Masters of Song Fu 2, Round 3: “The Ballad of Rufus Amos Adams”

The Ballad of Rufus Amos Adams“, our submission for the latest round of the Masters of Song Fu songwriting competition is now available.

This time around, our task was to write a country ballad called “The Ballad of Rufus Amos Adams”. We went old-timey on this one (there’s more than a little “Amazing Grace” in there), and took our lyrical inspiration from a semi-obscure Randy Newman song called “William Brown“.

You know how, when people do past-life regression, they always were some sort of barbarian warlord, or Egyptian queen, or pope or something awesome and romantic romantic like that? And nobody ever was say, a serf, or footsoldier, or scrivener? Well, this song is kind of the musical version of that.

Voting has started, and will end this Wednesday night; this is the last round before the finals, so it’s all or nothing between us and the RiffTones. Go vote for your favorite now!

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The Ballad of Rufus Amos Adams


  1. Posted September 27, 2008 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    It makes me think of a kind of biographical resume, which you could kind of fill in any name, change the details a little and thus adapt to anyone. Is that kind of what you were going for? Just curious.

  2. Jack F
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Nice work!! I love the idea of a ballad about someone with a “normal” life. This one is going to be tough, cause the Rifftones also did a great job.

  3. Bill Cunningham
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    This was actually sort of touching.

  4. Posted September 27, 2008 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    A capella, ftw. Hopefully frw of this competition.

  5. JoAnn in VA
    Posted September 28, 2008 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Beautiful harmonies guys. Is it just supposed to end on the phrase “A man from Alabama” and not on “who grew up to be a man”?

  6. LilMarauder
    Posted September 29, 2008 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I really like it! You took it to a beautiful level of country BALLAD! I was saddened to hear so many other submissions that sounded like jigs.

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