Pat Clarke - Harmonica - Never Found My Way is an original song written by Dub Blune, who sings and plays the guitar on this recording of a live performance at the 2004 WOODgreen STOCK music festival I made him work hard by starting it very fast, but I think it works well at this speed This is the only full song that I managed to salvage from the Festival footage, all shot by Steve Jolley Grab your partners, y'all!! :-))
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Never Found My Way is an original song written by Dub Blune, who sings and plays the guitar on this recording of a live performance at the 2004 WOODgreen STOCK music festival I made him work hard by starting it very fast, but I think it works well at this speed This is the only full song that I managed to salvage from the Festival footage, all shot by Steve Jolley Grab your partners, y'all!! :-))
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Dirty Old Life Written, performed and produced by Kev Morel, this is the final track featuring my harmonica, from last years 'Flatpack Gallows' album https://www.facebook.com/kevin.morel.336 My old software cannot see the footage I wanted to use, featuring Kev on Drums, but thankfully I managed to install a copy of Photoshop and get these photographs sorted ...apologies to Liz & Jane for not consulting you before posting! For those who are interested, my studio alterations are nearly finished – just awaiting arrival of the computer and installation of a proper video editing program, which should finally drag me into this century! But that will have to wait until I get back from the USA. Next week I will be staying with Kent Taylor in LA! ...wa-hey!!! I shall try to take time out, from having a good time, to record what we get up to, and maybe feature the results in future posts. See you soon! :-))
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Boogie Baby This is my mate Dan, alias DBH, aka 'Professor Longlegs', live at the Angel pub in Manchester, England I know I have been neglecting Fandalism recently, being very busy with a lot of other stuff (some of it very much like this video!), so this is to let you all know I'm thinking of you and will be a more regular participant when I get internet access at home ...a broadband connection and new computers are hopefully on the way soon, along with some software to make videos for a few songs that are waiting (my camera works but I have no software to edit the footage I shoot) If you want to hear more of Dan, leave a comment and I may be able to rustle up another vid or two from this session Cheers! :-))
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Jenny May Another song written and performed by my good friend Mickey Vangelder. We have come up with some improvements since this mix but, as I'd promised you a 'Doo-wop' song this week, here is the first version of Jenny May. This song carries a Control Centre Health Warning (CCHW). You may not be able to stop it from going round your brain for the next week (or three). We hope you enjoy your first exposure to it! :-))
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Isabelle (Mickey Vangelder © 2015) Mickey is a talented musician who enjoys writing in different genres. I would categorise this one as "Paris, early 20th Century romantic", but that's just a made-up label. Mickey calls it "Chanson", which i thought just meant "Song"?. He asked me to record this with him, and add some harmonica for flavour. It seemed obvious to go for an accordion-like sound, for which I cheated and double-tracked. I hope you enjoy this departure from my usual sound. Mickey has supplied his own 'poetic' translation into English: the wind whispers soft as can be the birds are singing a sad song just for me you are so far away, Isabelle but you will always be close to my heart when I am alone at night, Isabelle I imagine that you are here, by my side I see the stars shining in the skies and I dream of my sweet Isabelle's eyes one day we'll meet again, Isabelle but there's always the memory of your blue eyes One for the romantics, eh? And next week, Mickey does 'Doo-Wop', so watch out for that one! :-))
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Don't Get Rough 0001 Second attempt to post the alternative ending version (first time I uploaded the wrong version! ...sorry for those who have already commented) HG wrote this choon ages ago I was inspired to add a vocal, inspired by Peter Gabriel's sometimes weird approach You have probably already listened to HG's mix - he and Tedd have both posted the Hans ending It's a privilege to work with musicians of such calibre and characters! Enjoy! :-))
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Transparent © Kev Morel I'm very proud to be apart of this great original from Kev, putting a bit of harmonica on it and doing some strange, quasi Sonny Terry wail when it went into a key I had no harp for. It shouldn't even work at all, at such a slow pace, let alone work so well - but I think Kev pulls it off brilliantly, mainly due to that organ holding it all together More from Kev at www.kevmorel.com You have probably seen the 'drunk guy' video already, but I think this song sums up one of the reasons why someone might get themselves into such a sad state. The poor guy obviously means to escape the pain of the real world - I mean, shopping for more alcohol when he's already so wrecked?! - but seems to maintain a kind of dignity, even when trying to make it out of the shop after realising he can't even carry the six-pack! I think there's a kind of elegance in the shared pathos of song and video together. It just remains to say, "drunk guy, I hope you're doing ok today - and thanks for the entertainment" :-))
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Deep River Blues https://www.facebook.com/kevmorelmusic/ www.kevmorel.com I was recently invited to play on some tracks for the album 'Flatpack Gallows' by my friend Kev. This is the only cover on the album and I'll be posting two of his original songs soon. Details of the many brilliant musicians featured can be found following either of the above links The photographs were taken at the house where I was brought up from 1962 - it had been raining a bit! Hello to all my Fanda friends and thank you for your kind messages while I was AWOL. Forgive me my absence - I hope this is the start of a gentle "come-back", but I can't be here on a daily basis like before I hope you enjoy these extracts from Kev's album - I intend to have some more of my own songs ready before too long Cheers! Pat :-))
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Cornbread, Peas & Black Molasses This is an old Brownie McGhee song, performed with Virginia Harvey at an afternoon session in Sam's Chop House, central Manchester ...as you can tell, people are too busy eating and chatting to pay much attention, so we used to tryout a few under-rehearsed 'new' songs - I think it makes a nice change to hear a female voice in there Hope y'all agree :-))
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Fine Upstanding Gentleman This is a more recent performance of a song I posted a while back ...there's something about the atmosphere at Chorlton Folk Club that makes for some good performances ...I hope you agree on this one, even though we make several mistakes :-))
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Gullible's Travels A slight change of direction for me, with this song – I decided it would be liberating to be a bit more surreal in my writing and go for a cross between Capt. Beefheart/Tom Waits ...bought a 'Low G' harmonica for that swampy sound and really had fun with it, in the end. I had intended to ask Tedd to put some slidey VanWeirdness on it but then 'Shifty' Pimlot dropped by with his Alto and changed the direction a bit ...next time, eh, Tedd The artwork that illustrates the line, “high speed chicken” is a rough for a painting by a past acquaintance of mine called Carl ...cheers, me old Sorry I can't be on Fandalism so much these days ...my internet time is now limited to when I can get to the public library, and there just isn't time to catch up on everybody's posts and check 'em out with the attention they deserve Hope you enjoy this one :-)) tell me, who's that guy wearing my hat? walked out of the room and he never came back they tell me guy was a girl, seems you never can tell these days, sometimes it's hard to keep track he's got a degree in conspiracy theory gets a paranoid android attack tell me no lies, you can't handle the truth mmm-hmmm, lead on, brother, I've got your back and it's cold, you feel the wind blow it's so cold, when you're down in the hole Gullible travelled 'til Lilly put him down he believed every word she said poor boy unravelled and he stopped roaming round a liar will mess with an honest man's head and it's cold, you feel the wind blow time is ticking, high speed chicken running down that telephone line well, Tom is waiting for no man is taking his place no buddy's gonna spare a dime so here's the last verse, same as the first a little bit louder and a little bit worse who was that guy, looked like a girl, took my hat? I'll never get another hat like that and it's cold, feel the wind blow man, it's so cold, when you're down in the hole :-))
