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this is a kind of crappy live studio recording as a sketch for an interesting song. i went in recently and simply doubled the live vocal and added some recorded phone conversations that my bass player Dan used to make when we all lived together as a band few years back (he's quite an odd one as we all are lol). the first is that pulsating landline-off-the-hook sound that was droning after my girlfriend broke up with me over the phone and hung up with me sitting in the room ready to hang myself. then there are other snippets of conversations that Dan recorded eg my dad calling after a business trip and asking about one of our gigs & Dan accidentally cutting him off and yelling 'fuck', my drummer Rob (whose house we lived at) and his wife in a drunken argument, Dan telling my dad about my hospital stay for a hemorrhoid removal etc... just weird trippy shit. i noticed that during the live tracking i was singing slightly flat in the 1/2 half of song due to the headphones, but i kept that in as i felt it befitting to the 'off kilter-ness' of the theme in general & replicated it to the best of my ability when i doubled the vocal. song has a bit of a retro feel w/ a grunge flavour. my guitar in this is tuned to an open E♭sus2/add9 chord [E♭, B♭, E♭, F, B♭, E♭]. playing though a vintage Ampeg VT22 that survived a hurricane ablution so it has quite a unique sound.
THE LOTUS EATERS (rough demo)
© 2012 MRI / Words & Music by Daren Thomas Turner
you may find me smoking in a field
and the flowers on the pond
are floating over me
they tasted good, know what i mean?
you saw me visiting the sun
and the atmosphere was warm
and i'm telling everyone
the lemonade was made by me
you drank it too, how did it feel?
do you remember driving in my car?
and we didn't drive fast
but we drove it too far
where did we go, what did it mean?
i recall sitting on a fence
and the poppies grew high and so were my friends
they danced like visions in the sky
i can't complain i did not die
you saw me walking in the street
you could tell by hands that i needed new feet
what could i say, what could i do?
i found some needle and some thread
and i stitched me some yarn and i stitched it to my head
i didn't know i went too deep
i didn't know it played for keeps...
i bought some sugar at the store
to sweeten all the liquid that tasted all the more
like candy canes and créme de menthe
i though that reasons for the more
was after the though of reasons from before
you though it too, i've seen you since
you didn't laugh, you little bitch...
Daren Thomas Turner: guitar, vocals
Rob Wilson: drums
Daniel Denial: bass