Here's To You, Ralph Steadman

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Here's To You Ralph Steadman - Beach Boys / Beatles style song. Retro Indie / Alternative / Psychedelic Pop. From 2016 album 'Lost Souls'. A song about the artist Ralph Steadman. Mood: Dark, spiritual, mellow.

A biographical song about Ralph Steadman, the artist. He lived in my home town of Abergele in his youth, and attended school there before going off to art school in London. Genre: Indie Pop, Retro, Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Pop. The music is influenced by Smile & Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys / Brian Wilson, and is a tribute to both Ralph Steadman AND the late Carl Wilson. The opening chords borrow from Claire De Lune, if you can spot it. It blends Slide Guitar and a delayed pick guitar (the strokes of the artists brush). The song considers how the war and experiences in high school shaped Ralph's fear and hatred of authority, which may in turn have fired his exceptional skill in Art. Here's to you, Ralph Steadman.

Genre of Music: Psychedelic, Beatle Pop, Alternative, Indie, Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, 60's, 70's, Retro, Singer-Songwriter, Brit Pop, Beatle Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Ballad, Love Song, Love Ballad.
Mood of Music: Passionate, Soulful, Mellow, Epic, Anthem, Heartfelt, Celebratory, Dreamy, Otherworldly, Biographical.
Chronology / Type: New Songs 2016, New Albums 2016, New Music 2016, New Releases 2016, New Bands 2016

Instruments: Piano (Alesis Fusion), Electric Guitar: Danelectro Dano 63. Bass: Squier Jaguar Short Scale Bass. Jingle Bells. Mandolin. Vocals & Harmonies: Me.

lyrics

Lyrics to Here's to you, Ralph Steadman

World War was the trauma that brought renaissance back
Your trail led from Wirral to Wales when they attacked
With life on the edge of a knife creation bloomed
And inside of you, the conflict will always burn

You learned a trade, escaped the dungeon
Joined the swing of post-war London
Took a punch and ended up in New York
Sketching the rich and drawing the poor

Here's to you, Ralph Steadman
To you, Ralph Steadman (3)
We all should tribute
The man who came from our town

Outside, the bullets and bombs and madness reigned
In School a tyrannical master did the same
With fear of authority planted in your soul
You take control of the fire that's in your art

The place was right, and you got lucky
Drew the Derby in Kentucky
Brother Hunter said 'Let's go on a trip'
And what a trip, the life that you lived

Here's to you Ralph Steadman
to you Ralph Steadman (3)
We all should tribute
The man who came from our town

Repeat Chorus

Closing Instrumental

credits

from Lost Souls, released July 26, 2016

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