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The Next Level - new original

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Hi forum folks

Here's a new song that I co-wrote with Patty Lakamp (lyrics) and has James Griffiths playing on guitar.

Lyrics below link

The Next Level
© 2019
Lyrics by Patty Lakamp Music by Daryl Greenway
Performed by Staypress
Guitar by James Griffiths @jyemz
V1
I’m happy with my girlfriend
But we have a looming issue
Just what is this Next Level
She wants to take us to?

V2
I’m really only guessing
Cuz it’s hard for me to picture
And what is it exactly
She wants me to deliver

Chorus
The dreaded Next Level
Scares me half to death
She’s got me unsettled
And out of my depth
I’m not sure what I’m s’posed to do
All she said is Something New
I hope it's not too stressful
That dreaded Next Level

Instr. Break

V3
She has these expectations
I might need a refresher
I really don’t want to lose her, but
I don't perform well under pressure

Chorus
The dreaded Next Level
Scares me half to death
She’s got me unsettled
And out of my depth
I’m not sure what I’m s’posed to do
All she said is Something New
I hope it's not too stressful
That dreaded Next Level

Instr. Break

Bridge
How many levels are there?
And what comes after this?
And what does she expect of me?
And what if I resist?
And why can’t we just stay right here?
I like the way it is

Chorus
The dreaded Next Level
Scares me half to death
She’s got me unsettled
And out of my depth
I’m not sure what I’m s’posed to do
All she said is Something New
I hope it's not too stressful
That dreaded Next Level
It sounds experimental
That dreaded Next Level

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What does the current Mrs Daryl think about this?

Nicely done chaps, cool production, nice playing :) 

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I love the way the vocal starts the song, I'm going to steal that from you😎 great song, great harmony . all around awesome.

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You see, I read those lyrics cold and I thought: hmm - good luck making this work. Then I listened and not only does it work, it does so brilliantly - with superb flair and craft. I particularly like the hard stop after the instrumentals. Oh and one more thing - the mix - as tight as a drum. Terrific stuff - never stop writing.

Andy

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This reminds me of when I was 17.

How many levels are there?

There is always at least one more level past where you decide to turn back.

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How is that dear old man James Griffiths?  Just watched a documentary on the rise and fall of the clash.  Rock the Hasbeen.  Liked the song.  The reverb is kind of weird on headphones, Is it a  small room?  Your style is quixotic.

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On 9/11/2019 at 12:01 PM, Wookiee said:

What does the current Mrs Daryl think about this?

Nicely done chaps, cool production, nice playing :) 

She's very neutral about it Wookster.

Thanks mate

On 9/11/2019 at 2:46 PM, amiller said:

Cool tune.  ‘Reminds me of something Ringo might do.😊👍

Cheers 

23 hours ago, Old Joad said:

I love the way the vocal starts the song, I'm going to steal that from you😎 great song, great harmony . all around awesome.

Thanks Old Joad

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20 hours ago, Andrew Ball said:

You see, I read those lyrics cold and I thought: hmm - good luck making this work. Then I listened and not only does it work, it does so brilliantly - with superb flair and craft. I particularly like the hard stop after the instrumentals. Oh and one more thing - the mix - as tight as a drum. Terrific stuff - never stop writing.

Andy

Thanks so much Andy - very kind of you

19 hours ago, Jesse Screed said:

This reminds me of when I was 17.

How many levels are there?

There is always at least one more level past where you decide to turn back.

:)

I always stop at Level 42

10 hours ago, David Sprouse said:

How is that dear old man James Griffiths?  Just watched a documentary on the rise and fall of the clash.  Rock the Hasbeen.  Liked the song.  The reverb is kind of weird on headphones, Is it a  small room?  Your style is quixotic.

James is very well David .

I have to admit that I had to look up quixotic and now I HAVE to use it in a song. Cheers

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I looked it up and that's definitely NOT what I meant to say.  I thought it meant something along the lines of quirky or unexpected and optimistic.  My memory is getting worse.  Sorry for the mistaken shade.

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Hello Daryl

cool songwriting and good production as you got us accustomed with...

Though I am not such at ease with english language , I allways get a kind of smile when I am hearing your songs.

Thanks for sharing.

Olivier 

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20 hours ago, David Sprouse said:

I looked it up and that's definitely NOT what I meant to say.  I thought it meant something along the lines of quirky or unexpected and optimistic.  My memory is getting worse.  Sorry for the mistaken shade.

lol - no worries mate. The definition I saw made total sense - I am a bit over optimistic at times :) - like a labrador

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Nice clean, fresh sound. A quirky arrangement for a quirky ltric.  Good sound.  It's almost a Nick Lowe type of song (which is good), even some of your pronunciation in places is a bit Lowe-ish.

jdf

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This is fantastic Daryl. Perfection from arrangement to mix. 10+/10 and the only tiny thing I can find to remark on is the upbeat of the last tambourine hit. But you probably wanted it that way... 🙄

And I love those guitar fills by James!

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Hi Daryl

I like this - really reminds me of The Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band - used to love Viv Stanshall and once even saw Roger Ruskin Spears kinetic Wardrobe (or something like that) It was very strange and certain substances were obligatory to enjoy fully (beer of course😎😎😎) , but there you go, the old days!!

Great stuff

Nigel

 

 

 

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On 9/12/2019 at 8:23 PM, vilovilo said:

Hello Daryl

cool songwriting and good production as you got us accustomed with...

Though I am not such at ease with english language , I allways get a kind of smile when I am hearing your songs.

Thanks for sharing.

Olivier 

Merci beaucoup Olivier

You are very kind

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On 9/15/2019 at 3:30 PM, jerrydf said:

Nice clean, fresh sound. A quirky arrangement for a quirky ltric.  Good sound.  It's almost a Nick Lowe type of song (which is good), even some of your pronunciation in places is a bit Lowe-ish.

jdf

Thanks a lot Jerry

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A very clean, fresh sound indeed!  It does have kind of a Sgt. Pepper-ish feel to it (that is a complement).  The lyrics are very clever and the music has a bit of a cheeky flavour that matches the lyrics perfectly.  Of course, the performance, vocals/harmonies, and mix are excellent. 

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I've been back to listen 3 times ( and thought it had a Beatleish vibe as well. Someone mentioned Ringo).
Classic Daryl performance (I jumped on the Forum Monkeys link to refresh, of course regulars here are all familiar).
Daryl keeps the bar high for the rest of us...

Tom

The Do Dah Dog Band, now that's a blast from the past.

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