CUT#9: "Do You Know That We Still Love You"

"Do You Know That We Still Love You"

DO YOU KNOW THAT WE STILL LOVE YOU
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I wrote this song in 1984. I had been watching CNN and perhaps I was feeling a bit like George Orwell, as the lyrics warn of America's slide into decadence, but since I like things to resolve I wrote an uplifting chorus with the promise of hope. I'm not an overly religious person, but I do believe in a higher power, the Force, God, or whatever you call It/Him. I think of the chorus to this tune as an actual chorus of Angels, singing down here to us to give us Hope. And I do believe that there is still perhaps hope for America.
Originally recorded on 8-track, then recently transferred over to 24-track. It is the only track on the album with the exception of "Ain't No Love In The Darkness" which has an acoustic drum kit OTHER than my trusty old Ludwig Super Classics. Thanks to old "Vipers" bandmate Gary Shelton for the loan of his vintage Rogers OctaPlus set and tom rack. Interestingly, the entire drum track takes only a stereo pair of tracks, which made it a little difficult to keep it situated strongly in the mix. I added some percussion samples on the last instrumental break to give more attitude to the ending. John Davies, formerly of Paperkid and The Cate Brothers plays bass on this track. M.R. Keck does the Hammond chores. I play all the guitars, including 6 Ebow tracks.

"Do You Know That We Still Love You"
(Bob Ketchum)

As we see the world change right before our eyes
Going much too fast for you and I to see
You know there's always something on the far horizon
Riding on a wave of mediocrity

America was once a land fit for the able
You did you share and asked for little in return
Every stranger was a friend to share your table
And all you had to do was seek and you could learn

(CHORUS)
Do you know that we still love you
And do you know that we still care
There's still a presence up above you
Looking down from way up there

The common man believed in freedom and salvation
Miss Liberty stood proudly with her arms stretched wide
But now she's tarnished with the rust of regulations
While the world looks on without respect or pride

America is made up of all kinds of people
Some good, some bad, some live so independently
So why not help those that are not so very lucky
Let's turn the balance back for man's humanity

(CHORUS)

Bob Ketchum (drums, guitars, percussion & vocals)
M.R. Keck (Hammond organ)
John Davies (bass)

Dime-A-Dozen Music (BMI) - 1984.

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