Category Archives: Lyrics

Words of wisdom, published or unpublished.

RIP Glen Campbell

https://youtu.be/RKeqXyY-9xA
RIP Glen Campbell. Glen and songwriter Jimmy Webb were responsible for one of the greatest pop songs ever. I’ve joked before that it’s my favourite song about telegraph poles (which it is) but that engineer up on his pylon in the middle of nowhere trying to maintain communications is one of the most poignant symbols of the human condition in a three minute tune…and Glen’s rich voice renders it perfectly without overstating the lonesomeness. Absolute class.

New Sounds

I always liked the Mellotron flute in this track. It must remind me of those sixties psychedelic songs that combine lightness and heaviness in unique ways. It would have been a little too gloomy without it, I think, and it weaves beautifully round the guitar.


The Audio Page is here: http://heda.org.uk/?page_id=35 with complete lyrics.

Bus Stop

 

There are well-written songs and there are great-sounding tracks. I’m obsessed with the idea of aiming for both at once. This is one of the more traditional recent songs in the sense that it is about as close to a ballad as I really want to go. Lyrically it’s a little melancholy existentialist scenario rather than a narrative but it has a classic verse/chorus/middle-eight song structure. This one’s in Em if you want to play along.

New Music

I’ve settled on the final masters for the new tracks. I’m using Soundcloud to make streams of songs available and hopefully get some feedback. The songs will be on rotation with a few available at a time. To get going and blow the cobwebs away, the first track is the awesome in-your-face Parasite which is a sort of abstracted protest song.

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The audio page: http://heda.org.uk/?page_id=35

Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis CharliePlease click the ‘Audio’ tab to hear the song and read the lyrics.

I spent most of the month wrestling with this issue. I’ve been shocked and moved by atrocities before, of course, but this hit hard because I felt included. That’s why people say “Je suis Charlie” because the attack on Charlie Hebdo was an attack on all of us who believe in the right of free speech or self-expression. This despicable, cowardly, sickening act by a twisted, unrepresentative few who feel threatened by debate, who, through desperation and inadequacy, cannot countenance difference, cannot tolerate dissent, was met by a dignified but defiant response from the French, people of all walks of life, young and old. Freedom of speech, of self-expression, is a vital right. If we are less than unequivocal about this, there will be a slide towards an obsequious tiptoeing around for fear of treading on toes or, worse, reprisals. Terrorism will have had some success. You can be respectful without compromising your truth. I’ve been shocked by some articles by seemingly intelligent writers who felt the need to announce that, no, in fact they were indeed NOT Charlie because one ought not to be rudely offensive about the ways and views of others. I’ve heard people say Charlie Hebdo wasn’t justified because they weren’t funny! That is not the point. It doesn’t matter how unfunny, puerile or offensive they were. The fact is they had the right to express an idea without fear of anything more than counter argument, argument as derisive, scathing and vitriolic as you like but counter argument, the life-blood of a healthy society open to new and evolving ideas… not a death sentence.

So I’ve wrestled, not because I’m unsure but because I never wanted to use music or art to preach. I like the song, the words probably do a better job than this rant. It just came out, as all songs do, as a response to life and the world at the time, not forced into being as part of some personal or political agenda or to jump on a bandwagon. This one is too important for that.

 

Recommended reading:

Polly Toynbee: “Yes, free speech has always had its limits – but verbal provocation is never an excuse for violence.”

On Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis is using the wife-beater’s defence.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/16/pope-francis-free-speech-charlie-hebdo

 

Look after each other.

Lyrics are not the same as poetry

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I know when you and the world disagree and you escape from the world outside,
It can seem like the top of a building where you’re standing too close to the edge.
You feel like the world is watching you because you want to hide.
There was a key in the lock of the door, an opportunity for sure,
But, for you, there was more value in the fact it could be removed
To stop the world from following … or to want to more.

 

Lyrics to new song More which is at the recording stage but I’m still fretting about the repetition of the word “world.”

Too much, too little, too obvious, necessary? This is why slightly paranoid people probably shouldn’t write about paranoia. How about just adding a howling noise?

Disorder

 

 

Aziza Brahim

Here’s a similar live version of Julud, the track Aziza Brahim performed to steal the show on Later with Jools Holland this week. A beautiful tune sung with grace and restraint (and none of those hideous vocal gymnastic tics they find essential on TV talent shows!). At YouTube you can click the About tab to read a great piece about the album and the political and personal themes that intertwine in the lyrics. When she sang “You are like the night and the stars… you are an example of humanity and of fight” about the persistent and dignified example her mother gave through the political oppression in the Western Sahara, it kinda made Chris Martin’s emoting of “A Sky Full Of Stars” on the same show seem unfortunate and slightly vacuous in comparison. There are stars and there are stars.