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June 25th, 2007
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Lyrics: "Tech Support," Jeffrey Hitchin

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Date:June 25th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
In order of the question marks:
- "At least it is for the new users."
- "I could've gotten down to the Tomb of Qualopec by now."
- "Oh, damn, you interrupted my game of Quake. Go ahead."
- "Face the fact you need more RAM."

Since then I've tweaked the lyrics a tad, but I haven't performed it in a dog's age, so I can't remember all the tweaks off the top of my head.
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Date:June 26th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank you for stopping by; corrections made. I must admit I've no idea how I got "poing" out of Quake ... ;)

If you'll indulge two quick questions:
1) Did you ever release a commercial or compilation version of this? I'd be happy to throw some financial support behind my musical enjoyment. (And if not, is there a better-quality recording out there than the one at VFS?)
2) I have a feeling this is a rhetorical question (having been there myself), but I'd like to ask for posterity: Is the spoken bridge based on a real call?

As far as further lyrical tweaks - I've googled the phrase "jeffrey hitchin" "tech support" numerous times and never gotten any lyrics results, which is why I made this post in the first place. But as it turns out, when I hit Google for the link above, the #3 result was a spam link page, notable mostly for a dead link to http://www.serv.net/~santa/music/techsupport.html -- enough at least for me to find it in the Internet archive. I suspect the version there is more up to date.

I hope I've helped more people enjoy your music - and thank you for producing it in the first place!
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Date:June 26th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
1) No. I did record a studio version for a CD compilation project, but it got scrapped, and I don't know what happened to the master for that. Right now I'm more concentrated on my acting career, so I haven't been doing much with the musical side of things.

2) Yes, it was based on a real call I took at a now-defunct ISP in Seattle, Washington. The only embellishment was the "bunch of bricks" line. Also, in the user's defense, I am pretty sure she was getting the terms "System Administrator" and "Office Administrator" confused.

The version you found in the internet archive is up to date, yes. That contains the most recent lyric changes. Usually, when it's performed, there's always a spoken bridge (I change it all the time for freshness' sake), and the ending is either "Thank you for calling," or a short burst of customer stupidity followed by my banging my head against the piano keyboard.

You can thank kshandra for pointing me here.
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Date:May 20th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
Sorry, yeah, we never did the computer humor CD. The projects we thought would take a few months before getting to that one ended up taking years (and 5X more money).

You're welcome to borrow the master tapes to copy if you ever want those recordings gratis, although as you say, I know you've kinda moved on.
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