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The Patterico Music Project: The Original Version of “The Same Mistake”

Filed under: General,Music,Music by Patterico — Patterico @ 6:18 pm

Tonight I am sharing the original version of “The Same Mistake,” which I debuted here Monday evening as sung by Northern Pikes front man Jay Semko, one of my favorite singers Of All Time. (Lyrics are here.)

As in the past, I ask you to bear in mind that these are primitive recordings done on primitive equipment — namely, a cassette-based TASCAM recorder, operated around 1992 or so. Details about how I did these recordings are here.

As with the others, you will note some differences between this version and Jay’s. I have two guitar parts and a faux-bass line, accomplished by playing the top string on my little nylon-string acoustic guitar, and turning up the bass on my TASCAM all the way for that track. This version has harmonies and background vocals that Jay could not replicate in a “live off the floor” performance.

Oh — and then there is the most salient difference: on my version the singing is poor, while Jay’s singing is completely awesome.

Without further ado, here is my version:

And as a reminder, here is the version Jay Semko did for me:

P.S. This will be the last entry in the “Patterico Music Project” series for a while. Today I received an update from one of the other musicians performing one of my other songs. It’s in process, but I don’t expect a final recording any time soon. Quality takes time. I am, therefore, in no hurry. So, look for entry #4 at some unspecified future date.

11 Responses to “The Patterico Music Project: The Original Version of “The Same Mistake””

  1. Let the flood of comments begin!

    Yes, that was . . . ironic.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Thanks, Pat.

    Yes, that was ironic too.

    But really, putting this out there really takes guts. The type I don’t have.

    Looking forward to the vacation slide show.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  3. papertiger,

    You missed the vacation slide show?

    Patterico (9c670f)

  4. Oh my.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  5. No actually I… The Luxemburg castle tour. Yeah. Next best thing to being there.
    I remember.

    I’m an AC/DC type of guy. You can sneak in a ballad on me once in a while , but I need roughage in my music diet.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  6. This is my favorite of the three songs. It has a sound I like.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  7. I’m not a good enough guitar player to write heavy metal.

    Buy me enough beers sometime and I’ll play you my version of Photograph by Def Leppard. I messed with the speed control on the TASCAM to be able to hit all the notes. The guitar playing is accurate (although the rhythm is all screwed up at times) and the notes are all correct in the singing . . . but it sounds like the Chipmunks doing it.

    It’s one of the funniest things you’ll ever hear, actually — if you have the same sense of humor I have.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  8. This is my favorite of the three songs. It has a sound I like.

    I think you said that before about Jay’s version. Now that my own version is out . . . appalled?

    Patterico (9c670f)

  9. I much prefer the original version over Jay’s and LOVE the lyrics….a great song that I would like to have on my ipod.

    PRM (94601a)

  10. I like your version more. The tempo is better and IMO your voice has the right timbre for this song.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  11. How do you like the lyrics of this MONKEES song by Mike Nesmith?
    I like the way he tells off a girl. Very polite!

    “You Told Me”

    You told me you’d always stay, you told me!
    You told me you’d never stray, you told me!
    All these things you said you said sincerely.
    Still I am leaving you in spite of what you told me.

    I’ve heard things that did not match what you told me.
    And of your love that would not last as you told me.
    Forwarned is forearmed, it hurts, I’m leaving.
    I may be wrong I can’t love what I’m just hearing.

    Times have made me shy
    Of all the things you’re saying
    Time have made me shy
    Of girls and all the games they are playing.

    Someday I may see the truth of what you told me.
    I may find I left too soon and that you told me.
    Only things that you were honestly feeling.
    I must have more to love than what you told me.

    Yes, I must have more to love than what you told me.
    Yes, I must have more to love than what you told me.

    Microcosme (30b3df)

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