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Thread: The Smoking Seasons, a song about "the a**hole of China"

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    Default The Smoking Seasons, a song about "the a**hole of China"

    Here's a song about Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province, a city which I affectionately call "the as*hole of China". With some guitar and backup vocals help from a Chinese friend.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crMmN898YIM

    The sound quality kinda sucks and we didn't prepare for this, just a lazy afternoon recording.

    Lyrics:

    Itís just the start of the four smoking seasons
    And Iíve got all the serious reasons
    To believe that the worldís gonna end,
    To believe that the worldís gonna end
    Tonight.

    Plastic trees without flowers or scent,
    Birds are flying through clouds of cement
    And the workers are building a hole,
    And the workers are building a hole
    In the sky.

    People drip through the veins of the city,
    Sweeping sidewalks a girl very pretty,
    Butterflies are circling her face,
    Butterflies are circling her face
    While sheís dying.

    Prayer ribbons hang from the stars,
    Every mountain is bearing the scars
    And a black cat is flying a golden kite,
    And a black cat is flying a golden kite
    By the river.

    Itís just the start of the four smoking seasons
    And Iíve got all the serious reasons
    To believe that the devilís in town tonight,
    To believe that the devilís in town
    For me.

    The devil's in town for me...

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    Sounding good man. Feels like it should have a "B" section in there. Or not...
    ( o)==::

    Half fast, not half assed

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    Good song and recording! Was the cough accidental or part of the production I lived in China for a couple of years, and know many towns like this one. Especially Hebei Province Southeast of Beijing comes to mind.

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    Growing up in the suburbs north of the Motor City, my father used to rant about how Detroit was the a**hole of the universe.

    Not everywhere in China is ugly though. I've been living in China for almost 12 years now. Recently, I bought a new home in LiJiang, Yunnan province and moved my family there for the fresh air and beautiful scenery.

    Check out these vids:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vlsM-r3Vp4Q
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t7E4oBmG6rc

    Not too shabby, eh?

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