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SSG3:5 week "Old Newspaper Blues"

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(@mikem)
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Well, most newspapers and television news is so depressing since most of the focus is negative. I usually don't read the headline newspaper articles anymore; I'd rather find the positive articles or stories. Well, here's my take on the monday morning newspaper:

"Old Newspaper Blues"

Early monday morning, walk down the corner newsstand
Bought me a paper from the friendly newspaper man
Hand me my guitar, I've got those old newspaper blues

Glancing at the paper, just looking at headlines
Wondering what's the matter with the state of man
Hand me my guitar, I've got those old newspaper blues

Troubles just a state of mind! Devil's still alive and well
The world full of problems, you'd think we'd solved by now
Hand me my guitar, I've got those old newspaper blues

Bombs explode on crowded streets, religious war's we're told
People hating people just because of clothes
Hand me my guitar, I've got those old newspaper blues

John Lennon wrote "Imagine", killed by another man's gun
Can mankind still imagine? I can still see it sung!
Hand me my guitar, I've got those old newspaper blues.

I've tried to set the song to something like Jodie Messina's "Even God must get the Blue's" and also like the song set to something like John Prine's "Unwed Mothers". As always, any comments, suggestions, ideas, or rewrites are welcome.

"Don't get trapped by the tyranny of four" Rikky Rooksby


   
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(@jamir)
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Hi'a Mike M

Well am not a blues singer but can really hear this one, like it a lot,especially the repition of the last line, it rounds it off very nicely and brings it all together. I hope we are gonna get to hear it, it makes such a difference to hear the songs we read !!!!

I like the everyday images you have used, makes it understandable to the common person in the street. clear and concise !!!!

Go well
Ja'mir

I am a cloud within a cloud http://www.justjamir.com

you can hear my songs at :

http://www.mp3.com.au/artist.asp?id=21709


   
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(@blackswan)
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It's got a great beat and I love the topic. I can hear this as a country or blue song even as I read it. I think there's a couple of typos you might want to correct like here:

Wondering what's the matter with the state of man, I think it's plural men.

and here: Trouble's just a state of mind!

Bombs explode on crowded streets, religious war's we're told

Good song!


   
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(@christiaan)
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Hi MikeM

I agree with Jamir, I'd love to hear this :wink:

This is full of great lines like this one:
Wondering what's the matter with the state of man
This should be man, Blackswan. Mankind is meant here.

Two other great lines:
The world full of problems, you'd think we'd solved by now
Can mankind still imagine? I can still see it sung!

So, no critics, only praise.
Greetz!
Christiaan.


   
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