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Tiger Flame (Halloween Challenge)


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paddler

 Genre: Ballad

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Written in a house during a murder investigation after a neighbour had been battered and burned in the room below eventually it turned out - by his brother.
I had a really bad panic attack one night when I had a nightmare - I'd fallen asleep facedown and from a black void of nothing came the figure of a man smiling and he actually seemed really happy - he wasnt scarey - he had a side parting and glasses.As I'd never met him (I didnt soialise much in that house) - I have know idea if that is what he looked like,but never have i had a dream like that where someone's soul actually seems to pass through you - and it was as I felt this thing passing through me that I panicked and woke up in a state of anguish.

The picture is a still from M.R James old sixties film 'The Treasur Of Abbot Thomas' which I edited - adding the moon and the lantern.
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Lyrics
Welcome,traveller - RG here

(Wriiten by RG Paddler at Chichester Place,Kemptown,Brighton during the investigation of a murder in the flat below me of an Irish man named Byrne.I was working in a picture framing factory in Newhaven at the time - they were an expanding company then and I regularly produced 1000 picture frames +++ per day for the firm then on one machine driven by compressed air.The room I rented was in a house not far from the seafront - it was the front room on ground level,and I woke up to see the red arrows flying past one morning - it was a lovely place to live except for all the noise and drunken behavoiur via the neighbours.I was the only English tenant - and contrary to the landlords details of the property I was the only guy with a job,everyone else started drinking at 2.00pm through till 4 or 5 in the morning.I was always late for work,but managed to keep my job for 4 years,god knows how,but thanks to a certain Andrea P for coming round to visit even when no-one else would,as the house was under police surveillance.It turned out a cousin or relative had murdered his own brother,he had hit him on the head with an iron bar,and tried to burn the body in a pissed and stoned state of mind according to the Argus news.The most difficult time was those couple of months where I didnt know who was an enemy and whether I thought neighbours thought I'd done it!!! - still cleaned up shit off the walls in the one and only toilet on our floor - in the dark though - I value those small amenities!! I recorded the song originally on equipment bought from various junk shops.Am quite proud to re-record it all these years later.Have finally found a place I can sleep in peace without worrying if I'll be stabbed now...Hopefully)

The pictures are from 'The Treasure Of Abbot Thomas' by M.R James

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Tigerflame

Creeping crawling into bed
someone strokes your sleepy head
well if i scream dont sing a lullaby

teeny tiny can't be seen
staring through your tv screen
well if you really want to reach inside me

come down to earth i'll show you round
its not so lonely
youll never need to sleep with freaks
when you belong to me

do you laugh do you cry
even after all youve seen
tiger flame tiger flame dont you know my babys calling
dont you even see me falling
like a seagull in a storm you fade away

sneaking sliding prowling night
creatures long to scratch and bite
well if i run you'll know which way to fly

wining,dining pining love
you cant seem to get enough
well if you really want to know the whole truth

come down to earth i'll show you round
its not so lonely
youll never need to sleep with freaks
when you belong to me

do you laugh do you cry
even after all youve seen
tiger flame tiger flame dont you know my babys calling
dont you even see me falling
like a seagull in a storm you fade away
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Hits: 3198
Comments: 32
Fans: 27
Plays: 134
Downloads: 117

Uploaded: Oct 12, 2009 - 04:45:04 PM
Last Updated: Oct 12, 2009 - 04:53:13 PM Last Played: Oct 23, 2017 - 03:59:04 PM
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Comments
Feter said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Tiger Flame
Just lovely ...I m so impressed by your great
arrangement ...it started from a place then
here we are with your great vocal ...very
spooky subject indeed ...deepest bow !!!!
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paddler said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
thanks feter
I dont know wot people think of britain - but the possibility or threat of someone kicking in the door with a gun or a knife when you are in the middle of watching x factor was always a real one even in Britain,as its probably everywhere.I dont lie when I say I was completely paranoid when I wrote this song - murder while fascinating in sherlock holmes books isnt that nice when its in your house.Dont even ask me about war - death is something I leave to the higher gods.Glad you liked it! Rich
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magnatone said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Tiger Flame
what an incredible story! i was totally riveted to your song notes! then the song itself .... WOW. i really love your music every single time - this is no exception - thank you!
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paddler said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
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hmm - incredible but I was trying to find a news report to back the story up.it used to be on the Argus newspapers website,but cant find it now.didnt think they deleted their archives..if i find it i'll post it or copy it or summat.time passes so swiftly i began to wonder if i'd imagined whole thing,but my fiance was there last time i found it on internet so thats the only way i kno i'm not going mad.hmmm my fiance did look a bit tranlucent that night tho,...lol only jokin.I will endevour to find the story,but anyway, so nice to hear from you!
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said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
hey
sweet! another tune to put in the queue for th gobblins on the 31st

thanks for the D/L

:)

. - Harold
paddler said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
..
those goblins - they keep stealing my money and planting it under toadstools - any chance you could put up a torrent of where all those toadstools are? thanks Harold Rich
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SmokeyVW said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
wonderful
intro is like a cine soundtrack - and then we break into a dark forboding ballad that i'm slowly seeing is actually a prog rock lovesong? yeah.

thanks
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paddler said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
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i was looking at a cine 8 camera in a museum yesterday thinking,my god - we used those at college! prog rock - well - a leopard cant changeits spotties I guess youre righ smokey - thanks RG
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lengold said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Rich this
is brilliant. I've had a few nights in my life where I've been terrified too. Not ghosts though.
Love the way this starts and then converts into a great song and arrangement. I can definitely imagine this as part of a West End musical. Beautiful piano and I love that tick tock throughout. Great vocal and lyrics. Magic. The intro and fade out are almost Thriller like. Fantastic.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len
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paddler said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
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cheers len.haha - you may have spotted the bass line then.I only did - after.hee hee RG
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Halloween-2009-Challenge said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Well now, that's quite a little tale there mate
Imagine the blighters thinking you the one who off the poor bastard, little old harmless you.

