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My VW bus caught fire a few weeks ago and it burned to the ground. It was my travel companion for 17 years, so I shared a lot of experiences with it, including meeting my wife for the first time.

I needed a memorial soundtrack to go with the video of the bus burning so that's why I started this. It turned into a conversation between me and my dear friend about the things we've done together, the good and the bad.

Be safe!
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Lyrics
The darkest days
The toughest times
Our journeys through the enemy lines

You were there when things were great
She saw your handsome license plate

She smiled at you
You smiled back
You met her off the beaten track

You picked her up
You drove her there
The wind was blowing her black hair

The brightest days
The best of times
Bowling on Saint Valentines?

You were there when things were great
You brought us home when it got late

She kissed you as the dogs went wild
Chauffeured her around
When she was with child

You took her almost everywhere
It was a lovely love affair

The darkest days have come again
Our journeys have come to an end

The fire burns in your sad eyes
No answers to the "whys"
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Uploaded: Mar 07, 2013 - 07:08:57 AM
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2013 - 07:08:57 AM Last Played: Jun 30, 2015 - 09:08:03 AM
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Garni said 1545 days ago (March 7th, 2013)
Green Machine
Sorry to hear your VW caught on fire!
Really enjoying the 8bit sound you got going here.

G-)
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five_extra_arms said 1544 days ago (March 7th, 2013)
8 bit
Thanks man. It's music to my ears too.
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richard13 said 1545 days ago (March 7th, 2013)
Man, this is the best tribute
to a VW bus that I have EVER heard. Nice and simple at first with a spare synth accompaniment, as well as pretty spare vocals (did you sing harmony or is it a chorus effect?), but the percussion toward the end (symbolic of the burning?) is a little more complex sounding and adds a cool textural layer.
So sorry to hear about your loss: it obviously was an important part of your life. But at least you got a song out of her demise (and a video as well?).
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five_extra_arms said 1544 days ago (March 7th, 2013)
Harmony
Thanks Richard. I feel the same way about getting a song out of the tragedy. I take inspiration wherever I can get it.

I sang 4 vocal tracks and spent a good amount of time trying to balance them in the mix to get as good of a vocal sound as I could. Since it was so sparse, it was a bit of a challenge. I actually had to rehearse it a few times before I hit record!

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magnatone said 1544 days ago (March 7th, 2013)
Green Machine
as you know, i shed a real tear about your bus - mine has been kaput now for many years but i still have dreams about it! VW busses are the COOLEST and most MADDENING vehicles ever invented! i love your memorial soundtrack and grieve with you! (i was just remembering the time the clutch cable broke while i was driving through town and i had to figure out how to get home without stopping - lol) LONG LIVE THE BUS!
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five_extra_arms said 1544 days ago (March 7th, 2013)
Clutch
Thanks Karen,

I thought of you when all this happened. Us bus people are a tight knit group of souls. I have experienced the same clutch issue twice! Good thing I stay close to home when driving. I was able to make it both times without stalling too many times! And a clutch cable is $12 and 10 minutes under the bus for the install!

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Bowman said 1544 days ago (March 7th, 2013)
Funny
how "things" become so meaningful to us.
Sorry to hear about your bus. I can hear how much she meant to you.
I liked this a lot.

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five_extra_arms said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
Funny
I thought the same thing about how "things" can be so meaningful. Other than my family, it really was my only thing!!
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DWL said 1544 days ago (March 7th, 2013)
17 years
Very Wonderful.

Visionary Work.

Voluptuous Words

Victorious Wagon

and not Vulgar Witterings

Great stuff Bob!

Cheers

Dick
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five_extra_arms said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
Vulgar Witterings
You're so clever Dick. You're on my short list of people that I want to hang out with.
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DWL said 1539 days ago (March 12th, 2013)
And if you're ever in the Uk
let me know. It'd be a pleasure to hang out with you!

