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#1167341 - 08/04/20 08:16 PM I Paint the Town  
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https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal/robert-george-i-paint-the-town-demo




I Paint the Town ©2012 Cameron Earnshaw SESAC/Robert George BMI

I set up my easel on the streets of New Orleans
And a finished canvas is the captain of my dreams
Sometimes I arrange a tiny painterís gallery
And I sell my art, in a local park beside a shady tree
Well, it started as a hobby
And it helped me give up booze
Once Iíd paint the town with whiskey
Now I paint with vibrant hues

And I capture this great city
With my colors and my brush
And I hope to find a spirit
That my work will touch
Loverís dancing on the sidewalk
Street musicians, mimes and clowns
Poor and wealthy, young and old, I can feel this cityís soul
When I paint the town


Lotsa people look politelyÖmostly smile and then move on
But it almost seemed as if she stayed all morning long
Stariní at a painting that Iíd tried to sell for years
Just a slice of life, soldier and his wife were kissing on a pier
Said she had no money with her
Fortune hadnít gone her way
Would I save the painting for her
Till she came back that day

O I capture this great city
With my colors and my brush
And I hope to find a spirit
That my work will touch
Loverís waltzing on the sidewalk
Street magicians, mimes and clowns
Weak and healthy, strong and bold, I can sense this cityís soul
When I paint the town


Night was moviní in, and a river wind
Cut through that old park
Barely fifty dollars richer, I was puttiní all my pictures
In my wooden cart


Then I saw her walkiní toward me in the fading light
And she wore a tattered brown coat that was buttoned tight
Then her sad eyes told her husbandís tale to me
And I told her she could take that painting home for free

She said she still hears his footsteps
Up n down her lonely hall
Now sheíll hang their final memíry
By the flag thatís on the wall

O I capture this great city
With my colors and my brush
And I pray to find a spirit
That my work will touchÖ


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1167342 - 08/04/20 08:39 PM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Beautiful song and vocals, really draws you into the story and tugs at the heart strings. You could sing the phone book and make it sound top 40. Excellent song , should be on all the radio stations. Congrats love it.
Kevin


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#1167345 - 08/04/20 09:53 PM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Hi Robert,

You know I love your lyrics, and Cameron brought this one to life.This music and vocals fit it very well. This song does what I hope some of my best ones do. It touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you both!


Have a goodun,

John W. Selleck BMI Songwriter
A day without learning is a day lost forever.

www.soundclick.com/johnsings
www.soundclick.com/johnwselleck
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https://www.soundclick.com/artist/default.cfm?bandID=1468958 For Selleck/Kay co-writes
#1167348 - 08/05/20 07:54 AM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Hi Robert and Cameron:

I really enjoyed my listen. The label "DEMO" implies that the singer is not Cameron... but the vocal was about as good as it gets... and the words are meaningful and touching. Thanks for sharing and best of luck with it.

----Dave

#1167354 - 08/05/20 01:23 PM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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A good example of how you really need to listen to a song. Seeing the words on the page or screen don't really let you know whether it's a good song. This kind of sledgehammer sentimentality is not something I usually enjoy. Most songs are emotionally manipulative, but when I feel it happening I kind of tune out. But this works. Music and lyric really seem to fit and even an old cynic like me can go along for the ride and enjoy it. Definitely one of your better ones in my opinion.

#1167364 - 08/05/20 05:57 PM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Well written and well done.

As I hear it the structure is :AABAABCAA

Could make a good video.

_ _ _
Have fun!

#1167367 - 08/05/20 08:13 PM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Good story, very sad, told very well. Expert music and vocals.

#1167383 - 08/06/20 10:38 AM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Very nicely done, this tells a story well. Solid production and great vocals. Enjoyed it, thanks Kevin

#1167393 - 08/06/20 02:34 PM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks, folks. This has always been a favorite of mine. I believe the singer is Mike Willis, a pro Nashville demo singer. The first thing of ours that I remember him singing was Rose of Sunrise. He was amazing on that.


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1167403 - 08/06/20 08:08 PM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Well Robert.
Makes a person know heís got a long way to go with songwriting when I see your work. So well written, sung and produced. I will listen to this one often. Thanks

#1167423 - 08/07/20 08:52 AM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks, CT. smile


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1167462 - 08/07/20 08:50 PM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Beautiful song, excellent Bridge climax which was the icing on the cake for an already great song in all respects.

steady-eddie

#1167518 - 08/10/20 10:56 AM Re: I Paint the Town [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks, Eddie. smile


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love

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