No Stone Above My Grave

by @jeustan @crisp1

Liner Notes

lyrics: @crisp1
music: @jeustan

#alt_country

Lyrics

My papa loved barfly women
Mama played with razors
Nobody ever came along
To be my childhood savior

The bullies in school beat me
Teachers just ignored it
What faith I had all disappeared
And nothing could restore it

Hard knocks are the best school
I got a Ph.D.
I majored in rotten luck
And minored in misery
The rivers that I’ve cried
Coulda filled the sea with waves
And when I die, I’ll die alone
No stone above my grave

No stone above my grave
No stone above my grave
No stone
No stone
No stone
No stone
No stone above my grave

My women all up and left me
I couldn’t hold on to friends
Thought that they all cared for me
It seems they’d just pretend
I never was good at nothing
Plumber, salesman, sailor
I even messed up bankruptcy
That’s right, I failed at failure

Hard knocks are the best school
I got a Ph.D.
I majored in rotten luck
And minored in misery
The rivers that I’ve cried
Coulda filled the sea with waves
And when I die, I’ll die alone
No stone above my grave

No stone above my grave
No stone above my grave
No stone
No stone
No stone
No stone
No stone above my grave

Darkness is my atmosphere
Bitter is the flavor of every tear
It’s been forever
Since I remembered
(That) It’s good to be alive
But still I persevere

Hard knocks are the best school
I got a Ph.D.
I majored in rotten luck
And minored in misery
The rivers that I’ve cried
Coulda filled the sea with waves
And when I die, I’ll die alone
No stone above my grave

No stone above my grave
No stone above my grave
No stone
No stone
No stone
No stone
No stone above my grave



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@beacon

Really nice treatment of @crisp1 great lyrics. I like the slow steady pace of the song, and your harmony work is just enough.

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Finally logging in to see what's going on here, and I am glad I did. This is stellar all around. Beautiful lyrics and exceptionally matched music. Love it.

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Oh this is smooth. Just the right amount of acoustic guitar, and those velvety vocals carry the lyrics perfectly. I love your melodic choices and minor tone mixed in with some lovely major tones. You really highlighted these well written lyrics. The additional guitars sound great, especially the bass. Great song and collab!

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@mikeb

Great Americana sound and feel on this collab - well done! If mandolin or banjo was added, it could also be a solid bluegrass number.

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This is certainly easy to listen to! Great lyrics, as expected from @crisp1, and a wonderful vocal from @jeustan. I like the music a lot...It's a long song, but it doesn't feel long; it feels GOOD!

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What a great team-up. @crisp1's harder-edged material really suits @jeustan's world-weary delivery. It's a cracking tune and the arrangement is peerless. Love the little damped guitar in the chorus and wailing bottleneck(?) notes. Love the subdued BVs and the shuffling kit. It's perfect.

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Oh this is GEM!! I love love love the guitars and the tempo/groove is perfect. Lyric is perfectly matched in arrangement and vocal delivery works so well. Very atmospheric. This could have some awesome sync potential guys!

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The hardpanned guitars are a nice touch and then the slight right trem guitar…o ya dude…that’s good stuff. Oooo now that slight left boy. The guitar tracking on this was epic. Dig the lyrics, they are tough af. Very cool tune!

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I get so excited every time I see a collaboration between you two. Really love the world weary vocals, chorus harmonies, and alt-country arrangement (the plucky bass and brushed drums, especially!). Top-notch lyrics, Doug (as always). The "I never was good at nothing/Plumber, salesman, sailor/I even messed up bankruptcy/That’s right, I failed at failure" stanza is just killer.

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I love the feel you came up with. It feels like Lou Reed wandering the Streets of Laredo. Feels like the perfect interpretation of these great lyrics.

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This is absolutely amazing. The wallowing lyrics with plenty of great lines and just a hint of hope there in the bridge are really atmospheric. The music matches them perfectly with that outlaw country twang. Excellent composition and beautiful arrangement, great guitar playing and delightfully worn vocal delivery mixed in a ear-pleasingly dusty manner. And those brushed drums are so elegant and tasteful. The little staccato bit towards the end is a really nice touch. Love everything about this song.

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@jeff9

@billwhite51 really nails it with his comment. I'm also super impressed with the melodic and phrasing choices in the terrific vocal by @jeustan. They often went in what, for me, were slightly unexpected directions, but those turned out to be precisely the right ones every time. "The rivers that I've cried/Coulda filled the sea with waves" is an enviable line by the talented lyricist @crisp1 This is by far the best Americana type number I've come across on the site so far. Applause.

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great song, right up my strasse

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these lyrics are so good..and i can relate to them all. you really nailed it. and the bluesy music pushes each word deep inside. on top of that, the vocals are both soothing and tormented. such an amiable beat carrying so much truth on its back.