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alackbass said 1544 days ago (March 7th, 2013)
Green Machine
So sorry about the bus. So glad you're back with us. You've been missed! Great track. Love the lyrics!
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five_extra_arms said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
Green Machine
Thanks Andrew. Hopefully my next song will be a happier one about a different colored machine that saves children from the zombie apocalypse or tooth decay.
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gadzooks said 1544 days ago (March 8th, 2013)
Green Machine
I can totally relate to the relationship one can have with there vw ... my first was green one in the 70's with an 8 track ... when the wind blew I would change lanes on the highway without even turning the wheel ... I had a few more vw's after that and each time it was like losing a close friend ...
Great lyrics and really enjoyed the tune!
SG
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five_extra_arms said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
Change Lanes
You know exactly what you're talking about! Changing lanes as the wind decides!

Glad to find another vw brother.

Thanks for listening.
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echoroom said 1542 days ago (March 9th, 2013)
dark days
This is a really bittersweet little track Bob. i like the chugging little guitar line, which adds tension throughout the track. Your vocal seems kinda whistful - the double tracking is great ( i can never get it to sound right). Lovely little song, and great to hear a new un from you!
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five_extra_arms said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
Whistful
Hey Steve my friend. Thanks for the listen. I actually used 4 vocal tracks. For a "voice" like I have, it kinda helps average out the sound of my otherwise puny squawking. You on the other hand, sound great singing through a paper towel roll (or so I'm told).


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PeterB7858 said 1542 days ago (March 9th, 2013)
Green Machine
Sad moment. At least some good came from it. Fine tribute. To me, the Combi van always seemed to be an analogue style anachronism that rebelled against Kraftwerk, Germanic, industrialism. But I ramble... Thanks, Peter.
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five_extra_arms said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
analogue style anachronism
Lol!

I know what you mean!

Thanks Peter,

Bob
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Moviz said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
Sorry
'bout the VW Bus... I always wanted one of those, but settled for a Polo before my 1995 Golf, which is still going strong (pass me some wood for luck, quick).... a suitable mournful but memory filled song as a tribute, to mourn its passing, cheers M
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five_extra_arms said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
Knock on wood
A couple hundred thousand miles is not uncommon with these vehicles. High mileage = loads of memories. I think I have enough stories to write a tribute album!

Thanks for listening.

Bob
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Lennon714 said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
The People's Bus
In a world chock full of synergetic and nutritional life partners, I know this bus was the most synergetic and nutritional of all life partners. From it's ashes comes this dope song, and I think we're all grateful for that. I didn't mention it earlier, but your vocal performance is perfect. It's appropriately restrained for a 5EA track, without coming across as forcibly reverent. It's genuinely sad. I also love how the percussion comes in as a huge payoff.
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five_extra_arms said 1510 days ago (April 10th, 2013)
LOL!!
"synergetic and nutritional life partners" You kill me like an engine fire!
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cjdaley said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
elegy
Nice elegiac tune- both funny and sad. VWbuses have a soul, but so do synths. I like the lo-fi take in the casio-like sound -like all those so-called cheap sounds which are all the more more moving and meaningful. Epic move at 2,30 like a march of robots at a bus funeral.
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dimm witness said 1540 days ago (March 11th, 2013)
hi
bob
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kingbee said 1540 days ago (March 12th, 2013)
Beetle mania
Or VW Van mania??
I've had friends who've had them.
Lovely in the summer..horrible in the winter but big enough for an impromptu sleep out.
Possibly the saddest song I think you've ever written..if I'm not wrong.
Really like your vox on this and the burning build up at the end works sooo well.
Great track Bob
Cheers

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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1540 days ago (March 12th, 2013)
green machine
quirky tune, unusual lyrics.
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Dj French Toast said 1538 days ago (March 14th, 2013)
Ah man
such a sad thing dude ....sorry for your loss man ....
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Relic67 said 1530 days ago (March 21st, 2013)
sorry about the bus...
but this is a nice way to enshrine the good memories! In the totally unique 5xtra style. enjoyed it!

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davisamerica said 1511 days ago (April 9th, 2013)
VWs
....... Rode mine thru the Arbuckle Mountains when the brakes were out. Used the hand brake and she got us home. I loved that machine. Nice track Bob.
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 1510 days ago (April 10th, 2013)
heart breaking
I cant believe the green machine is gone, now I'll never meet her. A great tribute, the 4 vocal tracks work great against the unusually sparse arrangement.
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