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Still Love Ya - The 'Quo' Mix This is my cover of the Stig Jones song that started the whole experiment malarkey ...if I had just recorded this, instead of misunderstanding and writing my OWN song to his guitar part, the experiment would not have happened as it did So, to round it all off, I'd like to once again thank everybody who contributed promos, songs and videos, not to mention all those whose comments showed their appreciation THANK YOU! :-))
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Tedd has posted this song here... http://fandalism.com/bigmoneyjenkins/dCuO If you don't know his work, Tedd is a fine multi-instrumentalist, playing everything on this quality production, except for the harmonica :-), and it's well worth checking out his page – I'd say there's something there for everyone :-))
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YesSir live at the Arden Arms, Stockport, with the soundtrack of 'The Walk', a cover of a Jimmy McCracklin song Hello Fandals So far no video footage has been forthcoming, but here's a slide-show from the week-end's gig ...it was a late decision to make it a bash for my birthday, so apologies for lack of notice to my friends. There was still a pleasing turn out of dancing fools who I would like to thank for shaking a proper tail-feather! :-) ...I wish I could show you some shots of the crowd in action, but this is all I've got Cheers, Pat :-))
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Today is the final day of the EXPER!MENTTodays players are scheduled to be posting at about 6:00 pm GMT (1:00 pm New York time) Here are links to their pages... Albert Desoto http://fandalism.com/albeone Melvin Donovan http://fandalism.com/themelvinator/dBng Michael Hamilton-Berry http://fandalism.com/michaelhamiltonberry/dBnj Peter Evans http://fandalism.com/evvowxm/dBnf Tedd VanWagner http://fandalism.com/bigmoneyjenkins It's cool to leave comments! :-))
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Day 4 of the EXPER!MENT ...and todays players will be posting at about 6:00 pm GMT (1:00 pm New Y... read moreork) Here are links to their pages... Kent Taylor http://fandalism.com/kentavious Marc Roberge http://fandalism.com/mroberge Ronald Fulton http://fandalism.com/ronaldfulton Steve Jones http://fandalism.com/fastaff It's cool to leave comments! :-))
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As we enter the EXPER!MENT's 3rd day, you will hopefully be listening to songs from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Spain, Sweden and Italy - isn't Fandalism MARVLISS! :-) Here are links to the pages of todays players... Jenny Chong http://fandalism.com/yellowrose Doc Protool http://fandalism.com/docprotool Gary Willington http://fandalism.com/eclectico John Wegner http://fandalism.com/allomerus Jony Tomelin http://fandalism.com/jcttbo Tommy Tompaz http://fandalism.com/tompazjam They will be posting at about 2:00 pm GMT (9:00 am New York) with John & Jenni maybe a bit later, due to their time zone It's cool to leave comments! :-))
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Todays EXPER!MENT songs will be posted at around 5:00 pm GMT (12:00 noon New York). I hope you will check em out and, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT, on the following pages... ANGELO MARINOSCI Jr http://fandalism.com/amjr CHRIS REID http://fandalism.com/bopster MAURICIO GARAY http://fandalism.comcognitionmusicalDAN QUEEN http://fandalism.com/danqueen JEROME LEMAY http://fandalism.comjay66 JIM JENKIN http://fandalism.com/videojim KATHY SHORTT http://fandalism.com/kathyshortt BRICE CROSS http://fandalism.com/bricecross/dA7U#_=_ Thank you! :-))
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TAKE A MINUTE OUT (Jones/Clarke © 2015) Hello Fandals, today sees the start of the EXPER!MENT, at last! This is my interpretation of Stig Jones's 'new tune 2', so I have credited Stig in the copyright declaration. You can listen to Stig's own song, 'Still Love Ya', from which the guitar part was taken, here... https://fandalism.com/stigg/dA2s ...and the other four interpretations posted today can be heard on these pages... https://fandalism.com/agegeeass/dA2p https://fandalism.com/hildel4yall/dA2q https://fandalism.com/bobbobbob/dA2v https://fandalism.com/mikevisco/dA2n https://fandalism.com/somebluesbloke/dA2r My song is sandwiched between some glorious music – Julius Fucik's 'The Entry Of The Gladiators' and Jacques Offenbach's 'Orpheus In the Underworld', better known as “the Cancan music” - for which I claim no rights; this is purely for home entertainment, presented by a shouty french man called Monsieur I.Diot Le Con Here are the words... Take A Minute Out you say that I've wasted my life well tell me just what you have done, ooh what have you done what makes you so well qualified to put me down for it just for fun? I think it takes every kind of people to make up this human race it wouldn't take too great a leap of faith to see that everybody has a place and then you tell me it's sad that I'm a failure maybe failing's just my style look at yourself, serious and miserable struggling just to raise a smile you know it takes every kind of people just take a good look around if you want it, we all could live as one it's not so hard to find some common ground come on, take a minute out, make somebody happy and tell me, doesn't that feel good?Life is way too short, so keep it sweet & snappy and smile like you know you should you know it takes every kind of people to make up this human race it wouldn't take too great a leap of faith to see that everybody has a place take a minute out, make somebody happy and tell me, doesn't that feel good?you're smiling like I knew you would and tell me, doesn't that feel good There will be just under 30 other songs in the series, all by different artist/writers, and we'd appreciate your opinion on them ALL, so please try to find the time to give them all a listen – cheers, Pat :-)) x
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Signs Now that the true nature of the EXPER!MENT has been revealed, questions are still being asked about the various anomalies that continue to manifest around the world, even after the hype has died down This video is a light-hearted look at some of the weird and wonderful places that the EXPER!MENT seems to get a name-check ...and most of these have been around since well before Stig & I came up with our little idea! It begins with the photo from Mike Viscardi that sparked the idea of making this slide show The accompanying tune is an instrumental version of my song, wOT'S rONG!? :-))
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The ANNOUNCEMENT ...is it tonight? ...you'll have to watch and find out :-) Richard Head presents an extended broadcast from the Control Centre, in anticipation of finding out just what all the hype has been about And here is a link to a wonderfully entertaining bit of surreality from Tedd VanWagner http://fandalism.com/bigmoneyjenkins/dAC5 :-))
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EXPER!MENT FEVER GRIPS THE GLOBE!In this extended bulletin, CCN features footage from around the world and investigates the phenomenon calling itself “the EXPER!MENT” John Wegner appears to be alive and well following the traumatic events of what has been dubbed 'The Melbourne Incident'. Make up your own minds by watching his latest report : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JzkyGQcIKE Other reports featured in this broadcast can be seen in full by following these links : Stig 'Dick Scratcher' Jones : http://fandalism.com/stigg/dAwH HG 'German Reporter' Schmitz : http://fandalism.com/agegeeass/dAwh#_=_ Marc 'Lou Garou' Roberge : http://fandalism.com/mroberge/dAwD :-))
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CCN News Flash 29 Apr 2015 Only 7 hours late ...internet problems meant I failed to post at the same time as Johnny in Melbourne and Marc in California, as planned - all that careful planning spoiled by techno-glitches ...AAAAARRRRGH!!! This is a link to Johnny's report... http://fandalism.com/allomerus/dApZ#_=_ and this is a link to Lou Garou's... http://fandalism.com/mroberge/dApK ...at least being late means I can link direct to their posts! :-) A further bulletin, with more reports from around the world, will be posted tomorrow. This is Richard Head for CCNTV saying, keep calm and don't worry ...matters are coming to a head, but I'm sure everything will be alright! Meanwhile our thoughts go out to Johnny's family at this worrying time :-))
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the EXPER!MENT is undoubtedly getting closer to a conclusion Rumour has it that Fandalism World Headquarters are preparing to release information regarding the nature of the experiment, as well as the time when the first results will be published We at the Control Centre are proud to tell you that FWH has chosen to forward that information to us. We shall be posting an announcement, through our news channel CCN, as soon as we get the word We hope you will all tune in :-))
