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Hard Time


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Warren Smith

 Genre: Ballad

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Genesis for this composition was an overheard misunderstood conversation. Somebody sitting next to me spoke a common cliche, "he's between a rock and a hard place," but I thought at first she had said "hard time." Next morning at coffee break some pugilistic lines started percolating, until eventually the entire song took shape.
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Lyrics
HARD TIME

She knocked him out like a blow from a boxing glove
He told her he was never lucky at love
Now he's giving it his best shot at hitting the Big Time
He’s a welterweight
Living between a rock and hard time

She convinced him robbing an ATM would be fun
Then he bought a gun now he's on the run
They say you can't secure your fortune without first committing some crime
He's just an unlucky schmuck
Living between a rock and hard time

They say a person can't change their essence
But sometimes a violent act can make a big difference
They say you can never go home again
He's doing his best to make sure that new home ain't the state pen

Silently slipping into small towns incognito
Wolfing down quickie lunches of beans and burritos
Everything he knew has changed
Ever since he crossed over the line
He’s a contender on a bender
Living between a rock and hard time
He’s just a champ turned chump
Living between a rock and hard time
Song Stats
Hits: 1762
Comments: 16
Fans: 4
Plays: 45
Downloads: 46
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Jun 08, 2011 - 12:29:18 PM
Last Updated: Jun 08, 2011 - 12:29:18 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 11:41:09 PM
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Hardware:
Aria Pro II guitar, M-Audio Keystation 49e, M-Audio MobilePre USB connector, Pointlesspick light, iMac
Software:
Gargaeband
Comments
SerenaS said 2379 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
A bit different
There's originality and an underlying humour in there. The music plays little games and the commentary has so much character.
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Warren Smith said 2378 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
Language use
There seems to be a fine line in language use between having words that work together conceptually while not overloading the concept. I stripped away several pugilistic terms to keep the story trim. Maybe that diet helps it work?

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Garni said 2379 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Hard Time
Great humour here and a very enjoyable alternative approach!
Awesome listen

G-)
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Warren Smith said 2378 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
Humor
It's not meant to be laugh-out-loud humor, but the approach is definitely comic, so I'm glad that is recognizable.

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davisamerica said 2379 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
lol
this had me smiling all the way through... downloaded ...Thanks!
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Warren Smith said 2378 days ago (June 11th, 2011)
Downloaded
Downloaded ... the ultimate comment. Thanks.
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dave_b said 2378 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
Hard Time
I like the hook, and the lyric develops it in a humorous way(burrito/incognito lol). Vocals sound like Neil Young. Intertwined picked guitar lines sound cool.
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Warren Smith said 2378 days ago (June 11th, 2011)
Taking a swing
Would that be the right … or left … hook?

I wasn't entirely sure about the incognito/burrito verse … until I sang it … and it was simply so much fun to vocalize … that I knew it was the way to, ah, wrap it up.
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dave_b said 2377 days ago (June 11th, 2011)
reply
Even though there's no way to put in a rimshot after a comment I heard it anyway :)
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Dadai.2 said 2377 days ago (June 11th, 2011)
Original...
Warren, that is what your music is... a one of a kind. Delightful song with a lot to enjoy - cool instrument music bed and your vocal delivered with a 'wink and a smile'. Great stuff.

Jack
Warren Smith said 2375 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Trade-offs
Thanks for the visit, Jack. Often I'm trying to hit that balance between simplicity and complexity in expression … and hopefully something original arises from that.
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Jarvoid said 2372 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Are not misunderstandings
and mishearings great fun occasionally !!?

Happy mistakes in the roadwayand leading to a fun and quirky song....darkly humouros...great job.

Jarvo
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Warren Smith said 2367 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Mishearings
One never knows where the next song idea might come from.

Of course, with my over-exposured ears, I mishear more and more each day : )
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Jarvoid said 2372 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Oh
and I love the instrumental break....almost Zappa- esque !!
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jiguma said 2368 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Quirky
great words Warren! A nitpicker would probably mention the occasional timing lapse, but I don't think that's the point with your music. This tells a good story and certainly held my interest the whole way through (not easy to do these days!).
Neil
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Warren Smith said 2367 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Attention span
I think "nitpicking" might aptly describe my current guitar style : )

I thought we were suppose to mellow with age … and therefore improve upon our attention span. But that doesn't seem to be happening. I notice I more freely abandon things that aren't engaging - whether it's reading a book to the end, watching a movie to its conclusion … or making it all the way to the end of a song. Maybe we are running out of time?
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Name: Warren Smith
Location: Brooklyn NY USA
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Born in a Minnesota blizzard, I'm now residing in a coastal heat of Brooklyn, New York City. I recorded my first original composition as a teenager using a reel-to-reel tape recorder back in 1967, and I'm still finding it a creative challenge... [see more]

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A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. It is a rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, political (affected by the previous three types mentioned, refers to either glorifying the exploits o

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