Terre des Hommes Libres

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The full title for this song, as some of you may have seen on YouTube, is "Sur la terre des hommes libres" (Fr.: In the land of the free). I wrote this four years ago, when I underwent National Service, a year before coming to the UK.

The song started on paper, and when I had returned from National Service, I proceeded to play it on the piano and record it with the only means I had at the time: a cell phone mic. Then it was given a first remake when I had just picked up FL Studio. Then last year, it was given a second remake. Now finally, with a proper mic in my stash, I have decided to give this song a THIRD remake.

The timing couldn't be better for the remake: some of my former schoolmates have been reaped for National Service and are making their way to the camps to which they have been assigned. I wrote this song in contemplation of whatever could happen in those camps: even though they were a very tiny minority, some people were sent to the training camps only to have very scarring experiences, and some were sent there never to return home alive. I realised that these possibilities were real.

By the way: going accent-less for the lyrics, because sometimes NG supports accents and sometimes, it does not.

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Sur la terre des hommes libres, le soleil se leve
Et la-haut j'apercois des reves
Je me releve et j'ouvre mes pas
Mes yeux se fixent sur l'au-dela

Sur la terre des hommes libres, je regarde le ciel
Je me dis que la vie est belle
Je prends le large et je garde mon sourire
Puis-je defier l'avenir ?

Lentement j'avance, j'affronte mon destin
Je souhaite oublier mon chagrin
La lumiere au milieu du noir
Brillera-t-elle dans mon coeur ce soir ?


In the land of the free, the sun rises,
And up above, I see dreams
I get up and I begin walking
My eyes are fixed on what lies beyond

In the land of the free, I look up to the sky,
I tell myself that life is beautiful
I go forth and I keep my smile
Will I be able to defy the future?

Slowly I advance, I face my destiny,
I wish to forget my chagrin
The light in the middle of the darkness
Will it shine in my heart tonight?

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All music done on FL Studio 10.
All vocals done on Audacity with a Samson Go mic (thank you, TheZaaL, for recommending it to me!).


It's a very lovely song. The feel of the song reminds me a lot of Nier which is a really big plus for me since that game has gorgeous music. I'm loving the lyrics as well. :3


Troisnyx responds:

Thanks ^_^ And funny how you mention Nier; one of my covers was going to go along that feel...... Please, is there anything I could do to make it better?

Once again, thanks for listening!

Superbe ! La musique douce est très agréable et captivante. Le genre de musique que l'on peut écouter en boucle sans même s'en rendre compte, tellement elle passe bien !

For no french-speakers:
Superb ! The music is very sweet and catchy. the kind of music that we can listen looping without realize it, because it goes itself !

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Troisnyx responds:

Tres ravie de savoir que la chanson t'a plu ! Merci !
(Au fait tu as vraiment ecoute la chanson en boucle ?? O_O)

So awesome! I take French at school, so I spent a whole bunch of time rewinding until I understood the lyrics...then I saw the translation lol. Anyways, beautiful compostion, really catchy, and sweet sounding. Keep it up!

Troisnyx responds:

Thank you! ^_^ Glad you loved it!

Admittedly, it took me two tries to write proper lyrics for TDHL, considering I took French on the side (outside the school curriculum) -- that's how I'm able to speak it -- and I can't often handle French words like a native speaker can.

Great work on this one!
It's strangely catchy, especially the "da-da-da" sections. I'm talking the rhythm of it, the groove, the melody -- everything! And I like the feel of this; your take with the arrangement. :D

The only "problem" I can find with this is the mix. I feel like it's a bit too "hot," with instruments lurching forward and backwards, possibly due to over-compression? I'm not sure how it came to be but a lot of details lose themselves due to how "punchy" it is. I think the fix for this would to just use less compression. But then again, that is only assuming the problem came out of compression in the first place. This bothered me because I liked all the details and parts in this arrangement, but because of that issue it's kind of hard to hear them in all their, say, "glory." Other than that, the song itself is great! There's a great sense of tranquility at the same time determination and purpose. It's just really nice.

(I apologize if anything I said was inaccurate or whatever. This is my first review here and I'm kind of nervous as to how this works. I hope I made sense. xD)

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Troisnyx responds:

Considering how bad I have been with compression in the past, perhaps it could be a compression issue... Is there anything in particular I might be able to do to make the instruments more audible?

Thanks for listening, and thanks for the review! <3

Man that's awesome. I'm french, and i approve that song.

Troisnyx responds:

T'auras pu me le dire en francais et j'aurais bien compris ! En tout cas, merci ^_^

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4.27 / 5.00

Jan 4, 2013
9:30 PM EST
File Info
6.4 MB
5 min 34 sec

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