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Whatever We Say


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Relic67

 Genre: Folk-Rock

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A news item about how Canadian lakes can be "reclassified" into toxic waste dumps prompted this little eco-folk protest song. Let me know if I should lose the piano part, I wasn't too sure about it. I like the sound of acoustic guitar with piano but my piano skills are a bit rough. also not sure if the piano sound is any good.. I think it came with garageband.
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Lyrics
northern waters blue
it's just like a postcard
but what's it mean to you
except some place for your vacation...

its far from where you live
so what's with all the worry?
nowhere near your street
it's just one more remote location

you thought a lake was a lake
but i'm afraid you're mistaken
we turned it into a dump
so now i'll show you what's in a name
it's whatever we say

you get whatever you want
and we know what you need now
stop and think, you know
this stuff has got to come from somewhere

all god's creatures were made to share
up here you find them anywhere
and whether they walk, swim or crawl,
must be a place for em all

you thought a lake was a lake
but what if we say it ain't
we turned it into a dump
for all our rocks and poison sludge
and all our dark satanic muck
so now i'll tell you what's in a name
it's whatever we say
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Hits: 3110
Comments: 63
Fans: 35
Plays: 143
Downloads: 71
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Jan 12, 2011 - 03:34:24 PM
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2011 - 03:34:24 PM Last Played: Jul 29, 2017 - 03:57:52 PM
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Comments
davisamerica said 2448 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
ok.....
back again...damn this is good! still sounds like a joe jackson tune...and still love the piano. ... another download.
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thnx
thanks Davisamerica!
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crissew said 2448 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Wow
you got some cowbell in this one I see. Coulda used a little more cowbell though. I got a fever... and the only cure is more cowbell.

I think the piano was tastefully done and worked well with the guitar. Everything solid on this one. I like the message too. It is sad what we are doing to our world in the name of industry and the almighty dollar.
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
cowbell
I would have cowbell in every single song if I didn't exercise some restraint.
It's my favourite instrument dammit!
I should get a real one though...
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Feter said 2448 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Whatever We Say
Great licks on the acoustic ..wonderful mix ...man you so good ...very nice job all in all ...kudos !!
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thnx
thank you Feter!
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867-5309 said 2448 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
subect matter
great theme - should be used more often -
a maverick's maverick; travelling this avenue
different and pleasant, yet ground untrod.
So I can't mention Joe Jackson in light of this
write-up.
I love this sound.
It is audio ginger.
profound
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
mavericky
thanks to 867 from R67!
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scofugate said 2447 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Dude
I am diggin the Piano. This is really great work.
Amazing songwriting bro!!
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
many thanks Sco!
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Carrie71 said 2447 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Whatever we say
I think this is great as is! Good job!
Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanksC71!
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alackbass said 2447 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
Whatever We Say
I wouldn't change a thing! Have I already told you how much your stuff reminds me of XTC? I think I have! Anyway........DOWNLOADED!
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
xtc
... xtc not a conscious influence on this one, but I spent a whole lot of time listening to them back in the day... so It's always gonna be there I guess! thanks for checking it out and dl'ing.
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TreeFalls said 2447 days ago (January 12th, 2011)
great job!
dude, keep the piano in - it works! it's actually one of my favorite aspects of the song. loved the chord progressions and lyrics. i'm a big fan of yours!
Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks TF! glad you liked.
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Hickling_Stan said 2447 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Keep the piano
it really adds something to this very assured piece. Enjoyed and d/l thanks Mark
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks for listening!
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neilh79 said 2447 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Nice....
... tune mate. Good solid skills on all the instruments, nice up tempo song like this a lot
Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks man!
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2447 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
whatever we say
i really love the feel of this. it actually has my back tingling, thats a very very good sign. the mix of drum bass piano guitar and vox is really really excellent. top stuff. really really enjoyed. easily one the best i have heard here. cheers graham
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks for the kind words!
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tempie said 2447 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
joe jackson duets with malkmus
this is a cool departure from your usual garage hijinks. i like the piano. 'whether they walk, swim or crawl, must be a place for them all' is the grooviest enviro-rock lyric of all time. i can see fringe and bell bottom clad teenagers holding hands across the horizon like the old UNICEF ads, singing this tune.

also, there's cowbell.
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
that was a coke ad wasn't it? the cowbell was originally intended to be subliminal but I turned it up a bit.
there is a cowbell track on all my songs, it's just a matter of how loud it's turned up.
I guess I should have been a dairy farmer.
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magnatone said 2446 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Whatever We Say
keep the piano!!! and i' not just saying that because i'm totally piano-centric - it truly adds! this is terrific work - i love this - great job!
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
very gratified that you liked it!
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Sigmund said 2446 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Whatever We Say
Piano part fits nicely - you should keep it. Mix sounds great - very full sounding. This is a cool song - with an important social message. Enjoyed this - thanks!
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks sigmund!
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Daugrin said 2446 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Solid!
Keys are fine, to my ears anyway... Parts of the melody/progression is oddly familiar, not a problem, plenty of diversity here. Very nicely accomplished... your production is always spot on!
Thanks for sharing this tune...

