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Llama up a Ladder (with Richard and Dan Marris)

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DWL

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Once again I've not been very active musically over the past few months but here's a new one.

Trying to keep to the punk ethic...

This how it started. It's a true story. It should be read in a Stanley Holloway "The Lion and Albert " voice.

When I first went to Paris, many years ago
In a small square on the left bank I came across a show
There were acrobats and dancers, fire-eaters and a band
And someone telling stories that I didn't understand

And just when I was thinking “it can't get any madder “
In the middle of this mayhem was a llama up a ladder
A llama up a ladder, now that's really rather daft
But a llama up a ladder I can say it made me laugh

I didn't have a camera and of course I had no phone
And so I had to save my story until I got back home
When I got back to England my friends all thought it queer
A llama up a ladder lad? I think that's too much beer

And I began to wonder if it really was a dream,
If only I'd had a phone back then to prove what I had seen
If a tree falls in a forest and there's no-one with a phone
It probably doesn't make a sound and it's best left well alone

Richard Marris and me on sloppy guitars and his son Dan on drums. No drum loops were harmed in the making of the song.

Llama up a Ladder © Langford/Marris 2015

Bill the blogger loves to write,
he's at his keyboard day and night
and what he writes is mostly trite
or at least it seems to me

Tom the troll's a man malign
pouring out his bile on-line
until his mum says “Tom it's time,
to come and eat your tea”

It's heads down, no-nonsense where's my phone?
I've got to post a picture before I get home
or my Facebook friends will never speak to me again
It's a llama up a ladder it's a part of a play
It's not something you're gonna see every day
but it's very very funny in a funneee sort of way

Emoticons a brand new stage
Forget the words fill up the page
It's a way to disengage
from getting in too deep

I think maybe it's therapy
posting crap for folks to see
I don't care about your new TV
it makes me want to weep

Chorus

Mawkish memes are none too bright
sickly sentimental shite
I won't log in again tonight
I think it rots my brain

Morning comes I have to see
Is there a message tagging me?
It's not the place I want to be
but here I go again

A llama up a ladder a sight to see
You’d think it would be enough for me
But nothing counts anymore until
It’s pixelated, tagged and then it will
Be posted, shared to everyone
And I won’t rest until it’s done
There’s no point as I was there alone
Thank God I got it on my phone.
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Uploaded: Aug 01, 2015 - 07:32:04 AM
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2015 - 08:47:01 AM Last Played: Mar 15, 2017 - 05:16:36 PM
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Comments
Daugrin said 783 days ago (August 1st, 2015)
Rockin good time
Ah, the form is recognizable, an all the right things are in place. Well done, keep telling the truth fellas.

Daug
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DWL said 783 days ago (August 1st, 2015)
Thanks Daug
Truth is in the mind of the beholder but I'll keep doing what I think is the truth

Cheers

Dick
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davajonah said 783 days ago (August 1st, 2015)
Ha!
I think I liked this somewhere else. I still do! :-)
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davajonah said 783 days ago (August 1st, 2015)
Ha!
I think I liked this somewhere else. I still do! :-)
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DWL said 783 days ago (August 1st, 2015)
So good you did it twice!
Thanks Dave :-)

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davajonah said 783 days ago (August 1st, 2015)
Haha!
Maybe after the upgrade, it will get fixed.

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KCsGROOVE said 783 days ago (August 1st, 2015)
Llama rock
Cool rocker, Dick, cool lyrics and vocals
yeah , gonna download :-)
enjoyed
KC
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DWL said 781 days ago (August 3rd, 2015)
Thanks Cees!
Much appreciated, I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for listening.

Cheers

Dick
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jiguma said 781 days ago (August 3rd, 2015)
Bonjour d'Ougney Les Champs
I was really hoping to see a graphic for the title Dick, but it looks like I'll just be listening :)
Great lyrics - must get back to FB one day. Liking everything i'm hearing, although I'm sure the iPad speakers aren't doing it justice.
You really do great words and music Dick - always impressive, and enjoyable.
loving being back in France - the Doubs is really magical.
À bientôt,
Neil
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DWL said 781 days ago (August 3rd, 2015)
Bonjour a tu!
Thanks Neil. There should have been a picture but for some reason it won't upload.... I tried several times before the upgrade so maybe I should try again.

Yes, the Doubs is rather wonderful. I enjoyed meeting with Marc and Brigitte in June and hope to make it back there again next year. Say hello for me.

