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January 2018 Song Contest

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Welcome to the January Song Contest – an open format contest.

 

For any newcomers, open format means the entry can be at any production level - from just you and your guitar to a fully orchestrated masterpiece :)

 

TO ENTER: You must post your song in this thread.

 

The timeline is as follows:

• Entries will be accepted now through Midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) Wednesday, Jan 31st, 2018.

• Voting (scorecards) will take place Thurs. Feb. 1st through Midnight EST Sunday Feb 11th, 2018.

• Don’t start voting until I officially post the scoring instructions on Thurs. Feb. 1st

• You must score all other entries or your entry will be disqualified from the contest.

• I'll post the results shortly after scoring is completed.

 

If you plan to enter, please review the revised rules, pinned in this forum.

 

When posting your song to the Songs Feedback Forum, please include:

•song title

•writer credits (If it’s a collab with another Muser please make that clear by including their M/M id)

•audio link

 

Please include the lyrics on your post. Videos are permitted. (Voters are encouraged to refrain from watching any video until after they've scored the song.) All Musers are welcome to submit songs as contestants or score the songs as non-contestants. Any questions or problems should be sent to me (paulcanuck) via private message (PM).

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Velvet Dream

 

All music/lyrics Steve Ison

 

 

All american endless street
The 4th of July
See the people dance in the heat
as you go by
in the blink of an eye

The strangeness of everyone
Out here at the show
All smiling and then they're gone
but you'll never know
whats happening below
as they come & go
Yeh yeh yeh yeh

With the tourists behind you
& your home light to guide you
Now you gotta free that velvet dream
& do it, do it, do it, do it

With the winter nights fading
& the summertime waking
You just wanna be where love could be
& do it, do it, do it, do it


See the dust that blows
the news from yesterday
All the stores are closed
& the people've gone away

Feel the sun that burns
the distance in your eyes
It's good to be alone
there's freedom in the skies

Oh my precious girl
I loved you like a child
Along these empty streets
all my feelings running wild

Won't you dance with me ?
I'll be your valentine
& this can be our home
A dream that's yours & mine..

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Hey folks, here's a song based on awful things I saw in the news last year. It's told from the vantage point of the bad guy, who, as a metaphor for humanity, (I hope) starts to have a change of heart and (eventually) asks "What good will I do today?"

 

"Good"

 

Verse 1:

I’m not tryin’ 
to be self righteous.
I just can’t help it.
I was born that way.

 

Verse 2:

Gonna grease my treads 
with your hot-dog cart! 
And ice the cake
with my apathy.

 

Pre-Chorus (or maybe a chorus??):

I only give blood to put it on Facebook!
even if I’m keeping it for myself.
Maybe I need a revolution!
Just to get my conscience off the shelf...

 

Chorus (1&2):

What good will I do today?
Can I change the atmosphere of the world in a better way? 
Hey! Hey!

 

Verse 3:

Gonna watch a man drown.
It’s gonna go viral.
Put an epitaph down
with a poignant ... LOL

 

Verse 4:

Got a snake in a can.
Watch out he bite!
Pretty sure this ain’t legal.
Pretty sure this ain’t right.

 

Bridge:
Why can’t we have more Passion Compassion? (repeat several ~3x)

 

Chorus (3):

What good will I do today?
I won’t sit like an emperor on the throne of yesterday . 
Hey! Hey!

 

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Song Title:  I Am Broken

Lyrics/Melody:  Eric Borgos
Vocals/Music:  Chris Davidson

Verse 1:
Sometimes hearts
are not made to last
all alone in a universe
so endlessly vast

I feed on your energy
you feed on mine
trapped in a house of glass
built under a shrine

Chorus:
Time, it can't erase
all the words
our lips have spoken
I'm lost
I'm dark
I am broken

I'm lost
I'm dark
I am broken

 

I'm lost
I'm dark
I am broken

Verse 2:
Sometimes I cry
but don't feel the pain
no signs of life
on such barren terrain

What takes me higher
is what brings me down
I still feel your touch
when you're not around

Chorus:
Love, takes one last breath
as it shatters
in slow motion
I'm lost
I'm dark
I am broken

I'm lost
I'm dark
I am broken

Outro:
I'm lost
I'm dark
and I'm broken

I'm lost
I'm dark
and I'm broken

I'm lost
I'm dark
and I am broken

 

I'm lost
I'm dark
and I'm broken

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Song Title - "The Usual Suspects"

All rights - Tom Hoffman

*Photo is a live-link...click on it to open the mp3

 

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"The Usual Suspects"

 

Verse

Here we sit, just you and I, about to break it off

Knowin’ that the love we felt is gone

Thinkin’ back I can’t believe we let it fade away

Fade away like darkness into dawn

 

Chorus

Was it you, was it me…Was it never meant to be?