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Chicken Train Pete 'In' Daniel & 'Whispering' Pat Clarke This is a cover of an Ozark Mountain Daredevils' number, re-posted due to some accidentally dubious comments in the soundtrack ...all hunky-dory now :-) In case you're wondering, that's an Appalachian dulcimer that Pete's playing :-))
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the EXPER!MENT It is coming It is a new idea It may involve YOU... ...watch this space and all will be revealed :-))
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Promo for CUE THE BLUES by Chris Reid Presented by Richard Head for CCNTV, this post is to point you towards Chris's page, if you haven't been there already! :-) For those of you who don't know, Chris is a keyboard player, top arranger and producer and has a stack of brilliant material for you to check out. Co-collaborator Brice Cross is a prolific guitarist, seemingly capable of playing any style, and any guitar lover will not be disappointed checking out his page. You're here on my page, so you know about me! http://fandalism.com/bopster/dyNW#_=_ We at The Control Centre hope that you enjoy this historic moment in the broadcasting career of veteran presenter Richard Head. He finally comes out of the closet and reveals a secret that may end up threatening his career! Last word from Dickie himself, “Toodle pip!” :-))
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Pat Clarke - Richard head
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HG Promo Hello Fandals, this promo is a bit of a last-minute thing, because I didn't get time to make it earlier and HG is due to post the song in question NOW, and I just found out he'd like the promo to appear before he posts ...which means you won't get a link to the actual song here, so just go along to his page... http://fandalism.com/agegeeass ...which I'm sure you will all be visiting anyway He plays a great Green Onions type riff, for me to blow my harp along to, and Hilde sings a spectacular blues rock vocal ...big sounds, as usual! Hope you enjoy it! :-))
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The Road To The Lakes By popular demand, here is the follow-up to The Road To The Poly. This story covers only a few days in the lives of some art students on a field trip to Derwent water – it was written for, and naturally centres on the few students in my immediate group, so a lot of the ‘humour’ probably doesn’t work outside that small group, as you don’t know the characters. Still, I hope you can enjoy the drawings The music is just my song, ‘Don’t Look Now’, with the words taken out and a bit of clumsy acoustic lead substituted over the early section. The opening “American Indian” chant came to me as the sun was coming up after a profitable nights taxi-driving and, as this gave me the melody for the song, it seemed a fitting intro. I know it gets inappropriately heavy towards the end, but it’s the only piece of original music I’ve got which is long enough to give you time to read the story! Thanks to Dub Blune for the lead guitar at the end Cheers! :-))
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Two Minute Boogie Angelo kindly put my harp onto his original video for this short burst of happy blues music ...fans of Little Walter Jacobs will recognise that I have drawn heavily on his song, Just Your Fool, for the harp lines Thanks, Mr Jacobs! :-))
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Jackdaw Chase So named in honour of the birds who seemed to enjoy this one, this is my mate Pete letting loose on the Dulcimer, accompanied by me on the gob-iron and the local jackdaw colony, with the backing of wind and traffic Git down, y'all :-))
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Blank screen? Something strange between YouTube and Fanda - Try this link... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B8kZ-S2Xhc The Road To The Poly Something of a departure from my usual posts, this is the first part of a project I did at art college in 1975 ...a brief illustrated history of my journey after failing A-levels at school. It was meant to be written in a tongue-in-cheek 'Famous Five' kind of style, which I'm not sure I quite pulled off, but I thought it might give some of you, my Fanda-friends, a smile or two :-) The music is an instrumental version of my song, Tall Trees, with a vague cover of Pink Floyd's Grantchester Meadows in the middle, to make it long enough for you to have time to read the story - the guitar part for Tall Trees was inspired by Roger Waters' song, so it seemed fitting to put in this tribute Thanks to Dan for guitars and violin on the second spasm of Tall Trees :-))
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Whiskey River ...that's the title Pete gave this song – a proper “jam” with me trying to follow his eccentric, rambling arrangement ...it kicks into a groove in the end and I actually came up with some words to sing! :-) This is from the same porch-recording session that produced our cover of 'Chicken Train' - apologies if you're missing that post ...I had to remove it for political reasons, but a cleaned version will be watchable on my YouTube Channel as soon as I can upload it Hope you like this one, despite there being some very sloppy playing from us both :-))
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Chicken Train This is a version of The Ozark Mountain Daredevil's song, performed on Pete's porch in the backwoods of Cheshire, England Peter J Daniel - Dulcimer, vocal Patric C Clarke - harmonica, vocal I don't know why it's taken so long to post this - I was reminded of it by my last post, the Underpants song I hope y'all enjoy this one, too! :-))
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No Blues Tonight This is a song from Fanda's own minstrel, Papa Angelo Marinosci Jr. who agreed to let me add some harmonica to his audio track I thought it would be more entertaining if the slide-show was something more than just our photographs, so I had fun with Photoshop, putting our heads on the shoulders of some famous duos. Some work better than others - when I saw how Papa Angelo looked as Art Garfunkel I actually laughed out loud ...I hope some of these images make you do the same :-D Also I hope you enjoy our collaboration! :-))
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Un, Deux, Pense This song comes from the eccentric mind of my friend, Peter J Daniel Back in the 90s, we would often get together, get wrecked and set the four-track running, recording whatever sounds came to mind ...no doubt similar to scenes probably familiar to a few of you! :-) This hypnotic cacophony is the result of one of those afternoons...on this occasion Pete was in Cajun mode, listing and trying to rhyme all the French phrases he knew, and I it sounds like I couldn't find the 'off switch' on my harps I began trying to put the words on screen, as usual for me with originals, but a lot of it is just Pete's genius, spur-of-the-moment, French-sounding nonsense, so I gave up ... it's best to leave the rest of the translation up to you ...guaranteed to raise a smile :-))
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The Strength Of Fools There's a long story behind this one, which was written in 1993, but I'll keep it short! It started with some lines from a novel by Ursula le Guin ...something like, “there is no trust in these men, for in them there is no truth” At the time, I didn't have the capability of playing it the way I heard it (and obviously still haven't!) and it wasn't until 2013 that I recorded this clunky demo, before going into the studio to record a few songs with Dub, for an EP. We did this over several sessions of studio “down-time” at Courtyard Studio in Stockport. When the owner/engineer, Tim Woodward, disappeared with Dub's money AND THE MASTER TAPE!, still owing us a couple of sessions, we were left with sweet FA from recording 5 great songs ...and nobody's seen or heard of him since So, if anybody should encounter someone called Tim Woodward, offering his services as a sound engineer etc, make sure you get your songs BEFORE you part with your money ...please ask him what happened to our tape (months of hard work went into the sounds recorded on there) and give him this message, “If your breakdown was caused by shock at having lost or damaged the master tape, or recorded over all our stuff, then at least have the decency to tell us! Then you can pay Dub back what you owe him - by instalment, if the full amount is too much. If the tape still exists, can we have it, please” All we have left from the sessions are a few video clips we shot ourselves, which I've used to provide some colour for this demo (talking of which, thanks Dub, for getting exactly the right camera angle to turn me into the incredible, morphing spob-head!) ...I hope this patchwork of demo and studio clips will give you some idea of how the song could be, despite the poor cross-fades and random sound fluctuations ...la-la-la! Demo: all instruments - Pat Clarke Studio: guitars – Dub Blune drums – Paul Burgess bass – Paul Renoufre The song is a riddle – and the answer ends up in plain sight – any guesses? :-))
