NOT A SECOND TIME
How you be? So good to have you here. Welcome to Day Nine!
Some phrases are so obvious as to be seemingly etched in the very stone of existence.
“Everybody plays the fool sometimes” is one that comes to mind.
Another one is “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
Yet another is “We’re not going to take it anymore.” (There are others, but we’ll keep it clean here).
Why did we choose those three? Would you believe they were chosen very deliberately? (Really guys?) There’s a kind of flow to them when read in that specific order. It’s the sequence of standing up for one’s self after laying down for so long.
IT’S ALL IN THE FLAVOR
Sweetness, zest, seasoning, texture, color … whatever you call it, we love adding those little accents of zing to our songs. We dig mixing in a little extra lilt. Some are very subtle, others a bit more conspicuous – but always very treasonous:
THE MUSIC (SONG 9) – “ALL OVER ME”
“This game is done. It’s done. All over. See, it’s so overdone…“
Written by Andrew Roman and Robert Steel
Produced by Elm Treason
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Realm Tones Music
Today’s voice, much like the previously shared “TWELVE O’CLOCK RUNNING,” is ultimately about standing one’s ground. (Subject matter that never fails, right?). But this time, it isn’t against an evil entity or a band of roaming marauders looking for trouble. Rather, it’s about confronting one’s self, mustering the strength to not be someone’s stepping stone any longer. Check this :
“ALL OVER ME”
(Listen now. Lay your ears on this!)
Well the snake could feign a dove and shake a faithful love, and they play that play so well.
Betrayal is a deep abyss that’s steeped in emptiness, and I confess that, yes I fell.
But this game is done. This game is done. It’s done. All over. See, it’s so overdone.
But I was the one. I was the one. The one who let you rock and roll all over me.
Well the con could play the part and don a Sunday heart. Don’t they line those lines up so fast?
That trick Is quite a fitting tool to spite unwitting fools, but this ruse will be your last.
‘Cause this game is done. This game is done. It’s done. All over. See, it’s so overdone.
But you’re not the one. You’re not the one. The one who’s gonna rock and roll all over me.
It’s all over now. It’s all over now. Don’t pretend to me again. It’s the end.
It’s all over now. It’s all over now. It’s all over now.
EXTRA EXTRA BONUS CONTENT
Bobby explains his approach to the “three-guitar-part” solo.
Andy breaks down the “fast riff” part of the song in studio.
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Yet another awesome song. Well done guys
Hi Darcy! So good of you to say so. Thank you for the play! We truly hope your journey has been an enjoyable one thus far. 🙂
Freaking magic!… this song is stellar✊🏻😂
Now THAT is the Shelley Stewart we sing about around the campfire!! 🙂 Seriously, HUGE THANKS for the fabulous reaction! It was one of those purely inspired, almost magical experiences putting this one together. The great thing about it was that it didn’t need a ton of “craftsmanship” in completing it. It sort of drove us. Thank you sincerely.
Pure gold. I’m blown away
Ruth, THANK YOU. This song comes from a very real set of circumstances, from a very real place. So delighted you could relate and connect with it. 🙂 Rock on!
