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About: Long Gone

 

 

 

Ray Burns & the DeComposers - Long Gone
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Lyrics

Long Gone

Jeffrey Powel, Ray Burns,

Steve Thomas, Chris Rininger

Over there
On a hill
Sits a house
Where a family used to live.

Over there
Stands a tree
Where my friends and my lover would sit with me.

Old times
Strong bonds
Good friends long gone

On that hill
In that house
Memories
Hang like photographs on the walls.

Those old limbs
On that tree
Fallen down
Like the best of my memories

Old times
Strong bonds
Good friends long gone

 

It’s a house off the road
It’s not safe anymore
Like revisiting past loves
When the feelings are gone.

That old house
Empty now
Peeling paint and a shutter that’s hanging down

Those old limbs
On that tree
Broken down
Like the promise you made to me.

Old times
Strong bonds
Good friends long gone

Guitar solo

Old times
Strong bonds
Good friends long gone

It’s a house off the road
It’s not safe anymore
Like revisiting past loves
When the feelings are gone.

Over there
On a hill
Sits a house
Where a family used to live.

Over there
Stands a tree
Where my friends and my lover would sit with me.

Old times
Strong bonds
Good friends long gone.

 

 

 

 


This is about growing older and accepting when parts of our lives are no longer accessible in spite of the vividness of our memories; this song is about letting go of those memories regardless of their appeal. While there can be an almost irresistible attraction to those times in our past when things were different, sometimes even very good, are we better off accepting when our lives have changed?

Words and music for this song are the product of a collaborative effort by Ray Burns, Steve Thomas, Jeff Powel and Chris Rininger. It began with a guitar noodle, if you will, that Steve had been working on to practice Travis style finger picking. It begins the song but is then overlaid with a double time acoustic finger picking part by Jeff, a bass line and very quickly, a hard rock electric part to move the song from a triplets feel to straight 4/4 time. Ray is singing lead with accompaniment by William Limbach and Chris Rininger. Lyrics were written coincidentally with the music in a group setting. This proved a curious experience since ideas did not always go in the same direction, but it was the consensus to keep it simple and, to focus on the general themes outlined above. After hearing the original version. Valerie Markell felt the nearly acapella chorus was too discrepant from the rest of the song and recommended synth to pull it up in energy. Keys were added by Steve Thomas including the synth parts that were added to the chorus. Steve also played live drums for this song using an Alesis digital kit and the drum part is the first true "live" drum sound that we have recorded, although additional rhythm sounds were added and improved upon using the magic of midi instrumentation.

Authors: Jeffrey Powel, Steve Thomas, Ray Burns & Chris Rininger
Vocals: Ray Burns
Back Up Vocals: Chris Rininger, William Limbach, Ray Burns, Jeffrey Powel
Electric lead and rhythm guitars: Jeffrey Powel
Acoustic guitars: Steve Thomas & Jeffrey Powel
Midi Bass: Jeffrey Powel
Midi Percussion: Steve Thomas and Jeffrey Powel
Drums: Steve Thomas

 

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