Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball

JWHanberry's picture



Liner Notes: 

host corinne54
prompt mask

Great prompt. Something led me to take the homophonic approach to the prompt. I was thinking of the ball as a metaphor for society but don't know that that came through.

In trying to get away from the same ol', same ol', I built the verse progression using pivot chords.

Guitars: Guild D-25
Note: Skirmish: 1 hour to write and record


Masquerade Ball

I went to the masquerade ball
Everyone there in disguise
They covered their faces with jewels and silk
'til all I could see was their eyes
Everyone changin' partners
Deception was rife
As I looked it over it came to me slowly
The masquerade ball is the dance of life

We were dancin' in circles
No sense of direction
Just want to have us some fun
Twirlin' around with no sense of connection
Hiding in secret
With lies that we've spun.

In private conversations
Later on in the affair
Too drunk we succumb to the current temptation
Tomorrow we'll say we weren't there
We'll sneak away to some dark corner
Hoping that nobody sees
We can get lost in our moment of pleasure
At the masquerade ball we won't feel ill at ease.

At the masquerade ball
We've hidden our souls
We can give it all up for a while
Wearing a costume, just playing a roll
Hiding our secrets
Behind masks of guile.
At the masquerade ball

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tcelliott's picture

I like the chorus lyric a lot. The idea of dancing in circles with the lies we've (society) has spun. Completely applicable to a ton of situations, but the current political climate especially.

kahlo2013's picture

Delicious and decadent dance in the circle of forbidden love. Or, as TC says, could work for other situations too - but there is a sensual aspect to this of illicit love that comes through strongly in the well written lyric. The waltz feel works well.

Just put in the word the M word and im sold. Nice lyric that your delivery suits perfectly. Great skirmish

Cicpisces's picture

It's a good song. I really feel that masquerade ball atmosphere and how people deceive themselves behind masks. You paint a realistic and enjoyable picture. Nice song.

musicsongwriter's picture

Fantastic take on a very inspiring prompt. I love the direction you've taken. Very realistic and catchy song.