(6 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I tried to include all the known sub-atomic particles;
6 types of Quarks (up, down, bottom, top, strange, charm), plus: Gluons, Muons, Pions, Kaons, Photons, Fermions, and others.  I also wanted to say something about Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and other topics - - it is an exceedingly fascinating topic.

However, the song started turning into a encyclopedia so I skirted around all those details.  Russell, the apparent symmetry between micro/macro (atomic/galactic) scales is one of those really cool things about our universe. 

Thanks for listening to my little musical foray into the weird world of Physics.


(6 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Still working on something sincere for my beloved . . . I have written several very sweet love songs for Juawice in the past, but this time around it's just taking longer.

Glad y'all could appreciate the humor of 'Dotted Line' . . .


(6 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Here is a song about EVERYTHING!

Please hear it here:
"Songs for Human and Autoharp"

Molecules BluesJames McCormick, February 26, 2009

12-bar blues

[C]Molecules, molecules, [C]here and there

[C]Molecules, molecules, every-[C7]where

[F]Itsy-bitsy molecules, [F]tiny as can be

[C]Molecule, molecule, [C]too small to see

[G7]Everything, everything, [F7]made of molecules

A-[C]mazing what itsy-bitsy molecules can [G7]do

[C]Galaxies, quasars, [C]comets, asteroids

[C]Moons, stars, planets spin in the [C7]void

[F]Molecule is matter, [F]matter is energy

[C]Molecules obey [C]rule of entropy

A-[G7]swirlin' a-churnin' [F7]since it all begun

[C]Cosmic chaos and equilibri-[G7]um

[C]Molecules, oh molecules, [C]atoms in a bunch

[C]Atoms got electrons around nucle-[C7]us

[F]Neutrons, protons, [F]quarks and other bits

[C]People try smash 'em up [C]Quantum Physicists

[G7]Demolition derby [F7]scientific fun

[C]Huntin' for particle Higg's Bo-[G7]son

[C]Molecules in motion, [C]billions years

[C]Move to music, music of the [C7]spheres

[F]Water, earth, [F]fire, air

[C]Molecules, molecules, [C]everywhere

[G7]Everything, everything [F7]made of molecules

A-[C]mazing what itsy-bitsy [G7]molecules can [C]do


(6 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I had intended to write a very sincere song for my beloved - but this little ditty sort of veered way off course and turned into a satirical piece about a Prenuptial Agreement.

Please hear it here:
"Songs for Human and Autoharp"

Dotted Line valentineJames McCormick, February 12, 2009

This is NOT dedicated to my lovely bride of 20-some years!

[C]Who needs candy [G]hearts and lace

[F]Mushy cards, [G7]kissy face

[C]Tacky little trinkets [G]so passe'

I got a [F]pre-nup agreement in-[G7]stead today . . .

[G7]My [C]pre-nup terms [G]very clear

Just [F]sign and date it right [G7]here and here

This [C]offer's only good for a [G]limited time . . . .

C'mon [F]be my [G7]Valen-[C]tine

Just [F]sign it on the [G]dotted [C]line!

[F]Valentine, Oh [C]Valentine

[F]You can be my [G7]Valentine . . . .

Just [C]sign it right here on the [G7]dotted line . . . .

You can [F]be my [G]Valen-[C]tine . . . .

Just [F]sign it on the [G7]dotted [C]line!

[G7]My [C]pre-nup terms [G]very fair

Won't [F]get a better deal [G7]anywhere

It's [C]up to you to a-[G]gree or decline . . . .

C'mon [F]be my [G7]Valen-[C]tine

Just [F]sign it on the [G7]dotted [C]line!

No [G]need to haggle or negotiate it

[F]Don't try to make it all complicated

[G]Who needs roses romance and wine . . . .

Just [F]sign it on the [G]dotted [C]line! . . . [C7]

[F]Valentine, Oh [C]Valentine

[F]You can be my [G7]Valentine . . .

Just [C]sign it right here on the [G7]dotted line . . . .

You can [F]be my [G]Valen-[C]tine . . . .

Just [F]sign it on the [G7]dotted [C]line!

Just [F]sign sign [G7]sign ....

