Its just a song ( what's been going on? )

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« on: February 05, 2019, 09:20:04 PM »
Ok so this has been on my to do list for a while. Its about a imaginary 4 way conversation with Ed Sheeran, Marvin Gaye, his estates lawyers and my good self. I get it if its top line melody and lyrics but this is just plain silly and grasping..
Anyway hope you are enjoy this and look forward to your thoughts and comments


ts just a song ( what’s going on? )

So you own all the chords now
Or so the suits and moneymen say
I kinda of hope you’re up there, you’ve been good and I pray
That you’ve been blinded from this bullshit
Its driving me insane
I’d like to think you’d do it differently but I guess we’d never know

What’s being going on?
Its just a song
So please sing a along
What’s been going on?

Meanwhile the suits file the law suits
And Ed he gets a call
Divide or multiply? It just doesn’t add up
And what about the unknown and unnamed in the delta?
With guitar in hand, living hand to mouth
Sometimes life ain’t fair

What’s been going on?
Its just a song
So please sing along
What’s been going on?

I am a businessman, here to make some money
I’ve got assets to be leveraged
I’ve got outlays I’ve got to meet
Fancy foreign cars and private stock guitars
I’ve got families, a lifestyle I gotta keep

So if you tune into the radio
And listen to the latest hits
I can’t help but wonder which ones next upon your list?
They say that lawyers outnumber musicians
Well that’s pretty poor tune
You can do the maths anyway you like but please can you tell me?

What’s being going on?
Its just a song
So please sing a along
What’s been going on?

What’s been going on?
Its just plain wrong
Coz its just a song
What’s been going on?

N Connor c 2018 :-)

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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 09:55:03 PM »
Clever stuff Neil. Enjoyed reading the lyrics before listening. This one took off big time and just kept getting bigger and bigger. Loved the M8 in particular with the multiple harmonies. Guitar to die for. Excellent listen man  :)


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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 08:42:08 AM »
Very clever! Some amazing witty and subtle lyrics in there.


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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 11:06:07 AM »
Really good song, with a lot going on if you will pardon the pun.

This has a wonderful anthem-like feel. The lyrics and vocals, in part, remind me of Roger Waters ( a la "Have A Cigar") and the chorus is fantasically catchy.

Also, love the fade out with the "covers" in the mix.

One minor suggestion on the lyrics: I would change "Meanwhile the suits file the law suits" to "Meanwhile the suits make their filings" to avoid repeating the word suits. (Also, a pun on the wording filings, which can mean waste material.)

Excellent job, thanks



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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 12:39:27 PM »
Hey @Neil C , this a clever song idea and a fascinating subject actually. How come if it is so hard to make money out of songs these days, then Ed Sheeran is being sued for millions?! I must be doing it all wrong! And who used up all the chords anyway!

That aside, this song just made me smile, and I don't think smiling has been copyrighted yet! I liked this lyric set and how you've crafted it into something, especially the catchy chorus. Gently mesmeric throughout.

Funny stuff at the end too, with that Police interlude! Maybe the Gods of Music  will now pay you millions so that The Police will have something to sue you for.  ;)


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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 04:35:07 PM »
Yo Neil.

As Ray Davies once said,'It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world'.

Life was more simple when Lyrics and melody were copyright,but an ever increasingly litigious society will always find ways to make money regardless of ethics.

Anyway.  :D

Love the song Neil,right from the idea to the lush guitars. You went all David Gilmour on the vocals aroud 1.59...awesome stuff.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 02:44:03 AM »
Hi Neil

Clever concept and storyline in this one.
As usual top drawer guitar work.
You stealin' from the police will get the police after you fo sho.
Would have liked more rhyming in the verses but That's down to person prefs isn't it?

Solid work  ;D ;D


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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 09:31:44 AM »
Sounds real professional.
very clever and holds the Attention.
top quality material

stand by me, every breath you take

very flashy
Well done
It's either this or that, then again it might be the other. 

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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2019, 06:23:51 PM »
PompeyJazz, thanks for the feedback, delighted you liked it :-)

Realkev - cheers for the listen and comments

Kevin - cheers - the anthem like feel may come in part from the choice of chords for the chorus, which of course has been used by everybody from the start of song creation

MichaelA - smiling, catchy and funny - thanks thats enough for me

Skub, 'Love the song Neil,right from the idea to the lush guitars' re the layered vocals not heard enough of gilmour, I was thinking more Tom Petty..

Paul, stealing from the police :-) re non rhyming you should try it its both hard and quite liberating..

Rightly -  'top quality material' thank you sir
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2019, 07:11:15 PM »
Really great lyrics Neil, even down to the subtle details like dropping in Sheeran's album titles and the play on words with 'suits'.  Very good build to the track too and the middle 8 and guitar-lick embellishments are top drawer.  Emphatic finish too.
It's all too beautiful.


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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2019, 11:16:21 PM »
If we all meet on stage and this sounds like one of those stage songs you do know you're going to have to make sure we get your chord flow right

I like the whole idea man  8)


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« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2019, 12:24:45 AM »
Hey @Neil C  - great idea for a song.. Loved the lyrics and catchy chorus. The mix sounds great to me - great guitar work, sounds from the comments that that's the norm for you. Very impressive sound all in all.. Kudos.. Love the ending!


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« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2019, 09:07:39 AM »
Brilliant idea and great lyrics too.

A really good song in its own right as well. Production is excellent.

Smiling as I type  ;D


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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2019, 10:08:00 AM »

 Hey Neil ;D .  Great song mate.  You make it seem so easy ;D
 Very, very Kinks, especially those harmonies, so you'll probably be
 hearing from their lawyers.  Also, those guitar licks sound familiar ;D
 I think their all mine ;D ;D

 I wonder where Marvin stole his chords from.......
 Loved it my friend....BIG smiles here ;D

Nowt as queer as folk...........my gran


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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2019, 04:46:56 PM »
Nice one.

This song reminds a bit of ''George Harrison - this song''.
Your song is more personal towards Sheeran

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