Golden Greats Vol. 12

by John Ralston

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Lucky Guy:
Recorded entirely as an instrumental in Abingdon, Va. Always had this vocal melody but no words. Woody came by one day last month and I played it for him and he said it reminded him of Cyndi Lauper "Time After Time" - which is pretty damn high praise. So, I tried it again lyrically. I like how you can hear the hollowbody guitar acoustically as well as through the amp. Always liked that vibe. Makes me feel like I'm in the room with whoever is playing when I hear a song like that. I was playing my Harmony Rocket through the mxr phaser thru the vibro champ. I can't dance. Who cares.

Red Ribbons:
This is a newer track - written in 2015. It started out as a country ballad - believe it or not. Then, Steve Copeletti came by and I followed his lead. I remember that day vividly because we were all laughing so hard between takes because it is so damn fast. Chris Conner was there too with the assist on this one. Just a fun day in the studio. And that snare work....

It sat most of the year until I finally got the vibe on the vocals.

The middle section needed a ripper on guitar. So my man Chris Carrabba just shredded it with what I can only assume is his Nash Tele. Perfect. Just what the song needed. "10". I smile like an idiot every time i hear it.

Then a few weeks ago Dan Bonebrake came by and played one of the finest bass tracks I have ever heard. In no time flat. Think it was 2 takes. Straight channel of Macca here, folks.

This track is a super fun way for me to end the year. Hope you like it too.

credits

released December 22, 2015

Lucky Guy:
Spiritual Guidance: Chris Wood

Red Ribbons:
Drums: Steve Copeletti
Lead Guitar: Chris Carrabba
Bass: Dan Bonebrake

Photography: Monica McGivern
Design: Jacob Kaplan
Mission Assist: Camp Thunderbee/Steev Rullman

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Track Name: Lucky Guy
It only takes a little light to fill up a room
It only takes one look from you to make me realize I'm in the right place
And just when I thought I'd lost my way

I've got the world on a string again
I've got a song in my heart tonight
I'm coming up roses in spring again
I guess you could say I'm a lucky guy

One life, try to live it right
One heart, gonna fill it with light
One love, here to hold me tight

Feel like dancing, though I've two left feet
They hand me the drum, but I can't keep the beat
Still everything's easy and in the right place
When your hand's in mine it always ace after ace

I've got the world on a string again
I've got a song in my heart tonight
I'm coming up roses in spring again
I guess you could say I'm a lucky guy

One life, try to live it right
One heart, gonna fill it with light
One love, here to hold me tight and cast the cares of this world from my shoulders
Track Name: Red Ribbons
You live like a flood that covers the land
You're living on blood, and other demands
I'm just trying to breathe - to come up for air
But you're like a flood, and I'm burning in here

How can I meet those demands?
I decided that someone else can - and I made a fire

Saw you in your tower, miles up in the air
Your wave crashed down to me - you beckoned me there
I climbed up for years, only to find out, when I knocked on your door that I'd been locked out

How can I meet those demands?
I decided that someone else can - and I made a fire

Saw your red ribbons on the ground, and that's when I knew that I could not be your clown.
So I made a fire.