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#852520 - 10/22/10 09:03 PM A Few Clowns Short (demo)  
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OK, it's been awhile, but slumps happen. I needed to share this with those of you that are still listenin' to my tunes :-)

Hope you like it - the recording is far from perfect.

http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_5705046



A Few Clowns Short © 2010 Barry Crannell

He’s a good ol’ feller – got him a wife
She ain’t no cousin – but that’s alright
She loves her man – that’s the truth
Loves his banjo – loves his tooth

He’s a few clowns short of a circus
And her elevator don’t reach the top
They’re a couple fries short of a Happy Meal
But they’re happy with all they got

Livin’ in a shack – down in the holler
He’s a handy man – a home-grown scholar
He built a privy – made for two
With a crescent moon – and a river view

Chorus

Bridge

Ain’t that some kinda genius?
Ain’t that some kinda tough?
Ain’t that some kinda livin’?
Ain’t that some kinda love?

Feelin’ pretty – she gives a wink
In her union suit – all faded pink
When the moon shines bright – they tip that jug
Stoke that stove – stoke their love

Chorus








#852569 - 10/23/10 01:19 AM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Barry Crannell]  
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Pretty fun little tune. It is hard to build a song around a cliche, but you did it here. You have a very nice sound going on -- I enjoyed it. Nice combo of instruments.

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#852572 - 10/23/10 01:33 AM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
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That was fun.

Your voice and the humour in the lyric rather reminded me of Eels (a great band).


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#852616 - 10/23/10 09:01 AM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Barry Crannell]  
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Hi Barry , eeeeha :-)
I really enjoyed this tune and the performance .

Keep up the good work .

All the best
Jan


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#852638 - 10/23/10 11:55 AM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Jan Petter]  
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You got me hooked with the title. I'd never heard the expression "to be a few clowns short of a circus", and it's not even in the dictionaries that I use to use. Reading your lyrics I thought the expressions might mean something like "being poor" or "being rather simple and ordinary folk" - it worked for me nicely that way. And I really liked it. But then, I'd got it all wrong (I'm German, you know).

How and why the lyrics and the song should work with their correct meaning (a song about some moron - you see, I double-checked), I'm not quite sure. I've learned that they actually read: leave that stupid, poor folk in the gutter, they're happy there - that would be rather cynical. As nice as the song sounds I seem to cease to like it. (Nothing against the expressions themselves, I actually like them, my newfound favorite: "Has an IQ of 2, but it takes 3 to grunt").

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#852691 - 10/23/10 07:00 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Bernd Harmsen]  
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Hi Barry,

Loved EVERYTHING about it.......very refreshing !
Thank you.

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#852847 - 10/24/10 06:04 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
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Thanks a lot Kevin - good to see you're still here. :-)



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#852848 - 10/24/10 06:05 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Jan Petter]  
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Thanks Jan. Yeehaw indeed! ;-)



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#852850 - 10/24/10 06:09 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Bernd Harmsen]  
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Bernd,

I'm sorry that you didn't continue to like this, as the intent is very well-meaning. It's more of a commentary about the sometimes misguided nature of a lot of us that are NOT living that life, and only understanding that we never seem to have enough.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment - Barry



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#852851 - 10/24/10 06:11 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Calvin]  
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Thanks Calvin. Good to hear from you as well.

bc



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#852863 - 10/24/10 06:43 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Barry Crannell]  
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Barry,

I loved the lyric and music. Where were you when I used to live in Corvallis? Loved the vocal, great song!

Tammy


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#852894 - 10/24/10 09:42 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: TamsNumber4]  
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"loves his tooth" - LOL

There is someone for everyone in this world - you got that across in a humorous and even heartwarming fashion. Nice one, Barry.

Scott

#852908 - 10/24/10 10:26 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Scott Campbell]  
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A nice happy tune!
I have no criticism for this.
Perfect just as it is.
=Paul

#853179 - 10/26/10 12:17 AM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: TamsNumber4]  
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Hey Tams - been in Portland a long time now. Used to be with an Irish band called "Wildgeese."

Thanks,

Barry



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#853332 - 10/26/10 02:48 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Scott Campbell]  
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Thanks Scott. I really tried not to cast a bad light on the two og them - glad you noticed. Good to see you're still at it.

bc



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#853335 - 10/26/10 03:07 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Barry Crannell]  
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Hi Barry

Sounds good - jm


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#853394 - 10/26/10 07:14 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Barry Crannell]  
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BARRY--

I LOVE THIS SONG--

Mackie

#853429 - 10/26/10 08:57 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Mackie H.]  
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Paul, Joice, Mackie - Thanks a lot for checkin' in and havin' a few nice words for me. I've got to get back in the commenting groove a little better myself. Cheers...



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#853431 - 10/26/10 09:02 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Barry Crannell]  
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Hi Barry,
This is a cute song with a catchy tune. I love the idea...very dreative and well-done! I look forward to hearing more from you.

Take Care,
Jennifer


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#853609 - 10/27/10 04:55 PM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Jen Shaner]  
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Thanks a lot Jennifer. Hopefully I'll get more recorded soon.

Cheers,

bc



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#853751 - 10/28/10 01:35 AM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Barry Crannell]  
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Hi Barry,

This is such a charming tune! I enjoyed the light-hearted look at this quirky couple. It's enjoyable and fun!

Nice playin' and harmonies too.

Kristi


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#853979 - 10/29/10 02:11 AM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Kristi McKeever]  
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Hi Kristi,

Good to hear from you - and thanks a lot for that.

Barry



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#853980 - 10/29/10 02:23 AM Re: A Few Clowns Short (demo) [Re: Barry Crannell]  
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That was really fun! Thanks for that.

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