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Year 4 Wk 5 The Devil Won't Have Me

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 Celt
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The inspiration for this came from one of my favorite movie
quotes.

Sozay should recognize it right off.

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. "
Verbal Kint (The Usual Suspects)

Also the old Irish saying

" The Devil don't want you and Heaven won't have you"

I'm thinking a Muddy Waters or John Lee Hooker
kind of feel for it.

The Devil Won't Have Me

The Preacher he once told me
He said,Son the Devil's got his hold on you
All this drinkin' cussin' and fightin'
You'll lose you soul before you are though
I said, Preacher that don't scare me
I don't know why you should even care
You see,
I don't believe in the Devil
'cause he lives in Hell
and I'm already there

I had me a real fine woman
The kind that could make a man believe
I gave her silk and diamonds
I gave her no reason to ever leave
But she found herself another
Went and moved out west somewhere
So now
I don't believe in the Devil
'cause he lives in Hell
and I'm already there

So I went down to them crossroads
You now where R.J. learned to play guitar
And at midnight he came calling
Drove up to me in his shiny black car
I told him my soul was on the table
He said, I don't think this deal is square
Remember
You make a deal with the Devil
you go to Hell
but you're already there (Evil Laugh :twisted: )

John

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lol, i do indeed recognise that quote. awesome song, would totally suit a dirty gruff blues. I like the repeated lines, and the variation in the last verse is cool. (It took me a couple of read to get my head around the last couple of lines for some reason, must be that the coffee hasn't kicked in yet...) I liked the bit about meet him at the crossroad, where RJ learned to play guitar. Is that a reference to "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?", or is that a 'myth' that was borrowed for that movie?
nice work
cheers
sozay
(and just like that.. *puff* .. he was gone)

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lol, i do indeed recognise that quote. awesome song, would totally suit a dirty gruff blues. I like the repeated lines, and the variation in the last verse is cool. (It took me a couple of read to get my head around the last couple of lines for some reason, must be that the coffee hasn't kicked in yet...) I liked the bit about meet him at the crossroad, where RJ learned to play guitar. Is that a reference to "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?", or is that a 'myth' that was borrowed for that movie?
nice work
cheers
sozay
(and just like that.. *puff* .. he was gone)

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 Celt
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(and just like that.. *puff* .. he was gone)
lol :lol: :lol:

Thanks

The myth about Robert Johnson goes way back
but I like the treatment "Oh Brother,Where Art Thou?"
gave it.

John

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John,

It's great. Like Sozay says it'll really suit a slow blues/lounge feel of a song.
In my head it's sung by someone with a really deep voice over not much more than drums and a double bass in a smoky room at about 2am!

Probably not entirely what you had in mind, but you get the idea!

But, I think it would benefit from another verse before the last stanza. Might just be me, but i felt that I was only just getting what you were talking about and we were in that last verse.

It's great as it is though!
Good work.
G

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Hi Celt,

Up to your usual amazing standards. I'm a sucker for ol' delta blues. One thing I noticed though, is that you aren't repeating any lines. Not a gripe, just an observation. Real good work.

Note to Sozay: Rent "Crossroads" with Ralph Maccio. Seriously. It's good.

-- Scratch 8)


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 Bish
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Good one, John.

Has a good meter to it and makes sense. Good story.

Bish

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 Celt
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Thanks Everybody

I really like this one myself but GJ made a good
point about it needing another verse.

The last verse seems to come out of no where
without something to tie it all together.

This is what I came up with:

Some souls believe in the Devil
Say he's willing to make a deal
While others just speak of his legend
Although they don't believe he's real
The only way to know the truth
Is to meet his evil stare
You know
I could believe in the Devil
but he lives in Hell
and I'm already there

This would be verse 3 and lead into the "Crossroads" verse.
I think it would give the song more continuity.

John

PS Sozay, As Scratchmonkey said see Crossroads it's a good movie,
not as good as The Usual Suspects, but good all the same.

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Very nice work, John - even better with the extra verse. Love the Crossroads verse in particular, and like the way the new verse leads into it.Look forward to the MP3!!!

"The usual suspects" is one of my fave films of the last few years, and "Crossroads" is an old favourite....also love the Coen Brother's take on the "Crossroads" saga....

:D :D :D

Vic

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good flow good chorus great ending. I liked it, nice work!

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