The quest to write, record, produce and release a song a week. To read why I’m doing such a thing as well as being a full-time producer and musician for others, check out the first ‘A Song A Week’ blog post HERE.
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Welcome to Week 23 of the A Song A Week blog. I’m going to dive straight in with some thoughts and musings on my latest song ‘A Being Like You’…
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An Uncomfortable Listen… On Purpose!
A Being Like You is a funny little song – it’s quite unusual musically and it’s quite dense in it’s content too. There’s a lot of production tricks going on and stylistic choices spanning multiple genres and the melody is quite jaunty, but with dark lyrics and a chorus that doesn’t have any words, different length verses and strange word emphasis. There’s even a 4 bar solo guitar riff totally out of context with the rest of the song to catch you off guard.
That all makes for a bit of an uneasy listen, which is absolutely purposeful.
Now in the podcast I go into quite a lot of detail about the production of the song so I’m going to talk about the lyric choices here.
If I had to condense the lyrical content of A Being Like You down to just a few words, it would be that it’s about freeing yourself from a shitty relationship.
I never use ‘her’ or ‘him’ with a song like this, I’ll only ever use ‘you’ because to someone it could be about a particularly nasty relationship with a male lover, someone else a female friend, someone else a family member, whatever.
As soon as you start saying ‘him’ or ‘her’ in a song about feelings, you immediately exclude a whole load of listeners and it becomes far more personal from the singers point of view.
I want people to recognise the things and emotions being explored, even though there’s some truly nasty stuff being said.
I guess in a situation like this where a relationship of sorts has come to an end, are the things you’re saying and thinking justified? If it’s really been that toxic, is it OK to say something like ‘…a being like you will never be there for me…’ Because that is really nasty.
I mean obviously I’ve said it in the context of lyrics, so everything is magnified and poetic and hopefully by that point internal.
This is a song that’s meant to challenge the listener on lots of levels and with lines like ‘…so take your leave but keep the wine at the door, so I can toast to the future, life and so much more…’ on the one hand you’re happy that there’s an end to this situation that’s clearly making you unhappy, but on the other hand, imagine hearing something like that, when in reality this song is just one side of the story.
It was a lot of fun to write, because thankfully I’ve never said anything like what’s in the song to anyone.
I’ve read that a lot of actors enjoy playing baddies because they get to explore a complexity of a character and say things you’d never say in the real world.
Writing A Being Like You kind of felt like that for me too. I wouldn’t dream of saying 99% of the lyrics, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never come close to thinking some of it.
Anyway, don’t be afraid to let a song and your thoughts challenge you and your audience. It’s pretty cool!
“Your false smile, your sulk and your tricks
On the surface you’re wild, underneath it you’re sick
Your acid tongue, you’re all undone”
I’m pathetically tired when it comes to your shit
‘Coz you’ve ground me right down and now I’m calling it quits
I know that you’ll cry and I know that you’ll spit in my face just to leave your disgrace
“With your fake little heart and those fibbing thin lips
You know from the start that we never quite fit
So tell me again how you think that we’ll mend
Because all I can hear is a lot of the end
Take a minute or two and soon you’ll see that the vigour and bliss of life has taken a hit
So take your leave but keep the wine at the door
So I can toast to the future, life and so much more
Good riddance to you and your wicked old games that you play with you and I every day
So thank you I guess for making me see
That a being like you will never be there for me
That a being like you will never be there for me
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