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Nobody Loves You When You're Old


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DWL

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It's another exercise in orchestral excess.

I'm not happy with the vocals (perhaps a little too dramatic??) and parts of the arrangement but it's nearly there.

The waster who sang Well Fair State ( http://www.macjams.com/song/28754 ) is nearing the end of his life. He's alone in his council flat never having given or received love. Unfortunately it's not regret he feels but resentment and bitterness. The middle section is a brief glimpse into his childhood where, for some reason, it all went wrong.

The message is simple - All You Need is Love :)

Cheers

Dick
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Lyrics
Nobody Loves You When You're Old (Hobbs/Langford) © AmokOpera 2007

Nobody loves you when you're old
Let's talk about the good old days
Before the bluebirds flew away
And left the sky so flat and grey

Endless summer, wasted youth
Endless summer, what's the use?

The world just loves to eat its young
Chews them up and spits them out
Flying high sweet bird of youth
Up above the cold hard ground

Here comes the winter
Here comes the cold
Nobody loves you when you get old

When the children come to call
Love's in such short supply
Hardly talk to you at all
How long before you die?

How did you get here
You'll never know
Wasted youth
So long ago

You feel so young inside your head
But your body lets you down
It won't be long before you're dead
Down in that cold hard ground

You could have loved them
If truth be told
Nobody loves you when you get old

(©Hobbs/Langford)
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Uploaded: Apr 07, 2007 - 04:22:46 PM
Last Updated: Apr 07, 2007 - 04:22:46 PM Last Played: Mar 15, 2017 - 11:04:26 AM
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Comments
Vic Holman said 3734 days ago (April 7th, 2007)
extraodinary piece
big production plus big ideas = big sound! great composition. i kinda see what you mean about the vocals. the softer vocal section is good though. totally enjoyed this!
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DWL said 3734 days ago (April 8th, 2007)
Thanks Vic, pleased you enjoyed it
The more I hear it the more I don't like the vocals. They were done in a bit of a rush with idea of Al Jolson in my head. Sometimes I shouldn't be allowed to have things in my head......

Cheers

Dick


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bonnieprincejohnny said 3733 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
AL
Al Jolson is cool - and so is your vocal, aw the best.

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johnny crawford
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DWL said 3733 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Thanks John
I love Al Jolson but I'm not sure I did him (or me) any favours here ;-)

Cheers

Dick

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dreadmon said 3733 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Another great piece!
This is great, Dick, this is really coming along as a whole, isn't it? I'm on the fence about the vocals - in a way, the OTT treatment works and the mellow parts are almost too mellow, on the other hand, there is probably another way to approach the OTT style, but I'm just not sure what it is. It'll come to you.

The arrangement is very rich, with enough change-ups throughout to keep things interesting. Just after the first refrain of "nobody loves you when you get old", there is a bright horn part that sounds a little stilted, like it wants to be free to leap about and play some triplets and such. Other than that - this sounds great - I can't wait until the whole thing begins to piece together in my brain and I can get a read on the tone - it really is quite something, and I'm excited to hear the finished production!
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DWL said 3733 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Thanks Bing
I really appreciate you listening to this. I thought it was getting near to be completed but my wife has pointed out there are no songs for the women and so we've written two new ones so it's going to take a little longer than we thought.

I've been thinking about what you said with the horns and you have a point. I just have to work out how I might do it.

Vocals really need some work. They were rushed and not my best.

Cheers

Dick
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peacepiano said 3733 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Amok
Another excellent chapter. I like the orchestration. Keep up the work. I'm listening for the rest!


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DWL said 3730 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Thanks Bill
much appreciated but still lots to do. This business of working for a living has a lot to answer for ;-)

Cheers

Dick
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Magritte said 3732 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Kurt Weill would approve
I thought I heard a little "Cannon Song" in here, no? Personally I really enjoyed the counterpart of the harsh vocals and the softer, despairing ones. Maybe I'm the only one...but it seemed very dramatic and rock-opera-y to me.
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DWL said 3730 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Cannon Song I don't remember
but spent a fruitless hour last night searching the internet for a version and going through my old vinyls in the basement looking my copy of Threepenny Opera that hasn't seen the light of day for 20 years. Still, if it's sounding at all like Kurt Weil then I guess I'm doing OK so thanks :-)

You're right, it is part of a musical/opera. Check my bio ;-)

Cheers

Dick

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TobinMueller said 3732 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
In front of dirty mirror with naked lightbulb swinging soliloquy
Like something from Sweeney Todd, letting frustration carry you thru anger into cleansing violence. You can't be too much of a character with this sort of piece. Love the reversed echo in the end, too. Maybe too much reverb all around, but I really dig this. And maybe too many repetitions of the slow section (I wanted more variations that would go slightly off topic and reveal more details of the guys lost chances). I like the music box interlude a lot. You sing "dead" really well! Chilling effect, the end. Really good.
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DWL said 3729 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
The idea of a naked light
would be too exciting !

Interesting that I haven't added any reverb to the instruments I used. I guess it might be added during the mastering process. I'll check out if that's the case.

I can see your point about explaining his situation a little more and I'd agree if this was a standalone song but in our defence I have to say it's the penultimate song of a musical where his character has been developed through dialogue, action and other songs (Well Fair State http://www.macjams.com/song/28754). I rest my case ;-)

I really appreciate the comments Tobin.

