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Song – Fall Away

This is the other song I wrote in the short time I was composing/recording with my friend Ben. I felt the music warranted it so I tried to go for a bit of a Soundgarden-y feel for this one. Repeating but differing short snappy lines with plays on well known phrases.

Chris Cornell does this so well but sadly I am a little less well versed (geddit) in the art of pulling English apart and reconstructing it in more interesting rhyming configurations

If you want to assault your ears the recording is here. I apologise for the slightly out of tune guitar, my baby wasn’t well when the track was being created so the notes move around a bit through the song.


 

 

Pull,

Yourself away,

Pull,

No need to stay,

Push,

To reach the end,

Pull,

Back from the edge,

Pull,

On to another ledge,

Push,

‘Till you descend,

 

Bring,

Another friend,

Take,

What I don’t lend,

Light,

The way and then,

Feel,

You drift again

 

Fall, away,

Fall, today,

Fall, for you,

Fall

 

Push,

Against your will,

Push,

Away until,

Pull,

To feel the pain,

Push,

Myself towards,

Push,

Myself some more,

Pull,

In to the rain,

 

Bring,

Another friend,

Take,

What I don’t lend,

Light,

The way and then,

Feel,

You drift again

 

Solo – 6/4

 

First Verse

First Pre Chorus

 


 

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Song – Drive

A year or two back one of my musical compatriots asked if I fancied trying to make some new songs with him, I had nothing particular on at the time so I agreed.

We had a couple of practice sessions and then got down to writing. I had never really collaborated with anyone (other than my brother, who doesn’t count!) when composing so it was an interesting experience, however what my compatriot was best at was actually playing the music, although we worked on the structure and chords together, but he left the lyrics up to me.

I decided to try and set free my inner Swervedriver, so I put pen to paper and wrote a song about driving. While not in the league of Mr Adam Franklin, et al. I do believe I made a pretty good attempt at a roadworthy tune.

You can hear it here.


 

 

Dashboard constitution,
Headlights in my eyes,
Acceleration holds me,
Motor roaring lies,
Feel like I’m freewheeling,
Though my foot’s on the floor,
Driving forever,
Scenery forever more

Drive…
Burning rubber, burning mind,
Drive…
Turning over, turning blind,
Drive…
Not your friend, not your kind,
Drive…

First 2 bars no words

Tail lights in my eyes,
Listen to another song,
Leaving everything,
Travelling ’till I can’t go on,
Stop for the last time,
Looking back just feels so wrong

Drive…
Burning rubber, burning mind,
Drive…
Turning over, turning blind,
Drive…
Not your friend, not your kind,
Drive…

Solo

Drive…
Burning rubber, burning heart,
Drive…
Driven together, driven apart,
Drive…
Destructive ending, brand new start,
Drive…
Outro

 


 


Song – Overkill

Those of you with a keen ear and a wide ranging musical knowledge may recognise the basic structure and some of the words from this song as belonging to a track by a band called Men At Work, from quite a few years ago and although I didn’t realise it at the time I discovered this fact some years later by accident.

My brother, Rich, was home from Uni’ for a bit and had brought down his Fostex four-track tape recorder and the two of us had some time to kill, so we decided to write a song together. He came up with the basic chords and started the words off, then we worked on the rest of it for an hour or so before recording it. It was called Overkill.

Some years later I was watching the TV show Scrubs when my ears suddenly rung to the sound of our song, being sung on the program! Was I imagining it or was that, in fact, the lead singer/guitarist from the Australian band Men At Work playing a bastardised version of OUR song.

I called Rich up immediately and said “that guy is playing our song” and, you’ve guessed it, Richard kindly pointed out that it actually wasn’t our song and the music was written by someone else.

I don’t begrudge him this fact. He is, after all, my brother and we had a lot of fun recording it. But I believe our version of the song still stands up in its own right and is, at least, a funny variation on the original…and no, I’m not usually that gullible!

You can hear my re-recording of it here.


 

I can’t get to sleep,

For thinking ’bout the implications,

Of diving in too deep,

It’s just overkill (overkill, overkill),

And when I go to work,

She drives me to infatuation,

A pity she’s a sheep (she’s a sheep???),

It’s just overkill (overkill, overkill)

 

(Amusing Bachman Turner Overdrive Fill)

 

She grazes in the day,

At night she gives me satisfaction,

I know it isn’t right,

It’s just overkill (overkill, overkill),

Her mother was a ewe,

Don’t mean to use my embrocation,

I hit her with my car,

She’s just overkill (overkill, overkill)!