On the dotted [F]line! . . . [C]


(10 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Great idea, Jets . . . I shall give it a whirl.\


(2 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Some explanation is probably needed for this "filk" song.

"Filk" is folk music inspired by science fiction and fantasy stories.  I only recently became aware of Filk and this is my first attempt at filking.

"The Hungry City Chronicles" by British author Philip Reeve is my inspiration for this filk song.  Reeve's four novels are set in a distant, dystopian, post-apocopolyptic future where civilization has long been dominated by vast mobile "traction cities".

Within these novels, Capitalism has been supplanted by 'Municipal Darwinism'.  The enormous traction cities literally hunt and devour one another.  London is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful of the traction cities.

"The Hungry City Chronicles" is an epic hero's journey full of adventure.  I highly recommend these marvelous books.

In my imagination, "London E'er Shall Thrive" is the 'national anthem' of London.  Although the nation of Britain is long forgotten, the tune of 'God Save the Queen' has somehow survived.  This version is now London's sacred and patriotic song.

London E'er Shall ThriveJames McCormick, January 27, 2009

Filk Song inspired by "The Hungry City Chronicles"

(Novels by Philip Reeve)

Sung to the tune of "God Save Our Queen"

[C]Forward [G7]un-[G]to [C]the [G7]feast,

[C]Conquest [G7]shall [Em]ne-[G7]ver [C]cease,

[G]Lon-[F]don [G7]shall [C]drive . . .

[C]Eternal is [G7]our [C]quest,

[G]Survival of the [G7]best,

[C] . . . By [Am]Quirke* our [Em]hunt is [G]blessed,

[F]London [C]e'er [G]shall [C]thrive.

[C]Forward [G7]in-[G]to [C]the [G7]fray,

[C]London [G7]will [Em]do-[G7]mi-[C]nate,

[G]Lon-[F]don [G7]shall [C]drive . . .

[C]None can out-[G7]run our [C]tracks,

[G]Escape our holy [G7]grasp,

[C] . . . Our [Am]city shall for-[Em]ever [G]last,

[F]London [C]e'er [G]shall [C]thrive.

[C]Forward [G7]to [G]vic-[C]to-[G7]ry,

[C]Our sa-[G7]cred [Em]des-[G7]ti-[C]ny,

[G]Lon-[F]don [G7]shall [C]drive . . .

[C]Lord of the hun-[G7]ting [C]grounds,

[G]Scourge of the [G7]lesser towns,

[C] . . . E-[Am]ternal preda-[Em]tor re-[G]nowned,

[F]London [c]e'er [G]shall [C]thrive.

*Nikolas Quirke, the originator of Municipal Darwinism


(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Hi kbrassel,
This is a very good question - seems to me that the content of a second verse depends on whether your song is a 'snapshot' or a 'movie'.

For instance, Hank William's "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is a 'snapshot' that vividly portrays the emotional impact of being all alone in the world.  Each verse simply adds to the portrait.  In fact, he paints a very strong picture by using both visual and auditory imagery.  For this 'snapshot' song, Williams uses each verse to say the same thing just a little bit differently.

On the other hand, Eric Bogle's "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is a 'movie' that has a plot and tells a complete story.  In this case each verse advances the plot and we see the story unfold step by step.  Likewise, Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue" relates chapters of a man's lifetime in each verse.  These 'movie' songs use each verse to bring the story closer to completion.

Ideally, any song is a self-contained unit providing the listener with whatever information they need to 'see' what the song is about.  Like Phill Williams said, a song need not be about an earth-shattering topic to be interesting or have impact.

Strive to keep it simple and strive to have each line of each verse 'do something' to make the song complete.  If words or phrases are repeated, they should be nice and juicy and relate somehow to the song's meaning.  This is easy to say - but harder to do.

I often churn out songs that have too many verses . . . for me, it's not 'Oh no, it's too short' - - it is more often, 'Oh no, it's way too long'.

They say that master songwriter Ira Gershwin would distill each lyrical idea down to just one or two words.  Then, he would work to make sure every bit of the song related directly to those words.  I guess his system worked - - we are still singing his stuff.

Hope this is helpful, James

I enthusiastically supported Obama's candidacy and feel that the best candidate was elected to the office.  I am filled with optimism as President Obama has his opportunity to lead.