Strings, strings, strings, percussion! It’s a symphonic masterpiece. I love my guitars and drums. And everything in between. No doubt. Solid lyrics, just, even going through run number two, I still wasn’t able to concentrate, or grasp and hang onto any sort of lines. Think it was sensory overload on the instrumentation? Maybe… (Which, did I already say, was brilliantly orchestrated?) I guess me and them lyrics just didn’t jive. Hard to explain. I like the writing? I didn’t like them in the song? Too many of them? Words, schmirds. I really didn’t care if it was all instrumental, it was that good. And, I’m not a strictly instrumental kinda girl. But, no matter. It is still leaps and bounds ahead of that other no.9 song. (I really dont like that one) All in all, this vinyl is solid, and I’m happy to own it, and have each and every one of these songs in my playlist. I might’ve heard, from a little birdie, that number 10 was on the fast track to be lighting up everyone’s number one slot.. .so, stay tuned, I know this is the one I’ve been waiting for! Tomorrow is THE day to be here, for the grand finale, and, open up the last drawer of pandora’s box. Great journey, boys. Take me along, any time. Ya girl repin the midwest, over here in central Missouri, wishing y’all~✌❤🤘
Hi Sonya! You are our go-to gal always. From Show-Me here to the Big Apple, you always make our day…. If I (Andy) may quote myself from elsewhere: “I remember once talking to a buddy of mine who released an album privately. He was getting really good feedback on one of the songs and was very happy about it. I can’t say as I blame him. I’d feel the same way, too…. but that was pretty much the only song that got EXCELLENT feedback….There was another track that got PRETTY GOOD feedback, almost across the board….. Again, I was glad for him, obviously….But sadly, for the rest of the record, not so much of anything……. I remember thinking, ” I don’t ever want that to happen to me. EVER.” What do I mean by that? My thinking has always been that if an album gets the same response from all quarters, that means the album is probably pretty weak……. When I used to go to Beatlefest back in the day, you’d have a hotel full of Beatles fans who did not, could not, would not ever agree on anything regarding the songs they liked or what albums they thought were best. Is John the best? Or Paul? Or George? None of us could really agree on much of anything within the Beatles universe…EXCEPT that they loved the band. After that, it was a free for all. THAT’S what I’ve found (FORTUNATELY) with Elm Treason….” We can’t fake what reaches us or moves. God forbid we ever do that. It isn’t fair to ourselves OR the music. 🙂
Funny thing about this song is the riff at the end was the first riff I wrote. I remember I was listening to JS Bach at the time and he has this technique where he takes a melody and runs it at different speeds and different keys all at the same time (show off). So i experimented with that by taking the original riff and playing it twice as slow and twice as fast. I slowed it down next , then sped it up. So in essence the song starts in the middle, next comes the end and it ends with the beginning. Now that’s about as jumbled up as the thoughts in my head. My middle eastern/Indian influence came out as well with the drums and percussion and drone like guitar. It’s also got a little hoedown in there too.
Change the strings on your air guitar and rock out!
E PLURIBUS ULMUS!
All over me has the best harmony so far in the album in my humble opinion. The guitar overlaps really gel and when the drums kick in it is perfect. Question. How could you ever perform this live?
Thank you for the fantastic feedback on ALL OVER ME. The harmony on the chorus, for me (Andy), is especially strong, I feel. It’s hard for me to be objective sometimes, but on the chorus, I just love how we gel – especially on the line “See, it’s so overdone….” Now, as far as doing this one live as a two-man deal, we have toyed with an arrangement that could work pretty well…. For the fast riff section, it would be very similar to the record, but instead of me playing bass, I would play those notes on guitar. We’ve tried it, and it sounds pretty nice…. The verse and chorus would be fairly straight forward with us doing different parts – me taking the percussive role … Where we run into some issues is with the intro and outtro. To have them be as impactful as we’d like them to be, it would have to be experimented with more. That’s where “the issue” lies with that one as a two-man band presentation…. GREAT GREAT question, brother.
I gotta tell ya… I have a cockatiel named Fred… He goes with me when I play farmers market… Fred totally dug this tune and added a lead whistle… He’s really good!!! And so is this tune!!! As are the others!!! When he starts singing… He found the key and the tone…and kept up for a couple minutes after… We dig it!!!
Ted, we have been blessed to have you along on this journey. TRULY. We thank you for taking the time to ride with us. It sounds like the music has been connecting with you. NOTHING makes us happier, brother.
Another good tune, enjoy the back story, it gives added dimension, a sneak peak between time signatures. Shanti Bhais’
Hi Michael! So good of you comment here. Thank you so much for the thumbs up on ALL OVER ME… We especially love that you are digging the back stories… Our hope was that these little sprinklings of behind the scenes stuff (without going overboard) would keep this trip interesting. Rock on, brother.
