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A Music Blog (#31: Jokers and thieves)

Posted July 21st, 2013 at 06:47 AM by bobandbill
Updated August 4th, 2013 at 05:10 AM by bobandbill

Ending the theme of songs with guitar solos here, as I've got to end it sometime and there's too many others I could choose from, really. Besides, what with all these breaks of mine I think a change of that would be nice.

So let's go with a solo by good old Jimi Hendrix, one of the greats of the guitar (and of music in general). I figured that it's a decent way to end the theme.


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Lyrics:
Spoiler:
"There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth."

"No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.
Outside in the cold distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.


The lyrics are quite thoughtful and offer a lot of possible interpretations. One can probably attribute this to the fact this song is actually a cover. The original was written by one Bob Dylan, who is known for many other masterpieces such as Like a Rolling Stone and Blowing in the Wind. But this cover is probably the more popular version of the song. It's more like a poem than anything, and it doesn't have any verse or reoccurring line. Different can be quite nice though, and there's a story behind the lyrics.

The guitar complements the lyrics. There's a nice variety of sounds there, and it's backed up by decent drums too. There's a lot to like about this song, really. =p There's a few pieces of guitar throughout; I think I prefer the part between the 2nd and 3rd verse most though. The opening is pretty iconic though!


Next entry will be a tune requested by someone too long ago, and then I might go with a mix of whatever comes to my mind and stuff based on themes suggested by you, the listener! But more on that idea next entry. Whenever that'll be. =p


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    I'm a huge fan of this song and Hendrix's style and Dylan will always be one of the all-time idolised song writers, but I'm failing to find it as special as I think it was intended to be. Perhaps I'm too used to the original haha.
    Posted July 21st, 2013 at 09:50 AM by Major Ziggs Major Ziggs is offline
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    Originally Posted by AlexOzzyCake View Comment
    I'm a huge fan of this song and Hendrix's style and Dylan will always be one of the all-time idolised song writers, but I'm failing to find it as special as I think it was intended to be. Perhaps I'm too used to the original haha.
    Maybe - sometimes it's hard to shake a particular rendition of a song in favour of another.
    Posted July 24th, 2013 at 04:56 AM by bobandbill bobandbill is offline
 

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