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This song has been sat on the marvellous mechanical mouse organ in the broom-cupboard for well over a year.

A few weeks ago I got a bit of a scare - the mouse organ nearly broke down (in the middle of sorting out Delta Dawn). While I was fixing it (we will, we will mend it…), I found this thing in a songwriting-demo form with a hip-hop beat, just two rather messy guitars, and a gorgeous but rather flawed vocal.

It got written at the same time as Cobwebs and I Like This Girl… but I didn’t know how to play/record this one.

When I found it the other week, I played it to Mrs R and she went “wow”… So I mixed the demo as best I could and sent it to Lala (muse/inspiration in this case).

I very nearly posted it on here as well… But this is what I could hear in my head when I listened to it, and the demo doesn’t sound like this at all…. So I fixed it up, replaced everything, and gave it some extra sparkles.

I’ll probably find now that Lala preferred it as it was. But I prefer it like this…


I Like It As It Is - A A J Russe

Please don’t change a thing
I like it as it is
There’s magic in your words
I like it as it is

When you come through my door
When you take a breath
When you raise your head
I like it as it is

And when you wonder
What can he see?
How can I tell you?
I can’t even think
I like it as it is

Please don’t change a thing
I like it as it is
Every time you sing
I like it as it is

And when you’re laughing
Laughing at me
How on earth could I tell you?
When I can’t even breath
I like it as it is

Please don’t change a thing
I like it as it is
Every time you sing
I like it as it is

Copyright (C) 2013 A A J Russe. All Rights Reserved.

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Colleen Dillon said

Perfect!!

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Sister Savage said

I love it as it is.

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Sister Savage said

I really love that change up to the chorus. "And when you..." Swoon swoon.

Guest said

...always a tremendous amount of care and effort put into your music. Like it.

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MemphisMaiden said

Excellent !

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Sister Savage said

"And when you wonder..." gets me every time.

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Sister Savage said

There's magic in your words...

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Raimondi Custom Guitars said

I missed this one. Really Nice Ballad.

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Merry Bear said

Nice -- really, really nice.

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thetworegs said

I still like it as it is!!

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H R Music said

Wonderful piece. Enjoy the variety in your material.

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Gary Fox said

Great song, killer delivery! Love the tasty guitar parts.

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thetworegs said

Oh yes !!!...how did I miss this one ..great vocal as always and of course I like it as it is please don't change a thing .....

Guest said

As usual, I am in awe. Great piece. Best of luck. Fan: Howard R Music

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Roger M. Harris said

A piece of magic ....... again :)

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jip said

Brill. (applause)

Guest said

Lala loves it (as it is, *and* as it was.), X!

Guest said

Me too.

Guest said

Pure pro work arrangement on all fronts. Like it

Guest said

Best pipes soulful arrangement

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Jason Earls said

good song, excellent vocal!

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another cultural landslide said

Soulful brilliant vocal! w;-)

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Nosda Cariad said

And I like it as it is too! :)

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FDR said

Nice one!

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Wildgeas Music said

Real good man.

Guest said

I like it a bunch.....So did Kimmy

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Greg Connor said

Beautiful Andrew!

Guest said

Splendid.

Saved!