Coyote - Collab. with Donna Devine

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« on: April 16, 2018, 01:13:46 PM »
Hi all - This is a song I co-wrote with Donna Devine - a great (Canadian  ;D) lyricist from the Netherlands. She wrote the lyrics and I did the music. Still tweaking the mix but would love to get feedback on the song and arrangement. I know I've been MIA lately but I promise to catch up reviewing anon.  ;D

Lyrics: Donna Devine
Music: Paul Canuck

 They call him Coyote
 He steals through the night
 His eyes glowing amber
 Like prisms of light

 His fingers are narrow
 His shoulders are strong
 He looks to be human
 Yet doesn’t belong

 Where Coyote goes
 Nobody knows
 Nobody knows
 Where Coyote goes

 He’ll tell you the secrets
 Of life and of death
 Can augur the future
 From a baby’s first breath

 Yet no one is certain
 How Coyote came
 He’ll give you his wisdom
 But never his name

 Where Coyote goes
 Nobody knows
 Nobody knows
 Where Coyote goes

 Women have met with his dangerous charm
 Fallen like angels into his arms
 But later the pillow has nothing to show
 It’s said he can burn your soul with his touch
 It's fire, not blood that runs wild through his veins
 He’ll fathom your heart but his mystery remains

 Where Coyote goes
 Nobody knows
 Nobody knows
 Where Coyote goes

 Nobody knows
…Where Coyote goes


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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 02:00:00 PM »
Sounds like a good movie track song. I have no nits to pick but I want to let you know I like it a lot. Like, a lot!


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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 02:39:32 PM »
Perfect bit of atmospheric songwriting and production. Got a bit of a "Nick Cave doing country" vibe about it which is no bad thing as anyone who has heard Red Right Hand knows!

Production is great, especially love the repeating piano line.
The stop to the modulating organ is also super.
Feels a bit timeless, like it has been around for many years.

Keep em' coming Paul!


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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 03:31:13 PM »
Yo Paul.

Good to hear another from you,the last one must have been at least 100 years ago.

I had a little wry smile to myself when listening. Is it your turn to sound like Roy O this month?  :D Takes some of the pressure off me,man those Big O fans get everywhere!

The song could sit well in the soundtrack of any Spaghetti western. Love the little guitar parts,they add to the song. Piano is up to your usual peerless standard.

Lyrics paint a vivid picture,tell a great story and work totally with the music.

It's a hit! Duly liked and reposted on the cloud.  8)

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 08:46:11 AM »
Always a show stopper
- in a good way -  lol. 

Always an event when you post something.
You're right the lyricist is exceptional.

Another precious jewel in your crown Paulski.

Made my morning.
I'll press on with diligence and wonder. I'll improve. Maybe, pride and prejudice permitting, you'll get on board, maybe not,  either way, t.b.h, I couldn't care less.

And there you have it.


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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 11:38:03 AM »
Just have this vision of a Coyote howling at the moon.

Like the others have said it's reminiscent of a Roy O movie track, a retro western, fade in a close up on a pair of spurs, tumbleweed blowing across the plains. etc.

Apart from some minor tuning issues on vox and acoustic guitar it's well executed.

Nice to hear from you.



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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 11:43:27 AM »
Hi There,

Cant say anything negative in regards to this project, very well made, well mastered, chord progression has been made well too. Vocal sits well where it should sit.

Thank you for sharing your work.
Best Regards,
Slava B.


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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2018, 01:09:35 PM »
Hi Paul, imperious writing as usual, great chord progressions and fab melody. Playing is great too. The organ before the bridge sounded great and with different lyrics the bridge could have been written and performed by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Brilliant! My only nit was the lyrics went a bit pitchy around the 2.50 mark, but otherwise, great!


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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2018, 08:00:11 PM »
Thanks all for the (in)valuable feedback!  ;D

@CaliaMoko - cheers Vicki - glad it worked for you  ;D

@tboswell - thanks Tom! I'll check out that Nick Cave song.

@Skub - cheers Davy - yeah spaghetti western is what I was going for (without even knowing I was  ;D) Roy O eh? Been called worse..  ;D

@Rightly - thank you kind sir. Yes Donna can make words flow fo sho  ;D

@cowparsleyman Thank you cpm. Yes - needs some fine tuning - time to get out the Waves plug-in  ;D Glad you heard some tumbleweed in there.  ;D

@SlavaB - cheers Slava - nice to meet you  ;D

@Jamie - thx Jamie - esp about the chord prog - coming from the master at that means a lot. I'll have a look at that spot for pitchiness - don't doubt that it will be  ;D

And thanks again to all for listening and commenting  ;D ;D


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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2018, 06:10:06 AM »
Good to see you back. Like the feel of this, interesting chords, its a bit different from some of your stuff melody and vocal structure.
Intro sets it out really well and love the bsss and the piano adds atmosphere.
Lyrics are fine and love your vocals, lead and backing. Love that middle section.
Thoughts: wasn't sure the electric guitar added to it it. And a small things on the chorus you go from major to minor on 'Nobody knows' and it sounds between the backing and doubled vocals it sounds a bit tentative at to whether it was going to be minor or major ( both would work ).
Good faded outro
songwriter of no repute..