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Oh, Won't You Tell Me Where the Time Goes (2021 Version)

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I think it was the summer of 2016. I was trying to work on 50/90 and I set some rules for myself involving double tracking the crap out of everything and not using any GarageBandy short cuts like direct signal guitars with amp sims and copying and pasting. Back then there was no Covid-19 so three hours of each day was spent commuting to and from work. There just wasn’t time to do things within the parameters I had defined for the project. In rebellion, one night I took my guitar and my iPad into the garage and blew this one out without even thinking of it. All amps sims, all copy and paste. Once it was done I uploaded it and completely forgot about it.

Until now! This is probably similar to what I wanted all of my 2016 50/90 tracks to sound like. I did completely rewrite the middle eight (which is actually 16 bars long, but The Beatles always called the break in the middle of a song the middle eight so don’t judge me) but otherwise it’s relatively faithful to the original.

The guitars are all Gibson ES-335 Pro and the amps are all a Vox AC15 and a Fender Bassbreaker 15 at the same time. The rhythm parts used a Klon KTR. There was a Uni-Vibe on it for a while but I decided it sounded like shite and redid everything. I brought it back for the leads though, along with a Wren and Cuff Tri Pi ’70 and the KTR again.

Oh won’t you tell me where the time goes
Oh won’t you tell me where it goes
Oh can you make it last forever
It seems like everybody knows

Seems like we’re spinning round In Circles
Seems like we’re spinning round again
We never get to where we’re going
And everyone just takes offense

That’s okay
That’s all right
That’s what we need
That’s okay
That’s all right
Everyone will see

So many ways to go
So many things to know
So many faces to see
So many places to be

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Colleen Dillon said

I didn’t hear the 2016 version, but this one is really great!!

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