Together Forever

by @katestantonsings @coolparadiso

Liner Notes

John and I discussed a collaboration during FAWM, but we ran out of time. I was pretty excited to get these awesome Leonard Cohen-style lyrics from him last month. Thanks @coolparadiso for the collab! I hope you like the music. I have an Ibanez acoustic I rarely play, but feel like that could change after recording this one! I appreciate the comments and listens!

Kate

#girl_with_guitar #acoustic #piano #collab #lyrics

Who wouldn't want to write for Kate and when she mentioned cohenesque I was in ! I wrote one decided that wasn't it and then this came to me. And yes it is lovely Kate.

John

Lyrics

Together Forever
Lyrics by @coolparadiso
Music by @katestantonsings

Colored boats drift on by
Mountains standing proud and high
He's dressed like winter's passed him by
But tomorrow's promise is not a lie

And he gets you to see his ways
Like a scene from those old Shakespeare plays
You’ve now seen what he holds inside
Crashing in like a high spring tide

And you always want to be with him
Until your eyes are old and dim
You want to walk this path together
Step by step onwards forever

And you keep on checking in on him
As stones on the water skim
Seen from the lookout on the hill
Above the water dark and still

And you always thought you knew the path
Coz he knew when to frown and when to laugh
His looks are beyond compare
But that he knows just isn’t fair

And you always want to be with him
Until your eyes are old and dim
You want to walk this path together
Step by step onwards forever

But dawn appears on faint horizons
Painting pictures on the skyline
His smile his look his sweet suggestions
Gives answers to all your questions

There seems to me, more tea in China
And really there is nothing finer
Given with his God's grace
the sun shining on his face

And you always want to be with him
Until your eyes are old and dim
You want to walk this path together
Step by step onwards forever



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So much to love in the lyrics and playing and singing and melody. I especially love how the chorus jumps in, like it's interrupting the verse because it just can wait, and then the beautiful harmony in the chorus. It's so hard to write a love song. You two pulled it off beautifully.

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What a beautiful collab all round. Some of the lines are just stunning - 'He's dressed like winter's passed him by' is particularly brilliant. Kate, yes please to more guitar in future, the playing is really accomplished! And the melody you've carved out is gorgeous, really captures the delicacy and poetry of the words. I've listened 2 or 3 times now, and it keeps growing on me with each play. Well done both 👏

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@coolparadiso Beautiful lyric, just floats through the senses as I read it . The images in the story are masterful. @katestantonsings , I really admire the duet components of the song. The production syncing still evade my abilities, so I love to hear it when it is done so well. Beautiful collab.
#tit4tat 1

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Wonderful lyrics. Kate, you need to play more guitar. It sounds great. I love the delicate and sparse piano parts. Vocals are classy as usual. Great collaboration. You’ve each brought your talents to the table on this one.

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Great collaboration, musical composition and vocals perfectly complementing the lyrics. very enjoyable. And they lived happily ever after.

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Oh, man--I have SO been loving @coolparadiso 's lyrics this "season", and he REALLY did his best with these. And, Kate--for a person who doesn't play that much guitar...wow! This is just perfect simple instrumentation for this kind of a song. Less is more, as I always say--but never do, as I put layer upon layer into my songs. 😀 Great job, you two! You're both The Best!

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@panch

Very emotional and moving lyrics that are given the perfect setting. Beautifully sung, I love the atmospheric guitar picking and the simple piano that provides a perfect lift.

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Great lyrics and emotionally sung well, the delivery goes with the mood of track and guitar sounds great.

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These are some amazingly good lyrics by John and the treatment that Kate gives them is nothing less than superb....a wonderful song indeed!

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@tjeff

Wow some great lines in here John! And Kate does an amazing job as usual - just gorgeous! To me this sounds like it's straight out of a Broadway musical like "Spring Awakening." Really nice guitar-playing too, and the piano and harmony vox is such a nice addition to the arrangement.

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@andrea

This is a beautiful and poetic love song. Kate's gorgeous vocals and sweet guitar feel so emotional and moving. The little flecks of piano are lovely. I love it. A fantastic collab!

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@gm7

'And you always want to be with him
Until your eyes are old and dim'...such a great line John..A WINNER !
Kate has woven her wonderful voice around each word and created a memorable and relatable melody. Stellar collab!

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the shifting vocal suggests to me a series of photographs, changing voices for changing times..while the love that sails through time lasts forever. very beautiful interpretation of john's fine lyrics.

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Very beautiful, moving, poetic lyrics and music. Gorgeous singing and playing. Your song is very visual, emotionally connecting with the listeners and taking us into the world of beauty. I love the melodies and the musical backing is so expressive also. Very memorable added notes (on the keys?) Beautiful collaboration.

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@nadine

So cool to hear your guitar, Kate! Your picking is so soft and it works so well with the piano and singing. I enjoyed the ad libs at the last part. John, your lyrics are ace! They really remind me of Cohens later works. Moving!

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I like hearing your talents combined! Simple, emotional vocals, the sound of a calm acoustic guitar and the addition of a piano in the chorus. I'm listening again!

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@mctown

Wow, moving lyric....and Kate's voice with a nice guitar backing...cool.

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These poetic lyrics are absolutely gorgeous with the images, insights, and emotional impact of a lasting love. They do have a wonder full Cohen kind of feel. And the music is really brilliant - the use of the simple guitar really allows the beautiful lyrics to shine with the vocals. I love how the different sections are layered. You create such a nuanced intimacy with your production that I absolutely love.

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@wolfkier

Certainly a Kate-worthy lyric.
Beautiful and those lonesome piano notes bring such pathos.