The First Amendment

AndyGetch's picture

The First Amendment



Liner Notes: 

Prompt from the Songskirmish website and Facebook group. I can say its a daft prompt because I randomly picked it. Avoided the temptation to go political, instead I went relationship with the lyric. All lines have five syllables. I started with three line groupings but played with that and edited a bit before recording. Was the first take, and didn't feel like edits or cleanup now. I may work on this more later.


The First Amendment
Baritone guitar tuning BEADF#B
Chords [shapes relative to nut(actual sound)]
[A6(E6)] - xo2222; [B6(F#6)] - x24444; [C#m(G#m)] - x46654;
[A(E)] - xo222o; [E(B)] - o221oo; [E5(B5)] - o22xoo;

Verse 1
[A6(E6)] Each days renewal
[B6(F#6)] Interest accrual
[C#m(G#m)] Met with refusal
[A6(E6)] Asked for extension
[B6(F#6)] Quote left no mention
[C#m(G#m)] Cold intervention
[A(E)] The first amendment
[E(B)] To our agreement
[E5(B5)] Made a difference

Verse 2
[A6(E6)] Is it sufficient
[B6(F#6)] Or just proficient
[C#m(G#m)] Nuclear fission
[A6(E6)] You chose dramatic
[B6(F#6)] Broke diplomatic
[C#m(G#m)] Hope ran in panic
[A(E)] The first amendment
[E(B)] To our agreement
[E5(B5)] Made a difference

Verse 3
[A6(E6)] Had to configure
[B6(F#6)] Conflict got bigger
[C#m(G#m)] Weight pulled the trigger
[A6(E6)] Shook red explosions
[B6(F#6)] In mixed emotions
[C#m(G#m)] Cut off devotions
[A(E)] The first amendment
[E(B)] To our agreement
[E5(B5)] Set a precedent

Verse 4
[A6(E6)] Once love transcended
[B6(F#6)] Till it blended
[C#m(G#m)] Burned it ended
[A(E)] The first agreement amendment
[E(B)] To our agreement
[E5(B5)] Made it excrement

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


billwhite51's picture

Lou Reed would have kicked ass with this song. Another couple takes and youll be kicking ass too. This has a lot of potential. Im hearing it blossom out in my head.

metalfoot's picture

Really interesting sound to this piece, Andy and I like the concept of the five-syllable lines.

3tdoan's picture

Multi-syllabic rhymes are on point, interesting chords and concept with the 5 syllable lines.

Powerstars's picture

I love what you got here! Beautiful chord progression with descriptive lyrics spoken in a surprisingly emotional deadpan. You have something really unique and cool here. Good work!