I'm not sure about FB.. A blessing and a curse but the more I try to get away the more I seem to end up getting dragged back in.

Thanks for the listen and comments Neil :)

Cheers

Dick




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Warren Smith said 781 days ago (August 3rd, 2015)
llama-rama-ding-dong

Good punk social commentary.

I'm looking forward to the post of the pic of the llama on the ladder .. so I can click on the button that says "Warren likes this."

One of the problems is that taking pictures and sharing posts has become so easy that content quality suffers. All the more reason it's important that you keep writing and recording and sharing good songs like this.
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DWL said 780 days ago (August 4th, 2015)
You can take the punk out of the man...
My attempts at finding a picture of a llama up a ladder came to nothing. Which sort of proves my point about I think. I couldn't even find a goat up a ladder. My pic is just a llama AND a ladder.

Content quality does indeed suffer and I despair of the inane and worthless trash that does get posted .... .

Thanks for your comments and support Warren :-)

Cheers

Dick
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grah3am said 780 days ago (August 4th, 2015)
Shouldn't that be "Lladder"?
There's a Richard Thompson feel to this, especially at the start. Terrific lyrics and excellent production.
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DWL said 780 days ago (August 4th, 2015)
Damn
I wish I'd thought of that...

I can't hear Mr T but that's Ok ;-) Thanks Graham :-)

Cheers

Dick
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J.A.Stewart said 780 days ago (August 4th, 2015)
Llamentation...
... About Social (Media) Climbers? LOL!

Nicely done by you and the gang, Dick. A pointed and pithy musical essay about our society's current apparent obsession with social media. I guess, like most things in life, it's a double-edged sword whose value depends on how one chooses to use it.

I like to follow Ralph Waldo Emerson's lead...

"In all things moderation, especially moderation." ;)

--- Joe
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DWL said 779 days ago (August 5th, 2015)
Double-edged?
without a doubt Joe.

I try to stay away and always end up getting dragged back in.....

Thanks for the listen and comments :-)

Cheers

Dick
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alley-oop said 780 days ago (August 4th, 2015)
cheeky...in a Brit way
very clean punk/pop esthetic. I think it's still hard to write songs about the internet in our lives, but you pull it off with flying colors!
are you amping up your accent?
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DWL said 779 days ago (August 5th, 2015)
Amping the accent?
I'm not sure. My accent seems to change for every song. I'm a working-class Essex boy (my Dad was a bricklayer) so my accent reflects that upbringing but I've been living away from Essex for over 40 years so I've probably absorbed other accents!

The song has been hanging about for a while now so it's good to have it finished.

Thanks for the listen.

Cheers

Dick
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
paul f. page said 780 days ago (August 4th, 2015)
You don't disappoint....
Great narrative, rockin' music with pounding bass and some snappy drum fills, too. Glad to hear you back in the saddle again, Dick. You and your mates did a exciting and exacting job on this one. (Maybe I'll try one of these one day!)
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DWL said 778 days ago (August 6th, 2015)
Thanks Paul
I always appreciate your take :-)

Cheers

Dick
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Fire_Angel said 779 days ago (August 5th, 2015)
Um, what?
Lovely example of rockin' madness, a delightfully silly title to get me interested and to be truthful I was prepared for disappointment, I mean, how could it live up to that title? But it does! Having fun making music spreads it around, obviously, so thanks.
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DWL said 778 days ago (August 6th, 2015)
Madness?
Probably :-)

It was the strangest piece of street theatre I've ever seen. It was about 1981 and I have no idea what it was all about. Utter madness.

I'm pleased you enjoyed this little excursion to Paris and back.

Many thanks for the listen and generous comments.

Cheers

Dick
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
Philip18 said 778 days ago (August 7th, 2015)
Llama up a ladder
Very entertaining, Dick. The lyrics got me in, the music drives things along. I like it!
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DWL said 777 days ago (August 7th, 2015)
Thanks Philip!
Nice of you to stop by, I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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Dean-Resonator said 777 days ago (August 7th, 2015)
Llama up a ladder
Thanks for posting this song. I really enjoyed listening to it. Billy Bragg would be proud of those lyrics.
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DWL said 777 days ago (August 7th, 2015)
Wellcome Mr R!
Thanks for the listen and I'm most pleased with the Billy Bragg mention ;-)

I hope we get to hear something from you.

Cheers

Dick
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sammydix said 776 days ago (August 8th, 2015)
Got an
Oingo Bongo-ish feel in places. Ethics def in place.
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DWL said 775 days ago (August 9th, 2015)
Thanks Mr D!
Oingo Bongo? Blimey, that's an interesting comparison!

