Wall Between Us (demo, ’90)

by Mike Shupp

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    I recently came across this demo of one of my earliest songs… recorded in 1990 with my good friends Ralph Warnock and Ema, at Ema’s Ikhaya Studios (the “version 1.0” location, in Herndon, VA). Beautifully recorded and mixed at the time by Ema on his Tascam 388 and mastered to DAT, those master tapes vanished, unfortunately, long ago; I have captured to digital here from this last remaining, well-worn cassette dub, via my Nakamichi MR-1 Pro cassette deck, into 96 kHz / 32-bit-float Pro Tools® session audio (cassette dropouts and all…)
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(This track was originally released on the Apple Music Connect platform: www.mikeshupp.com/news/apple-music-connect-wall-between-us-demo-90/)

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Gave me your love
Now I'm findin' out what I'm made of
You took it away
Just take it far away from me
That's in the past
And I am reaching out now
Want to hear you laugh
But I can't see you at all

There's a wall between us
Break it down, I wanna break it down
There's a wall between us
And I don't need a wall anymore

You gave me your tears
Told me all of your fears
I held love in my hands
But I didn't know how to let go
Like night into day
When you came into my life
Then just fade away
What were you thinking anyway

There's a wall between us
Break it down, I wanna break it down
There's a wall between us
And I don't need a wall anymore

No I don't need a wall anymore
No I don't need you anymore

I won't stand in the way
Of your heart's desire
Just take it away
They are hanging on your every word
Like nothing at all
We are side by side now
Too late to stop this fall
I am hanging on your every word

There's a wall between us
Break it down, I wanna break it down
There's a wall between us
And I don't need a wall anymore
No I don't need a wall anymore
No I don't need you anymore

Words and Music by Mike Shupp (c) 1990 Workplace Music (BMI)

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released March 2, 2016
Mike Shupp: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Ema: Drum programming
Recorded and Mixed by Ema at Ikhaya Studios, Spring 1990, Herndon, VA
Words and Music by Mike Shupp (c) 1990 Workplace Music (BMI)
(c) 1990 Private Mind Records
(p) 1990 Private Mind Records and Ikhaya Studios / Anthr-O-Tone Productions
ISRC: US-PM4-16-00001 | catalog: PMR-400016

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Mike Shupp writes American guitar pop songs that conjure the heartland, cruising through summer nights with one hand on the wheel, and the unlimited potential in tomorrow.
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