Day 8


Day Eight is here! Once again, many many thanks for coming along on this ride with us.

The concept of playing “the hero” has, indeed, changed over time. (And how). The “black hat” versus “white hat” scenario, while effectively ageless and timeless, has, too, evolved.

Without question, the “good” and the “bad,” as we define them in our world, can prove quite subjective… Yet the idea of standing one’s ground, regardless of what is being “stood up for,” has pretty much remained consistent.

“Be resolute!” “Stay firm!” “Don’t Give up on what you believe!” These things still mean something.

Additionally, a delicious context can help reinforce the passion behind this show of determination. Yes, indeed…we all have our tumbleweeds, waddies, hoosegows and varmints to deal with.


Before we take you to today’s showdown, dig this… Sometimes, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the insatiable drive to capture a musical idea. (This song was just such an instance). When that happens, it must somehow be preserved before it is forgotten. In those instances where the needed instrument is not available, we find alternative methods of expression:


“Just take it in hand and raise it to the sky and drink to me one more glass of wine

Written by Andrew Roman and Robert Steel

Produced by Elm Treason

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Realm Tones Music

A guitar-driven gallop that rolls with its musical boots on. A bit of the Old west? Check. A bit of hard rock? Check. Riffs? Harmonies? A driving rhythm? A kickin’ solo? Check times four. The train is arriving right on time. Time to stand up, keep firm and check this one out:


(Listen now. Roll with it!)




The twelve o’ clock keeps running, gunning along the line. Oh, rain, shine, right on time.

Her wheels stop for nothing. How many here will show? Oh, sun sets, it’s me, alone.

And should it be it’s them instead of me, just take it in hand and raise it to the sky 

and drink to me one more glass of wine.

The twelve o’ clock is coming among the willows, ride. Oh, could be it is my time.

She’s here, bold and stunning, my two feet on the ground. Oh, there ain’t no backing down.

And should it be it’s them instead of me, just take it in hand and raise it to the sky

and drink to me one more glass of wine.

Caught between the clock and a hard place, but like the clock, I’ve got time on my hands

and I can’t lose face. I can’t lose face.

And should it be it’s them instead of me, just take it in hand and raise it to the sky

and drink to me one more glass of wine.



Bobby gives an example of how one idea spurs another.

Andy elaborates on the “various rhthyms” of this song.

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Ellen Hakala

Just getting better all the time fellas and the video’s are a real treat to watch…you have both put so much in to all this and its been an awesome ride to be on…

Chris Roman

I am all things “cowboy”. I love this and definitely like how you put the “word locker” songs to good use. Then again, you have always shined on this! Well done Fellas!

Craig Hecht

Ok, castanets, nice! Kind of a mash up of Who power chords and Zeppelin 3ish mandolins. Gettin a Munsters vibe off that lick LOL! You guys are on the way to creating your own genre! Respect!


Another great song to dig! I read an earlier comment that mentioned a “Munsters” vibe. I felt the same thing. great song none the less. I really think that since you produce your own music it really frees you both up to take as much time as you want and focus on different sounds, instruments, etc. You both are masters of your own universe and you’re sharing that incredible universe with us, the listeners. Thank you Elm Treason for an amazing ride so far. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Vincent Peteroy

What a sound….it’s like a time warp
So clever and witty….It’s a movie and a soundtrack all in one…awesome job brothers…..bravo !!

Bobby Steel

What a song! One of my favorites not just on this album, but any album. And so multicultural… My mandolin riff in the fast “chase scene” part was inspired by a sword dance from Derbyshire, England, the intro is sort of Good Bad & Ugly Native American and western cowboy, the chorus sculpted from a Jewish Mediterranean style song, Del Shannon, metal……who knew we could cram and jam all that STUFF in there and make it sound so NATURAL like it just BELONGS there? For that bridge section, I woke up one early Saturday morning with that melody and lyrics in my head complete (rarely happens). I ran right down to the basement and recorded it around 6 in the morning and sent it over to Andy. I told him that I could do another take if he wanted…but he ended up using that exact FIRST recording i did in the early Saturday morning. I must have been in the zone. Clint Eastwood would be proud. E PLURIBUS ULMUS!

micheal elwood

Well done gentlemen, great song, and all the background instruments complete it, and yes Bobby, the mandolin and puns take this collaboration to another level!

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