May 14, 2009 3:20 PM

Aaahhh, the ravages of time............. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

The Major turns to existential angst in a misguided attempt to escape the gloom of "White Feather" and "Blind". The next upload will be something a bit lighter - promise. Comments and const.crit., as ever, welcome. Here's the lyric:

I been looking in the mirror
Reckoning my fate
I got lines like rivers
Crossing my face

Deltas and rines
Round my eyes
Telling all the troubles
Telling all the time

Rivers of rain (and)
Rivers of tears
Rivers of pain
Telling all the years

I got mudslides and high tides
Backwater surf rides
I got babbling brooks
Letting every secret go

Rivers of fear (and)
Rivers of lies
Rivers that left me
High and dry

Rivers in flood
Rivers in flight
Rivers that drowned me
In the dead of night

If I was a dog
They’d shoot me
If I was a car
They’d scrap me
If I was the boss
They’d sack me
An undertaker…
An undertaker would just bury me deep

Deep rivers

Rivers of spite
And rivers of shite
Running high
Running low
Running wild
Running slow

So I’m looking in the mirror
At this whining creep
Who time stole up on
While he was asleep

The meter’s always ticking
Like a taxi cab for hire
On a runaround ticket
To a funeral pyre

Rivers running deep
Through summer’s endless sun
Rivers slow down
The closer they come
To the deep

Deep ocean

posted by MajorDundee (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I was kinda cool on it all until it hit the "deep deep deep" bit. It gets nice and big there, very satisfying, great guitar sounds, nice vocals.
posted by uncleozzy at 3:14 PM on May 15, 2009

Ucleozzy - thanks for that. I was looking to see if I could withdraw this one, but that doesn't seem possible. It's incredibly difficult to decide what to upload - I'm totally clueless when it comes to second-guessing what will be popular and what won't. General trend seems to be that the stuff I think is the real deal - and spend hours sweating over - isn't so popular and the stuff I think is candy - and knock out relatively quickly - is. Go figure.

PS I've suddenly realised why record producers are needed - I guess one of their roles is to sort the wheat from the chaff.....
posted by MajorDundee at 3:44 PM on May 15, 2009

Starting from mudslides, all those lyrics would make great names for drinks.

I love your sound. What, may I ask, are you working in (hardware/software wise)?

I got some early eighties Pink Floyd / Pete Townshend from those guitar licks and changes. Any influence?
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 9:50 PM on May 16, 2009

abc123xyzinfinity - thanks for the feedback, appreciate it. Unlikely that Pink Floyd are an influence (apart from DSOTM, I don't like them), but The Who......almost certainly. One of my all-time favourite albums is "Live At Leeds". If you've never heard that - go out NOW and buy it. I first heard this when I was about 14 and it blew me away - it was an inspirational thing - made me want to make that glorious noise and get in a band. So it would be pretty strange if I wasn't influenced by that! I don't actually rate Pete Townsend highly as a guitarist now though - he's a chord man, a thrasher. Don't get me wrong, he's great at that and I have a big soft spot for his playing still - but he's not much of a soloist/improvisor. The best guitarst of that generation of Brits in my humble opinion was/is Jeff Beck - he leaves people like Clapton and Page standing.

I use a Yamaha AW2400 + various peripherals to record. I can't get on with doing it all on a PC with something like ProTools or Cubase - not spontaneous or physical enough for me. But then, I'm sub-literate when it comes to computers, so it's definitely me that's at fault!
posted by MajorDundee at 9:05 AM on May 17, 2009

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