The Songs That We Make

The Songs That We Make

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Liner Notes: 

I've always wanted to experiment with a duet, but never really have, so decided I would go for it. I had the background story of bands floating around weaving their realities through the imagined details of a generic band experience I had in my mind during that time period. It was the relationship factor that got pulled from the Fleetwood Mac experience, but it is not written about them. It could be any no-name start up band. I figure, eh, throw it out there, see what comes of it!

Lyrics: 

The Songs That We Make
Lyrics by Kc Chad (2019)

(Guy)
The ping of the cap
The zip of the fizz
The feel of the bubbles
tingling my lips
The cold sweating bottle
Cries on my fingertips
And I pass up my shame for the songs on the stage

(Girl)
The clothes on the floor
The twisted up sheets
Can’t take this no more
You’ve done it again
You can’t blame the bottle
And you can’t blame me
Yet I pass up the anger for the songs on the stage

(Both)
The guitars they scream and the drums roll and roar
Our love for each other meets the next slamming door
We don’t talk to each other, we write our next score
And the words we don’t speak, Oh they rumble, they bleed
They quiver and quake through the songs that we make

(Guy)
It really meant nothing
I don’t recall why
Hazy and cloudy
one hell of a night
The beads on my forehead
The white powder strips
And I pass up the numbness for the songs on the stage

(Girl)
Alone in my room
I stare at the wall
Cup my hands to my ears
Can’t take this no more
Force the pen in my hand
As tears stain the page
I scribble out lyrics, our next song for the stage

(Both)
The guitars they scream and the drums roll and roar
Our love for each other meets the next slamming door
We don’t talk to each other, we write our next score
And the words we don’t speak, Oh they rumble, they bleed
They quiver and quake through the songs that we make

(music)

(bridge)
Whispers and hold backs
tension sends the mercury high
While tempers are flaring, the agent desp’rately tries
To calm the situation
Cause contracts are binding and the manager’s finding
the money’s starting to flow
Can’t break the stride now, we’ve got a call on the road.
Can’t break the stride now, we’ve got a call on the road.

(Both)
The guitars they scream and the drums roll and roar
Our love for each other meets the next slamming door
We don’t talk to each other, we write our next score
And the words we don’t speak, Oh they rumble, they bleed
They quiver and quake through the songs that we make

(Guy)
Pound out the rhythm
To the words on the page
Can’t be what’s hap’ning
We’ve been here before
It’s simply a song
She just expressing her rage
And I pass up my fears for the songs on the stage

(Girl)
I wrote you this song
Cause that’s what I do
My expression mode
When I can’t take anymore
I can’t sing this song
It’s yours, “Dear John”
And I pass up this pain and the songs on the stage

(Both)
The guitars they scream and the drums roll and roar
Our love for each other meets the next slamming door
We don’t talk to each other, we write our next score
And the words we don’t speak, Oh they rumble, they bleed
They quiver and quake through the songs that we make

(Guy)
The guitars they scream and the drums roll and roar
Our love for each other meets the next slamming door
We don’t talk to each other, we write our next score
And the words we don’t speak, Oh they rumble, they bleed
They quiver and quake through the songs that we make



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Comments

jcollins's picture

Wow, this is terrific. I definitely feel Fleetwood Mac and The Mammas and the Papas in these lyrics. Great idea to write a duet! Lots of good rhymes and storytelling going on here. Love the "The guitars they scream and the drums roll and roar" line. Great job throughout.

Chip Withrow's picture

Even without your liner notes, I would have thought the story was similar to the Fleetwood Mac saga. But it's totally its own story, too - what wonderful attention to detail! I really get to know these characters - care about them, like them at times and dislike them at others, feel sorry for them, think they got what they deserved. All in a song! And there's potential for the music to go lots of different ways. Show tune number like argument songs in Evita, ebb-and-flow piano ballad like a longer Billy Joel piece, or simple storytelling guitar/vocal. Good one!

metalfoot's picture

Yeah, definite hints of the Fleetwood Mac thing here! Strong storytelling.

Acousticmaddie's picture

Very well written and superstrong storytelling. intense an evokative. coool