Pig In A Poke (Tell No-One)

April 10, 2010 4:21 PM

This is what I was working on before I was rudely haunted by dead poets. I think the hook/chorus is the most commercial thing I've done for quite a while - hell, even my kids like it (my efforts usually meet with crushing indifference from them).

For those unfamilar with English idioms, being given a pig in a poke equates with being conned.


Oh those lies
You spin around
Spin around in your web, baby

It's not smart
It's not pretty
It's going nowhere
Only a dead end
"Get over it" you say
"Get out of my way"
Now you're begging me

Tell no-one else
The truth is out
The thing that no-one knows about
Tell no-one else
The truth is out

And no-one knows a thing about you...?

In your mind
Truth is mere contingency
It's all just relativity
And you are less deceived

It's not cool
It's not groovy
It's just bullshit
I'm at my wit's end

"Get out of my face"
"You're taking up space"
Now you're asking me

Tell no-one etc

How can you live this way?
Where nothing is real?
How can you live this way?
How does it feel?

It's not smart
It's not pretty
It's going nowhere
Only a dead end
"Get over it" you say
"It's just the price you pay"
I'm gonna walk away
Far from you....

Tell no-one etc (to fade)

posted by MajorDundee (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

hell, even my kids like it: Ha, now that's really saying something!

Have you ever done any session work? I might be wrong, but I thought you may have mentioned that at some point.

In any case, your guitar work ,and pretty much everything else too, is always just fucking spot on.
posted by snsranch at 8:16 PM on April 10, 2010

Thanks sns. I did a couple of sessions in the early '80s but at that time I couldn't drive (and wouldn't have been able to buy a car anyway) so it wasn't really a runner. An engineer/producer called Paul Cobbold I worked with on a single with a band I was in at the time was very keen on my playing and wanted me to be on call - frustratingly he went on to work with some big bands so who knows where it might have led. Boo-hoo....! What I did play on disappeared without trace so far as I know except for one thing that - years later - I found had been released on CBS Masterworks in the USA. Ghastly MOR instrumental album called "The European Suite" by a scratch outfit called "Metropolis" that looked like a bunch of bankers on vacation. The main man in this was called Guy Fletcher (uncle of the Dire Straits keyboard player) and another of my bands had a production deal with him, which is how I came to play on the album. Thing is, I never got a copy of it and for all I know they didn't use my contribution in the end. I don't really want to know either - it's kind of cool to think that I might have appeared on a major label, and I don't want my bubble burst!

I'd be very keen to do sessions now though. Really appeals to me to just turn up, do my thing, get paid and move on.
posted by MajorDundee at 9:15 AM on April 11, 2010

I think for this to be really "commercial", it would need a sonic signature in the chorus that says "this is the chorus, dumbass." By that I mean, the instrumentation or rhythm would shift in some more obvious and less nuanced way. Like, you know, a Disney high-pitched string section or something. And some toms rolling into it. This is too interesting to be super-commercial. :-)

That being said, it does get stuck in your head, there is something persistent about it that's really working. As always, the playing is exquisite, and the melodic turns inventive. Another job well done!
posted by edlundart at 9:59 PM on April 12, 2010

That made me smile edlundart - particularly the Disney strings thing! Frankly, I wouldn't know "commercial" if I was pissing on it. Particularly these days as I rarely if ever listen to contemporary music. I suppose what I mean is that the hook has a catchiness to it. But given that I'm not pretty, I can't dance and I'm ancient - it really isn't commercial by today's standards (where the quality of the music appears to be fairly low down the priority list).
posted by MajorDundee at 11:35 AM on April 13, 2010

Very nice...Both music and lyrics.

Was that a touch of Andy Partridge?

Well done!
posted by Zenabi at 5:51 PM on April 14, 2010

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