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THE STOCKPORT STOMP Robinson/Clarke © 2013 Big Nige came up with this exhilarating guitar part and asked me to write some wordage for it - “None of that cliché, 'Route 66' crap”, he said, “I want it to be something closer to home ...more relevant to US ...like, err... 'Stockport Stomp', y'know - something more LOCAL” ...well, that was the title right there, and it wasn't very difficult to get in the groove when I heard these irresistible riffs and runs. It's been a favourite at 'open mic' nights and folk clubs for the last 2 years, but it was only last week that we finally put it down, so we could share it with you, here Nige 'Big Red' Robinson - Fender Telecaster (through Vox AC30) Pat 'Whispering' Clarke - vocals and harmonica (through AT3035) The shots in the slide-show were taken at the old Baker's Vaults in Stockport (thanks to Gethin Evans), with Nige playing a borrowed acoustic (thanks Dave Dunne), not the Telecaster that you hear in the recording You can see a version with captions on Nige's site: http:///fandalism.com/donsvanfleet Here's the wordage for the 'naked' version on the the count of three big red and me we're gonna break loose, we're really gonna rip it up yeah, been workin all week we need some juice we call it the Stockport stomp tell the man, take a runnin jump when everybody feels alright a little rockin on a saturday night and I said, mine's a red wine, red drinks beer we'd be much obliged if you set 'em up here and I said, well, I could watch you all night (sweet thing) yes I could doin that stockport stomp sweet swamp music Stockport stomp get down and do it with me ~ BREAK ~ I like to see you shake your thing stomp your feet, well I love this feeling right here, right now it's all about the groove wine, whiskey, gin and beer drink up and start to move and I said, mine's a red wine red drinks beer we'd be much obliged if you set em up here and I said, well, I could watch you all night (doing your sweet thing) yes I could doing that Stockport stomp that sweet swamp music that stockport stomp get down, do it with me :-))
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Soul Of A Lonesome Cowboy This is probably a departure from what you have come to expect from me (wait 'til you hear the one AFTER this ...haha!) I love this song, but never felt comfortable with my quasi-Cash vocal, and it's hard to take it seriously, singing such an overtly American country song in an English accent, so it never made it beyond this first 'draft', which was recorded around 1994 Having got to know a few of you over the past 2 years, I realise these “lonesome cowboy” feelings are shared by more than one or two Fandals, so I hope you can forgive the joke vocals and enjoy the song, even if you're not a fan of country music Since this was recorded I've written a verse to drop in before the last refrain... there have been women one or two have even loved me but they never seem to feel quite like I do and when one of us moves on and it's me, mostly I always end up, feeling blue :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Hello Fandals, I want to introduce you to a mate of mine who has just joined Fandalism... ...BIG NIGE!... You may have seen Nige, aka 'Big Red', in a few of my posts but this is to let you know he has recently put up his first choon – he goes under the Fanda-monicker of 'Don's Van Fleet' (which is also the name of our proposed Captain Beefheart tribute band) and you can check out his first post here... http://fandalism.com/donsvanfleet/dsru (this promo is presented by Nick Jackoffson, a mate of Nige's whose American accent wanders around somewhat -sorry) :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Unbelievably Blue To continue my recent theme of unrequited love, this is the last of 7 songs (my friend Marc Roberge called it a “septology”) which were sparked by a relationship that never really took off – these 'one that got away' relationships seem to aquire an intensity that inspire poems, songs, books and movies by the truck-load, and I hope you enjoy this contribution to the genre. If you wonder why I'm wearing the wig and 'Shrek' 3-D specs – it just felt right at the time and I felt the song needed some psychedelic lightening up! :-) This was made a couple of years ago, but I was hoping to change the vocal, which really annoys me in places, and get the video more synchronised but, with so many more immediate projects still unfinished, I realised it probably wouldn't get done, so here it is for your judgement! (This is the censored version of the visuals, as I have no wish to offend our more delicate Fanda-members but, if you REALLY want to look closely, you can see the direction the video was going ...after all, in the verse in question, I was singing about “unbelievably” blue pictures, so it was nothing gratuitous!) Thankfully I didn't feel unbelievably blue for long, and Nicci and I are now good friends :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
The Kit Kat Girl Another true story of unrequited love, this time between a 'butty-man' (me) and one of his customers. Like many men, the fear of rejection often holds me back from acting on any romantic impulses and, by the time I had plucked up the courage to say something to this girl besides, “50 pence, please”, it was too late ...but then I'm telling you the plot! For those of you who don't know, a 'KitKat' is a chocolate bar. I sent the song to the manufacturer, with a full story-board of illustrations, suggesting it would make a great series of adverts - like the Nescafe couple on British TV - it split very nicely into 30 second soundbites (the common length of TV ads at the time) and I hoped it would kick start a career as a writer ...like sending off any demo, without a reply there's no way of telling whether it even got through to anyone Recorded in the late 90s, this is one of the last OVERTONES songs that still retains a bit of that Feargal Sharkey influence in the vocal and the very last to use the Alesis SR16 drum machine (shame I didn't mix it loud enough). I wanted to see if I could make a pop song rock with just one guitar part, and I think I ended up duplicating it and splitting it L and R, making it a bit overpowering ...I wish I could remember how I got that bass sound! Anyway, I hope you enjoy it :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
In Our Short Time THE STORY A 30-something Mancunian rock band get invited on a short tour of Norway, all expenses paid plus gig money ...wa-hey! The country is beautiful, they are treated like stars and, after a few warm up gigs in 'Rock Clubs' on the way, including a cracker at Zelgen, they end up on the west coast island of Bremanger to play at their “Rock Weekend” The people are lovely and friendly and, when they are introduced to the local club, there is one of the waitresses who really stands out ...for fear of falling in love (easy to do – beautiful girl, away from home in a country they already were in love with) the harmonica player decides it would be safest not to talk to her (nearly 20 years his junior and way out of his class!). A couple of great gigs later, lots of beer and a jolly time all round with some great new friends, he's safe on the coach/ferry home, via Stavanger ...and who should be on the exactly the same trip? - the beautiful, blonde teenager ...and who should she sit next to? - the vulnerable harp player (me – surprise, surprise!) ...well, she turned out to be just as lovely a person as I feared, and I arrived back in Manchester absolutely smitten Although I'd tried to forget her, I was overjoyed when we were invited back the next year and she was so pleased to see us – well, ME in particular! We had a great laugh over the next week, although the closest I got to “first base” was one of the nights I dropped her off at home and tried to tell her how I felt as we sat together, talking in the band van ...despite her pointing out the age difference as a reason that nothing could work between us, we were getting close to each other when her mum came storming out of the house (3.00 in the morning!) to call her in! Same old story – man falls in love with the unobtainable woman THE SONG I'm happy with the song, even though this lo-fi demo is poorly mixed (it's on a 4-track after all - with metronome, guitar case and bongos for drums, and an un-plugged electric for acoustic guitar :-) ...still, I think it's got all the spirit you could hope for This is dedicated to HILDE, as we have recently been having a laugh about my time in Norway and it made me remember my love song to Magnhild :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Got My Mojo Working YesSir's cover of this classic Muddy Waters version of a 1956 song written by Preston Foster and first recorded by Ann Cole It's a bit cramped and breathless, but I think you get some idea of being there, even from this limited view! Speaking from a personal point of view, musicianship sometimes gets sacrificed in the name of 'crazy dancing foolery', so make allowances for the harpman's age! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Corinna Corinna Big Red and Whispering, alias Nige Robinson and me, play a cover of this much performed classic at the world-famous Chorlton Folk Club This song has such a complicated history that I can't tell you for a fact where it came from - you can decide for yourself by checking it out on Wikipedia ...there are suggestions of it being around, in some form or other, since at least 1918, though I'm only familiar with Bob Dylan's and Taj Mahal's versions from the 60s This is Nige's version - hope you enjoy it :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Forever Gone This is an unfinished mix, without video, of a song recorded early last year For ...various reasons I have been unable to finish it - one being that I intended to use old cine-film footage from when I was growing up in British North Borneo (now Sabah) but I still haven't managed to convert it into digital format ...so here it is, warts and all, without visuals Hope you enjoy a sad song! acoustic guitar and violin - Dan Bridgewood-Hill backing vocal - Virginia Harvey :-))
