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#1126440 - 04/11/17 10:19 AM I used to be someone. Travis & Vic  
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Not posted a new on for a few months due mainly to learning new band songs and open mike nights.
I spotted a Travis lyric a few days ago about a faded star missing his past and thought it would be a good idea to turn the meaning on it's head.

We kept the title but this version is about him still being a star but he sort of regrets losing the old, simple life.
Comments requested and welcome.
Vic

https://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold/i-used-to-be-someone

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13557592

I Used to be someone 2017 Vaughan & Arnold
Ch.
I used to be someone but look at me now.
I'm Music Row's darling, the talk of the town.
Lipstick graffiti, that promises much.
Dressing room friends, an occasional bust.
All the bright lights they just appeared somehow
I used to be someone .... but I'm nobody now
V.
I was raised to be kind in the Tennessee hills.
My parents were poor but they paid all their bills.
I hunted wild turkey and fished in the streams.
Sometimes I'd pick guitar, somewhere in my dreams.
Now I'm the darling of prime time and star of the screen
I've a liveried chauffeur and a Lamborghini
I don't have a pal that don't crawl and don't bow
I used to be someone but I'm nobody now
Ch. Inst.
Br.
I don't want for nothing though nothing comes free,
like the faces of yesterday come haunting me
Ch.
I used to be someone but look at me now.
I'm Music Row's darling, the talk of the town.
Lipstick graffiti, the promise of lust.
Dressing room friends, an occasional bust.
All the bright lights have just turned way on down
I used to be someone but I'm no .... body now


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

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#1126443 - 04/11/17 10:57 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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I really think the lyrics are great. Well done.

#1126447 - 04/11/17 11:10 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi Vic:

Great to see and hear another "Arnold and Vaughan" song-post here at JPF. You have been missed and I hope things are going well for both of you. Loved the sound of this version and could listen all day.

Best of luck to both of you, my talented Welsh friends.

----Dave

#1126459 - 04/11/17 12:57 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi Blake, thanks for listening.

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

http://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold
#1126474 - 04/11/17 03:18 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Always good to hear from you too, Dave.
You always have something nice to say.

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

http://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold
#1126475 - 04/11/17 03:36 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi guys,

Wow, this is nicely done.....smooth / catchy.

Calvin


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#1126479 - 04/11/17 04:35 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Nice...You have one of the all time titles.
"I used to be someone BUT look at me now.....Wow!!!
What a line.....lol

#1126499 - 04/12/17 03:43 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi Calvin.
Thanks. I like smooth.

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

http://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold
#1126501 - 04/12/17 06:27 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks for the hearing Blake
Travis


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
#1126502 - 04/12/17 06:33 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks Dave for your support once again.
Vic has turned a idea into a great poignant country song.
It's amazing what Welsh minds can get up too lol
Travis


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
#1126504 - 04/12/17 07:22 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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What a great collab Travis and Vic. Superb writing and I love the musification as well

my fav line

I used to be someone .... but I'm nobody now

God Bless Roy and Helen


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#1126510 - 04/12/17 09:55 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks for your comment, Barry.
Simple is usually best.

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

http://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold
#1126517 - 04/12/17 01:39 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks for your comments Blake
Travis


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
#1126520 - 04/12/17 01:45 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi Calvin
Thanks for your support too. Glad you liked our new one
Travis


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
#1126531 - 04/12/17 08:26 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hullo Roy. Good to see you and thanks.

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

http://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold
#1126533 - 04/13/17 03:03 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi Roy
Thanks for looking g by appreciate your views a lot.
Travis


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
#1126536 - 04/13/17 04:46 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi guys,

I love the Kris Kristofferson/Roger Miller -like lilt and dark humor subtly hidden behind the sad lyric. It's Vic putting a little irony into the music. When the harmony vocals come in, I know this could be a famous bar song--I was hearing the whole room singing along. Enchanting. This is the way to exit a career, lol, with this kinda class and earnestness and touch of humor (I can't help but laugh along with "LamBORghiNI.")

Willie Nelson or even Robert Earl Keen Jr. would have fun with this for sure. smile

Mike

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Fate doesn't hang on a wrong or right choice
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

-The Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon)
from the song "Songs of Love"
from the album "Casanova" (1996)
#1126539 - 04/13/17 07:35 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks Mike. I did ponder over that word for a while.

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

http://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold
#1126541 - 04/13/17 09:01 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hey Vic and Travis,

I'm loving this -- cool beans!!

I do have one complaint to lodge:
I can't stop singing, "but I'm nobody now."
My self esteem plummets each time I sing it, but I can't stop!

