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#1179112 - 07/30/21 08:57 PM Old Vaquero  
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https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal/old-vaquero-demo

I don't recall who I wrote this with. My mind is gone.



Old Vaquero

Old vaquero
Red dust on your straw sombrero
Ainít you weary of the rustlers and the rattlesnakes
Find some shelter from the weather
All these summers turned your skin to leather
And how much more can your faded saddle take

Old vaquero
Say farewell to that ranchero
Canít you see time is running low in your canteen
For once donít be stubborn mi amigo
Find a senorita in Tampico
Fence her off a grassy acre by a desert stream


So compadreÖvaya con dios
And may evíry morning find you giving thanks
For you have crossed many a rio
Knowing dust awaits you on that final bank


Old vaquero
Donít you fret about dinero
Prove to your grey mare that prayer and fortune will provide
Ride across the wild Sierra Madres
Find a mission with a faithful Padre
Let him walk you in a white robe to a riverside

Old vaquero
Say farewell to that ranchero
Canít you see time is running low in your canteen


©2009 Robert George/etc with apologies



Last edited by couchgrouch; 07/30/21 08:58 PM.

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
#1179141 - 07/31/21 05:54 PM Re: Old Vaquero [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Nice write, couch, I really like the verses and gone are the days of the AABA song structure which I feel can still tell a very strong story song. The simple acoustic melody is perfect for this one. Thanks for sharing.

#1179190 - 08/02/21 12:00 PM Re: Old Vaquero [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Another visual eye candy CG..really love the feel of this one. The tone quality of the vocal is exceptional


Steve


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#1179221 - 08/03/21 07:02 PM Re: Old Vaquero [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks, folks. The arrangement could use some fleshing out. An accordion, a tasteful trumpet. The AABA structure suits alot of songs but it's not easy to write.


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
#1179225 - 08/03/21 09:55 PM Re: Old Vaquero [Re: couchgrouch]  
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It has a real old time feel to the music and to the lyric itself with its rhymes and mix of English and Spanish

Can't say I'm a huge fan of the faded saddle image as too stereotype but that time running low in his canteen is exceptional. Bravo


If writing ever becomes work I think I'm going to have to stop

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#1179250 - 08/04/21 08:45 PM Re: Old Vaquero [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Originally Posted by couchgrouch
The AABA structure suits alot of songs but it's not easy to write.



Yeah, I have a few songs in that structure. One I cowrote years ago, we re-did for sync. I'll have to share it sometime.
And one was on Bill Scull's CD long long ago. I believe you had one on there too.

#1179252 - 08/04/21 11:16 PM Re: Old Vaquero [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Bill had a cd? I don't remember that! What song did I have on there? That was 20 years ago.

I'm so ancient.

Sigh.


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
#1179284 - 08/05/21 09:00 PM Re: Old Vaquero [Re: couchgrouch]  
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yes, he put out a CD back in the day LOL Entitled A NIGHT WITHOUT LOVE, and one of the songs was "Rough & Tumble" by Robert George and Wyman Griffith. Great song too. Guess I'm making myself ancient right along w/ you. lmbo

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