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About: Stand Together

Stand Together

William Limbach & the DeComposers - Stand Together
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Lyrics

Stand Together
Jeffrey Powel & Ray Burns

A song overlaid on a stolen riff from

Chris Rininger

Sit down, big frown, no town, lonesome highway
Stuck in place, in a race, and losing everyday
And in defeat, can’t feel no heat, can’t feel the ones beside you
No speculation is required to see the reasons why
(To see the reasons why)
See the reasons why

White shoe, black shoe, brown shoe Shufflin’ down the street
All in step but out of time, not time enough to meet
Some tap rhythm, some tap blues, some as black as coal
Some so beaten by the road they’re
Only worn out souls.
(Only worn out souls}
Only worn out souls.
Chorus
It’s time to
Walk up to one another
Side by side like two brothers
Give me a hand support each other
We gotta stand (Stand) together
We gotta stand (Stand) together
It’s time to Stand (Stand) together

No work, no pay, can’t stay but have no place to go
Agitation rev’s you up but caution makes you slow.
It’s too hard to face the void that stares you in the eye
So in the end do what you can that keeps you satisfied.
Keeps you satisfied
Keeps you satisfied.

Flat broke, no hope, can‘t cope; life’s rent is way past due
Your expertise at giving up is taking over you.
It’s time to leave this sorry state, put on our walking shoes
It’s time to walk with someone else and walk  away those blues.
Walk away those blues
Walk away those blues

Chorus

Sit down, big frown, no town, lonesome highway
Stuck in place, in a race, and losing everyday
And in defeat, you feel no heat, can’t feel the ones beside you
No speculation is required to see the reasons why
To see the reasons why
See the reasons why

 

 

 

 

The words and music for this song reflect a collaboration between Jeffrey Powel, Ray Burns and Chris Rininger. The Thursday Night songwriting sessions were "between projects" and the group began rummaging, as they were prone to do, in seach of another project. Chris volunteered a snippet of chords that he'd put together when he was first learning to play the guitar. The song started with that chord progression of Chris's but then Jeff added the acoustic part that now defines the chorus. The shell of the song was then passed on to Ray to help with the words. While his initial lyrics were altered many times the ideas survived and a satisfactory version finally emerged. Jeff then added more guitar parts, bass and drums, and then the vocal layers were added. Initially we tried having Chris sing the lead, then Ray, and finally had Bill Limbach lend his voice to it. That made all the difference.

This song is yet one more example of the power of the collaborative effort of the DeComposers. Steve Thomas fine tuned the percussion, and Valerie Markell sang in both the chorus and on the verses doing a beautiful job of hitting those really high notes. Ray and William sang alternating counterparts during the chorus although by the third iteration of the chorus there are many voices. The hand claps were added last.

This song was intended to capture some of the angst we'd been feeling in the country with the collapse of the economy and the bitter fueding among our elected leaders that seemingly immobilized them. We were all feeling a little "stuck in place" and that, despite our best efforts, we were "losing the race." This song is a call to stand together and work toward mutual understanding to counter the demoralization that can come with defeat. Like the songs of Juliane Poirier, noted elsehere in this site, it is hoped that this song can stand as an anthem for solidarity in the face of adversity, as a call for mutual support, and as encouragement to have mutual respect even if hurting.

Authors: Jeffrey Powel, Chris Rininger & Ray Burns


Vocals: William Limbach
Backup vocals: Ray Burns, Chris Rininger, Valerie Markell,
Acoustic guitars: Jeffrey Powel
Electric Guitars: Jeffrey Powel
Midi bass: Jeffrey Powel
Midi drums: Jeffrey Powel & Steve Thomas
Hand Claps: Steve Thomas, Chris Rininger, Ray Burns



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