I have every confidence he will make rational decisions based upon objective information.  The task is not easy for anyone - - but I look forward to having a president who is an articulate intellectual.

I wrote and recorded a little song for the Inauguration today:
"City on the Hill"


(2 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I have just posted a 'raw & flawed' recording of "City on the Hill" here:
"Songs for Human and Autoharp"

Please give it a listen . . .


(2 replies, posted in Songwriting)

This song is in honor of Inauguration Day.

It is a simple call&response sort of thing . . .

City on the HillJames McCormick, January 20, 2009

In honor of Inauguration Day

[C]Look to the hor-[C7]izon, [F] . . . city on the hill

[C]See our future [C7]shining, [F] . . . city on the hill

[C]We will go to-[C7]gether, [F] . . . city on the hill

[C]We will be to-[C7]gether, [F] . . . city on the hill

[G]Journey through wilderness, [F]Journey through storms

[G]Keep each other safe, [F]Keep each other [G]warm . . . [G7] . . . .

[C]Beacon in the [C7]darkness, [F] . . . city on the hill

[C]Step by step [C7]closer, [F] . . . city on the hill

[C]Day by day [C7]nearer, [F] . . . city on the hill

[C]Journey of a [C7]life time, [F] . . . city on the hill

[G]Journey through wilderness, [F]Journey through storms

[G]Keep each other safe, [F]Keep each other [G]warm . . . [G7] . . . .

[C]City of to-[C7]getherness, [F] . . . city on the hill

[C]City of [C7]brotherhood, [F] . . . city on the hill

[C]City of [C7]sharing, [F] . . . city on the hill

To-[G]gether we can journey to that [F]city . . .

. . . That city on the [C]hill.


(4 replies, posted in Music theory)

Hi skipper2001,
I teach Statistics - so once you've mastered Tabs, we can start you off on Algebra and the Calculus . . . just let me know when you're ready!


(24 replies, posted in Acoustic)

In this neck of the woods 'jock' has an altogether different meaning.  We use it as a way of referring to athletes.

When an American says, "He is just a big dumb jock", it means that the guy is large and not very bright.  The 'dumb jock' is one of those archetypes - sort of the opposite of 'nerdy geek'.  The terminology comes from 'jockstrap', the supportive undergarment worn by males athletes.

I did not know the term had a negative ethnic connotation over there . . .

Hi topdown - I just noticed that another chordie use has very thoughtfully appended additional lyrics for 'Phht' in the comments below the version I edited!

This song is just pure goofiness and joy - it is a great campfire singalong since everybody can yowl and howl 'phht' away at the chorus.

For our non-American friends (or for those too young to remember this bit of silliness) here is a YouTube clip:

Hee Haw - one of the greatest & stupidest shows ever . . .


(24 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hello Matelot - I just left a response to part of your questions on your original message.

Welcome to chordie!


(3 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hello Matelot & a hearty (if belated) welcome to chordie!

Sorry, I did not see your posting until now . . .
Tuba is a magnificent instrument.  My father is a professional tubist!  As a kid I went to sleep many a night hearing him teach private brass lessons. 

Glad you are getting back into Music - this site is great resource.

Regarding chord structure - here is a link to a 'chord building grid' on my MySpace page.  It is based on an article that was in Wikipedia.  The article has since disappeared from their index, but I had printed out a copy so I just sort of re-created the substance of the chart.

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.c … Id=1277923

The grid is very useful to 'see' what tones and intervals are used to build common chords (major, minor, 7ths, suspended, diminished, augmented, etc).  Plus, this grid is just really cool!

You can print it out as a full page - just read the instructions at the bottom of the image.  There are 2 versions there - one in flats and one in sharps.

Hope this helps & glad to make your acquaintance,

This is a great idea!

Here are some that are fun to sing and play:
"Phht You Were Gone" Buck Owens
http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere?url=h … 0McCormick
"Wild Thing" the Troggs
"Grandpa Was a Carpenter" John Prine
http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere?url=h … 0mcCormick
"Purple Rain" Prince
http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere?url=h … 0McCormick
"My Dingaling" Chuck Berry
http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere?url=h … 0McCormick


(46 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

If I might add a little historical perspective here . . .