Did we change, grow apart,Lose the love once in our heart?

Did we try hard enough?

Was the challenge just too tough?

In the closing hours, these are…the usual suspects

 

Verse

Life was good & love was fresh many years ago

I assumed we’d always feel that way

Days turned into years before I ever realized

That our life together’d gone astray

 

Bridge

Can’t you see I’d rather not end us this way?

But we can’t go one more day

Without askin’ why…we pretend & lie

Hopin’ that we’ll never have to say

 

Chorus / Ending

Was it you, was it me…Was it never meant to be?

Did we change, grow apart,Lose the love once in our heart?

Did we try hard enough?

Was the challenge just too tough?

In the closing hours, these are…the usual suspects

These are the usual suspects

These are the usual suspects

 

Copyright 2004 - Tom Hoffman

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Song: Tables Turn

Music/lyrics: Dan James

Audio link: 

 

 

 

 

I think about that night we spoke,
the lies you told,
the vows you broke, 
and I miss you even less than before.

 

I think about the acid tears,
the broken hearts,
the wasted years,
and I miss you even less than before.

 

Don't want to talk,
but soon you'll know just how I feel.

Tables turn on you now,
these things workout somehow,
tables turn on you.

 

I think about the old routines,
the future lost,
the shattered dreams,
and I miss you even less than before.

 

I think about when we still cared,
the fun we had,
the love we shared,
and I miss you, yeah I miss you.

 

Don't want to talk,
but soon you'll know just how I feel.

Tables turn on you now,
these things workout somehow,
tables turn on you.

 

 

 

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Fade

Music & Lyrics: Jambrains

 

FADE

She said, get us out of here
The fireworks have started
and I can't stand another year
let's burn all of the bridges
that connect us to the past 
so it won't come back to haunt us
until, at last
we slowly fade
to gray
We slowly fade to gray
To gray

 

Wipers working hard to clear the rain
it's pouring down, as if it's trying
to wash away the pain
Driving through my childhood haunts
I've raced these dirty streets
I’ve had some victories
but more defeats 
and slowly, I faded
to gray
I faded to gray 
To gray

 

Make a right turn, she said
People here don't know it
but they are all dead
They can not fight this fight
if they fear to lose
So they convince themselves
This life is what they choose
and slowly, they all fade
to gray
They all fade to gray
To gray

 

Their dreams
were sold to them 
on the glossy pages 
of mulit-color 
lifestyle magazines
But our dreams
lie beyond the city's border
where life is unpredictable
and cannot be foreseen

 

We've should have known it was to late
pulled over by the state patrol
A broken taillight sealed our fate
We turned the car around 
and headed back from where we came
and before we even knew it 
we were trapped
and slowly we faded 
to gray
We faded to gray
To gray

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Hello to all,  this song is the result of ideas and inspiration from several different sources.  Peko was instrumental in helping me with the lyrics.  

Thanks for the listen. Good luck everyone!

 

 

 

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I'm new here, but I would like to enter this contest.

 

This is a song I wrote a long time ago I call Mountain

 

This is the video I recorded and uploaded to youtube

 

It ain't much, but it's just me, my guitar and my camera

 

I write all my own lyrics, music and melodies,

 

and I do all the playing and I sing all my own songs

 

So there is no one else to give any credits to

 

It's just me

 

 

These are the lyrics:

 

There is a mountain we all must ascend

The path we choose will determine our end

We scale it's sheer walls to see the unseen

We want to see what our chosen path brings

 

The mountain tapers far steeper for some

It towers lofty and will yield for none

 

There is a mountain we all have to climb

Rising above us far into the sky

It's peak is shrouded for clouds loom so low

All you can see is the ground far below

 

Losing their grasp some will fall down below

Some won't climb further and some just let go

 

The paths we travel are cluttered with those

Whose only wish is to veer us off course

And yet they wonder why all hope is lost

But they don't see all the damage they cause

 

There is a mountain, it's peak leads the way

Others will follow the paths that we laid

 

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