Man On Fire by The East Village Vampire published on 2012/11/07 02:59:10 +0000 You know that nagging feeling when you want to record music but you have no material ready. You're in the zone, but you have nothing to say. Well, ‘Man On Fire’ was written and recorded on the fly one afternoon in late 2007 to fill that exact void. Let me just say from the outset that this track is nothing more than a bit of fun and a good illustration of how quickly I can work. I am not saying that to be negative and I am not trying to use reverse psychology on you. It just isn't a very important track to me. That said, every time I dismiss one of my tracks people tend to respond positively. What do I know? Anyway, I literally came up with a guitar riff, stole and slowed down the beat from ‘Man Machine (For Someone Else’s Dream)’, scribbled down some crazy lyrics and just enjoyed the recording process. Actually, in retrospect I think the lyrics are OK in a demented kind of way. The song is basically a psychedelic rocker that at 2:53 dissolves into a pretty authentic sounding Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd space rock jam – think ‘Interstellar Overdrive’. Overall the song comes from a similar place as my other other track ‘Walk And She Wak’. Oh yeah, the 'trouble every day' lyric was a subconscious nod to Frank Zappa's classic blues track, 'Trouble Ever Day'. My voice sounds like a razor blade in this track. I really don’t know how I got to that sound. I guess it is either cool or terrible depending on your taste. Also, the Vox/Farfisa like keyboard works pretty well. I think it is more Booker T than Ray Manzerek, but it fits OK. I should say that I do really like the guitar tone. It is very reminiscent of Sly & The Family Stone or The Funk Brothers’ on those psychedelic soul Temptations records. Hope you enjoy. LYRICS... I keep an eye on the back of mind checking thoughts as they roll on in I got trouble every day of the week Now I’m a weapon but I’m free of sin My mind is a spear and my heart is a shield so if attacked you can’t see me bleed Just give me shelter or give the sword There is an animal that needs to feed Just a man, just two hands Just a ring in the sand Just a ghost, just a host Just a prize with the most He’s alive, he’s dead There’s a man on fire Singing songs until the end... There’s trouble everyday Some keep it sharp but I keep it lean – I keep it buried like some dark dead So give me shelter or give the sword There is an animal that needs to feed Just a man, just two hands Just a ring in the sand Just a ghost, just a host Just a prize with the most He’s alive, he’s dead There’s a man on fire Singing songs until the end... There’s trouble everyday Man On Fire by The East Village Vampire is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://soundcloud.com/the-east-village-vampire/man-on-fire.