Y10 W25 - That Old Cortina.

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Y10 W25 - That Old Cortina.

Post by Vic Lewis VL » April 20th, 2012, 2:28 pm

Been a whie since I checked the SSG - last few weeks or so, haven't been in the mood for music much. Or writing. Or basically, doing anything except just getting through one day after another. Last night, I found the electric upstairs in the spare bedroom - it's been there for weeks, haven't touched it since Marilyn passed away. (My partner, for those of you new to this forum - I see a few new names, welcome to the SSG!)

Anyway, I brought it downstairs - strings were almost black, so I changed them. Put some new D'Addario's on it - 9's - and plugged in for the first time for a long while.

Left the strings to settle overnight, thought about checking the SSG.....liked the topic, so started to write. This is what I came up with. I took a couple of liberties with the years, but who cares, right? 1973, I wasn't old enough to drive - and I got married in '79, not '78. have to go with the years that actually rhyme....but apart from those liberties, it's a true story. Give or take an exaggeration or two...

That Old Cortina

Had an old Cortina, back in '73,
I'd get behind the wheel and I'd feel so free,
I'd hit the road with the windows down,
Radio playing the latest sounds,
17 years old and a world full of wonders to see.

Sold it on, back in '78,
Had a wife and child, bought a family estate*,
Sensible car for a family man,
Never liked it though it ran,
Like a dream for years, till love turned to hate.

Gave her half the money when I sold that car,
My share of the spoils didn't go very far,
That was back in '84,
It'd be a long while till I drove once more....

Got an old Sierra back in 2001,
Used to get behind the wheel and drive for fun,
I'd hit the road with the sunroof down,
Cassette playing my favourite sounds,
Reliving my youth and hoping the beat goes on

And on and on and on....

And on and on and on....

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Musically, I'm thinking hard rock, not quite metal....I have the main riff, I have the chords for the verses and the bridge - if I get a spare few minutes tomorrow (Saturday) I'll try and record a quick demo.

:D :D :D

Vic

*Estate - for the benefit of my American friends, it's what you'd call a "station wagon" ..... I think....
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Re: Y10 W25 - That Old Cortina.

Post by pbee » April 20th, 2012, 2:47 pm

Welcome back Vic,

good solid lyrics :D . I like the allusion to passing of time by the way last verse is modernized. Look forward to hearing it

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Post by jamestoffee » April 20th, 2012, 5:11 pm

Hi Vic,

Good writing :mrgreen: You've got a nice balance of details and contrasting the change of vehicles with the changes of life. I look forward to the listen :wink:

Thanks for sharing.

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Post by John Sargent » April 21st, 2012, 6:44 am

I like what you have done here. You have gone beyond describing an inanimate object. You have tied the vehicle into everyday life.

Never liked it though it ran,
Like a dream for years, till love turned to hate.

Gave her half the money when I sold that car

Flows very nicely

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Re: Y10 W25 - That Old Cortina.

Post by DylanBarrett » April 22nd, 2012, 2:46 am

Hey Vic

Made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

I always thought about getting back to the UK and getting myself an old Ford - I had them all at one time or another - Cortinas I, II, II, IV, Capris I, II and III, Escorts I & II (MkI 1300 GT - my first!) - the list goes on...and on...

The memories, oh the memories - the long hot summers and not a care in the world, 8 track blasting out the Beach Boys...

Always dangerous to try a turn back the clock, relive those days, but if you just got back behind the wheel maybe, just maybe....

Rock on Vic!
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Post by andygetch » April 22nd, 2012, 5:19 am

Vic Lewis VL wrote: Radio playing the latest sounds,
Cassette playing my favourite sounds,
*Estate - for the benefit of my American friends, it's what you'd call a "station wagon" ..... I think....
Alright, another station wagon :!: I like the music player link and can almost hear the cracked speaker cone rattling now :lol: Any chance that an 8-track tape deck or CD player was in the progression?

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Post by br85 » April 22nd, 2012, 9:37 am

Thats really lovely Vic nice one, i had the guitar in my hands after id read the first verse, started strumming away, the lyrics just sat right with me instantly and pulled a tune out, i really like the flow and i look forward to hearing your recording :)
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Post by Hobson » April 22nd, 2012, 2:42 pm

Interesting rhyming pattern. It should result in interesting music.
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Post by stephenbutler » April 28th, 2012, 8:46 pm

Excellent. Made me think of Jackson Brown right away. I hope you post a clip for us to hear.

BTW, I'm one of the new names. thanks for the welcome :)

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