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That's too bad because this song could dodge musical balls with the best of them. Maybe Bruce just forgot about it — if so, hopefully this article will inspire him to dig the tune up and officially make it part of his repertoire. Don't think most of the words in the above video are incomprehensible because it's a bad recording or a primitive demo — that's just Michael Stipe being Michael Stipe, singing with all the enunciation of a kid being forced to apologize for hitting their sibling.
The band wrote "September" very early in their careers, but it appears they never even considered it for an album release. According to Setlistand as far as anyone else can tell, they only played it live once, during an Athens, Georgia, show in After that, they focused on tunes like "Radio Free Europe" and never looked back, no longer giving a damn what song September sang, and whether it was in tune or not.
We're not likely to see this tune recorded officially, since REM broke up years ago and seem pretty determined to stay broken up. Luckily, the recording we do have of it is a great tune in its own right, though it'd be nice if Stipe would provide some help with the lyrics. That way, we could accurately sing lines that sound like "red is green and blue is dumb" but probably aren't. Then again, it's REM. That Anyone Who Had A Heart - Various - Greatest Hits Of The 60s - Die Größten Rock & Pop Hits Der 60er Jahre (CD) might be percent accurate.
Even in this unfinished zygote version of a would-be song, Freddie Mercury sings in rare form, and the band sounds as great as ever. It's not typical grandiose Queen, though likely those bombastic touches would have come down the line, as the song got fleshed out. Lyrically, there's not much here, as Mercury hadn't yet thought up his words. Therefore, half the lyrics are ad-libbed filler noises like "doo-doo-doo" and "da-da," and even the actual words sound like first draft ideas that Mercury planned to work on later.
Sadly, there was no later for Mercury, meaning this is likely as much of "Affairs" as we'll ever hear. Fully fleshed Anyone Who Had A Heart - Various - Greatest Hits Of The 60s - Die Größten Rock & Pop Hits Der 60er Jahre (CD), this song likely would've made for an amazing power ballad.
Even in its half-baked form, however, it's still good enough for at least a few listens. It'd be awesome if Queen could officially finish this song and release it someday, though who knows what the lyrics would be, and who would write them.
Maybe Brian May can have an affair and get inspired. It's also pretty great for people who've heard "Light My Fire" and not much more. It's just a good song, period. Either way, it's clear the Old Stone Road isn't a very nice place, since the song's subject shot his friend there, likely after robbing him and taking his money.
Maybe this is where the killer on the road from "Riders On The Storm" worked as a side gig, Anyone Who Had A Heart - Various - Greatest Hits Of The 60s - Die Größten Rock & Pop Hits Der 60er Jahre (CD). There's some evidence that, had fate gone differently, "Old Stone Road" would've wound up on a Doors album. It seems to have been a frequent part of their live shows insometimes as part of a medley with " Backdoor Man " or " Five To One. Unfortunately, Jim Morrison went and died, which put a fairly sizable damper on any plans the band had for that song.
Though the band continued for a couple more albums sans Morrison, they never recorded "Stone," presumably realizing nobody could've sung it the way the Lizard King did. Some songs just sound so perfect for the singer, so tailor-made to be a classic, that it's almost unbelievable they never evolved into an official recording.
Stevie Nicks' "Castaway" is just such a song. It feels like something Nicks would sing at every show because her fans all bought the single and fell in love with it, but seemingly no more than a couple people have ever seen her perform it live.
The song's demo was apparently recorded live, based on her talking to at least one person nearby. If she were to ever record "Castaway" for real, it might not even need much fleshing out. Simply giving us Stevie Nicks alongside her trusty organ is enough to convey the song's point. Cat Stevens. Anyone Who Had A Heart - Various - Greatest Hits Of The 60s - Die Größten Rock & Pop Hits Der 60er Jahre (CD) House of the Rising Sun.
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