 


 


Song – Forever Place

This is another song I wrote while Deanne and I were separated (by distance, rather than the bad kind of separated!). I’m not sure if this was when she was in South Africa, Edinburgh or Nottingham. As you can tell there was a lot of periods of not being with each other at the start of our relationship. It was tough.

But all those thoughts of being apart and wanting to be together made me very creative, so this is another song about just that.

Nearly forgot, this is the song if you want a listen.


 

 

Verse:

Walk with me, talk to me,

Stay with me, lay with me,

Hold my hand, I’ll hold you tight,

I try not to think, just one more night

 

Chorus:

I feel so close,

But you’re so far away

I feel so close,

Our forever place

 

Verse:

When you move I’ll follow you,

We’ll emigrate to somewhere new,

Your body’s close, I’ll kiss your face,

Be close to me, our forever place

 

Chorus:

I feel so close,

But you’re so far away

I’ll be so close,

Our forever place

 


 

 


Song – Bitter

Another song tonight as I had power problems today (there were men working on the power supply at the end of our road and it took power to the street down for most of the day), hence less time for doing stuff!

This one was written about fifteen years ago when I was a student. It’s about my Granddad, who had died relatively unexpectedly. He was a great bloke, although xenophobic as they come but he loved his family and we all loved him.

He had been a trawler pilot in his day but also, during the second world war had become the skipper of a minesweeper. He spent his whole working life at sea. Partly because he believed in hard work but partly, I believe, because my Grandma died from a deep vein thrombosis just after my uncle was born. This meant that my Granddad lost his partner and the love of his life at a relatively young age.

His death really affected all of us but we came to terms with it, as you do. Writing this song helped me to cope in some small way. These are the lyrics, you can listen to it here on SoundCloud.


 

Bitter

Verse

Alone and bitter but now you’re free,

you threw yourself into the sea,

memories of a life so bright,

the only time you have together now is night

Fill

Verse

The world saw you as full of hate,

they didn’t know your ship was late,

there’s nothing to look forward to,

at least if there was I know that she’d be there with you

Fill

Verse

If you had told us you had to go,

I’m not sure we’d have felt as low,

your sudden loss tore at our hearts,

I guess at least you’re no longer apart

Chorus

Bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter,

bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter

 


 


Song – Advantage

Ever been dumped? Well me too, and this song proves it!

I wrote it not long after a separation about fifteen years ago and it’s actually one of my more rocking attempts at song writing. I particularly like the split lead vocals, kind of inspired by Alice in Chains.

The break up was not a happy time and I think the lyrics reflect that, however the original meaning has kind of expired for me now and when I play it, or hear it now all I feel is happy that my life isn’t full of those kind of feelings any more.

Here’s a link to the song on Soundcloud and here are the lyrics.


 

 

Look in to the sky,
Hold my head up high,
I used to have a life,
Now I hold the knife

You took advantage of me

You inspire me to die,
All I ask is why,
Letting go of you,
Is all I have to do

Don’t take advantage of me

SOLO

You took advantage of me

 


 


Song – Open

I’m off out again tonight to do an open mic’ night, in front of a guy who might want to start a band with me. So I thought in honour of that I’d stick another song up today.

This one was written a long time ago when I was listening to…and trying really hard to emulate Soundgarden. Who I still think are cool!

The verse is pretty repetitive, music wise and the lyrics kind of reflect that. The influence of Chris Cornell shows up in the way I twist the words around to change the meanings and make the whole thing a bit ambiguous.

I really like this song but I’ve never played it live ’cause my old band thought it wouldn’t work. Maybe they were right, or maybe I’ll get the chance to try it if this thing tonight works out.

You can hear it here.


 

 

Verse:
Open your mind,
what do you see,
place your head in your hands,
and give it to me

Open your eyes,
what do you feel,
how can I show you that,
my love for you is real

Open your hands,
what do you know,
my deepest desires,
have chosen now to show

Open your heart,
what do you say,
we cannot take it back now,
come what may

Open your mouth,
how could you tell,
I’ve taken you to heaven,
and now we’re going to hell

Chorus:
Take my love and wrap it around,
together we’ll get high but then we’ll come down,
we can take each other’s worlds apart,
or when life’s left we can try and start again