Song: Good-night Not Good-bye (2009)

This is a musical mash-up from three sources.

Here’s one interpretation of this song: A son and his father is grappling with the loss of their mother/ wife. She has just passed away (due to illness or old age, it’s up to you to imagine). The son is making arrangements while the father appears to be more distraught and has left the house. You can say they are in denial, or they are looking at the passing of a loved one in perspective.

GOOD-NIGHT NOT GOOD-BYE Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore. Download at ARCHIVE.ORG. As long as you link back to this post, feel free to copy/ file-share/ distribute/ remix this track. Please credit to “Ivan Chew – MyRightBrain.wordpress.com” and the following authors:


“In Loving Memory Of” by Leo Reynolds. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Lyrics:
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It is over now, she is gone to rest;
I have clasped the hands on the quiet breast;
Draw back the curtain, let in the light,
She will never shrink if it be too bright.

If stars were really watching eyes
Of angel armies in the skies,
To keep me from their longed-for day,
I could not feel more far away.

What will he say when he comes in.
Waked by the city’s morning din,
Hoping to find and fearing to know
The sorrow he left but an hour ago?

If stars were really watching eyes
Of angel armies in the skies,
To keep me from their longed-for day,
I could not feel more far away.

He thought to kiss her by morning gray,
But God has thought to take her away.
What will he say ? God knows, not I ;
“Good-night,” he said, but never ” good-bye.”

We were two in here but an hour gone by.
No streak was then in the midnight sky ;
Now I am one to watch the day
Come glimmering up from the far-away.

If stars were really watching eyes
Of angel armies in the skies,
To keep me from their longed-for day,
I could not feel more far away.

I could not feel more far away.

I could not feel more far away.

I could not feel more far away.
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WORDS ORIGINALLY FROM: “CAELl” by Francis William Bourdillon. & “GOOD-NIGHT” by Christina Catherine Fraser Tytler.

The mixing can be better. So can my vocals. But I tried my best. I’ve uploaded 3 versions, with version 1.3 being the latest (was trying out the Normalisation/ Compression/ Amplify settings in Audacity and some new plugins, like this one).

I would love to hear what you think of this track. Feel free to comment.

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11 thoughts on “Song: Good-night Not Good-bye (2009)

  1. Hey Ivan, its a very nice song with meaningful albeit sad lyrics. I think your voice sounds fine and guitar is pretty good too – nice harmonizing efforts there between the falsetto and normal singing voice. My only input is that the speaking part sounded a bit too digitally remixed and cold for a song like this.

    Great try!

    • Thanks for taking time to listen, and leaving a comment! Well I felt that spoken part needed a more gravelly voice. Couldn’t get James Earl Jones so I had to make do with the effects setting in GarageBand, LOL.

  2. Hey dude,
    Nice one, very sad lyrics though but very deep. I think your music and voice matched the mood very well. Good musicianship on your part.

    The music and singing could be a bit tighter though. I felt that you could have given the music a bit more power.

    But I enjoyed it and it made me listen to it over again. For the emotions and the your interpretation of the poem.

    • Yo Adrian, I agree about my singing. I can hold a tune but got no power 🙂 I welcome and encourage better singers to record their version and do their remix. I’ve provided all the “stem” files at the Archive.org page, for those interested in downloading them for remixing purposes. As for the guitar backing track, they can visit http://www.danosongs.com (for my version, I shifted the pitch down to fit my vocal range). Thanks for listening!

  3. wow, check out that tenoric range! Like the chorus but not that hot on the spoken voice over. Good stuff.

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