ALL THESE YEARS

 
       
 
Apr 25, 2018, 12:55 AM

Due to health problems I haven’t done many music projects lately but “All These Years” is one that I can share with you today. I found Carroll Kiphen’s lyrics a while ago and they inspired me to compose a piano playback. I was very happy when Alina Potthoff recently said that she wanted to sing this song for me so she came over and we recorded the vocals together. I think her voice is a perfect fit. I love this song because it is so dangerously catchy. If you have some time, give it a listen and let me know what you think about it.

All the best
Robert


ALL THESE YEARS
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Verse 1:
You stole my heart and my soul
You took but never gave.
How dare you ask for a chance.
When you know there’s no way

Verse 2:
You smiled and you pretended
You acted out your role.
You were so believable
You really stole the show

Chorus
All these years
Wasted loving you.
All these tears
I cried for you
All these years
Saying I love you
All these years
Ooh - not a word was true

Verse 3:
You are the great pretender
Go ahead take a bow.
You’ve had the cake and ate it
Despite your wedding vows

Verse 4:
It even hurts to hate you
And that’s what gets to me
It’s over and I know it
But love won’t set me free

Chorus

Bridge:
I’d like to start all over
Some place far from here
But I’m not sure if I can
After all these years

Chorus

All these years, all these years - ooh
All these tears, all these tears - ooh
All these years, all these years
All these years
Not a word was true


Lyrics: Carroll Kiphen
Music: Robert Baitinger
Vocals: Alina Potthoff

[ Edited: 25 April 2018 02:29 PM by Robert Baitinger]
 
     
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Robert Baitinger Joined Jun 01, 2006
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Apr 25, 2018, 07:45 AM

What a heart breaking song. Lovely.

Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your health, Robert.

Be well,
Jen

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“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”
- Bob Marley

 
     
Jenny Stokes Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Apr 25, 2018, 08:48 AM

That is a fantastic lyric. Almost hurts to listen. And the simple piano accompaniment gives it a chance to shine.

I’m not totally hooked on the ending with all the “ooh"s. To me it seemed to shift it from a heartfelt ballad into a kind of poppy vibe which didn’t sit so well with the feeling of the song. That is probably just me though. Great song.

I hope you are on the mend from your health problems, Robert.

 
     
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Apr 25, 2018, 08:02 PM

Hello Robert,

Good to see you again, sorry you are having health problems, hope you are on the mend.  A wonderful melody, to a great lyric, with Alina’s beautiful voice, great work from all of you.  I always look forward to a Kiphen/Baitinger collab, you both work well together.  Thank you for sharing, good luck and best wishes my friend,

Speak soon,

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Apr 26, 2018, 12:46 AM

Hey Jen,
thanks for the feedback. I’m glad you liked the song. Carroll’s lines hit me straight in the face. I could really relate to them since I once was in the situation that he described in this lyric.

Thanks for the get well wishes and congratulations on your album release with John. You guys are both so amazing.

All the best
Robert


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Apr 26, 2018, 12:48 AM

Hey Gavin,
I agree with you regarding the strength of the lyric. Carroll is so good when it comes to writing heart-breaking lyrics. It sounds as if I was at least half-way successful in expressing Carroll’s message musically. It’s interesting that you mentioned the “oohs” in the bridge section. I recorded them because I thought the song would sound a bit monotonous without them. So much work was involved in that section and in the end Alina (the vocalist) made the same comments as you. I’ll probably end up muting them.

Last year a guy from New York recorded vocals for this song using the exact same piano playback. The stunning thing was that with his vocals he created a beautiful R&B song, not a pop ballad like this version. It’s a pity he didn’t finish the recording. That showed me how versatile simple piano playbacks can be.

All the best
Robert

 
     
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Apr 26, 2018, 01:25 AM

Hey Deacon,
thanks, I’m enjoying life again. Thank you also for your feedback. I’m glad you liked the song. It looks like Carroll and I might have a fan or two here :). Your comment put a big smile on my face.

All the best
Robert

 
     
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Apr 26, 2018, 04:55 AM
Robert Baitinger - 26 April 2018 12:46 AM

Carroll’s lines hit me straight in the face. I could really relate to them since I once was in the situation that he described in this lyric.

Sometimes those end up being the best songs…the ones we relate to seem to jump off the page and into the music.

Many thanks for your good wishes, Robert. I appreciate that.

Jen

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May 10, 2018, 09:27 AM

Hi Robert,

wow, well done - beautiful. Alina´s voice is amazing on this one. Well, when ever I hear a song like this, a green-eyed-monster is coming out of me, being jealous on your talent to compose a beautiful melody to a lyric. Keep on rocking.

...every once in a while, I get in the mood or so…and start to play..

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May 10, 2018, 10:23 AM

Pleasure working with Robert. Very talented. Alina’s voice is great!

 
     
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May 11, 2018, 12:31 AM

Lovely song Robert…..a great collab!!  Fine lyrics and a superb musical treatment!!
Kudos!
                -Tom

 
     
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