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I've See It All Before


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This one has been a long time in development - almost 20 years as a matter of fact.

I originally started this one back in college in the late 1980s. It was only a bass line and lyrics. I'd tried to record it using a four-track at the time, but didn't really have the ability to do it the way I wanted back then. So, it got tucked away in the dark recesses of my mind.

Fast forward to 2007 and, one day as I was fiddling around with the bass, the old bassline pops up in my head and, after some considerable strain, the words came back to the surface. Realizing I had equipment, time and skills which would make my original intent for the song more of a reality, I set about recording. Yeah, it was much harder than I thought.

This has gone through a number of different versions, lots of trial and error and still isn't exactly the way I hear it in my head, but it's as close as I'm going to get it, at least for now.

This is a little different from most of the stuff I've done before. The vocals were a tad difficult and, as you'll hear, not necessarily something I could do over and over until I got enough takes to get everything the way I wanted. It's got a mix of live brass and digital winds (since I don't yet have a saxophone) and, yes, there are some digital enhancements in a place or two on the vocals.

All in all, this one was a fun one to do because it did present some challenges. One day, I may revisit it, but for now, I'm pretty please.

I hope you enjoy.
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Lyrics
It's cold outside
but there's a warmth inside my heart
I cannot hide
I've know that from the start

It never seemed to me
that I knew what was going on
So blind I could not see
all the things that were going wrong

And I've seen it all before
If I opened up my heart
would you walk inside that door

It makes me crazy
when I think about your smile
But if I go crazy
I wouldn't mind it for a whole

I know if I go crazy
I might find that you're gone
So I'll take the weight of the world off your shoulders
And then we can go on

And I've seen it all before
If I opened up my heart
would you walk in through that door

And I've seen it all before
If you open up your heart
I'd walk in through that door

I sit around and wonder
at the feeling that I have inside my heart
It's the third time I'm going under
So if you take my hands I could fly

And I've seen it all before
If you open up your heart
I'd walk in through that door

And I've seen it all before
If you open up your heart
I'd walk in through that door
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Hits: 2303
Comments: 10
Fans: 6
Plays: 71
Downloads: 116
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Dec 30, 2007 - 08:08:12 PM
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2012 - 08:12:34 PM Last Played: Nov 03, 2017 - 09:25:48 PM
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Hardware:
MacBook, Les Paul, Peavy Foundation bass, King coronet, Holton Farkas French horn, MXL 990 mic, M-Audio Mobile Pre
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GB for recording
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Comments
Feter said 3611 days ago (December 30th, 2007)
I've See It All Before
Man what a great gear bass ..loved it ..and you
vocal over it just powerfull .groovey arragment with
the brass section ..just rock in welldone !!
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Vic Holman said 3611 days ago (December 30th, 2007)
20 years in the making
has some of that 80's sound and style intact. great bass line. horns a real nice touch as well.

man, that is some intense singing. thats the type of thing you can only do once or twice at one session.

very well done!!!
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Godchaser said 3611 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Very interesting song.
Sounds really old!Seriously you've got lots of cool elements going on here.Great vibe and melody and for me the horns are what really makes this shine.

Blessings,
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UncleTupeloFan said 3610 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Enjoyed it
I agree that this has an 80's feel to it -- I like how you hang it all out there with the vocals, and I liked the lyrics, "third time I'm going under", I think we have all been there.

Peace,
Paul
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michael2 said 3610 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
very
cool that you finally got this one out. i have a theory that a song doesn't really exist until it's recorded and someone can hear it. i love the horns, they are very cool. i didn't realize that you played horns. and my fingers are bleeding just listening to that bass line. also worth mentioning is the middle 8 section going into the guitar solo. nice change. good job man.
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bud said 3610 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
Great work -
This tune has aged well in your brain my friend. You really pushed yourself with this one and it's paid off. I know how hard it is to sing outside your comfort zone - I'm no pro and it hurts after a while - but you really pulled it together. Love the horns and the arrangement.
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jiguma said 3608 days ago (January 2nd, 2008)
Nice bass Joe
This is a real change from you - you have a "white soul" voice a bit like an Australian called Peter Blakely (who I liked a lot).
Best vocal so far from you, and I like the comparatively sparse backing on this compared to your other stuff. I'd like to hear the drums a little bigger in the mix. Good to hear the live horn/s.
Happy 2008!
Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 3604 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
I like that drum beat...
In fact, I think I've used it from time to time... It makes a great beginning... But I REALLY like that bass line...

And you're vocal line is great... Terrific singing...

I'll go way out on a limb here and opine that we'll hear another version of this at some point... At which point, I would suggest that you have perceptualvortex handcraft you a drum track that intertwines with that bass line of yours, and build the whole track up from that combination...

I really like the lead break...

Lyrics and melody are very strong. Really works as a song.

Ed
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davisamerica said 3559 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
wow
and wow... way to belt out those lyrics!! everything grooves! way cool joe...... hats off!!
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that80sboy said 3527 days ago (March 23rd, 2008)
cool!
i can hear the 80s flave here...being something you stated back in the 80s didnt hurt too...haha...aahh..those great 80 bass lines ....reminds me of an old bandmate that used to lay down that slap/pluck bass...nice track!
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