Lisa

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Keep singing it! Sing it to your family, sing it out loud in your local store. Invite others to join in,sing it in your sleep. Phone up your local radio station and let them sample it!
Of course if you'd rather not I'll understand.
If you do however I'll come over and iron your duvet covers
Travis


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
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y'all have a good one here.How sad it is when the lights dim.Mike

#1126554 - 04/13/17 01:41 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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I could listen to you guys for hours! Enjoyed all the stringed instrumentation and slow, old-school country style. That is a really good chorus too!

I caught the hint of Kristofferson in there as well, you have powerful vocal capabilities.

#1126558 - 04/13/17 02:53 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thank you Lisa.
I prefer my baked beans hot, though.

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

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#1126564 - 04/13/17 03:39 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Vic,


Nice work. Production sounds good to me and I like the picking guitar.

Solid write for sure. Lyrics are very good. Melodies are familiar but that's not a problem at all.

Good job

Ricky

#1126594 - 04/14/17 05:16 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi Mike.
Thank you.
Yes it is sad. My wife likes watching TV in the dark but I don't.
It reminds me of the grave, not that I've been there yet, though, so how would I know?

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

http://soundcloud.com/vic-arnold
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Hey guys,

Loved this classic country tune with a little mountain music influence. Great lyrics on this'n, just so genuine in feel and delivery. And what a great title hook line, simple yet powerful--with great analogies in support. I might use the full line for the title, as they just feel like one line that shouldn't be separated--"I Used to be Someone, but Nobody Now."

Are you sure that wasn't "Eddie Arnold," instead of Vic Arnold? Eddie would have loved this'n.

steady-eddie.

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Hi Michael.
THanks for your thumbs up
Travis


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#1126608 - 04/14/17 05:13 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks Toby.
That's music to our ears.

Vic


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If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
http://www.soundclick.com/vicarnold

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#1126609 - 04/14/17 05:22 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi Ricky.
Thanks for taking a listen and comment. As I was putting this together I could hear all sorts of songs in my head.

Vic


It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.
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#1126618 - 04/15/17 08:53 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks for the sugg. Eddy. I never like to over egg the pudding though.
Maybe I'm too humble. :-)

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#1126635 - 04/16/17 03:14 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thank Mojo.
Appreciate you having a listen
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#1126698 - 04/18/17 12:21 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: E Swartz]  
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Originally Posted by E Swartz
Hey guys,

Loved this classic country tune with a little mountain music influence. Great lyrics on this'n, just so genuine in feel and delivery. And what a great title hook line, simple yet powerful--with great analogies in support. I might use the full line for the title, as they just feel like one line that shouldn't be separated--"I Used to be Someone, but Nobody Now."

Are you sure that wasn't "Eddie Arnold," instead of Vic Arnold? Eddie would have loved this'n.

steady-eddie.


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#1126699 - 04/18/17 12:26 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Good to hear a new one from the dynamic duo of Travis & Vic! Well written and nicely sung and produced.

I know it fits this style/genre but to me, it could use a little bump in BPM. I enjoyed my listen. Well done.

Ricki

#1126733 - 04/19/17 12:04 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Thanks Ricky. Ahh! You're too fast for me. :-)


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#1126735 - 04/19/17 12:54 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Nice job..

"liveried" chauffeur seems out of place....not used in conversation ever.
Tuxedod Chauffeur

Maybe last line...I miss that someone now....????


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#1126755 - 04/19/17 08:02 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi Neil.
It's a UK term. "Livery" is a non military uniform. I've not heard "Tuxedoed Chauffeur" but it obviously it would work in the US.

Your sugg for the last line is relevant but maybe a little too "sweet". I could be wrong though.
Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment.

Vic


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#1126756 - 04/19/17 08:16 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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All is good...all the best with it.
BTW I'm in Canada, don't ever.. well never mind. LOL

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#1126760 - 04/19/17 09:01 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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No offence Neil.
I have an old musician pal from the sixties who lives in Toronto.
He's ok in small doses. Lollylol!

Vic


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#1126762 - 04/19/17 11:01 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hey I might know him. smile I was raised it Toronto in the 60s, but I was not in music field. I thought I was an athlete. smile


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#1126767 - 04/20/17 06:25 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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I thought i was boxer too Neil.I had twenty fights and won everyone bar 17.


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#1126768 - 04/20/17 06:28 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi Ricki E.
Thanks once more for your feedback and listen
Travis


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#1126772 - 04/20/17 08:06 AM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Travis david]  
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Originally Posted by Travis david
I thought i was boxer too Neil.I had twenty fights and won everyone bar 17.

LOL...you made some others feel good about themselves. ...community spirit lives in your heart


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#1126786 - 04/20/17 02:18 PM Re: I used to be someone. Travis & Vic [Re: Vicarn]  
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His name is Steve Vaughan. He moved over there at the end of the '60's.


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