Much appreciated :-)

Cheers

dick
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MarkHolbrook said 776 days ago (August 8th, 2015)
Expect nothing less
from the DWL! Nicely done my friend!
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DWL said 775 days ago (August 9th, 2015)
Yo Mark!
Thanks for stopping by. Always nice to get a listen and comment from you.

I hope you're well.

Cheers

Dick
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egobandit said 775 days ago (August 9th, 2015)
trite
Grungey and rough in the right ways, like the lyrics, like the lyric I wont log in tonight , we are all caught up in the digital distraction great song like the toms in this!
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DWL said 773 days ago (August 11th, 2015)
And I still log in
Thanks!

It's difficult to avoid...

Cheers

Dick
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PeterB7858 said 775 days ago (August 9th, 2015)
Llama up a Ladder
Urgent opening leads to some classic lyrics. No tongue-in-ckeek here, full bore tongue poke on offer. Made me smile. Geriatric grunge? Post-pubescent punk? :-) Enjoyed. Thanks, Peter.
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DWL said 773 days ago (August 11th, 2015)
No tongue-in-cheek
Sometimes I find it difficult dealing with this brave new world... ;-)

Geriatric punk? Dan is 16 (I'm not)

Many thanks for the listen and comments Peter.

Cheers

Dick


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Franciscus_Henri said 774 days ago (August 10th, 2015)
Great story
and the under between the lined commentry is Fab
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DWL said 773 days ago (August 11th, 2015)
Thanks Franciscus!
Your listen and comments are much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 773 days ago (August 12th, 2015)
Mad
Sorry I am so late Dick - love this.
Cheers
Len

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DWL said 772 days ago (August 12th, 2015)
Thanks Len :-)
Cheers

Dick
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ste said 771 days ago (August 14th, 2015)
ha
love it. great lyrics - mawkish memes.
fun listen
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DWL said 767 days ago (August 17th, 2015)
Mawkish indeed!
Thanks ste ;-)

Cheers

Dick


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VicDiesel said 768 days ago (August 17th, 2015)
Digital punk esthetic
Those lyrics are hilarious. Great execution too.
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DWL said 767 days ago (August 17th, 2015)
I rather like the idea
of being a digital punk!

Thanks for the listen and comment Vic.

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 767 days ago (August 17th, 2015)
rough and ready
playing catch up myself

love the intensity of the song. great lyrics too. you guys done good!
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DWL said 750 days ago (September 3rd, 2015)
Thanks Vic
Catching up again for me also!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Cheers

Dick
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echoroom said 750 days ago (September 3rd, 2015)
Kicking
Great raw feel to it - I love the intro guitar, reminds me a little of Magazine. I always am astounded at your lyrics: as someone who writes in vague terms, i love how yours are open, direct and understandable!
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DWL said 749 days ago (September 4th, 2015)
Open and direct!
I'm not clever enough to do it any other way Steve :-)

Thanks for the listen and comment!

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 735 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Just one more social media peek - a hit for the old dopamine!
Rollicking tune and a deftly written message. You've got and economy with your lyrics Dick that matches your vocals and production. Always a good listen when I hear your work and this one is no exception. Wouldn't change a thing! Thanks for the download.
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DWL said 720 days ago (October 3rd, 2015)
Thanks Doug
I'm pleased you enjoyed it :-)

Cheers

Dick
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MacFerret said 735 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Topical top form!
Love it. Performances, mix, arrangement. And superb lyrics, and anyone with children will recognize the topical issue: you can't be sure that there is no tech in their bedrooms, despite your ever-more frantic efforts that make you feel like John Cleese playing a Colditz prison guard. Not that I set a particularly fine example myself. Ahem.
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DWL said 720 days ago (October 3rd, 2015)
Colditz guard?
And all we had was a transistor radio under the covers...

Thanks for stopping by Tim and leaving the comments :-)

Cheers

Dick


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thetiler said 722 days ago (October 1st, 2015)
Great punk
Like how you jell the music and words so well and the delivery with the vocals is nice too!

Thanks for sharing and taking what seems to be a decent amount of time in developing a highly structured punk tune!
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DWL said 719 days ago (October 4th, 2015)
Thanks Bill
Maybe it's age but every song I do seems to take forever to organise so I appreciate the acknowledgement!

Thanks for the listen and comment.

Cheers

Dick
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