Tabs or tablature is not a modern invention.  Various forms of 'tab' notation have been used for centuries.  Renaissance and Baroque composers for the lute, archlute, vihuela, theorbo and other guitar precursors used several forms of tablature to convey their music on parchment or paper.

I support anything that helps people make music.


(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Thanks, Arkady!
Yep - perserverance, that's what it took.  What I figured might take an hour or two took much much longer . . . I was pretty much sick of the whole thing when I finally finished.

"Hats" is now on YouTube.  Found out their new time limit is 10:59.  So, I did some snipping at the start and end and got the video down to 10:58!

Here is the slightly abbreviated version:


(4 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Bike thieves - a pox upon their gonads!

One of my neighbors reconditions old bikes and then gives them to people who need transportation.  People bring him unwanted bikes.  He has a garage full of frames and parts.  His little hobby has grown into a wonderful service.


(9 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

2009 . . . somehow it just doesn't roll off the tongue quite yet.

Happy New Year, y'all!


(8 replies, posted in Music theory)

Hi alanmac872 and welcome to chordie!

Playing in a waltz style is tricky at first, but you will get it with some happy feet effort.  Waltz time is dancing music.  Try this approach:

At first, just strum the downbeat; Dum 2 3 Dum 2 3 and so on.  Get this going in your head and arms and hips and feet - I find it helpful to be standing and swaying gracefully (although some would call it lurching about).

Once you have that triple feel going, try this:
Do a quick strum on the upbeat of 3; daDum 2 3daDum 2 3daDum and so on.

Another idea is to try a 6/8 waltz time.  This is a pair of triplets and the rhythm sounds like:
"Apricots Oranges Apricots Oranges Apricot Oranges . . . . . ."
The 'A' of Apricots gets a most emphasis and the 'O' of oranges gets a lighter feel.

A good practice tune is 'Amazing Grace'.  It is actually in 3/4 time (although many performers seem to make it a march in 4/4).

Here is a songbook I put together of waltz tunes:
In 3 Waltz Gems
http://www.chordie.com/publicbooks.php? … songid=816

I love waltz songs - keep at it, relax, and let the feel flow.
4/4 tends to be heavy & tromping - 3/4 is more graceful and tippytoe-ish.

Hope this helps,


(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I wrote this one over a year ago because I figured the world really needed a ridiculously long song all about hats.  I have since made many changes to the original lyric - but it is still ridiculously long!

Finally got around to recording it and put together a slide show - because the world also needs a ridiculously long video all about hats.  Clocking in at 11:24, it was too long for YouTube, so I put it up at MySpace video.

Never could scrounge up any bongos - so just pretend you hear them . . .
Please hear (and see) it here:
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fusea … D=49499573

HatsJames McCormick, November 24, 2007

Verses sung, Choruses spoken, Chords & Bongos throughout

(spoken, with bongos and chords)

[C]Hats . . . . [F]Hats . . . . [G]Hats . . . . [C]Hats . . . .


[C]Rappers wear caps askew [F]turned a-which-a-way

[G]Stetsons on country guys [F]help 'em sing 'n [C]play

[C]Crooner's in fedoras [F]did the doo-bee-doo

[G]Sherlock had a favorite hat for [F]deducing [C]clues

[F]Jackie's little pillbox so [C]trendy oh so pert

An-[F]nette had mouse ears to [G]flounce 'n to flirt . .[G7]

[C]Guineviere's scarf [F]kept her modesty

A [G]tiara on a beauty queen's for [F]all the world to [C]see . .[G]

[C]Namath had a helmet for [F]throwin' touchdowns

[G]Churchill jammed a bowler a-[F]top his jowly [C]frown

O-[C]sama's got turbans to [F]hatch evil schemes

[G]Dali wore black beret to [F]paint surreal [C]scenes

Com-[F]mandos got ski masks 'n[C]lots of guns to shoot

The [F]Pope's got a mitre with [G]fancy Gucci boots . .[G7]

[C]Honest Abe's stovepipe [F]had a snappy brim

The [G]Viet Cong had Hue hats like [F]old Ho Chi [C]Mihn . .[G]

