A Little Scared

August 31, 2008 12:20 AM

Hand clap, face slap, jaw harp and voice. For the August LYRIC Challenge (thanks for the inspiration, loquacious). NOTE: This is a pretty bare bones arrangement, so anyone wanting to add a track, please feel free to download and monkey with it. Could use some low end, for example...

A Little Scared

i saw a woman with her hair on fire
tap dancing in the middle of the avenue
with the cars and taxis racing by
seemed like a bit of a dangerous thing to do
she handed me some matches and some tap shoes
said won't you join me for a little duet?
i said sorry but that looks a little frightening
i'm not ready for that just yet
she said if you're not at least a little scared
you're doing it wrong

she took my hand and said come with me
she led me to the edge of town
to a little shop on the edge of town
selling lawn mowers and wedding gowns
she said i've always dreamed of walking down that aisle
in a white dress just like this
i said wait a minute, i've got this fear
a fear of marital bliss
she said if you're not at least a little scared
you're doing it wrong

so before i knew it we were married
and now we're always together
tap dansing in the street with our hair on fire
we're flaming birds of a feather
she's taught me some tricky and intricate steps
and i love her more with every breath
i don't want this tap dance life to end
so of course i'm afraid of death
but if you're not at least a little scared
you're doing it wrong

copyright Samm Bennett / Directional Music (BMI)

posted by flapjax at midnite (8 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

oops, mistake in the lyrics printing... In the 2nd verse, that's "little shop on a dead end street." Well, it's correct in the recording. Misspelling in there, too...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:20 AM on August 31, 2008

Cool is the only way I can describe this song, sounds like the type of song that you have to sing with sunglasses on.
posted by BrnP84 at 8:21 AM on August 31, 2008

Heh. But it's not sung, it's spoken, so I guess I'm okay with just my usual horn-rimmed bifocals.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:34 PM on August 31, 2008

Everything is flowing so naturally that it seems a piece of cake to create such fine lyrics and music. Both excellent to me (I don't mention the way you weave them together). Great.
posted by nicolin at 8:29 AM on September 1, 2008

Hey that was good from the first to the last phrase.
posted by nola at 5:49 PM on September 2, 2008

Come on over baby, a whole lotta slappin' goin' on! And, good job.
posted by not_on_display at 6:14 AM on September 5, 2008

Flapjax, this might be one of your best songs yet. The words, the sprechstimme delivery, the bouncy comping - it all works together. Home run.
posted by AppleSeed at 7:17 PM on September 5, 2008

God, I love Jew's harp. I used to carry one with me, and occasionally would use it to make a movie "boiiinnnnggg" noise, surreptitiously. Nobody could ever figure out what the hell the noise was.

A duet between Jews harp and rhythmic speaking, backed by human percussion. That's just great.
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:16 AM on September 6, 2008

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