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Pat Clarke - Songwriter/harmonica/rhythm guitar and drum programming
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Never A Dull Moment is a song inspired by a relationship I had a couple of years ago - everything is true except for the dialogue with her old flame (I couldn't get THAT close, even if I'd been insecure enough to WANT to!) BIG thanks to the musicians who MADE this one into what it is... Lead guitars - DUB BLUNE Bass guitar - SCOTT POWERS Dub's lead work lifts this out of the ordinary, and Scotty does a tremendous job of sitting right there in the pocket and making it rock Turn up and enjoy! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica/rhythm guitar & drum programming
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Don't Mean Nuthin' is a song I wrote in the time-honoured tradition of African Americans, from bluesmen to rappers, who write their own signature song, quite often 'bigging up' their sexual prowess - so, when I sing that “all the women come a-runnin' when I play each night”, you can hopefully forgive the downright lie A few years ago I performed a version of this song, with Hard-Luck Hayes playing guitar, supporting a touring American bluesman, and he put it down with the observation that when the English “try” to do blues it always comes out as skiffle. So let's hear it for my first influence as a harmonica player - that great American skiffle hero, Sonny Terry! On this recording, I am accompanied by the lovely Virginia Harvey ...again, we were woefully under-rehearsed, but I hope you can hear what we were going for! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Beautiful City No.2 in the “Live at Sam's Chophouse” series, is a duet I did with the lovely Virginia Harvey We sing Sonny Terry's version of a traditional gospel number, 'Beautiful City' ...after a bit more practice this has become a great number :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Jacobs' Jam I recently found some videos that I'd previously rejected for their poor quality ...among them were a series from a regular Sunday session with some talented youngsters, in a bar called Sam's Chophouse - they brought back some happy memories, which I thought might be worth sharing This first one, with Dan on guitar, is dark, squashed and totally under-rehearsed (we have since honed it into a tight boogie – he plays a mean piano, as well as being a classically trained violinist!) with me bunging in a random mixture of Little-Walter-isms ...but it's got that 'flying by the seat of yer pants' edge to it I promise better quality in future :-) Dan Bridgewood Hill (alias 'Professor Longlegs'): guitar Pat Clarke (alias 'Whispering Fatmouth'): gob-iron :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Hello Fandals, this is the link to Jim Jenkin's post... http://fandalism.com/videojim/dkEW#_=_ ...please give it a listen and let the chaps know what you think, and you will no doubt find more information about the song and the collaborators by checking out their own pages here... Andy Gay – http://fandalism.com/pixelpusher50 Al Desoto – http://fandalism.com/albeoneJay Lemay – http://fandalism.com/jay66:-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Yes Sir perform Frankie Ford's Sea Cruise at The Grapes, in Lees, England :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
The Ballad Of The Good Old Light Bulb (by Mickey Vangelder) Mickey first performed this original ... read morelittle ditty at the Chorlton Folk Club on that memorable evening when Kent Taylor made his unique live appearance, earlier this year ...sadly no cameras captured that performance, so here, by special request, is a live recording of Mickey performing the song at the Control Centre, England forty watts was all that he'd got but he'd shine like the sun at midday through the darkest of night he gave us his light now so cruelly taken away the good old bulb lies blackened and cold raise a glass to the dear old light bulb good old bulb Bulbington Bulb raise a glass to the dear old light bulb for three dozen score days he showed us the way with nary a flicker or hum now death, as he must, to each one of us to the dear old light bulb has come the good old bulb lying blackened and cold raise a glass to the dear old light bulb good old bulb, Bulbington Bulb raise a glass to the dear old light bulb now some say that they could, if only they would make a light bulb that lasted right through but, if that were the case and they were never replaced then what would the joke-tellers do? the good old bulb lying blackened and cold raise a glass to the dear old light bulb that dear old bulb Bulbous McBulb raise a glass to the dear old light bulb :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Hi everybody John Wegner's latest release is an amusing blues song about living in a houseful of women. I was only too happy to put some harp on this for him, and you can judge for yourselves how it turned by following this link... http://fandalism.com/allomerus/dh7a#_=_ I hope you feel like checking out our collaboration ...enjoy! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Richard head
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Look To The East Hi Fandals This is dedicated to Andreas, our own Waits Fan, who's brilliant short piece at the weekend reminded me, with it's heavy eastern influence, that I had this recording somewhere Just for a change, it's an instrumental composed by a friend of mine. We began playing together in the late 70s, but made very few recordings, so this is a rare opportunity to hear the erratic genius of David Hayes playing his individual style of guitar Sorry to have to use footage from another song – shame you can't see his fingers busy with this one! ...still, I hope you enjoy! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Percussion
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Completely Similar Howdo, Fandals ...I make no apologies for asking Richard Head to bang on about voting for BREAK COVER in this competition – having been twice invited to gig with them, I feel like an honorary member of the band, so it would mean a lot to me if they were to win this year Simon explains in his own posts how you can vote, and THIS one... http://fandalism.com/salisburysimon/dfZq ... has the extra bonus of featuring a live Break Cover version of my favourite Billy Idol song, White Wedding. So, if you haven't already voted, we'd appreciate your efforts – and if you have, well, check out this post anyway ...it's a rocking good performance! :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Shake It Hello Fandals, Here's a demo of a song I wrote with Nige 'Big Red' Robinson (we go out under the name 'Big Red & Whispering' – in honour of Whispering Smith) Nige came up with the title and a bunch of guitar riffs which I put together with some words and made into this song. Having no video of us performing this one, I've illustrated it with footage from an old recording, so don't expect any lip-syncing! :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Break Cover Promo Hello again, Fanda-friends ...well it's SLIGHTLY different in that I'm blowing somebody ELSE's trumpet instead of me own with this promo :-) A lot of you are already supporting Break Cover's cause but I thought I'd help point a few strays in the direction of Simon's page, so you can check out the band and decide for yourselves that it's worth supporting a fellow Fandal – follow this link... http://fandalism.com/salisburysimon/dfsu ...and you'll hear Simon explaining the situation in full, as well as a lot of good music! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Richard head and friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Mesmerised demo Hi Fandals, here's a ruff demo of me latest song, which I recorded to lift me out of a bout of lurgy – hence my voice is a bit dodgy. It was really just to check that all the bits in me head actually went together ok and, although some parts needed rearranging and I've re-written some words since then, I was quite pleased with the result. As it's been a while since I posted an original song, here's some evidence that I am still working on nu stuff :-))
