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4 stars [3 Votes, 4.17 Stars]
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10/29/2009

Pauline Trouble - no real band...just me and my guitar(s), and sometimes a tamborine, casio, or a box...any real "live" drumming is someone else and from a long, long time ago... 
Nobody Promised
Weighted Rating: [3 Votes, 4.52 Stars]
Views: 1,910
Featured Review
Long Johns [10/30/2009 7:02:12 AM EST]
Score: +10
this is a really good song,some of us like simple music thats easy to follow and has meaning in it.
good job pauline.
Groon Lake [10/30/2009 6:27:29 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Powerful magic exorcises pain. Healing has begun.
The vessel that was broken has been remade.
Stronger.
THENAKEDBEACH [10/30/2009 4:57:05 AM EST]
Score: +0
touching story. blessings to you and yours.
i love it that you dig deep. much love - h
unklespaz [10/29/2009 11:34:14 PM EST]
Score: +0
I need headphones, but I'll have to hear it. Nice liners and congrats on da feature :)
Pauline Trouble (song submitter) [10/29/2009 4:58:35 PM EST]
Score: +0
I can't take any real credit for "'writing" this song. It merely "came through" me, as many of them do...I have "written" many songs, I have studied writing extensively and am fully aware that this song has "simple" lyrics. Unless you have ever gone through a severe bout with clinical depression, the kind where it takes so much effort just to function to a minimal degree, maybe you will not undertand why I chose to keep them as simple as they are. What may to one person be "generic" lyrics may be "organic" to another.

Some of you know of the deep, dark place that my daughter has been in the past two years, of my exhausting struggles to get her help and the right kind of medication to help her function again, to want to live again. A wise man once said, "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on for dear life." I had been doing that, but had come to a point where I wanted to just let go. I could see no light at the end of the tunnel we were in. I had gotten to the point that I found no joy in anything, I no longer even picked up the guitar at all, nor did any tunes go through my head. This song came to me one day and just would not let go. I could not find adequate words to express my recent despondancy until these simple ones presented themselves. Like many of my songs, I feel it came through me; I didn't "write" it. And like we accept our babies, our children, as they are, with their idiosyncracies, their sexual orientation, their ADD or their mental illnesses, so I accepted this gift and found the simple tune comforting as it replayed through my mind day after day. I finally picked up the acoustic and found the tune, an old standby I seem to find comfort in.

The song as it is is 99.9% organic; I only borrowed the "rose garden" reference from the old book on a girl's "descent into madness."The "voices down the hall " part was not of my actual experience, but it did recall that book, thus the reference to that title. I feel like a mom who has had a terrible auto accident which sent our car plunging off the road into deep woods. Seeing my daughter covered in blood and unconcious, I have struggled with her in my arms out of the woods and up the steep roadside, only to find out, once I've flagged down a car to get help, that my own ankles and feet are broken. I had finally collapsed due to my own injuries. Of course some of us are aspiring to have our songs stand out and be remembered; but even more important are those that come along just to save our will to live. This type of song will probably never be a popular "hit" song, but it may express what someone is going through, and thereby, provide some comfort.

I don't know whether it really deserves a "feature" or not; I certainly don't have ego enough to even think anything I do deserve merit right now, but thanks to all who voted positively on this, for whatever reasons, and especially for the constructive criticism-I agree with most of you. Would take the shaker out completely, would love some strings-violin and sad cello to bring out the despondancy more. I am just glad I finally picked up the guitar again and was compelled to "write" a song again. Maybe I'm on the mend. Thanks again, guys!
paulmars [10/29/2009 11:05:30 AM EST]
Score: +0
Oh, yeah, I forgot to say I liked the chorus, the sleep..dream part. That stands out.
paulmars [10/29/2009 11:02:16 AM EST]
Score: +0
Like I said before, the guitar fill is pretty good on this, for me the highlight of the song.
I understand heartfelt. I just think with a little extra effort on better poetry and more unique melody that emotions on the topic of loneliness or heartbreak, a pretty widely covered theme, have a better chance of standing out and being remembered. Which I guess we're all going for.

Sorry if I might sound harsh in trying to be constructive.
I probably should apologize in advance to everyone here for such tone issues!



Richie Isaacs [10/29/2009 8:09:00 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Absolutely beautiful, touching, poignant honest, raw and very touching, a well deserved feature (and overdue, Here Comes A Regular was feature material, not becuase I was in it, because of PT's vocal delivery) and a damn good introduction to the new Tascam (Good enough to bring me back for a one-off review, and download)
I'd remix without Tambi like was suggested as your vox and guitar are all the layers that are needed.
Welcome bac, Ms Trouble ;)
Ruud Slingerland [10/29/2009 8:02:28 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
unklespaz [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
featurrr this bad boy- glad to see a girl getting back on top, rock out, rock on and this takes the house down
Paulmarste [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Funny you mentioned elsewhere today about generic lyrics. I don't hear a single line in this, including the never promised you a rose garden, that could be considered anything but generic and very predictable in the sense that you hear the first part of the line and you can pretty much fill in the blank for the rest of it.

Some of the guitar fill is pretty good.

yunquekabal [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
some damn good writing, cool
conquistador [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
what i suggest is taking the track with the shaker or whatever and playing the chords that you are fingerpicking softly in the background, so that you have the chords and also a track where youre finger picking to fill it out. Or at least start doing that halfway through or something. very sad atmosphere created with the lyrics. i dont agree with paul about them being generic, but he's right about the rose garden. theres gotta be something else to have never been promised before. take that cliche and turn it on its head. good to see you back.
THENAKEDBEACH [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
i like feel of this. i don't think you need percussion. sad and longing. very nice
paulmars [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
SO, given the 9-0 score here, I thought I'd listen again to see what I missed, see if this is just a welcome back popularity vote.
Trying to imagine a production of this basic song, with steel guitars maybe, country folk kind of treatment. That would help, sure, would even make it OK.
But the basic problem I have, I think, is the melody is just a basic rise and fall follow the chord changes. The words, sure sad, but kind of just sad, not poetically sad or insightfully sad, just kind of dreary sad.

I only say this so as to be constructive, I think you can do better words and melody, and a little honest critique might be of more use than another pat on the back. Miss Congeniality is probably not what you're going for.
NathanWayne [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
[wo]man this is cool. really does a nice job of creating the atmosphere, setting, for a movie in the head that ends up kinda sad, but not at the same time cause its true to the bone.
Ruud Slingerland [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Very nice, heartfelt, sad, beautiful.
Good to hear you again, it seems your new recording equipment works pretty well. It even has a clearer sound.
Rude S Works [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
This song sounds as pure and genuine as a song can get. Totally deserves all the feature votes, With a 'studio production' it would be as beautiful and tearful as any song that Gillian Welsh for example has recorded. I've listened to it now a couple of times and it grabs me each time. It's the way Pauline sings that I truly believe her. The lyrics are simple and very effective. Even the 'I never promised you a rose garden' has a sadness to it that it makes it totally convincing to me. How much more heart and soul do you want from a singer?

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