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Stacked


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Warren Smith

 Genre: Political

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MacJammer Richard Schletty sent me some lyrics for a song idea based on his observance of an actual event, the demolition of a power plant stack located on the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Not realizing he had already created a tune for the lyrics, I composed music for it of my own. Then, as Richard continued to move the song in a more folksy direction, I began developing the storyline with a political slant as a general meditation on the current energy crisis in the United States.
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Lyrics
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THAT STACK CAME DOWN?
Schletty/Smith 2008

Down by the river on a bridge called Smith
We gathered to see the demise of a monolith
Of a big tube belching black fire and smoke
Shut your windows, close you doors
cover your eyes, it’ll fill your pores
don’t laugh at me – I’m not making a joke

Feel the breeze up on Buffalo Ridge
Let’s use that wind to power the fridge
What’s this rant rising about the tower?
Bigger isn’t always better
A multitude of alternatives could be unfettered
Let’s convert those vacant rooftops into sources of power

High in the sky where the mighty eagle soars
You could see the dust cloud rise for miles around
No more sulfur or mercury
Life along the river as it ought to be
Where were you when the stack came down?

Ever since building that first cave fire
Man has had a fervent desire
To create clean forms of economical energy
Give me water Give me wind
Give me garbage Give me hydrogen
Give me alternatives to oil and set me free

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Maybe if Al Gore had been elected president
Our energy policy would have a different bent
But right now George Bush seems to be clueless
What can we do when we are leaderless?
Who’s going to lead us out of this bleeding mess?
Is in too much to hope McCain or Obama can renew us?

High in the sky where the mighty eagle soars
You could see the dust cloud rise for miles around
No more sulfur or mercury
Life along the river as it ought to be
Where were you when the stack came down?
Where were you when the stack came down?
Where were you when the stack came down?

Energy costs keep escalating
Clean and cheap aren’t reciprocating
But we can’t go on forever burning ancient forests
You’d better cancel any plans for a family vacation
fuel costs are too high for recreation
you’d better concentrate on heating or cooling your home

more drilling won’t pump us out of this mess
more rhetoric won’t relieve the stress
this is what happens when you have leaders that won’t listen
it seems to me the problem is not so great
if we begin to concentrate and innovate
but right now the resource in short supply seems to be wisdom

where were you when the stack came down?
where were you when the stack came down?
where were you when the stack came down?

Song Stats
Hits: 2889
Comments: 10
Fans: 7
Plays: 63
Downloads: 118
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Sep 21, 2008 - 05:12:24 PM
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2008 - 05:12:24 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 11:59:24 AM
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Hardware:
M-Audio Keystation 49-e, Aria Pro II guitar, Mac G5
Software:
GB2
Comments
Feter said 3286 days ago (September 21st, 2008)
Stacked
man this is cool ....you used this for a great lyrics !!
good work ...thnx alot for sharin !!!
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Warren Smith said 3285 days ago (September 21st, 2008)
turn me loose
Thanks for commenting, Feter ... but are you sure the reason you like the lyrics isn't because I use the word "un-Fettered?"
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Richard_Schletty said 3273 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
Vocal gymnastics
Un-fettered! Now that is a laugh.
racerat said 3285 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
political
Very cool. Very funny and very gutsy. Political song writing is making a comeback, hopefully! Kitschy and oddball. God knows there is enough fodder right now.

Philip
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Warren Smith said 3284 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
Singing about our pain
Ha-ha ... I don't know if I've written a tragic-comedy ... or the other way around.

When I started working on this piece, it seemed like the energy crisis was the big issue looming over contemporary society. For some reason, Richard Schletty's song gave me a way to try to explore some of my thoughts about that controversy (as did his encouragement to take his song and go somewhere else with it). But right now, the twin problems of energy and Global Warming seem diminished by the current economic woes - both local and global. I'm sure there is a song, somewhere, in that pain, too.
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thehansbarstucksband said 3285 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
cool
im really liking this, as soon as it started it reminded me of primus minus the thudding slap bass. liking it :)
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Warren Smith said 3282 days ago (September 24th, 2008)
slap that bass
I would have used one of those thudding slap basses on this song but the windmill on my roof doesn't generate enough juice to power it : >

Thanks for listening and commenting.

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egobandit said 3284 days ago (September 22nd, 2008)
Are
we there. I mean is the box open and there is no Fix. I couldnt agree more Downloaded and going to be played when I really am not on the same road as I knew it to be. Thanks for a reminder And I mean that in a positive way.
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Warren Smith said 3281 days ago (September 25th, 2008)
change
Yes - a lot of things are changing is this country .. and most of it does not seem for the better. Thanks for downloading me.
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Miller-Schletty said 3283 days ago (September 24th, 2008)
Stacked
I'm Richard Schletty and I approve this message.
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Warren Smith said 3280 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Evolution
Thanks for the endorsement!

It is amazing how this simple song idea evolved in different directions.

Or was my version a mutation?
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Postludes Trio said 3275 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
Man, that's tubular!
Warren, I like your adaptation. You extended my thoughts on some of the issues surrounding this "event." Odds are stacked against the commercial success of a song like this. Maybe NPR will give it a spin? Is there any phallusy in our arguments?
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thetiler said 3281 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Amazing
Warren,

you are chuck full of incredibly rhythmic lyrics and enjoyed the musical delivery as well. Very wacky-rockin creative!

So comic unique.

Way To GO.
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Richard_Schletty said 3273 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
wacky-rockin creative
Yes, Bill, he is "wacky-rockin creative." Good way to put it. I hear a definite improvement in lyricality with this piece. A nice development of a melodic/harmonic refrain which contrasts with the spoken verses.
Warren Smith said 3269 days ago (October 8th, 2008)
Who? Me?
That's funny .. because I like to think I am normal .. and the rest of you are wacky-rocky.

As always, I appreciate your comments. It's difficult to push outside of the conventions that constrict us .. and not be obvious about it.
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Bob6stringer said 3041 days ago (May 23rd, 2009)
Dang!
Something smells Phishy here. I love your RhythMelodic guitar arrangements. The guitar break tickles my inner eco-thug! So: Has Richard hit the bigtime or something? I was hoping to hear his version and he's got no songs posted. Dang!
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RichardSchletty said 2055 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
Bob,
Nah. I am still in the small time. I came back to and posted/reposted a few songs under RichardSchletty and Lardo. My version of this song is here:

http://www.macjams.com/song/72065

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say said 786 days ago (July 27th, 2015)
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Love this !! You're great twisting & turning like this Hhahaha !!! Love your voice, it's quite unique- in a good way . Thankyou
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