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Pat Clarke - Songwriter/and everything
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Manchester, United Kingdom
This is Yes Sir's version of the Robert Higginbotham (alias Tommy Tucker) classic, 'High Heel Sneakers', performed at the old Baker's Vaults, in Stockport, England 2013. There is a shot of the new Baker's Vaults at the end of the footage ...no stage, no atmosphere, no more nights like this one :-( Some of you who were visitors to this page in my early Fanda-days (over two years ago!) may remember this as the post that disappeared because the copyright owner had it removed from YouTube. Now, thanks to it being accompanied by a copy of the Fair Use Statement, Delbert (or something similar) Higginbotham can whinge all he likes, and YT will hopefully tell him where to get off! I have this message for Delbert: If your uncle (or whatever relation he was) 'Tommy Tucker' was alive today, he would probably be delighted that his song is still knocking 'em out in Europe, and offer to whup yo'ass for being such a tight-arsed miserable s.o.b. that you had this video removed from YT last time I uploaded it ...it's fun, it's a great song and people enjoy it ...no one is getting any of your precious royalties from this video, so stop sucking that wasp and learn to chill a little - you might find you actually enjoy listening to your “property” being performed with enthusiasm, instead of worrying about who's making a penny or two, or not :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Troubles Troubles is another song written by Clarence Henry (the 'Frogman'), this time performed by ... Yes Sir at the old Baker's Vaults pub, now a poncey (allegedly) wine bar. The final video that I post from this gig will also feature a picture of how it is now Deano - vocals Fatmouth - harmonica Johnny - bass Rich - drums Paul - guitar Atty - sax Clint - trumpet Cat - sax2 Apologies for camera-men who like to miss beginning and end of songs! Hope you enjoy this slice of history :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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I've Been Abused I've Been Abused was written by Chester Burnett, aka Howling Wolf. I don't think there has ever been a singer with as much 'presence' as this blues man. He was huge in every way – physically, personality-wise, vocally and in his talent – and I think Deano does a great job in carrying off this version with a touch of 'The Wolf's panache This was recorded in 2013 and features on a compilation album, 'This One's for You' in aid of a local charity for the homeless, called The Wellspring, alongside such local legends as Norman Beaker, Pete Maclaine (who started the 60's pop group The Dakotas) and Buzz Hawkins (The Bradshaws) The video footage bears no relation to the song you're listening to, apart from the fact that these are the guys who played on the recording! ...it was shot at a recent gig at the Arden Arms in Stockport and at least it gives an idea of the band in action I hope you enjoy this one :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Yes Sir This is Yes Sir's cover of Elvin Bishop's song, Yes Sir, from which they obviously took their name. Recorded at Revolution Studio in Manchester in 1984, this was released as a double 'A' side, vinyl single, with Tom Waits' Heart Attack & Vine on the reverse Elvin's original is played with more swing than rock, with The Tower Of Power Horns to drive it and The Pointer Sisters on backing vocals. Yes Sir's cover was the producer's idea of making a "hit" version, rearranged and played at a furious pace, with the title repeated ad nauseam In the fortnight before he was taken terminally ill, Alexis Korner kicked off his Sunday afternoon Radio1 show by playing this side of the single, two weeks running ...he died before we could make a live appearance on his show ...thanks Alexis, with you behind us we really thought we were on our way! I can still remember the buzz I got from seeing our record, displayed right next to David Bowie's Let's Dance, in the window of HMV, on Market Street in Manchester – the same week I met the mother of me daughter ...happy days! :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
'Pink is Best' started life as an illustration for a children's book. When the painting went wrong I coloured the frog pink and turned it into a parable for my daughter, who was then in early junior-school At the time I was worried in case she suffered bullying for being different (as I had) and this was meant to help bolster up her confidence in herself as an individual – I needn't have worried, as she was just fine with herself and had no problems in that way! I have to thank Jenni Chong and her Patsy Cline tribute for the inspiration to put this rhyme to music – those country piano sounds were in my head as I was sorting through some old art work and, when I saw this print, I just started singing it ...music, it's a funny old game This is a 'demo' version to go with some pretty poor quality images of the painting – photos taken on my crappy mobile. I have not bothered to perfect the harmonies, and there has been a change to the chords, so I will post a 'proper' one when I have quality images to go with it :-))
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Pat Clarke - Songwriter/voices
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Manchester, United Kingdom
UNDER THE TABLE with Kent Taylor Today Kent Taylor returns to California after his 2 week visit to Europe (welcome home, Kent!) While he was in Manchester I had the privilege of spending some time with him which included some jamming and a short, informal gig at Chorlton Folk Club. Keep your eye on Kent's page for footage of that – his video equipment will allow for a much better presentation than I could manage What I can show you is the interview I persuaded him to submit to – with Richard Head Mr Head has a lot to learn about interview technique and I apologise to Kent, on Richard's behalf, for not allowing Kent to speak fully on the subjects he was asked about ...maybe less coffee would be a good thing?... anyway, I hope a little bit of Kent's enjoyment of his visit comes through :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Another number from a Yes Sir gig at the now defunct music venue, The Baker's Vaults, in Stockport, early 2013 "Hoochie Coochie Man" is a blues standard written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954. The song became hit upon its release, reaching number three on Billboard magazine's Rhythm & Blues Records chart No one is claiming any rights to this song or making any profit from it's presence on the web WE hope you enjoy it :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Heart Attack & Vine is dedicated to our own 'Waits Fan' ...Andreas, I promised I'd upload this , so here it is Released in !984 this was one side of a double'A'-side vinyl 45, recorded at Revolution by Manchester blues band, Yes Sir ...the other side will be posted next week Nobody could do it like Waits, but I still love this arrangement :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Yes Sir live at the Baker's Vault, Stockport, 2013, performing Clarence Henry's song, I Ain't Got No home left-handed upside-down guitar – PAUL harmonica, girly vocal – PAT bass guitar – JOHNNY lead vocal – DEAN drums – RICH trumpet – IAN sax 1 – ATTY sax 2 – CAT I always thought that this was a useless bit of video, but it's only the very beginning of the song that's missing. I decided to post this to mark the passing of a historic music venue. The Baker's, having been closed for 6 months, has now reopened as a wine bar, without a stage for live music! So this is now rare footage of what used to be a great local venue - sadly, that's the way it seems to be going in England these days You'll find out why Clarence's nickname was 'Frogman' if you check out the last verses of his original version here... https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=i+ain%27t+got+no+home+frogman I hope you enjoy this silly song :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
I Love You Baby (Sony Terry) Performed live at Chorlton Folk Club, Manchester, England - totally unrehearsed, I forgot how the harp riff went but managed to bluff my way through it, despite a fit of the giggles 2/3 of the way in! Chorlton Folk Club is a great venue where I hope to take all visiting Fandals - you get to feel Fanda-like love from a live audience, which is a real buzz! Thanks to Bertweil (aka Boz) who has captured a lot of cool performances from this venue - find more at: https://www.youtube.com/user/bertweill Blues on! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Shake Shake Mama - Dub Blune & Pat Clarke Dub retired from playing live soon after this performance ...I'd forgotten what volume he could get out of his Gibson parlour guitar! This was on a special night to celebrate Dylan's 70th birthday :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Stig's Shuffle Hi Fandals following on from Stig's invitation to join him on his version of Stop Breaking Down, we have ended up collaborating on a few more. Today we decided on a double-header ...he posts one of a pair of short instrumental blooz choonz, and I post the other, linking to each other as we do so ...you've found this one, so here's the link to the one on Stig's page: http://fandalism.com/stigg/c6wJ I hope you enjoy these short blooz spazms! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
