How Low Is Too Low, How Dark Is Too Dark

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How Low Is Too Low, How Dark Is Too Dark

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A one hour write this morning inspired by a forum thread "Is there a too dark" combined with the weekly songskirmish prompt 'Low'. I forgot to move the condenser microphone off of the same desk with the MIDI keyboard, so the plastic percussive key pressing sounds won't fool anyone into thinking it may be a real piano. I may come back to this one later. EDIT 09/17/2017: Also check out this wonderful rearrangement/reinterpretation by @barbara http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/25016

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How Low Is Too Low, How Dark Is Too Dark
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Verse 1
How low is too low, how dark is too dark
Deep diving in listening brings up shadow parts
See I’ve felt so low that Pink Floyd’s The Wall lifted me up
I’ve felt so hurt thrown under the bus
It’s the lot of being highly sensitive I guess,
I’m just trying to understand the connections in my synapses, but

Chorus 1
I don’t want to amplify brutality
I don’t want to glorify cruelty
I don’t want to justify being mean
I don’t want to certify inhumanity
I don’t want to reflect anything I don’t want to be
Every situation presents choices thats what I believe

Verse 2
How low is too low, how dark is too dark
Deep diving in writing brings up shadow parts
My writing’s been called prolific, it’s been called funny
Been called dark, been called sunny
Been called quirky, been called unique
I’m just trying to capture the entire spectrum of my hidden personality, but

Chorus 2
I don’t want to amplify brutality
I don’t want to glorify cruelty
I don’t want to justify being mean
I don’t want to certify inhumanity
I don’t want to songify anything I don’t want to be
Every situation presents choices thats what I believe



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Comments

Acousticmaddie's picture

Yes I agree inmost of it altough my reflection on it is that I myself can be pretty brutal without thinking that is justyfiing it. I mean in both my fantasy pieces and also when I want to do songs like the trafficing awareness or depression/sucide. This is because I want it to hit at some point. Likein a movie where you want people to go out and still have this feeling.
I also believe that I write from me, not about me.
Even though I write things like "The buyer" that is pretty blunt in how a "buyer see onbuying girls (friend is a police in that area and thats real excuses) I don't want to see it as I justify him I just want people to be disgusted by him Smile

Great wordplay in your song. Nice spoken word performance.

metalfoot's picture

Dear Andy-- this is a lovely take on the skirmish prompt and this song is totally you. Smile Thanks for this. I appreciate it a lot.

cindyrella's picture

I really enjoyed this! I like the straightforward lines and the music is good-the whole thing is good!

Jerry Pettit's picture

Nice job on this. I DID enjoy your "spoken blues" performance. Set the right tone. Enjoyed it!

iveg's picture

I agree. We have choices. We choose how to respond. There's enough cruel brutality. I don't feel like adding to it.

Fuzzy's picture

Yeah, really nice.
The simple instrumentation really works here.
The Pink Floyd line made me laugh for sure.
I like how it's an almost conversational discussion of your innermost thoughts.
Tough but vulnerable lyrics, if that makes sense.

Chip Withrow's picture

I listened to Barbara's take on this, and I had to hear the original. I love the personal guy-and-piano approach. Great lyrics, memorable chorus.
Stay safe in the storm, my friend.

Adnama17's picture

Just listened to Barbara's version, so I had to come check out what started the whole thing rolling. Smile
You're absolutely right, it's all about choices. We can choose to be jerks, choose to be Pollyannas, choose to be who people/society says we should be, but what it comes down to is that we really should just choose to be ourselves. And that's all there is to it really. We make things so complicated don't we?

fresh spotless youth's picture

I like this stripped down approach, as it shows off the words and the structure of the song. "Deep diving...brings up shadow parts" is my favorite line. There's some nice melody in there, too. I kind of hear it as a jazz song, or as some swinging beat poetry. I take it from the comments that there's another version out there, so I can see someone else's take on the song.