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A peaceful easy folk song for bruised reeds by the river...

I wrote the lyrics today, and recorded this evening. I had the song sketch tucked away, forgotten on my H2 recorder when I found it the other day. This is a one-take on guitar, then vocal, then harp. I found some other song ideas along with this one that I hope to follow through on and make into songs... so much to do... so little time ;-)

Guitar recorded with H2
Vocal with Nady mic
Harp with Shure M57
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Lyrics
The Riverside

Have troubles got you so entwined
Tangled up and undermined?
Then make a line down to the riverside.

So-called friends may malign
The breaks of life are so unkind
Just slip your mind down to the riverside.

Life dishes out unfair heartache
Trying, you can't catch a break
There's give and take down at the riverside.

Some dream that life's a piece of cake
In denial till they wake
For goodness sake come down to the riverside.

Hey my friend Chauncey, he's no fool
He understands life is cruel
But he knows it's cool down by the riverside.

For him this is the golden rule
Others play the stubborn mule
Here's hoping you'll come down to the riverside.

Come unwind, it's not too late
Bear in mind, don't hesitate.
Come clean your slate down at the riverside.

Just grab a plate of peace of mind
Don't debate, if you're so inclined.
Sit and dine down at the riverside.

© Music & Lyrics 2009 Jack Miller
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Uploaded: Jul 23, 2009 - 11:33:36 PM
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2017 - 09:04:14 PM Last Played: Mar 26, 2017 - 07:25:11 PM
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Hardware:
Martin DM acoustic, Hohner harp, H2 recorder, Nady condenser mic, Shure M57, M-audio Mobilepre, MacBook 2.4
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Comments
Feter said 2922 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
The Riverside
Very lovely ...spirited ..and open as the river
so good playin and singing as always ..the harp
is spot on here ...very nice mixed ..feel sooo
classy ...kudos ...thnx alot for the gem !!!!
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Dadai.2 said 2922 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
thanks bro...

Just some late night front porch folksie singing and playing. Have a cup of expresso and sit on down and dine....

Jack
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awigze said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Jack!
Been to that Riverside....Oh wow - this is so natural... er, I mean nachul. this is like sitting down with a plate of cookies and milk... just so easy on the spirit and the one take makes it such a live feel.... just what I need to hear in my little world of current - albeit temporary strife... Thanks so much!!!
Andy
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Much thanks Andy...
Your comments are so generous and bring a bit of the riverside to me this morning. Hoping the strife is indeed temporary for your. Enjoy the cookies and milk.

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
davisamerica said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Jack....
this is why you are such a great artist. Honest...refreshing and truly wonderful performances..... everytime. I need a walk down by the riverside .... thank you !
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Too gracious my friend...

But if the song leads you down to the refreshing atmosphere of the riverside, then mission accomplished. I count your comments as gold. Thanks.

Jack
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MarkHolbrook said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
the kind of song
I love... Moves along nicely. Guitar and vocals sound great... Excellent harp work too! Thanks!
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
funny thing...

the song moves along quickly, and that's how the writing came together. Sitting at my desk at work, I just started jotting down lines with a rhyme scheme in mind and the phrase "down by the riverside." About an hour later I was looking forward to getting home to record.

I'm glad you like this Mark... and great "theatre" song you posted.

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
magnatone said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Riverside
this is fabulous jack! these lyrics are perfecto!
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Well maggie....
Thank you... Nice of you to drop on down by the riverside... Glad you like the song. Cheers and all that...

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
TobinMueller said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Blossoms
Such an easy feel to this song. Made me feel exactly like what the lyrics were describing. A throwback to when we'd all sit around at college and play stuff in someone's room, or when the weather got better, outside under a flowering apple tree. Thanks for sharing this.
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Ah those days....

... back in college as springtime was taking hold... music in the air (from the speakers in the windows of student's rooms). Glad the song stoked some memories for you Tobin. Thanks for visiting and leaving your thoughts.
Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
bronco said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
The River Flows
Jack, hope this works. Third time I have tried to leave a comment but it isn't working. Fun, bouncy optomistic, light hearted tune. Really enjoyed it. You are the ying to my depressed yang! You can definitely pull off the minimal guitar, harmonica, vocal thing. I hope mine comes off as well when I do it. Good work!
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Third times a charm...

Nice of you to stop in Tom. The ying and the yang.... that's funny... maybe the depressed and the "in-denial"(me?). LOL. Glad you like the hang loose nature of the song, and I look forward to your next one.
Thanks.
Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
daibhre said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Cool
Channeling Johnny Hartford a bit, I think. Nice porch music.
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
J. Hartford....

I wasn't familiar with Hartford, so I checked out a Youtube of him. Thanks for the compliment. Yep, front porch music... cup of coffee, some friends, and feel-good music. Thanks for dropping by.

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
peacepiano said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Time
Time is always short, but this song is in that timeless folk style that never grows old. Very nice performance. I will be watching for all those other promised projects (should I hold my breadth;)

Take Care
Bill
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Thanks Bill...

