Orphan Child

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Orphan Child

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URL
https://soundcloud.com/ustaknow/orphan-child-50902017/s-kp8kg

Well, again, -- this is an old old one.

It was drafted after a particularly nasty engagement at a "church". All the "damage" ever done to me has been within a "church" and contrary to popular skew, not a Catholic one... anyway..., as the song goes some genius "scholar", the places are full of them, engaged me in a number of question about Christ, and Souls and what I thought... --truly the business of God, and foolish to argue over. However, I had been places where it was "fun" to suppose... --not this place.

So, the song tells the story, ... "not a christian"... well, if like them, -- correct! Smile

I wanted to formalize this one. Never did I think I could ever play it out, but now I see, almost a decade + or so later, --easily done. Ain't life grand!

In part I wanted to see how "hard" it was to play with "me". The other day I was instructing a class and a guitar player explained he couldn't get the rhythm. I explained how I hit the beat and seemed OK after that. But, I figured, I need to revisit "that"... it's not all about me... and I can modify how I play, or play "less". I understand "Joni Mitchell" had a similar issue and could only have a select few, e.g. drummers, etc. since her syncopation was likely very much tied to the vocal syntax sylabic rhythm (say that 10xs fast Smile ) I caught an interview where that very minor passing comment she made stuck in my head. None of my peers of that time liked her, --said she was to "sad"... eh, really? Compared to what? Anyway...

What happened on this rough bounce was, I made several attempts to play my acoustic, one-take, overdubbed to the Elec. Les Paul which was mic'd (the compression was up way to much on the amp -- that "plucky" tone... eh, not live, but definitely when recorded)... Well, it created a nice old school Chorus effect, gave tremendous depth where the vocals were floating and out front, but lost without Bass, Drum-kit... and, and.... and, yes, I am a bit hard to play with. I am sure by the 6th or so overdub I'd have a syncopated track... but I could "hear" the off-offbeat hits and just couldn't load it, not even "here" Smile hahhh... (I do care and not into wasting anyone time who'd consider listening.)

So, this is the original one-take with Les Paul only mic'd, two tracks simultaneously recorded into Audacity on my new Linux system.

Also, I remember too, I was at a publishing house where all kinds of stuff came in, and there was a VHS (hahh, remember those) tape of South Africa and the folks there who made, e.g., One-string Violins using Olive Oil cans and maybe a broken off neck from a thrown out violin or, not... --carved, or repurposed Broom handle. Anyway, what "made" their music was their rhythm hand, not the Notated hand. I kind of like the rhythm and this is somewhat based upon it -- and likely why so hard to "play" with.

Lyrics: 

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I say I love the Lord, … He lets me…
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I say I love the Lord, … He lets me…
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Nothing else I’ve ever had, nothing else I’ve had …

Chorus:
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It’s hard to be an orphan …
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Lost in this world …
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Christ’ child on the way, … child on the way …
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Don’t have a mother, … … never had a pa …
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Can’t stay here with you, … … can’t go where I’ve been … … well… …
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Can you help me find myself on the Way … …

(Chorus)
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Travel’ n circles, … … stay a straight line …
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His path for me, lead to Him, … … just now an orphan child … … well… …
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Still all alone, … … still all alone …

(Chorus)
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I say I love the Lord, … … you say I don’t …
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I explain we are one, … … you insist we’re not … … well… …
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How do you know, … … how do you know …

Bridge:
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I say I love the Lord …
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Let’ em say, what I’m to Him …
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Christ’ child on the way, … … child on the way …

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I say I love the Lord, … … He lets me …
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I say I love the Lord, … … He lets me … well …
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Let’ em say, what I’m to Him … He’s the Lord any way …

(Bridge)
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And, He’ll let you too … … …



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Hey this was kinda cool. The vibe of the song and the guitar carry the weight out of the lyrics. Yeah nice rhythm. Not too controversial these days either. I like your vocals in this one. Something of Chris Cornell and Nickleback.

Hey, thanks for that. I'm glad folks realize these are "secular", and not "christian"... for me, today's version of the old r&b... "oh Lord have mercy..." :), so to speak, I guess... -- well you get it and that says something. Thanks again!

kc5's picture

I think this is one of my favorites of your this 50/90. I love the feel in the music of this song. The tempo is fun and peppy, catchy for movement. I first read the lyrics and you've got an interesting theme to the lyrics and I like what seems contrasting ideas between two people. It works! You hit some higher notes in this song, holding longer than I'm accustomed to hearing from you and it lends to a great overall feel in the song, Especially since most of the rest of the song moves along at a good pace. It highlights those holds--a good thing!

iHelen's picture

Hey, sounds like things are moving up with your music. Mood wise, this song sounds much happier than your previous ones. I like the sound of it - chords, guitar, vocals. Even the words sound optimistic, when sung.

That's interesting... Smile this lyric, rhythm, melody, per my long liner note..., is actually more than 10 years old, in terms of being a draft vs. now actually rev 'ing it up so may be used. So maybe those from that period may have been more upbeat. That's a very interesting observation... hmmm... Maybe I should dig into some of the old ones and redo them...? It is always better to be upbeat.

OK, thank you for the feedback, observation! Smile If you have any further, let me know... I am very open to input like that.

iHelen's picture

Well the difference in mood is notable because it's different than the previous songs you've recently made here. I wouldn't necessarily say that upbeat songs are better. No, I don't think it's always better to be upbeat. Smile For instance, sometimes a listener is feeling bad and wants to relate to a song about feeling bad. There are all kinds of great songs for all kinds of audiences. But you already know this. Smile

tamsnumber4's picture

Your personal connection is obvious, the rhythm and music of this is really good, I could see this being a very popular song played out because the music will always win over a crowd and this is a very likable melody. The words are simple, plain and true to you. I usually don't listen or comment on songs with religious or political references in them unless there is something that really brings it together and the music on this is a winner. Nice.