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kve

Crozet, VA

I'm "Branded"-- my stars are ripped away
Nov 22nd, 2010 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Almost time for Christmas tunes. This one needs one more re-write and re-record (at the minimum), so feel free to offer suggestions.

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Red Fire Truck
(c) Emmrich 2010

Back long ago,
I remember a Christmas season
my dad always saying that
things happen for a reason

one year I prayed and hoped,
besides a GI Joe,
I would get my heart's desire in that toy store window

I said "God, I know you're near
please tell Santa I was good this year,
and can you ask him for me please...

(chorus)
bring me that red fire truck
with the dalmatian and bells
and ladders and a siren
and you'll never hear me crying
if you do this for me
you'll have no regrets
cause I'll never ask for anything else

(verse)
Dad got laid off in November
tough to pay bills in December
mama cried, Dad said, don’t worry, it’s time for gifts
went to joe's last chance junkyard
scrounged for wheels and truck parts
we spent the week fixing,
painting, making it look sleek

(lift)
As I sanded, my daddy hummed
His favorite Christmas tune
while in my mind the words went

(chorus again)

(bridge/lift)
although I knew what was coming
I still ran down to unwrap
I swear it was my best Christmas ever

now 30 years later, my son’s request
brought back that memory.
I guess I could just buy it,
but my son deserves a better gift from me

You see, he asked me please:

(chorus again and tag)

Kevin: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
BIAB: drums, bass, acoustic guitars, mandolin, harmonica

Red Fire Truck

(This message was last edited by kve at 08:05 PM, Dec 7th, 2012)

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Dec 5th, 2010 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You've got a great creative knack for writing these storyline themed songs, Kevin!

If this was Urban, Paisley, Garth or similiar, this would be a country hit song. Nice work!!

kve

Crozet, VA

I'm "Branded"-- my stars are ripped away
Dec 14th, 2010 04:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mike,

Thanks for the listen. I placed a slightly updated version up -- but I really shouldn't edit vocals at 5:30 in the morning!

Kevin

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Dec 18th, 2010 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It sounds good, Kevin.

Just a suggestion, maybe harmony on the chorus?

kve

Crozet, VA

I'm "Branded"-- my stars are ripped away
Dec 7th, 2012 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bringing it back for Christmas 2012. Warning, I am experimenting with the L3 MM limiter, so it seems loud to me. The vocal crackles are not clipping, but I do need to re-do those vocals one day.

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