Folk songs... they seem to reach out to almost everybody. Glad you liked this one and just to let you know I have already started working on the lyrics of the next one... though it may be a bit more challenging for me. Thanks again.
Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
Roxylee said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Sorry so late!
So much music, so little time.. Jack, wow. These lyrics are so encouraging-and timely. We are beset on every side with all kinds of trials and betrayals yet there is peace like a river. A bruised reed he will not break. I love the harp and your vocals, and your vocal at the end was really cool.:-)
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Late? Only posted...

this song late last night. You're early. Always the right time for some encouragement... I love that verse (thus my reference to it) from Isaiah 42:3 - "A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice."

My vocal at the end... you mean the little falsetto trail off? Well, you can't have all the fun with vocal flairs... ;-)
Thanks Roxy.

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
VicDiesel said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
I love to watch
the water stream by. It's so peaceful. Your guitar and harp are very relaxing. Bit like those old Lovin' Spoonful songs and other 60s pop/folk music.
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Yeah Vic...
sitting by a river... water flowing by is nice. Glad you like the peaceful easy feeling. And Lovin Spoonful; nice to have that reference mentioned by you. Thanks much.

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
Moviz said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Nice easy
listening with a few observations of life along the way, love the harmonica, as it always gives a warming feeling. Nice song and great lyrics, regards M
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
easy listening...

... and yes, with a few little thoughts thrown in, heheh. Thanks very much for stopping in and listening... and for your nice comments.

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
Richard_Schletty said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Riverside

Could use some Kingston Trio harmonic riffs. Dylanesque. Great lyrics. Chauncy? Who is Chauncy?
Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Riffs and Chauncey...
Elaborate on the harmonic riff idea. I did have the thought of vocal harmonic la di da's in some of the places where the harmonica plays. Is that what you mean? Or vocal harmony on the sung parts?

Chauncey Gardner (Peter Sellers) of the film "Being There"



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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
.....
Chauncey "Gardiner" the gardener. Typing too quickly I am.
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Richard_Schletty said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
e-laboration

Yes, vocal harmonies a la The Kingston Trio or The Beatles.I predict this song will catch and hold.
lengold said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Loving this song
so bright and uplifting, reminds me of 'Don't Worry Be Happy' and this could be just as infectious. Can imagine people singing along to it. Great performance.
Cheers
Len

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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Don't worry....

hmmm... I wouldn't mind this song catching on like Don't Worry... then I would be happy. Thanks for listening and liking the song. Take care...

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
Vic Holman said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Just grab a plate of peace of mind
now that's a cool line.

nice kick back tune Jack. Inspiration hit you fast.
I'll probably hit the lake instead this weekend and pack a acoustic along. lightning pending.
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
sometimes the muse...

cooperates with my time schedule. Yesterday she did. (is the muse a she? I think so)

Yeah, a kick back song if ever there was. Enjoy your weekend and...

Thanks.
Jack
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johnwhitehead said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Down by the river

Lovely, natural slice of folk. Great organic feel. Voice, guitar and harp all played well. Really enjoyed this.
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Dadai.2 said 2921 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
Thank you John...

... for the generous comments on the tune. Just a slice of song-life here in my world. Cheers...

Jack
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Outtaorbit said 2920 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Didn't know.....
Dylan had a brother......nicely done
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Dadai.2 said 2920 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Dylan...

I think he has a pretty large family... ;-)

Thanks mate!

Jack
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egobandit said 2920 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
You pull me
Its like Im lost in a potion of my unduing and then a song like this comes along and pulls me right out! I would love to sing something like this! greatness!
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Dadai.2 said 2920 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
It's my job....

Sing and Tim out and into a few moments of enjoyment, carefree reflection, and burdens being lifted...

Well, at least that's what it says in my contract. Thanks. Glad to know this touched you in a good way.

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
Calchas said 2920 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
You do this kind of thing like nobody else my friend...
Whether it's the riverside, or the seashore...Just being close to flowing water seems to bring me back to my senses after city life has scattered all my energies.

Hard not to sing and clap along to this.

Be well friend!
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Dadai.2 said 2919 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Somebody's got to do it! ;-)

Thanks Mike. It's good to have your thumbs up. Yep, something about water, flowing water, a bubbling spring that washes away all the soot and dirt of the world. Take care and thanks again.

Jack
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mowguy3 said 2920 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
The Riverside
What a great uplifting song. Man, this is such a free spirited track, music and lyric. A great listen. Glad you found your harp! Thanks.
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Dadai.2 said 2919 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Glad you like it this....

The melody (which came first) pretty much demanded somethings uplifting and encouraging by way of the lyrics. Once I started writing the words they came pretty quickly which is different for me. So thanks for the generous comments and for listening.

Jack
Check out my latest song called You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
sloparts said 2920 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
Back to the Country I see Jack
Sounds really good to me, although I'm tempted to try and add a Bass line to it and maybe some drums. Nice work on the mouth organ Jack.

