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#1036838 - 01/21/14 11:53 PM Heaven When You Die  
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A nice, sad little g/v. Todd on vocal and guitar.

http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=12160293&q=hi

HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE

(verse)
Jack's son-in-law got transferred to Nevada
So Jack ain't seen his daughter or her kids
They swore they would come and visit him at Christmas
But something came up and they never did
His house has been so empty since Margaret passed on
If he could have gone on with her, he'd be already gone

(chorus)
When he was young, he was afraid of dying
So his mama told him of a better place, by and by
Sometimes it feels like hell here growing old and alone
But he knows it's heaven when you die

(verse)
Bless his heart, his poor old eyesight started failing
And they told him that he couldn't drive no more
He used to be so proud and independent
Now he has to ask for help to do his chores
He gets so angry sometimes when his memory don't work
And he hardly does a thing that the arthritis doesn't hurt

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
His faith has never wavered
He's just waiting for the day
When that chariot will swoop down
And carry him away

(chorus)
When he was young, he was afraid of dying
So his mama told him of a better place, by and by
Sometimes it feels like hell here growing old and alone
But he knows it's heaven when you die
But he knows it's heaven tonight

Bill Osofsky, BMI , Todd Caudill, copyright


#1036881 - 01/22/14 08:48 AM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Bill Osofsky]  
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man, this song is really good.
Lots of quality !!!



Calvin


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#1036884 - 01/22/14 09:10 AM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Calvin]  
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Hi Bill

Wow, I'm with Calvin, this song is really good. smile Love the story you've told, and you sing it so amazingly, I'm impressed. whistle

Love the chorus, yep it's stayed in my mind, so that's a good thing, well done hey. No nits from me.

Edit, I just listened again, and at the end when you sing, He knows it's heaven tonight, I went ohhhhh. frown

Hugs Michele

Last edited by Michele Howlett; 01/22/14 09:15 AM.
#1036908 - 01/22/14 01:58 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Michele Howlett]  
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Bill,

Songwriting at its best. Another that ought to be heard by the world. The g/v is all it needs - always an indication of excellence..

floyd

#1036930 - 01/22/14 07:32 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: floyd jane]  
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Excellent! Nuff said smile


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#1036932 - 01/22/14 07:49 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Bill Osofsky]  
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Really great story telling here, Bill. You really captured the reality of growing old and alone in this case.

Stevie

#1036943 - 01/22/14 10:17 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Little_stevie_b]  
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That's a fine piece of writing....and Stevie put it so well about the reality of growing old. And a very effective production to showcase the lyric.


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#1036949 - 01/22/14 11:48 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Calvin]  
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Originally Posted by Calvin
man, this song is really good.
Lots of quality !!!



Calvin


http://www.soundclick.com/bands/0/calvinstewart


Once again, in the still of the night, Calvin appears smile Thanks, Calvin

Bill


#1036950 - 01/22/14 11:49 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Michele Howlett]  
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Originally Posted by Michele Howlett
Hi Bill

Wow, I'm with Calvin, this song is really good. smile Love the story you've told, and you sing it so amazingly, I'm impressed. whistle

Love the chorus, yep it's stayed in my mind, so that's a good thing, well done hey. No nits from me.

Edit, I just listened again, and at the end when you sing, He knows it's heaven tonight, I went ohhhhh. frown

Hugs Michele


Thanks, Michele. I went back and edited my origninal post- unfortunately, that's not me singing smile

Bill


#1036951 - 01/22/14 11:50 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: floyd jane]  
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Originally Posted by floyd jane
Bill,

Songwriting at its best. Another that ought to be heard by the world. The g/v is all it needs - always an indication of excellence..

floyd


Mr. Jane, you're making me blush

Bill


#1036952 - 01/22/14 11:51 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Fred Choate]  
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Originally Posted by Fred Choate
Excellent! Nuff said smile


Appreciate it, Fred. You're not bad yourself

Bill


#1037072 - 01/24/14 01:46 AM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Little_stevie_b]  
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Originally Posted by Little_stevie_b
Really great story telling here, Bill. You really captured the reality of growing old and alone in this case.

Stevie


Thanks, Stevie. Appreciate it

Bill


#1037073 - 01/24/14 01:47 AM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Janice_and_Bud]  
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Originally Posted by Janice & Bud
That's a fine piece of writing....and Stevie put it so well about the reality of growing old. And a very effective production to showcase the lyric.


Great of you to stop by, J&B

Bill


#1037076 - 01/24/14 03:00 AM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Bill Osofsky]  
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Nice one Bill and friends.

If I were to nitpick some words they would be "independent"

Sounds like a brochure for a retirement home more than a tear jerking ballad, rhyming kid and did, kinda contrived inho.

But the bulk of it is good, effectively makes the point.

Good Work!


Last edited by Bugsey; 01/24/14 03:00 AM.
#1037119 - 01/24/14 07:46 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Bugsey]  
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Originally Posted by Bugsey
Nice one Bill and friends.

If I were to nitpick some words they would be "independent"

Sounds like a brochure for a retirement home more than a tear jerking ballad, rhyming kid and did, kinda contrived inho.

But the bulk of it is good, effectively makes the point.

Good Work!



Thanks, Bugsey. Appreciate it

Bill


#1037124 - 01/24/14 08:36 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Bill Osofsky]  
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Just shows how you can show a lot with so little
production wise that is).
Excellent arrangement, lyric and vocal.
Vic


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#1037125 - 01/24/14 08:55 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Bill Osofsky]  
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Sweet country tear-jerker. Those ballads south of the Mason-Dixon Line don't get better than that.

Well done all around.




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#1037176 - 01/25/14 04:27 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Hi Bill,

This is a very tender tear-jerker, and I love the cool way it kept playing with my emotions. He kept sort of wanting to die, and I kept thinking "awww...sad..." but then it kept being followed up with "it's heaven when you die" which would lift my spirits, but then not, because I'd think, "well, he's dying..." And 'round and 'round my emotions went! I liked that!

Lisa

#1037195 - 01/25/14 10:09 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Vicarn]  
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Originally Posted by Vicarn
Just shows how you can show a lot with so little
production wise that is).
Excellent arrangement, lyric and vocal.
Vic


Thanks, Vic


#1037197 - 01/25/14 10:11 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Originally Posted by Michael W. Brown
Sweet country tear-jerker. Those ballads south of the Mason-Dixon Line don't get better than that.

Well done all around.




Thanks for the listen, Mike

Bill


#1037199 - 01/25/14 10:14 PM Re: Heaven When You Die [Re: Lisa Gundling]  
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Originally Posted by Lisa Gundling
Hi Bill,

This is a very tender tear-jerker, and I love the cool way it kept playing with my emotions. He kept sort of wanting to die, and I kept thinking "awww...sad..." but then it kept being followed up with "it's heaven when you die" which would lift my spirits, but then not, because I'd think, "well, he's dying..." And 'round and 'round my emotions went! I liked that!

Lisa


Hey, Lisa. Yeah, death is a tricky subject. Some see it as the end, some as a new beginning

Bill



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