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Madagascar

Post by Soulmonster on Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:19 am


MADAGASCAR
Album:
Chinese Democracy, 2008, track no. 12.

Written by:
Axl Rose and Chris Pitman.

Musicians:
Axl Rose – lead vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, piano, guitar
Robin Finck – lead guitars, keyboards
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal – lead guitar
Buckethead – lead guitar
Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, piano
Richard Fortus – rhythm guitar
Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, synthesizer, backing vocals
Chris Pitman – keyboards, programming, sub bass, backing vocals, bass, 12 string guitar, mellotron
Bryan "Brain" Mantia – drums, percussion
Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion

Live performances:
'Madagascar' was played live for the first time on January 15, 2001, at Rock in Rio, Brazil. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {MADAGASCARSONGS} times.

Lyrics:
I won't be told anymore
That I've been brought down in this storm
And left so far out from the shore
That I can't find my way back, my way anymore

No I won't be told anymore
That I've been brought down in this storm
And left so far out from the shore
That I can't find my way back, my way anymore

No, I...
No, I...

Forgive them that tear down my soul
Bless them that they might grow old
And free them so that they may know
That it's never too late

For the many times, what seemed like a memory
I searched and found the ways, you used to lure me in
Oh, I found the ways, oh, why it had to be
Mired in denial and so afraid

If we ever find it's true
That we have the strength to choose
Oh, freedom or the chains
We held together.

(Quotes)

I won't be told anymore
That I've been brought down in this storm
And left so far out from the shore
And I can't find my way back, my way anymore

No I won't be told anymore
That I've been brought back in this storm
And left so far out from the shore
That I can't find my way back, my way anymore


Band members talking about the song:
This is a brand new song. Hopefully it will express my sentiments, and I will dedicate this song to the love that you have shown us. This is a new song called 'Madagascar' [Rock in Rio, January 15, 2001]
Being asked about his favourite songs from Chinese Democracy: I like "Madagascar." It's got that huge Bonham thing going on [By Steve Sun-Angell, November 2008]
I was up at [Axl's] house for about a week or two, and I was setting up rack mounted samplers, and you had your fake orchestra with synthesizers. One would be the strings, one would be the brass, and I was setting that up for him, and I was going "now this module here, we’re going to us this for brass instruments and here you have horns…", and he was playing while I was switching the sounds, and I switched the sounds to French horn sound and he was playing this chord progression and I went to another sound, and he goes "oh no, go back to that one". We went back and it was the French horn sound and he kept playing this progression and it sounded really cool and I turned around and turned on the tape machine and that ended up being the very intro for the song 'Madagascar'. And that’s just how that evolved and he just had this chord progression and all of the sudden it married with the French horn and it was their super-moody song and that was the start of that song. We actually recorded it really quickly up there at his house and he just sang unbelievably on it [Chris Pitman, Talking Metal, November 2008]
I remember seeing on the web, somebody said, "Why'd he have to sing that song with, like, an old man's voice?" It's like, maybe 'cause one of the influences was Hemmingway's "Old Man and The Sea", fucking, y'know, just by chance, I don't know. But you know, on the web,they know everything [Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France, May, 2012]

'Madagascar' performed live at December 16, 2009, in Osaka, Japan:


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Re: Madagascar

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:51 pm

This quote suggests the song was written in 1999:

Betsy Kendrick, 1999 wrote:I enjoyed his company so very much. There were many interruptions. Tommy Stinson walked in, and Axl began telling us about a song called Madagascar he had just written, and how he wanted us to hear it. Later on, after Axl had mingled a bit, he was nowhere around, and they motioned for me to come into his studio. Axl was wonderful, and talked openly about many things, and proceeded to let me hear some of the new music - including Madgascar.
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Post by Uli on Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:32 am

Where is that quote from?
I think many of the songs which ended on the "final version" of CD, were written between 1993 and 1999. But in many cases we just don't know exactly.
Anyway, "Madagascar" is a good one when I'm in the right mood for it! Cool
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Post by Soulmonster on Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:48 am

Uli wrote:Where is that quote from?
I think many of the songs which ended on the "final version" of CD, were written between 1993 and 1999. But in many cases we just don't know exactly.
Anyway, "Madagascar" is a good one when I'm in the right mood for it! Cool

I can't remember exactly, but I know it is part of the Chinese Whispers story that was originally published at GNRevolution.
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