Killer vocals and musicianship but the lyrics make this song !
Very passionate song. Well worth the listen.
Great song. Lyrically paints a vivid picture. I just wish that listening didn't make me feel so sad.
Great vocals....Top drawer music....Fantastic lyrics....Well crafted!
I really like it. Can´t seem to rate it.. would have liked to.
Best song I've heard in a while. Everything about it seems to work. Too long for commercial radio but it sure didn't seem like 6 minutes when I was listening to it.
Tight rhythm section. Nice finger picking. Lead guitar part was pretty hot. Loved the organ and sax.
Lyrics and vocal delivery were outstanding. I didn't mind, but the song was a bit long to get airplay these days. Reminded me of what it must have been like listening to those extended version album cuts that FM radio was so famous for playing back in the late 60's and early 70's; by the way, I meant that as a big compliment.
Wonderful song ! Gripping lyrics. Enjoyed listening.
Exceptional ! Lyrics, vocals, and musicianship were all top drawer ! Well done !
Hello MarthAnne Brooks;
I didn't get the same impression as my colleagues have graciously put it above. I felt the lyrics lacked soul, wisdom and ache. You've got a nice voice but the soul of the song fails to seize the opportunity. I was holding back from banging on the eject button. I really gave it my best to listen, but found it difficult to follow. Do you really, really still feel for this guy or are you just swimming on the west banks of the dead sea. What I hear and what I feel drifts away into the black waters below. The instrumental accoumpanyment does give the song an appetizing lift, but the mood of the song leaves me sleeping on the sidelines. This is certainly not of the same caliber as your song "Dead or alive".
Thank you for the song and most of all the opportunity to be candid.
Thanks for all the comments - both good and bad. As I said, folks seem to either like it a lot or dislike it with fervor. I'm just thankful that it elicits some degree of reaction either way and makes people want to comment on it. The song was written about the inner turmoil experienced by a dear friend who returned from combat duty suffering from severe depression and considering the possibility of suicide as a means of escape. It was also an attempt to incorporate the anguish felt by those of us trying to discourage that as an option. The final outcome has yet to be decided, but still torments us all. We can only hope for the best while realizing that the fate of our friend is entirely beyond our control, leaving us drained by the emotional impact.....wondering whether or not we need to prepare ourselves for a continuing life struggle or the death of a friend who seems to be simply plodding along; waiting for the emptiness to end.....who is hanging by a thread just to keep from disappointing the rest of us who can't seem to fathom the depths of his despair. Do we really care or are we just being selfish ? Could we go back in history and change things ? No. We can only lament the situation and hope for the best. Maybe I could have written a better song about it - maybe not. This song is what it is and I leave the listener to make of it what they will.
Its too bad that I couldn't have read the above before I listened. Thanks for the window into what must be a very difficult situation. After listening a 2nd time, I'm sorry that I didn't pickup on the sensitivity in its quality. I'm glad you responded.
No apologies are needed. If the lyrics don't convey the intended message of the song, then maybe they just weren't written well enough. It is entirely my responsibility as a writer to make my thoughts clear enough to be understood unless I'm intentionally trying to be vague and force the listener to bring their own interpretation to the table. Your criticism is valid since my lyrics didn't sufficiently make the story clear in your mind. Bob Dylan is great with cryptic lyrics - but I would never presume to put myself in the same league with him, so I need to make sure that my lyrics are able to tell a story in an understandable manner. Thanks for offering an honest opinion.....I certainly hope that I haven't left others baffled as to what I was trying to say.
Wow - whole lot of commentary going on about this song. I like it, but everyone is going to have their very own opinion based on what they themselves hear in the song. I think people can over analyze a song until they kill the spark in it. This strikes me as a very moving, emotion-based song that should be felt with the heart instead of being picked apart with the brain. I hope Martha Ann Brooks will just keep writing from her soul and not fall victim to the "I've got to write a commercial hit mentality" that is ruining what we hear on the radio these days.
Outstanding song. Definitely not folk music in the traditional sense but that doesn't make it any less of a song. I'll certainly recommend it to my friends.
Not being "long winded" I have to say ot was a great song with great back-up.
Paul D. Crandall
Miss Mary Ann,
that is a beautiful song. Thank you for sharing it with me.
A very beautiful song Martha!
I was middle of the road. Seemed a little maudlen to me.
Sorry..This song doesn't grip me.
Good voice. Matha sounds like she means it, which willdo for me. Songs sounds good. Enjoyed listening. Got to the end, which is always a good sign. Thanks, Martha.
Lovely song;) the beginning wouldn't prepare me for the amazing vocals. Would love to hear more from artists like her.
This is why underground artists are better than mainstream ones. Unconventional, touching, not sold out and old-school.
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