High Place is my sixth post from a “septology” of songs that came from a relationship which never really got off the ground This one was recorded and mixed just after the turn of the century, but was only mastered recently – I needed to bring down the volume of a clave that was just loud enough to annoy me, so that it became ALL that I could hear! ...I had tried all kinds of EQ without success because, apart from that clave, I think I got lucky and did my best job ever of mixing on this one, out of all my songs – hope you agree For those who are interested in knowing the whole story, the first five songs were posted on this page in the following order (brackets describing the visual, below): MY BIG MISTAKE (picture of her, tinted blue) IT'S NOT ENOUGH (yellow and red abstract) WALK WITH ME (man apparently walking on water) FALLING (blue tinted forest) SHED (guy looking thru blinds + magnifying glass) I Hope you like this one, despite the sad story! ...all comments most welcome :-))
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Pat Clarke - Songwriter/and everything
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Hello to all my Fanda friends - as it says on the tin, this post is a ROUGH demo (very clunky guitar playing!) The song wrote itself, out of the depression I have been in recently and, when it was finished, my life started up again. The weird thing is, all the reasons for the depression are still there (my life is still all about “writing words for no-one and music nobody buys”), but now that I'm climbing out of the pit of gloom, I just don't feel so down about it! :-) ...thank goodness for the nature of 'the human spirit', eh! Now I am looking forward to getting on with the back-log of collaborations, and new stuff, that my inactivity has allowed to build up ...apologies to everyone who has been waiting (patiently?) for me, and thanks to all of you Fandals for being one of the rocks that anchored me! I have dedicated it to Nick Drake because it was after watching a documentary about his short life that I finally found the glue that held the words and guitar part together – the pieces had been knocking around for months – the “glue” was just imagining Nick Drake performing it I hope you can imagine that, too, and hear it as if he was playing it :-))
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Pat Clarke - Songwriter/guitar
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Not Fade Away was written by Buddy Holly, but credited under his off-stage name of Hardin, with co-credit being given to producer Norman Petty. Because I have written significant changes into this version (and because I like the way it looks!) I have credited it to Hardin/Petty/Clarke This version was recorded to enter a competition of Paul McCartney's - “Record your own version of a Buddy Holly song” around 1995 – my entry was returned because they did not accept registered-post packages and, by the time I sorted it out, the entry date for the competition had passed ...sigh! ...still, I had such a ball recording it that I wrote a tribute song to Buddy – but that's for another post Drums – Alessis SR-16 Guitars – Lincoln Bass – Lincoln (thru a Boss octave divider) Harmonica – Hohner Marine Band Voices – me Recorder – Fostex DMT8 The list of bands that have performed this song must be almost endless, but I have tried to make a comprehensive representation, in the slide-show, of all the bands that have officially recorded a version. I think you may be surprised by some of the names you see. In the case of The Why Four and The Pupils I have used the only images I could find connected with them – apologies that neither image is of the band, nor of the record featuring this song I haven't listened to every version, but the ones that stand out for me are the Rolling Stones' (the definitive version, for me, which is why they feature so heavily in the video), and a brilliant rocking version by Tanya Tucker. Eric Hyne did an interesting electro-pop version of it and you got to love the good old Grateful Dead ...there are quite a few of them featured on Youtube and it seems it's hard to do a bad version - I think that's the sign of a great song. Having said that, I was very disappointed in Bo Diddley's version – having introduced the western world to the “Bo Diddley Beat”, his version appears to be the only one that doesn't feature it! I remember seeing Fumble perform a great version of this at the Reading Festival in 1973, coming on just before Alex Harvey, if my memory serves correctly - same day as Status Quo (with their first ever performance of 'Caroline') and The Faces - sun belting down, Southern Comfort flowing and big fat ones in abundance ...what a day that was! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica/all instruments and drum programming
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Manchester, United Kingdom
WAS IT THE TRUTH? was written in '93, recorded in '94 and video-fied over the last couple of days ...I've put some images together that mostly fit with how it grabs me nowadays, though back then (especially without the internet) there would no doubt have been a totally different set of images ...I have tried to avoid really harrowing images, and even put in some totally puerile ones to lighten the vibe – it's just a song, after all, meant for entertainment ...it can mean what you want it to mean :-) “People never want to be told anything they do not believe already” - James Branch Cabell The poor sound balance and poor mixing is down to inexperience – it was an experiment in drum programming, multi-track guitars and multi-speed vocals (attempting to achieve different sounding voices for the 'backing vocalists' ...me) recorded on my Fostex 8-track The destructive mixing you have to do to get, say, 16 different recordings on to 8 tracks involves 'bouncing' separate instruments together on to the same track to leave room for the next voice, or whatever ...and this leaves you unable to tweak individual instruments' volume, position or effects and, in inexperienced hands like mine at the time, results in the strange mix you will hear on this song! To re-record this properly would be a massive project ...but I feel captured the spirit I was after, so WTF! ...I hope you enjoy it :-))
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Pat Clarke - Songwriter/and all instruments
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Hello Fandals! Here's a silly Sunday song for you My friend Peter J Daniel wrote the chorus and I liked it so much I had to write a song around it. One day I'll dig out the master and put some didgeridoo on it, plus kookaburra and cicada samples for the relevant parts ...meantime, I hope you can use your imaginations! I decided to post this after talking with Brian Peacock ...I thought he, and other down-under Fandals, might enjoy taking the piss out of my pom attempts at an Aussie acccent – probably the equivalent of Dick Van Dyke's 'cockney' accent in Mary Poppins, lol! I hope the rest of you enjoy it too :-))
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Pat Clarke - Singer and songwriter/harmonica/wobble board and percussion
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Monkey See, Monkey Do was written in 1981, under the title 'Some People' - the first blues I wrote for Yes Sir, and the first of many not to be taken up by the band! This was the whole reason I bought myself a multi-track cassette recorder and learned to play guitar (in my own, limited fashion!) - so I could give the band a demo of a song, because singing how it went to them just made them laugh - but it made no difference, and the only song of mine that we do these days is 'a capella' with harmonica and percussion It wasn't until the early 2000s that I finally recorded this version, which the band is still not interested in playing! :-)) Copyright Pat Clarke 1981 All rights reserved www.yessiruk.com
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The Changing song was written for my teenage daughter – the original intention was to storyboard the wordage with photos of her changing from a baby into a young woman, but maybe that's a bit cheesy, and a bit invasive for her (she has quite a high profile job) I have plans for adding some slide to make the middle section a tad edgier, and maybe some more harp towards the end, but I'm intrestid to hear what you guys think of the outline so far ...hope you like it :-)) Copyright Pat Clarke 2008 All rights reserved etc
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A post to wish you all a "happy Sunday!" This is the kind of performance only suitable for sharing with my friends here on Fandalism - ragged, mistake-ridden but FUN! I thought I was ready for performing this live, but obviously not! ...ha!ha!