Well, [C]Merlin had a wizard cone 'n [F]lots of Druid power

[G]Hendrix wore a headband while [F]playin' gui-[C]tar

[C]Daniel Boone made a hat [F]from an ol' raccoon

[G]Jesus wore a crown of thorns while [F]trudging to his [C]doom

O-[F]lympians wore laurel leaves with a [C]little olive oil

[F]Farmers sport seed caps while [G]plowin' up the soil . .[G7]

[C]Hard hat at a work site will [F]keep your noggin whole

[G]Miners don head lamps for [F]diggin' up the [C]coal

(spoken, with bongos)

[F]Hats in movies, hats in books, [C]hats in history

[F]Hats on superheroes, hats [G]off celebrities

[C]Hats for safety, hats for style, hats [F]as accessories

[G]Hats in art 'n acting parts, so [F]many hats to [C]see . .[G]

[C]Scotsman looks very cool in [F]sporran and a tam

Za-[G]pata wore sombreros to [F]fight for his [C]land

[C]Gomer and Castro wear [F]army fatigue caps

Mark [G]Spitz wore no rubber cap to [F]swim his record [C]laps

[F]Sitting Bull's feathers [C]marked a mighty chief

[F]Rabbis wear yamikas be-[G]cause of their beliefs . .[G7]

[C]Pharoah was the boss a [F]serpent on his crown

The [G]guy who drives for UPS has a [F]cap that is all [C]brown . .[G]

[C]Ladies of the COGIC have [F]hats of every hue

Peace-[G]keepers for the UN have [F]helmets of [C]blue

[C]Rangers in Yosemite got [F]hats like Smokey Bear

You can [G]get a hat of balloons out [F]at the county [C]fair

[F]Lance had aero helmets, so [C]hard and fast he rode

[F]Gilligan had a canvas cap 'n [G]bamboo abode . .[G7]

[C]Yassar wore keffiyah u-[F]pon his grizzled brow

O'-[G]Leary wore a bonnet [F]when she milked her [C]cow . .[G]

[C]Joltin' Joe had Yankees caps, he [F]married Miss Monroe

[G]Mookie played in New York and[F]Toron-[C]to

[C]Mao had Mao hats to [F]match his green Mao suits

[G]Carmen Miranda could sing and dance un-[F]der a bunch of [C]fruit

[F]Cryano de Bergerac [C]wore a foppish plume

[F]Yeager wore a helmet to [G]make the sonic boom . .[G7]

Red [C]Skelton changed characters [F]just by changing hats

[G]Isaac Newton must have had a [F]well-worn thinking [C]cap

(spoken, with bongos)

[F]Hats in stories, hats in song, [C]hats in comic books

[F]Hats for hot, hats for cold, [G]hats just for looks

[C]Hats for war, hats for wow, [F]hats for everyone

[G]Hats for work, hats for sport, [F]hats just for [C]fun . .[G]

[C]Graduates don mortar boards when [F]they matriculate

[G]Wilbur Wright wore a goggle hat when [F]he did avi-[C]ate

She-[C]herazade had many veils and [F]lots of tales to tell

[G]Paul Revere had a tricorn his [F]warning for to [C]yell

The [F]Inuit got furry hoods their [C]earlobes will not freeze

[F]Farmers use helmet nets [G]when they're tend to bees . .[G7]

[C]Snipers use Ghillie suits [F]blend into the weeds

There's [G]helmets on jockeys but [F]not upon their [C]steeds . .[G]

Bar-[C]tholemew Cubbin's many hats [F]got him in a fix

[G]Groucho, Harpo, 'n Chico had [F]hats to do [C]schtick

[C]European aristocrats [F]used to wear perukes

[G]Vader's hat so shiny black when [F]he was fighting [C]Luke

[F]Casey Jones drive that train he [C]was an engineer

Ty-[F]rolean hats are perfect for [G]drinking German beers . .[G7]

A [C]burqa is a big hat [F]goes from head to toe

A [G]Panama in Suez might [F]not be apro-[C]pos . .[G]

[C]Blushing brides raise a veil to [F]start wedded bliss

[G]Riot squads in helmets [F]beat those who re-[C]sist

[C]Lovely Rita meter maid had a [F]cap and uniform

Brun-[G]hilda in the opera her [F]hat has big old [C]horns

[F]Batman's hat is a mask with [C]pointy little ears

Bear [F]Bryant in tweed hats [G]coached for many years . .[G7]