Daug
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks daug, I always wonder if I'm subconsciously ripping off big chunks of other songs, and I probably am! I trust someone will let me know if it is...
glad you thought production OK, I will admit this one came out quite a bit better than my last few in that respect.
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jdholliday said 2446 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
we spent new year's eve
at a family event at a winter park outside in syracuse, NY on the shore of Oneida Lake which I understand is one of the most toxic lakes in the world, they say it has 40 feet of chemicals on the bottom, crazy world, this song is a great protest song, very well done, love the Steely Dan feel, great job!
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks man!
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PaulaMunk said 2446 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Piano
is loose fingered crazy and goes with the bouncy vocals. Thanks.
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks for the nice comment!
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tf10music said 2446 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
catchy!
I'll be listening to this a few more times.

I love the keys, they really make the song.
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
Great! glad you enjoyed it...
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papag said 2446 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Sweet Mother of Irony
Quite a sad ironic tale indeed. Nice melodies and harmonies. The mix has a nice balance and atmosphere.

Thanks for the dl :)
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
the irony is none too subtle, but subtlety is not my strong suit!
glad you liked...
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Calchas said 2446 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Someone called this tune
"perfection" in a Forum Post. It's hard to disagree with that assessment.

Damn nice work Alec. Damn nice!

Be well friend!
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
Hey thanks Mike!
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ShadowofNine said 2446 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Nice work
I don't worry much about the soft ware instruments it's the whole together that makes a song good or not so good, this is a good Canadian song..me likes
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
appreciate the listen and comment!
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guygrooves said 2446 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Keep
the piano.. if anything look around for a better sequencer, might be hard to beat the garageband ones without dropping some coin.
Peace
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
coin
thanks for listening Mr. Grooves!
I agree totally about the need to invest if one wants better sounds.
However, I'm in a self-imposed moratorium on musical expenditures at the moment LOL!

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hackneybloke said 2446 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
whatever
came to this through the forum. yes....it's a great track....i love retro sixties-sounding protest songs. the piano grooves nicely...don't be down on yourself...it earns its place. love the lead and harmony vocal throughout. great choice.
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
many thanks HB!
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Mosaica said 2446 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Keep the piano...
...it's what drew me in. The vocal line sounds a bit distorted to my ear though - perhaps if you ever remix you could try and lessen the EQ at the top end and draw up the low-mids? Great lyric - a message that should be heard.
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
Many thanks for checking it out!
probably my inexpert double tracking accounts for the distortion.
It's a bit of a crutch for me...
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Doadars Uncle said 2445 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Sounds great
Topic close to me. Terrible what people want to do to our world!
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks very much for checking it out!
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dave_b said 2444 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Whatever We Say
Nice changes propelled by some interesting riffs. I like the keys.
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Relic67 said 2443 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
thanks
thanks for stopping by and commenting... appreciate it!
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five_extra_arms said 2443 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
Just Like A Postcard
Nice combination of sounds, dude. The piano and strumming guitar work wonderfully with the cowbell. I thought you were just a banjo player, but apparently you went to art school and did some on campus protests too.

The Rothko image works perfectly with the song.

Another tune dumped into my pristine iPod from the bowels of the Great White North or something.

Seriously, this is good stuff bro.

Bob
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fasteddie said 2443 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
Very cool song man
Nice relaxed vibe to it.

I agree with the Joe Jackson comparisons.

Very nicely done man.
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sschedra said 2441 days ago (January 18th, 2011)
Hey,
I think it sounds fine. I did not think the piano was distraction, but it filled in the rhythm and its a fine lead section too. Great job. I think the sound of the piano is OK too. I would never have questioned it.
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egobandit said 2439 days ago (January 20th, 2011)
so full
the sound is clear full and right to the point, The piano works very well the guitar adds such a great tone to this! Downloaded thanks! Beautiful its like Steely dan and t rex got together and this came out !
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kinane said 2438 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
Really cool
Love the sound. Most excellent song!
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mike_d said 2437 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
I thought
the piano sounds good- leave it in there :) Another great song as always sir!
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ste said 2423 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
this
is great. wonderful guitar groove given good support from that piano. like your lyrics and delivery too.
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grahame1956 said 2420 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Like this
Worked on the Great Lakes & nearly spent a winter there. Brings back memories of happy times. I guess, as a visitor, my home was a fairly remote location
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tokai said 2419 days ago (February 10th, 2011)
Eco folk
it's whatever we say... too true. Loving the words, always prone to protest tunes. Cool.
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Philip18 said 2287 days ago (June 22nd, 2011)
You said it!
I like the lyrics - you obviously have something to say. The guitar is beautifully clean. I'm OK with the piano - wish I had keyboard skills to that level! Perhaps the vocal could be further forward, given the power of the words, but I liked listening to it - thanks for sharing it!
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Daugrin said 2286 days ago (June 22nd, 2011)
Hey 67!
Another eco-blast? Maybe there was another way to engage the ideas? Piano works fine for me... recalls a Fagan/Becker tune to my ears, the hook gets a bit overworked, the production is great as usual, thanks for sharing your work with us.

Daug
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Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. In the original and narrowest sense, the term referred to a genre that arose in the United States and Canada around the mid-1960s. The sound was epitomized by tight vocal

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