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With Mum Again

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Next in the little pile of songs from the shoe-box. This one has the date 27th January 1994 written on it, but it’s describing an episode from many years earlier when I was, I’m guessing, something like 12 or 13 years old.

I had to go to a dinner-dance with my parents, I can remember it clearly still. I was dressed up in my suit and feeling like James Bond - all grown-up with my own glass of wine…

There was indeed an “angel dressed in blue”, about the only other person in the room who was even vaguely my age.

Anyway, although Spotty Susan and Cousin Jane are entirely imaginary, I did end up having to dance with Mum again. And, possibly because I was too scared to talk to her, the “angel” had to dance instead with what I’ve always assumed were her little brothers and sisters. She looked happy, though, a lot happier than I felt at the time…

(Oh, and by the way, I can’t remember whether my own little sister had anyone to dance with… whoops… lol)

Over the last week or so, I’ve been toying with changing the name of this to “If We’re Dancing” – but while listening during mixing and mastering, it became absolutely obvious that the title of the song really is With Mum Again.

So, “If we’re dancing…”

With Mum Again - A A J Russe

If we’re dancing
And little boys
Will be expected to step out
I’ll clean my shoes
I’ll shine them bright
And I’ll be dancing tonight

But when we get there
I know how it will be
All the pretty ones will be too big for me
So that leaves Spotty Susan
And Cousin Jane
I guess I’ll have to dance with Mum again

On the night
An angel dressed in blue
Threatens to make a dream come true
I know in theory
How easy it could be
But theory does not comfort me

Wondering if she’d care to dance with me
Knowing how she’d turn to look
And how her eyes would criticise
As she refuses
Everyone would see
And that leaves Spotty Susan
And Cousin Jane
I guess I’ll have to dance with Mum again
With Mum again

Copyright (C) 1994 A A J Russe. All Rights Reserved.

Guest said

your recordings i have heard are all impeccable... excellent... you gave me some tips on eq on SC that I have been applying....really makes a huge difference....thanks

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Paul Lisney said

Nice feel and a good vocal. Thanks for commenting on my song, Closer. Paul

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Gene Eric Mann said

This one really tickled me. Great job!

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another cultural landslide said

Another soulful, fabulous vocal ! Another fabulous track! w;-)

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James Michael Taylor said

What a universal little scene. Well told. Every little boy has to deal with that uncertainty. Will she? Sad it never changes for so many of us.

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jip said

cool vid

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Greg Connor said

Your video . . . Starting my day off right!

Guest said

Great fun track man...nice recording!

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stoman said

With the video it gets even better. I love your performance! Great to see you "live".

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stoman said

That's perfect, Andy! Oh, you attached a video - I only noticed that now. Guess I'll listen one more time then. :)

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thetworegs said

What a beauty.....

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Roger M. Harris said

Great track Andrew, the angst of growing up..... see you on Youtube, I need some friends on there !!!!!!

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Nice acoustic. Enjoying the guitar playing and the vocal accompaniment. The mix sounds great, and it took me half way through the song to realize that there were no drums. Like the lyrics, Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Stan Gadziola AKA (gadzooks) said

This has a great feel/soul to it. Nice guitar playing and a great delivery of some fine lyrics.

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Songs From Nowhere Project said

Great song! Well done sir! Lyrics, vocals, guitar- all spot on. Good job!

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joeldbrodsky18 said

andrew....yr descriptions...i love can do no wrong my friend...terrific gtr work...i like how you "land" on some the chords...what a voice

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Andrew Russe said

lol - That's the "Rory" face, Greg... didn't realise how much it came out until I saw this video. I have a camera now, and I'm currently struggling with how to control my face... During the course of a song, I seem to wander the entire range of emotions - from intensely "bored" (the "I wonder what the next chord is?" face) to an "utterly bluddy crazy-man coming to get you" look... Was I really that scary when I was doing gigs?!?!?

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Greg Connor said

I should be working . . . but . . . I just had to take another pass through your video again. Something about that last chord and the expression on your face. Now, off to work!

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Raimondi Custom Guitars said

Soulful...rewind play again...

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Endicott Road said

Laughed with you on this song. Been there, experienced that. ER

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Howard R Music said

Haven't checked out alonetone in awhile. Really enjoy your work.

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Heroes In The Seaweed said

Great voice! Great song. Sometimes reminds me of Bowie... And it's a compliment! ;-)

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Nick P said

Great voice, great tune....nice job

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Dirty Spirits said

another great vocal performance. sweet song.

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informal grae said

coool guitar! nicely-pitched vox. humour, I like. nice progression. poignant and heartfelt. stopping listening before the end, as I don't want to cry at it. G:) thank you.

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jip said

Like the chord sequences v much!

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thetworegs said

What beautiful melody . ....a great image is formed from you're must have looked like little lord fontalroy in you suit and shiny shoes I know I did when we went to the family occasions ....a beauty of a song....

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Lady Jane said

As wonderful as ever, Mr R x

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Raimondi Custom Guitars said

Love all the acoustics....nice playing ...its a breath of fresh air. More listens on this side of the pond.

Guest said

brings back old memories... like it!

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Greg Connor said

I love the guitar. The video . . . Nice addition! Who is that Handsome fella playing the guitar? Well done Andrew! Great song!

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Raimondi Custom Guitars said

That is an incredible tune. Lyrically excellent! I love the riff. Those acoustics sound perfecto! Short but sweet, makes u want to hear more. Great Andrew :).