Thanks

Cheers

Dick


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Willywagga said 3731 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Great
I think you're being unfair on yourself, this is great for the genre it fits with and beats the pant of most material in the genre. When I listen I visualize a big epic piece, a musical extravaganza: "Life is ALL" or whatever like Lional Bart's Oliver, this is around where Fagin sings'I'm Reviewing the Situation" kind of thing. I'm thinking "Life " The Musical with all these power struggles, young and old ugly and beatiful, hot and cold, peace and war, birth and death. Eat your heart out LLoyd Webber. This is Brilliant, waiting for more.
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Willywagga said 3731 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Ha
I just read your Bio, and well there ya go,you're way ahead of me.
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DWL said 3729 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
Ha indeed!
Pleased you enjoyed it!

I like the idea that you imagined it as part of a bigger whole.

Thanks for listening.

Cheers

Dick

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pengui said 3728 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
I just don't think
I just don't think the vocals hold up to the scope and quality of the music. The ideas are grand. Love the keys.
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DWL said 3726 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
I wasn't happy with them either
they were rushed and I should have taken more time with them but in my defence they won't be mine on the final version :-)

Thanks for listening.

Cheers

Dick


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echoroom said 3727 days ago (April 15th, 2007)
We love ya
Another great arrangement Dick - it's such a tease being shown your vision piece by piece. I love the soft interlude vocals - really nicely sung, but both sets of vocals sound a bit dull (may be the EQ-ing). I do think the main verse vocals could be improved upon.

Other than that, another wonderful step down your musical alley (er, if you get my drift!).

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DWL said 3724 days ago (April 18th, 2007)
It's not just you
who is being shown it a bit at a time :-)

I've no idea what's coming next either.

Thanks for your support !

Cheers

Dick
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DWL said 3724 days ago (April 18th, 2007)
Also
I think the vocals could be better and they will be when Graeme sings this song ;-)

Cheers

Dick
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Joe Brady said 3714 days ago (April 27th, 2007)
It's coming along!
I would like to hear this tune as a counter-punch to something more positive; perhaps one of those woman-tunes, and then have the two outlooks trade the space on stage. Ah, what do I know? They would only give me mime-parts in highschool. This is an interesting look at a curmudgeon; good writing. Thanks for including us in your process; this is really cool.
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DWL said 3693 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
Thanks Joe
You are exactly right. It follows a positive song and is followed by a very positive song.

Cheers

Dick


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Enrique Gil said 3704 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
This one is really cool!
another wonderful piece....The voice is in tune with the suspense of the melody and changes to a sad voice following the music....Thank you for sharing!
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DWL said 3692 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
Thanks Enrique
I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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Estella said 3694 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
vocals
are great - what is everybody talking about? ; )

I personally think they are dramatic, which is perfect for a dramatic show, as I understand this is for. It will be a dream for the actor/singer who is performing this.

But your vocals in particular I like! I imagine the villain of a Disney movie (a compliment, as the villains get the greatest songs). You sound like the singer of "Be Prepared" in *The Lion King* I'll have to watch again to see if my memory is playing tricks on me : )
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DWL said 3692 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
You like the vocals?
OK, I'm still not happy with them but I really appreciate a positive comment like that especially from someone who can sing :-)

Cheers

Dick
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paul f. page said 3691 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
Getting old...
Another stunning number, Dick. I haven't been following the progress of your big project, but now you have sucked me in. The general idea is really compelling and I hope you will pursue it to the end. I don't have any idea how you'd stage this collection, but you have powerful things to say and have created powerful music to convey them... Yeh. Don't diss your vocals. They are great. I only wish they were a little more up-front. ... This is wonderful stuff and very ambitious. I want to buy a ticket when it hits West End.
Peace.
Paul
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DWL said 3690 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
Thanks Paul,
Vocals will be redone in September then it's a matter of getting the whole thing professionally mastered and CDs made.

I see it as film project now but it's all pie in the sky. I'm about as likely to get a film made as I am to get a recording contract :-)

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 3690 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
This is great..
and I'm very impressed. Sounds like I'm listening to an excerpt from a show or musical and I think your voice and the expression are wonderful. It really does sound like a big production, M
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DWL said 3689 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
Big production? :-)
Actually I'm really pleased with that comment. I like to feel this is on a grand scale even though I'm putting it together in my basement so it's nice to hear that.

Many thanks :-)

Cheers

Dick
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paddler said 3681 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
pie in the sky
dont give up hope - you could still make the film - there are loads of enthusiastic upcoming moviemakers around looking for projects to work on.You could post an advert on the student noticeboards erm theres one in st peters library on grand parade opposite st peters chrch or that veggie cafe near kensington gardens i think - or at least there always was.Just an idea - great song by the way - the strings/vocals are excellent
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Rebsie said 3601 days ago (August 19th, 2007)
Love the vocals
I downloaded this and put it on a CD so I could listen to it properly through the hi-fi. It's quickly become one of my favourites from Amokopera. It's a brilliant piece of songwriting and arrangement.

Now, we're going to have to agree to disagree about the vocals. I think they're fantastic and suit the song perfectly. There's a kind of grimness and latent aggression in the main vocal which really brings the character and his sad situation to life. I don't think they're too dramatic ... or at least they're dramatic in the sense of being theatrical, which is good. And the contrasting sweetness of the "endless summer" vocals makes for a powerful combination. Those softer lines are real heartstring tuggers, with a murmur of Jeff Buckley in the quivering notes at the ends of the lines. Sounds exquisite to me.

This is seriously good stuff, Dick. I look forward to hearing the whole thing when it's finally complete!

I will probably have worn out my CD-R by then anyway.
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Demeter7 said 2324 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
You get
your idea across. You can really act. Still impressed by your ideas and your talent. Thanks.
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