. Beautiful instrument and voice work. I
love those lyrics. Gotta download this one.
Alan M Hall
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Joanna said 4514 days ago (August 1st, 2005)
Wow, Collaboration!
Thank you, Alan! And a big welcome to Macjams -- be careful, it's very
addicting!
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vicrodrick said 4339 days ago (January 23rd, 2006)
excellent
Comfortable voice. Could listen to lots of that! Sing with me, baby.
Loved the arrangement too. Very sparse, which is a good thing. Possible mprovements? How about some harmony on the chorus instead of singalong? Excellent nevertheless.
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