Some really good song writing my friend. and I really like the message. I could use a break, and the river's just about a mile form the house. I'll see thee later, I'm goin' to the river.

Ed
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Dadai.2 said 2919 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Back to the country...

Well jump in if you'd like. The track was recorded without and metronome. I am thinking of expanding this to included more elements. Maybe if you wanted to lay down a basis drum track, I could rerecord the guitar, then you can add bass add spice up the drums. I thinking of some vocal harmonies, and other voices... care to sing a bit?

Thanks Ed.

Jack
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sloparts said 2918 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
This has a lot going for it as it is so,
let me see what I can do with what you already have. I'd hate to lose the vibe you have on this like it is.

Ed
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guitapick said 2919 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Nice and easy...
...back to the roots...nice, Jack
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Dadai.2 said 2919 days ago (July 26th, 2009)
Easy is as easy does?...

Yeah Bob, back to roots... or ruts. ;-)
Works for me... and I'm pleased to know it works for you too.

cheers friend!

Jack
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SJB said 2918 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
A peaceful easy folk song
Your description is spot on - very easy on the ear and a great way to spend 4 minutes.
All the elements work for me.
Cheers
Steve
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Dadai.2 said 2917 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
And thank you...

for taking the 4 minutes to listen. Glad to know you liked this peaceful easy tune...

Jack
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2918 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
Pink Moon?
Shades of Nick Drake in this wonderful vocal. The harmonica work is to dies for and the whole composition is uplifting and charming.
This one goes on the iPod!!
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Dadai.2 said 2917 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
Nick Drake...

Second time his name has come up with one of my songs. Paddy, thanks for the generous comments. The best of which is that you put the song on your iPod. Cool.

Jack
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saymme said 2918 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
( :
3 time listening ( : This makes me smile.....lovely the way it begins w the harmonica ...! Great singing & You have such harmony ...love the lyrics ...tx
Dadai.2 said 2917 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
Third times a charm?
Lena, thanks for dropping in. I always look to see if you've listened. And I'm happy to know you liked this one.

Jack
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pablatone said 2918 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
sigh
the kid I grew up with and I rented an attic apartment many years ago. If you climbed out the kitchen window, you could sit on the roof and eat apricots out of the tree. This song is like that.
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Dadai.2 said 2917 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
great memory pablo...

I can just picture the scene as you climbed out the window, sitting on the roof eating apricots and enjoying an easy carefree moment of life. Ahhh... that appeals to us doesn't it? Maybe a shadow of what is in store.... Thanks.

Jack
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guygrooves said 2917 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
Great song!!
This sounds like Bobby McFarin and Bob Dylan got together for a jam. Great writing Jack and performance and production are top notch. Love your harp work.
Peace
Guy
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Dadai.2 said 2916 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
McFarin-Dylan then...

The more I've listened to this the more I see what you are one or two others are getting at. Nice compliment. The writing and performance is just what it is, really... I listen to it and think the harp work is too sloppy in places and the vocal misses here and there... but then, this was a one take. So, I'll take it and thank you for the generous comments.

Jack
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SmokeyVW said 2917 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
summer
a lazy summer afternoon by that riverside...

sounds great

thanks
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Dadai.2 said 2916 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
days don't get much better....

than the lazy ones on summer afternoons by a river or lake or an ocean.

Thanks smokey.

Jack
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sonnyjim said 2916 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
I'm partial to the folk-y side of the psychedelic 60's
Nice job with this; I hear a Nick-Drake-with-more-confidence vibe here, but maybe that's a little sloppiness on my part: I don't hear much music like this being done these days.
Much enjoyed. Thanks!
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Dadai.2 said 2915 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
folk-y side of life...

I think I'm partial to that also. Very nice to connect the vocal to Nick Drake, sloppy or not on your part! And I'll be making some music in this vein, I'm sure. Gotta make up for the lack of it out there...
Thanks much.

Jack
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kassia said 2916 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
riverside
Nice folk song and love that harp playing! This is a perfect sunday afternoon song....gonna come back for another listen.
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MotherofMeursault said 2895 days ago (August 19th, 2009)
You're a bit of a sentimentalist, Jack!
But I always knew that, dear.
I'm sorry it took me so long to get here. This is a lovely song; I confess I wouldn't have gotten the Chauncey reference without some help, but it should also come as no surprise he's one of my favorites...

This could easily be twice as long.

xoxo,

MoM
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michaeljayklein said 2618 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
Fresh air!
Was out working in the yard with 87 degree heat, came in, poked around on the site a bit and bumped into this. I'm happy I did....so carefree and full of quiet joy--I liked the story it tells too. You did wonderfully here Jack, thanks again!
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Dadai.2 said 2618 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
Michael....
just sent you a note... and do check out this version with dear Ed sloparts on bass and drums:

http://www.macjams.com/song/56086

cheers,
Jack
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