Illinois (Selsky/Dunkle)

Story Behind The Song

This is a collaboration with musical mastermind George Selsky, great job George. The song is about several topics, First, the beauty of the state of Illinois, the second is about musical great Muddy Waters and Sam Cooke both men were born in Mississippi and then moved to Chicago, IL, the third message is about riding trains and also riding Riverboats and how both of these men probably rode the Chicago trains but in the back of their minds they had to ride a riverboat down the big river (Mississippi River) to get back to their roots.

Song Description

This is a collaboration with musical mastermind George Selsky, great job George. The song is about several topics, First, the beauty of the state of Illinois, the second is about musical great Muddy Waters and Sam Cooke both men were born in Mississippi and then moved to Chicago, IL, the third message is about riding trains and also riding Riverboats and how both of these men probably rode the Chicago trains but in the back of their minds they had to ride a riverboat down the big river (Mississippi River) to get back to their roots.

Song Length 3:33 Genre Rock - Classic, Blues - Rock
Tempo Medium Fast (131 - 150) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Affable, Content Subject State, Snow
Similar Artists Tom Petty, Bob Dylan Language English
Era 2000 and later

Lyrics

Illinois, my Illinois
your Muddy Waters your king of soul
Illinois, my Illinois
God made you beautiful, He made you bold

Your freight trains take me to the city
That's where I sing my songs
Your freight trains take me to the city
But your big river takes me home

Illinois I love you Illinois
even in the wintertime when it's so cold
Illinois, my Illinois
Your Muddy Waters your rock and roll

Your freight trains take me to the city
That's where I sing my songs
Your freight trains take me to the city
But your big river takes me home
Takes me home

Takes me home, my Illinois, takes me home, my Illinois, takes me home, My Illinois, takes me home, My Illinois, takes me home, It's time to rock and roll, it's time to rock and roll

Takes me home......repeat

A lot of power here with strong beat and drive. I think the wall-of-sound approach really works here, and I think an instrumental version of this would certainly have commercial possibilities. SUPER-TIGHT musicianship!

good heavy guitar and drums and bass, good arrangement and great mix

Great energy and power in this track. I can feel the strength of the great instrumentation. Guitar playing is particularly stellar.

great song and excellent musicians...very well mixed...killer guitar...this could be a hit on radio

The 3rd hook towards the end (not the very end but just before the very end) where he says take me home was the best part of the track The intro, verses and chorus need some work.

Awesome work guys! I love the style of playing and the vocals. Should sell as an independent tune without any trouble!

Here's a song about the great state of Illinois. Should be popular with residents of that state. Nice instrumentation, excellent lyrics. Soaring electric guitar. Someone played a really hot lead there at the end. I like the place where the instrumentation backed off. Ending is kind of sci-fi and fun sounding.

Lyrics Randal Dunkle Music George Selsky, Randal Dunkle
Producer George Selsky Performance George Selsky, Randal Dunkle
This track is on 16 Member Playlists
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Cyn Randal Dunkle 11/17/2018
Cyn Awsome vocals 11/17/2018
Cyn Production Originality 11/17/2018
Cyn Contemplative lyrics 11/17/2018
Cyn Edgy soundtrack 11/17/2018
Cyn Guitar magic 11/17/2018
Cyn Beautiful Soul 11/17/2018
Cyn Songs of Home 11/17/2018
Cyn Great Rock Songs 11/17/2018
Cyn Songs of mystery & beauty 11/17/2018
Cyn Songs of Intrigue 11/17/2018
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Ionut Mirel Udrea Best Rock 11/17/2018
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