I Feel This Song, Deeply!
It’s very “I’m done. Go away.” in a good way! ☺️
Thank you guys for yet another great song!
I think every one of us, at some point, get to that “I’m Done” point – when the light bulbs are just so bright over our heads that we say, “Yeah, Over. Later.” Thank you, Nancy for your Day 9 positive feedback. So pleased this one resonated with you. Rock on!
Love this song , great lyrics too.
Hi Shirley! GREAT to have you comment on ALL OVER ME! I (Andy) have so loved the feedback from you. Honestly. You lift us up. I mean that. This song, it seems so far, has really connected with a LOT of people. We just couldn’t ask for more. GRATEFUL!!
What an excellent example of how you two construct – tear apart = put back together better than new. I listen to this one twice and I guess listening to the others that you have given will be such much the same, thoroughly enjoying them.
Hi Kerry! It’s wonderful that you’ve been enjoying not only the music, but the extras as well. I (Andy) know that I have ALWAYS been fascinated with the deconstruction of works of art, whatever they may be. And while I do not place a whole lot of self-importance on us in that way, we thought it’d be fun, for those who DO like our stuff, to have a little breakdown of the indicidual components. 🙂 Thank you so much!
Did Yes and Rush have a baby?
Yet ,it’s Thee Elm Treason sound!
Love it man!
The more I listen, the better it gets!
Now THAT is something we hadn’t thought of…. The OFFSPRING of Yes and Rush… LOLOL! VERY VERY NICE, Mark! Bobby will especially ADORE that consumation!
Love the tempo break at the end, it gives a cleansing to the palate, like a coke after the shot!
STELLAR way to put it, Rick! A million thanks for the killer words and response.
You 2 are genious…
Every song has a FRESH SOUND to it. Just so amazing to be able to listen to new
Innovation of music…
Wow, you’ve reached us with such wonderful words, such a meaningful comment. It isn’t easy to express thankfulness without starting to sound redundant. We hope we don’t sound that way. We try to come across with a familiar enough tone to get people’s attention, but with enough uniquness to keep people listening. Thank you so very much.
You guys are so amazing. You do blow me away. Knowing all these songs from growing up. You both have a way of creating magic that will carry us all into the New Year. The personal videos attached is what really brings it home. Thank you guys for the share. It’s never over though. Music will carry us wayward on. -refers to his ability to hear the voices of truth in his dreams, & he hears them repeating God’s message to him, that being, “Carry on my wayward son There’ll be peace when you are done Lay your weary head to rest Don’t you cry no more” as referred to earlier, & throughout reaffirming God’s instructions. “Masquerading as a man with a reason. I got carried away there. Didn’t want you to get the wrong definition of wayward. Thank you guys it is a master piece.
Love the way you guys compliment each other! Another great song!!!
Well, THANK YOU, Teresa. That is VERY deliberate. The way we think: “How BORING if we played and did the same things. We MUST contrast, and yet COMPLEMENT each other, just as you say. So pleased you said that, Teresa! 🙂
Beach boys met Spanish neighbors,cool,
Hey Vernon! Yes, this one has a touch of “progressive rock” in it – but not purely. We like to take elements of things we dig and try to shape them into something that is ours. We try, anyway….. LOVE LOVE your depiction, Vernon: Beach Boys meet Spanish…. So appreciate the comment, brother. Thank you.
The bit Andy does about breaking down the instruments (no offense Bobby your awesome) is such a great insight about how you come up with your sound. Damn only one day left! Thanks to both of you for sharing this incredible experience
I (Andy) am one who LOVES any and all discussion about how songs break down… I LOVE peering into the individual tracks and the singular components of a mix. Those kinds of details send me over the moon. That’s why I thought I’d include a little something like that here.
Truly appreciate the sensational feedback, Chris! Really hope you’ve been enjoying the journey as a whole.