Don't Fool Me (2010 version)

October 28, 2010 1:55 PM

Today's espresso-driven shot of melodrama power-pop. Originally written around 1995, I think I finally nailed how it was supposed to sound.

I posted the original 1995 demo of this previously but at the time I only had a cassette 4-track and really wasn't that great at recording. I also had no confidence in my singing and my playing was a bit iffy too.

Over the years I tried to re-record it a few times but always ended up over-complicating it. I almost did it again on this version, but I deleted all but two tracks of guitar and the solo and finally it all started to work. The cross picked guitar parts are really hard to get right because the song cracks along at 160 bpm so there's still a bit of slop hidden in there but as my old math prof used to say it shows the general correctness of the approach.

Two mugs of espresso really helps you get a song finished.

posted by unSane (5 comments total)

words/music © 1995-2010 J Brownlow

Baby, baby, put your head upon my shoulder
Close your eyes and go to sleep
Sick and tired of feeling old and acting older
You just had to make a leap

Packed your bags while he was sleeping
Walked right out the bedroom door
You say that you're leaving and you're never going home
But it don't fool me

Drove all night to get to nowhere by the morning (drove all night)
Watched the dawn turn night to day (watched the dawn)
Flicked the headlights off and parked up by the motel (killed the lights)
Felt like nothing left to say (it felt like nothing)

And as you showered I was thinking
Of everything you left behind
You say that it's over and you've nothing left to lose
But it don't fool me

Every reason that you gave me
Begins and ends with nothing changed
You say that you love me more than I could ever know
But it don't fool me

And when I woke up you were nowhere
Just a crumple in the sheet
And you say that you did the right thing for my sanity
But it don't fool me
No, it don't fool me
No, it don't fool me

posted by unSane at 2:17 PM on October 28, 2010

Those harmonies at the end [It don't fool me] are nothing short of superb!

posted by Zenabi at 2:16 AM on October 29, 2010

This is awesome. I love the jangly little guitar fills and the harmony and the solo (wicked tone). I think I'd like a little more percussion, though, maybe a shaker or just a hihat or something. And aahh, the organ! Great f'n sound (although I'd mix it maybe lower or narrower or smaller or something; it's a little bit in the way when it comes in). This rocks. Hard.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:12 AM on October 29, 2010

Yeah the organ's a bit fat and steps over everything doesn't it?

I had a weird problem with the overheads on this, couldn't get them to cut through. I put in a tambourine to compensate but I need to figure out why I couldn't make the cymbals happen.
posted by unSane at 6:36 AM on October 29, 2010

Fixed mix can be found here.
posted by unSane at 3:32 PM on November 3, 2010

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