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Well after a break of far too long Steve and I got together for a really fun afternoon and this was the result.This all started with a really weird dream I had where I had gone back to my old town and walked into my old school. In this dream I went in through the front doors, turned left down the corridor and second right into my old form class. When I went in there was all my old class mates as they were in about 1976. My form teacher was at the front of the class, he looked at me and said, “Ah Mr Spruce glad you could join us. Your 35 years late, I hope you've bought a note” At that point I woke up!!

Anyway the lyrics developed out of that and a few little various demo versions have been recorded in the last couple of years until we got down to doing an essentialy live version with a number of overdubs. The timings are a bit out in places but the extended jam at the end was the best fun we've had in ages. Two guitars a mandola and a great laugh. Hope you like it.
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The Lesson

Your thirty five years late for school Mr Smith
I really hope you bought a note from your mother
You’d better have a damned good excuse
Put your homework on my desk and find your seat

‘Cos the lesson today is life
And how we all get through it
Yeh the lesson today is life
And how we all survive

Oh teacher tell me is this just a dream
Am I really back in your classroom once again
I always thought you knew more than me
Is my lifeblood flowing from the point of a pen

It’s been thirty five years since I sat at this desk
My faded name is still carved in the wood
A thousand memories flood my empty head
How can my being here do me any good?

You can’t do this
And you can’t do that
Some people just bend like glass
And shatter

It’s so good to see you once again
That late night heavy meal bought you to me
I’ve tried to follow your teaching in this lesson
No matter where I hide you see right through me

And the lesson today is life….

© Mark Spruce Sept.2010
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Uploaded: Jun 05, 2012 - 04:47:19 AM
Last Updated: Jun 05, 2012 - 04:47:19 AM Last Played: Sep 05, 2017 - 09:52:34 AM
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alackbass said 1994 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
The Lesson
Man, I'm sure we all can relate. Nightmares about school days. Great lyrics. I like the acoustic arrangement. Great guitar sound!
Check out my latest song called Mean Miss Teacher
neilh79 said 1994 days ago (June 6th, 2012)
The Lesson
This a wicked, must have been great fun to play, great energy. Good to hear you guys back
PatriciaGirl said 1993 days ago (June 6th, 2012)
Lesson of life
You can’t do this
And you can’t do that
Some people just bend like glass
And shatter

Love it!
Check out my latest song called Derelict
Jarvoid said 1991 days ago (June 9th, 2012)
Too much cheese before bed
I think...or maybe a herbal cigarette....anyhoo the result was efficacious.

It's like acoustic prog rock,very good listening...and a maestro on the mandolin....I think I will have to invest in a better onethan I currently have....won't make me play it better but it might be easir to cock it up than it is now !!

Great stuff fellahs .encore

Jarvo
Check out my latest song called Port Arthur Blues
lavalamp said 1991 days ago (June 9th, 2012)
Cool tune
Like a lost, cool demo. Dig it fellas.

LL
Check out my latest song called The Shallow People
dave_b said 1989 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
The Lesson
Apparently these dreams are pretty common, I know I've had them. They're supposed to represent unresolved childhood insecurities. Cool song concept. I like the harmonies and the strongly picked guitar riffs.
Check out my latest song called Llarions Blues
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Name: Mark and formerly Steve
Location: Arlesey Bedfordshire United Kingdom
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Hickling Stan started as Steve and I back in 2007. We had a great creative 5 years writing songs together, posting on here and playing live in the East Midlands.I moved away south in 2013 and let MJ lie dormant for a few years until the muse came bac... [see more]

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