[C]Zorro's brim was black his [F]sword so very quick

[G]Geishas got kanzashi those [F]fancy hair [C]sticks

(spoken, with bongos)

[F]Hats on women, hats on men, [C]hats on children too

[F]Hats of metal, hats of cloth, [G]hats for me and you . .[G7]

[C]Hats with brims, hats with frills, [F]hats with chin straps

[G]Hats with feathers, hats with holes, [F]hats with ear [C]flaps . .[G]

Ralph [C]Cramden in a driver's cap [F]drove a city bus

[G]Showgirls in Vegas have [F]showy hats and [C]busts

[C]Elton John performed in e-[F]laborate headdress

[G]Quixote donned a helmet and [F]took off on a [C]quest

[F]Nelson had an admiral hat he [C]lost one of his hands

[F]Custer lost hat and scalp [G]during his last stand . .[G7]

[C]Astronauts and cosmonauts have [F]very special rigs

Dumb [G]Donald's pink stocking cap is [F]way way too [C]big . .[G]

[C]Generals wear headgear with [F]flashy bits of brass

[G]Hula girls wear flowers and [F]skirts made of [C]grass

[C]Ataturk's mustache did [F]complement his fez

Con-[G]quistadors had Spanish helms like Pi-[F]zarro and Cor-[C]tez

There's [F]halos on seraphim, [C]cherubim and saints

[F]Hannibal Lector's muzzle had [G]bodily restraints . .[G7]

[C]Zeuss's Cat in the Hat is [F]fun to read aloud

[G]Anglers wear hats with hooks when [F]casting for [C]trout . .[G]

John [C]Wayne had hats to [F]do what a man must do

[G]Ratchett had a nurse's cap [F]where the cuckoo [C]flew

Ma-[C]gicians from their top hats [F]rabbits do they pull

To-[G]reros wear monteras [F]for fightin' with the [C]bulls

[F]Liza had a trilby in a [C]Berlin cabaret

[F]Mary Poppins tied her hat be-[G]fore she flew away . .[G7]

[C]Ninjas have black hoods and [F]nasty poison darts

[G]Surgeons wear sterile hoods when they [F]slice into your [C]parts

(spoken, with bongos)

[F]Hats in legend, hats in verse, hats [C]in mythology

[F]Hats of silver, hats of gold, [G]hats of royalty . .[G7]

[C]Hats on statues, hats on pets, [F]hats in cartoons

[G]Hats for day, hats for night, [F]hats to hear [C]tunes . .[G]

[C]Perseus invisible when his [F]helmet was on

[G]Easter Island Moai [F]hats' weigh a [C]ton

[C]Santa Claus's fuzzy hat [F]all white and red

Lady [G]Liberty sports a spiky crown up-[F]on her copper [C]head

[F]Joan of Arc had a helmet she [C]burned for heresy

[F]Lepers wore shrouds to [G]cover their disease . .[G7]

[C]Priests of Quetzaquatl had [F]special hats of course

Roy [G]Rogers wore a white hat and [F]rode a white [C]horse . .[G]

[C]Legionnaires wear kepis they [F]march very slow

[G]Hermes wore petasus a [F]winged hat you [C]know

[C]Barristers wear horsehair to [F]argue the law

[G]Dorothy's friend the scarecrow had a [F]hat full of [C]straw

(spoken, with bongos only)

Hats . . . . Hats . . . . Hats . . . . Hats . . . .


(3 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Hello again, ApeDoctor!
I very much like the poetic style of you lyrics.  I took the liberty of editing in the voodoo codes - it was missing the {t:Pat Balloon} title and {st:ApeDoctor} subtitle bits.  Also, have sent a MySpace friend request to you.  James


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Hi Robert,
Another nifty little tune - very troubling topic.  I have never understood the 'thug life' mentality - violence is neither glamorous or appealing.  James


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Hi Phill,
Great idea and a lovely setting - look forward to hearing this one soon.  The bittersweet lyric reminds me of Eric Bogle's "And the Band Played Waltzing Mathilda".

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