Okay, maybe y'all can settle the argument...Who did it better?
Birdie v. Phoenix
Lotta bird references going on here.
The Black Doves vox aka Steve Wilson
After a virtual songwriting session with my Operation Encore friends, I received an email from Guy Jaquier, one of our boardmembers and a fellow songwriter, regarding a song he'd been working on. He'd just finished reading the book "Grim Journey" and was traveling through the area of the Donner Pass as he penned the lyrics to a song called "This Journey Never Ends" and wondered if I might be interested in working on it with him.
After listening to a simple sketch of the song, I got my hands dirty and tried to put my stink on it a little. The song took a darker turn, and became almost an epic funeral dirge. As we bounced the song off of Adam Rossi at AR Audio, he suggested a slightly more upbeat tempo, with a good old-fashioned jam at the end. Along with Vincente Rodriguez, Kevin White and James Deprato, Adam and the dudes put together a tune that blew me away the first time that I listened. My very first thought: "I can't wait to play that live!"
Written by Steve Wilson ©2018 Day Turns Publishing
Vocals: Steve D. Wilson Drums: Vincente Rodriguez Bass: Kevin White Guitar: James Deprato Strings/Background Vocal: Adam Rossi Engineered by Adam Rossi
Lead Vocal recorded and engineered by Josh Franklin @ Fifty 50 Studios, Dallas, Texas
Lyrics by Steve Wilson lyrics I'm coming back to Texas, For the very last time, I made a promise to get back there, By the end of the night, I spent the last four hours Having the time of my life, Now I'm coming back to Texas For the very last time.
I guess the air got a l'il heavy, And my legs got a little weak, After a lifetime as a loser, I finally found my winning streak, Gave 'em all just a little wink, And a quick wave goodbye, Now I'm coming back to Texas For the very last time.
You see a songbird singin' Wasn't meant to see the cage, And my soul poured out through my fingers Into the blood I left on the stage, I guess my show is finally over, So I'll thank you and goodnight, I'm coming back to Texas For the very last time.
A little boy out of Oak Cliff, Who wanna be just like his brother So I picked up his guitar And learned to play it like no other, Got a girl waiting back at home, So i'mma get on this ride, And now I'm coming back to Texas, For the very last time
You see a songbird singing, Wasn't meant to see the cage, And my soul poured out through my fingers, Into the blood I left on the stage, I guess my show is finally over, So I'll thank you and goodnight, And now I'm coming back to Texas For the very last time, I guess I'm coming back to Texas For the very last time, My soul will finally rest in Texas For the very First Time.
*Dedicated to the life, magic and memory of Mr. Stevie Ray Vaughan credits released October 2, 2018 Project Funded by Operation Encore, A Veteran Music Organization. For more information about #OperationEncore, or to donate please visit www.operationencore.org, a 401(3)(c) non-profit organization benefitting active duty, veteran, and military songwriters.
Steve wishes to thank Guy Jaquier, Rob Raymond, Erik Brine, AR Studios, Fifty 50 Studios, Operation Encore Board, Daryl Klenda, all of the incredible musicians that are part of Operation Encore, Josh Franklin, Adam Rossi, James Deprato, Kevin White, and Vincente Rodriguez.
|Prologis presents Operation Encore, a Veteran Music Project with Stephen Covell, Steve Wilson, Rachel Hill, Jerry Maniscalco, Tom Abbott and Andrew Wiscombe Operation Encore, a Veteran Music Project Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley, CA||Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley, CA|