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Pat Clarke - Guitars and drum programming
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Manchester, United Kingdom
I had a dream that I was singing a song with Syd Barrett, and when I woke up, it stayed in my head ...this is it The title came from an old girlfriend who, when depressed, used to say, "me shed's collapsed!" This is the fifth post in 'septology' about a relationship that never got beyond the third kiss :-))
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'Falling' is another original blues that has never been done to my satisfaction, though I am very happy with the harp on this demo! For that reason alone, I thought it worth posting, for all you harp-loving Fandals out there! I hope you enjoy it... :-))
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Pat Clarke - Songwriter/harmonica/guitars and drum programming
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Manchester, United Kingdom
WOODgreenSTOCK 2004 Like many Fandals, my friend David Hayes is a talented musician whose day job has sadly forced him to neglect that talent (Luckily for him, that day job allows him to indulge his other great talent, which is sculpting). Before leaving England to work in America, Dave gave his studio in Woodgreen over to local musicians for a day and a night each year, and immersed himself in his love of live music... ...he called it WOODGREENSTOCK, and this video features just a few highlights from the second festival. Unfortunately the film-maker, Steve Jolley, was co-organiser and was also involved in a few of the acts, so he had limited time behind the camera and captured very few complete songs. Notably under-represented is Dave 'Hard-Luck' Hayes himself, who only makes a brief appearance with 'Whispering' me at the end of this video, with the tail-end of Snooky Prior's 'I wanna Go fishing' You can't miss Dave's white stallion sculpture, which dominates the stage area, or the head of George Formby being used as a prop by Den, but look carefully and you may notice other examples of his work Apologies to everyone featured in these clips, for not asking permission to put this footage on the internet ...I couldn't trace you all anyway, and I'm assuming you won't mind (let me know if it's otherwise!) I hope you enjoy this bit of North London folk-history! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
I know how much my Fanda-friends enjoy the blues so here's a rough demo of my take on a song by American blues-harp legend, Snooky Prior. Even though this arrangement has been written for over 30 years, I haven't succeeded in getting a version I'm happy with! Maybe someone out there in Fandaland can help out? or maybe I should try it in a different key, so I can sing it properly! :-) If it was ever to make a commercial success, I'd have to share the royalties with whoever holds the copyright to Snooky's song, as I have lifted the line "Keep your fatmouth outta my business, honey, leave my business alone" wholesale. I wouldn't make Led Zeppelin's mistake of claiming this as a totally original composition! ...but here on Fanda, it's all mine! :-) The riff, melody, arrangement and harp middle-8 in this demo are totally original but, to be honest, after verse 1, which I think is faithful to Snooky's original, I can't remember what lines of his I've kept in the verses and which are mine Whatever, I hope you enjoy it ...and, if you do, try to check out some of Snooky's original stuff online You can also hear the band I play with, Yes Sir, doing 'That's My Waggon', which is a cracking meddley of two of Snooky's best songs - 'I Wanna Go Fishin' and 'Don't You Sell My Monkey' - if you just have a wander around the website at yessiruk.com :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica/and everything
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Finally this song is finished! Last year I posted an earlier mix, asking if there was anyone out there in Fandaland who fancied putting on a guitar solo - there was a place designed for one - and Tedd answered the call In fact he did much more than that, and came up with groups of lap-steel backing parts that are beautiful on their own - George Harrison would've bin proud of his solo on this, and the stuff around it - so much so, that I have taken one group of Tedd's sounds out from behind the rest of the instruments (where it got drowned out), and tagged it on the end, as a sort of coda ...it seemed a shame not to hear all the subtleties of the parts he combined so well Despite having bonded with the whole of this song in the years since the initial recording, I now can't listen to the early mixes without missing Tedd's contribution. As other collaborating Fandals have already commented (notably the illustrious Kent Taylor), Tedd has the knack of getting inside a choon and coming up with exactly what's needed ...and the sounds he can produce from that lap-steel are unbelievable My point is made ...Tedd, you are a Fanda-god and I can't thank you enough for your work on this, and forthcoming songs... Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Everything
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Manchester, United Kingdom
So Good For Me is a song I recorded over ten years ago with an acoustic trio called The Avalon Boys (after a band of the same name that featured in Laurel & Hardy films) My internet/video computer is out of commission, but I found and old version of MovieMaker which I can use in conjunction with existing images and footage, to at least post SOMETHING I hope to do a proper version of this sometime - it was written to be a sort of Frank Sinatra/Duke Ellington swing choon! Imagine it done that way and, hopefully, it'll blow yer socks off!!! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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Manchester, United Kingdom
A LONG TIME by PAPA ANGELO & PAT CLARKE on HARP I know that you've probably all seen and heard this already over on Papa Angelo's page (and, if not, why not!!!??), but he's kindly sent me a copy to upload here, and keep my posts going! I've been so busy working on many songs, but nothing finished yet, so apologies to those who've been asking, "when's your next one?" Please have patience - I'm a slow worker! :-))
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Walk with me was recorded in 2000, after having a demo trashed by a reviewer for being “out of touch” with anything that had happened in the music biz for the the last ten years... ...so I changed this from an acoustic love song, with a latin feel, into a dance track (with the double reason that the girl it was written for was into all-night raves, so I thought she'd appreciate a dance!!!), and I used all the latest synth samples I could get from the “computer music” mags. Of course, with them being FREE samples, they were also OLD samples, so this song got trashed for being soaked in dated, '80s synth sounds!!! LOL! I still like it though, despite the fact that she dumped me before we'd got further than a kiss & cuddle!!! :-( When I was recording the vocals I was interrupted by a phone call from the girl it was written for, so I used the recording of the phone ringing – don't be fooled, it's NOT your phone! The bass is played by Dayne Cranenburg (hope I got that right, Dayne!) who is an absolute monster of a player ...just knocked this off as a test for my software he had just fixed! Hope you like it! :-))
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Pat Clarke - Acoustic guitar
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Stone Fox Chase Medley I've been persuaded that poor quality and missing the beginning and end doesn't matter, so here's an excerpt from an informal gig a few years ago Hope you enjoy it! ;-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica
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No.1 SongThis song means a lot to me in so many ways, so forgive me if I rabbit on about it........In the 1980s, when I began writing seriously, I would get so excited with the completion of each new song that I'd tell my mate it was a potential number one. After a while, his gently mocking nick-name for me was 'No.1 Song'Not having a real band to play my pop songs, I invented a cartoon group, Johnny Snidd & The Hot Blobs. They produced two compilations of songs, Johnny Snidd Flips his Lid and Dumb Entertainment, most of which are still waiting to be properly recorded. After Johnny's tragic accident (see the slide-show), the band reformed as the Overtones (I genuinely wanted to get an Undertones covers band together at the time!) and their first recording was this tribute to their former front man, air-guitarist extraordinaire, Johnny Snidd (my alter-ego)Back in the real world, this was the first finished song to come out of my new hard-disc 8-track recorder, using programmed drums (instead of bongos or guitar body-bang) and electric guitars (and I think I borrowed an actual bass guitar) – the backing vocals were done in a single 24 hour sleepless session. I just have to bring your attention to the first Undertones photo in the slide-show ...anybody notice how much bigger one of them is than the rest? The band was formed in 1975, by teenaged brothers John and Damien O'Neil, in Derry, Northern Ireland, and, in the absence of a singer, they were joined by their local scoutmaster, Feargal Sharkey! I don't know if John Peel ever listened to my demo of this song, but I sent him two cassette copies c/o Radio 1It's lo-fi, hi-tempo, dumb entertainment for dancing round your kitchen – turn up loud and enjoy (and, if you're familiar with the Undertones, imagine it's them playing – I do, and it sounds way better! - if you're not familiar with them, make it so!!!):-))
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Pat Clarke - Harmonica/and everything
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Manchester, United Kingdom
I have a studio version of this in the pipeline, played by a proper guitarist, with upright bass, vocal harmonies and some great violin sounds ...and there is a video ready for it, shot just a stone's throw from my flat, beneath the tall trees, round fields of green :-))
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Pat Clarke - Songwriter/guitar
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Manchester, United Kingdom
For the only girl in my life - my daughter. This was written long ago, and I think this is the first time I've managed to get all the way through without choking on the words (thinking about that little 6 year old girl's seriously puzzled expression when she asked that question - we had just watched the news, all about death and disaster around the world) It's a pretty ropey version, but at least I finally got through a performance without breaking down (guitar-wise OR me-wise) she knows when she's grown up so many things can change she'd be happy to stay 6 years old she likes her life this way she like to talk of who she loves a love that carries no chains she includes her mum's new boyfriend dad's new girlfriend, too she tells me she talks with God he never uses words with her just comes along in a feeling and she knows everything's alright she puts on the 'hat of truth' says ask me anything you want her face just shines with innocence as she tells me everything look at the world through the eyes of Holly Grainger look at the world through the eyes of a child she says she believes in ghosts I know her spirit is so strong it must survive, she says, anyway they move things around her room she tells me you don't believe on anything well, she could be right but I think she's wrong, cause when she puts her arms around me she knows I believe in love she tells me she knows her God but did he really make the world? and, if he did there's just one question that bothers her some times could I tell her the reason why? "why? Why? WHY did he do it?!" and if he's got an answer for her I wish he'd let her know if he's out there listening I wish he'd let her know if he's got an answer I wish he'd let us know
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