The Spirits of a Lesser Me

The Spirits of a Lesser Me

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Liner Notes: 

-- Post FAWM, Pre 5090 and now re-version-ed, rewritten again 5090.

I had/have a "feeling" about this lyric, but not "feeling it". -- Not sure is a keeper, or should pull it down... folks have advised in the past, feel free and why.

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That above there, for some, may need an explanation (not a self critique, a reason) ... -- no need to read unless you got 5 mins to kill or like reading my krappe Smile :
Some may "get", --that I don't want to fall into "making records". I don't make "records".

And therefore if a song for me to "feel it" (me "feeling it, my keep it filter), if that song then takes to many overdubs, (well compared to others, -- hardly Lol ) ... then as 1 voice 1 guitar would make it impossible to "perform" as 1 v 1 g.

The longer version of that? Read on Music 2 :
-- Why is that an issue for me? Well, for years I had songs, -- some later revised on first FAWM and from my "krappe pile" (never finished) revisions last 5090 (to get the ball rolling), -- folks here "liked"... allot some said... -- further input to modify how I write, and etc.

But my point, for today, here -- I heard in my head back then for those songs (way of writing then), ---- two voices, one female, and two guitars and possibly keys, etc. So, (follow me here Smile ) if then performed and NOT as I heard it in my head, did they like/not like/like it as much, so to speak or would "they" if did hear my in-head orchestration? In my area there is no one to play with. (I speak of one venue on occasion that did well, but had this young teen girl, a friends daughter who loved to sing with me, learn, -- did back up. And, yes, it was all pretty good.)

So in time, "that" therefore influenced how/what I wrote (to 1st rev 1v 1g only, regardless of how then orchestrated) ... took a few years, but happened. So, *now (if you-all are still following me/reading this), though comfortable with my stuff (since circa '05)... although, now, ---- I do not want to have an initial demo/version that can't stand on it's own 1 v 1 g (later to then be, "orchestrated"... yeah, like that's gonna happen anyway Lol ) Willie Nelson comments if it dosen't sound good on his really krappey acoustic, holes and all, -- it likely won't otherwise, -- true (for songwriters anyway, 1st versions).

It's important since then when asked about current "stuff", -- I feel as I vet myself, I can then present it. Then, ---- like/dislike is *Context and *not a "critique"... I need a red ball, not a blue one. I've got "ass-holes" in my area you would not believe how/why the "like" a "song"... impossible to explain let alone experience.

Other Note: Tim the other day in the Forums, ---- reminded a great note not to "self trash" in Liner Notes... to be clear, I fully agree. And the above should not be read that way. I KNOW Smile Crazy this is a "good" song/lyric or would not put that much work into it... --- again, but as a 1v1g not sure I am feeling it and it HAS to be able to carry itself "that way" imo as explained... -- I'm not "The Edge" where I can hum 1-note and say, -- "you'll love it when you hear it through my $100K studio and amp fully processed for live concerts Smile (I think The Edge comments that in "It Might Get Loud" documentary... good stuff!)

-- So, derUgo!

Lyrics: 

F Am G
The groans of flesh, washed white 
F Am G
In the blood of the, fight of fights 
F Am / / / G
With the spirits, of the-lesser-deeds now freed
F Am G
Make my best worst friend to me…

G D
The spirits of a lesser me…, they rise and stumble me
Am C
Stumble through my darkness from tears ago light
G
Lord set me free…, set me free

D C G
The spirits of a lesser me, 
D C G
Make my best worst friend to me
D C F Am G
Hauling ash can hosts, for can't do boasts
D C G
Gold tin men, make cheap kin-find
D C / / G
Oh, help us Lord, don't-shape-us of kind
D C F Am G
These men they got, way to many shrines

F Am G
The groans of flesh, washed white 
F Am G
In the blood of the, fight of fights 
F Am / / / G
With the spirits, of the-lesser-deeds now freed
F Am G
Make my best worst friend to me…

D C G
The end is near, and the message clear
D C G
We revel, late and take satan's bait
D C F Am G
And dismiss the misses, though You, blocked that hate
D C / / / G
So the ashes of weight of bloody soul hate
D C G
Will nourish-in-the-ground, and bring flood gates down
D C F Am G
Of the seven seal angles, with Howls of wrath no crowns or ... , new-white-gowns 

G D
The spirits of a lesser me…, they rise and stumble me
Am C
Stumble through my darkness from tears ago light
G
Lord set me free…



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Comments

katpiercemusic's picture

I think I know what you're saying. I write songs where I can't perform them in they way I hear them in my mind, and it's hard to find people to play with who are willing to learn your songs. I've found certain open mics work. There's one near me where there are a few people who just love to perform, so if you ask them to back you up, they will provided you're not asking too much of them. But the real question then becomes... play it solo or don't? This sounds like it works pretty well as a solo song. It's contemplative, so you can play around with tempo and keep things interesting with expression. It's certainly worth further trials... playing in front of a crowd.

Jerry Pettit's picture

Great song. I've been thinking a lot about some of the issues you discuss in your liner notes. For instance, "live performance" is unlikely for me--I'm old--but still...it would be fun. But then again, not that many people want to listen to "new music". So there's that. Also, in doing things like "50/90" there's the old "quantity vs. quality" argument--I've decided quantity is cool, because songs get written that otherwise wouldn't have...and some of them are cool. Quality can always be dealt with later, and meanwhile...I'm learning a LOT!

oneslowtyper's picture

I almost feel like this song needs to stay low-key and personal, very much in the style you have here. It has that feel of an old soul who stumbled upon a guitar and decides to "sing" a story about life. I like the ebb and flo that works very well alongside the vocals.

billwhite51's picture

o cant stand the edge and his revelations of how he tries to make his crummy guitar partys sound good confirmed t me why i disliked him.,,just as jack whites comments confirmed all the good things i fel abou him, although i couldnt stand his singing on those white stripe records. thiis is a owerful song with a great title and chorus. the only thing missing is the audience, and the sounds they will make in the space of your rhythm guitar. i can see 14,000 people diffing this, anticipating eax pew phrase coming to them out of the darkness.

mike skliar's picture

very engaging music and a nice vibe to it- lyric is very elliptical and while in a literal way I'm not sure what it's 'about', that's ok!
interesting images, and the melody and phrasing are effective. that 'set me free' at the end sums it up nicely!
also, i'm hearing a nice influence, perhaps-- some echoes of the acoustic mid 70's songs of ian anderson/jethro tull are in there, perhaps?

nicely done and it all flows !

I think maybe you are over analysing it. Simple answer is i think this is a well crafted interesting well performed song. So much of the rest is noise - will people like it, do i like it, will i play it, does it sound ok, should i do more to it. Its what you felt when you did it and sometimes thats the best it can be. At the least its a step on a pathway at the best it is the pathway! And the great thing is you get to choose the goal. What are you doing to me Mr Ustaknow getting me so philisophical. Smile

sam sorrow's picture

I really like the sound of the guitar and your voice. I think a good song matters more than lots of embellishments. And I like the intimate feel of the recording