Now wait a minute, after listening to this piece, and reading the story to it, I'm no prepared t'say that bout you.

Have to admit though, I do like your taste in music. Ah, a love story yes that's it.

Queeny
paddler said 2961 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Blighters
Thanks Ed.G;ad harmless and not armless.Nice legs,Queeny,any chance of a go on your broomstick? RG
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CC_Connection said 2961 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
10 Stars!!!
Wow, this is really awesome, what a story too! Great work.

XOXO,
CC
paddler said 2960 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
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thank you CC - it wasnt at the time! (-:
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chestnut said 2961 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Tiger Flame
Well done Richard! This is a very professional production and superb vocals. Many thanks for the careful work you've done; an excellent song.
Ken
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paddler said 2960 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
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Nice one Ken - youre photo works well here as I see you play guitar and i remember that - your wish i was a tree song is lovely RG
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ktb said 2961 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
tiger flame
thoroughly enthralled. Man, what a story. Brilliant melody line and singing RG. Lots of tasty production embellishments (the cascading bells :-) Love it
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paddler said 2960 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
..
thank you ktb - sorry I havent listened to more of your stuff - your piano playing is amazing - off the deck has a real sunshine feel to it - RG
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DWL said 2961 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Fine work
Ah the joys of Kemp Town bedsit land.

This is excellent. Such movement and textural changes. All brilliantly orchestrated and performed.

So much in here to admire.

Thanks

Cheers

Dick
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blaky smith said 2959 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Really
Enjoyed Richard, very beautiful music with excellent vocals, very creative, really a pleasure to listen, a great piece in the challenge...
Marc
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sschedra said 2954 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
Richard
You are quite a remarkable composer. The story of this song is really incredible and intense with horror and fear. I can not imagine four years in that environment. Even describing these twisted emotional currents, your amazing talent comes through. Thank you for sharing your life and your music.
Stephen
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ConnieO said 2951 days ago (October 23rd, 2009)
Wonderful
Exceptional production!
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Char said 2945 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Amazing singer.
Music is powerful. Interesting story. You really got into this. Great mood. Thanks.
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PaulaMunk said 2945 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Wow!
After a few listens, because this is just SO good, I think yes, it would work as a theater or movie soundtrack. ( Wonderful rich voice!)Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 2945 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Now showing at the Aldwych...
Wonderful melody (and well sung!) packed amidst the sfx and rest of the well chosen instruments. I agree with smokey and len on the prog rock and musical influences, particularly on the chorus. This is a very rich piece with so many tasty bits to enjoy. Probably a massive and painstaking effort to pull this together as well. You have a gift with creating memorable/hummable melodies.

Brilliant Richard!

Cheers,
Doug
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maxruehl said 2943 days ago (October 30th, 2009)
I Get
a Danny Elfman, Nightmare Before Christmas vibe from some of this. Very well done.:)
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Jarvoid said 2941 days ago (November 1st, 2009)
Well they say
if life gives you lemons ,make lemonade...you made an excellent jug of fizzy pop,very atmospheric and creepy whist being musically engaging ...a bit Tales of Mystery and Imagination like as in Alan Parson's Project ...quite stunning really .

Jarvo
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kassia said 2940 days ago (November 2nd, 2009)
tiger flame
this is fabulous! wow. gorgeous vocals. great tune. this is wonderful - has a sort of showtune vibe, but cooler. i love it.
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Boundless said 2935 days ago (November 7th, 2009)
Better late than never
Quite a creative mix.
Full of surprises.

Much enjoyed.

Merci !
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hackneybloke said 2901 days ago (December 11th, 2009)
halloween
great start....where is hogwarts. this is really accomplished. now you're singing....fantastic...what a clever number....and what a great voice...so rich and chocolatey. it dips into eighties memorabelia from time to time....but i like that. really ingenious use of everything...excellent mix. why can't i mix like this? goddamit. jesus this site has loads of talent on it.i'd have got out sooner at the end....but that's nit-picking.
a great and complex track. deep bows of celebration. downloaded...thanks. julian
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Hickling_Stan said 2857 days ago (January 25th, 2010)
Very accomplished
First listen to one of your tunes, got drawn in by the story first and then the song. Bit of a Richard Hawley feel to the vocals. Going to have to try a few more of yours now, blimey you've been prolific! Cheers. Mark
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T_Being_esq said 2852 days ago (January 30th, 2010)
Love it
Better late then never. I am just catching up with an ever evolving world. Love the tension and erie under current. Chorus is almost light in comparison to the verse. I'd love to meet you and jam.
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