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I can't escape those blues- A new original song
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 Posted: Tue Oct 29th, 2019 07:59 pm
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Hey, sorry I've been so absent on the forum lately, I have been madly busy! Regardless, I am BACK with a new original song on my youtube channel! This is a blues piece called I can't escape those blues but unlike my previous videos which have featured either accapella vocals or instrumental pieces on the ukulele, this piece has me singing and playing :)
The link to the video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAVKSSasTWI
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I don't think I've heard blues done on Ukulele before but it works fine!

Would you mind posting the lyrics here?
I like the sound of your singing, but am having trouble hearing the words clearly on your recording.



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Thanks, Rainday man and sure!
I have walked
so far
in these old shoes.
But I can
never escape the blues.

I go home
every night,
feeling the fright.
The fear
holds on so tight.

I may not have
worked so hard.
I may have gotten off
to an easy start.
But all I ask
is to escape those blues.

I go home
every night,
feeling the fright.
The fear
holds on so tight

I have walked
so far
in these old shoes.
But I can
never escape the blues.

I can never escape the blues.



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Thanks for that. Good song!

The highlight for me is your singing, especially the timing/phrasing of the words.

The music feels quite traditional (which is fine) but the lyric gives it a more modern take.

These lines:
I go home
every night,
feeling the fright.
The fear
holds on so tight.


make me feel that it's about anxiety & depression more than external factors like losing a job or relationship issues.

But the expressive feeling in it is hard-core blues all the way.

Enjoyed it a lot! :)



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Thanks so much, Rainydayman, your comments have made my day :) x
And yes,I tend to suffer with bad anxiety and the song is about that so well deduced!
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Very cool Lou. Don’t hear many blues songs on the ukulele. Great playing.
Great blues lyrics. Not much on paper but what you have has a lot of impact. Especially:

I have walked so far in these shoes.
But I can never escape the blues.
For me, that’s your hook.

Great singing. I bet your voice would sound great doubled.
And with some harmonies.

Excellent song. I really like it.

Last edited on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 12:13 am by samiamiamsam



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Thanks so much, Sam, that's so kind of you to say :) x
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Nice delivery on playing and singing.

I would have liked the voice louder and uke softer. Also, slowing the tempo may add more weight to the bluesy of the song. I like when you did stop chords...maybe that could be done earlier in the song as well for contrast/dynamics.

Lyrically, consider sensory details to draw in the listener.

it's about anxiety & depression more than external factors like losing a job or relationship issues.

I could not understand this from the lyrics themselves. Maybe you could personify the fear/ anxiety & depression.

Thanks for sharing.

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Yeah, my setup is pretty naff, hence the loud uke and quiet voice but I'll see if I can work on that- I also really appreciate the advice,I'm definitely gonna have a play around and see what I can do with the song.
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Lou,

I love this, this is great!! This thing is dripping with Delta Blues vibe!! This would be great worked up into a full production....with you singing the lead!!!!

Well done!



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Thanks so much, Moptop! I would LOVE to see this as a full blown production :D
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