Good people doing nothing (a death worse then fate)

Good people doing nothing (a death worse then fate)

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Mike S- So this started when i listened to G Slade's new song ' Leave me the thrills' which is at http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/38792
I really liked it, and was struck by a later verse in the song that talked about good people doing nothing and being part of the problem or part of the solution. That part really stuck with me, and I used it as the basis of a new song, using some other parts of g slade's lyric and some some of my own words as well, and then wrote some new music to go with it. Recorded using this 'music memo' app on the iphone, (which adds drums to the live rhythm guitar that I played) then added lead vocal and then blues harmonica also on the iPhone using the garageband app. all kind of low tech but gets the job done in a hurry.

G - A pleasure of course to work with Mike on a song. Happy to have helped someone find another song to write. I like Mike's take. Hope you enjoy!

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Living in a valley between darkness and light
the messages get scrambled and what passes for insight
is the shallow take and the shortsighted view
so easy to feel no one's talking to you

are we part of the problem or part of the solution
part of the cleanup or part of the pollution
you're spreading love or you're spreading hate
cause good people doing nothing is a death worse then fate

if it ain't you, does it have to me me
without everyone's voice, is anyone free
i don't know what to do about all these problems
should i move away, or try to stay and solve em

we didn't get here by being too shy to shout
we cataloged the ills and then called them out
then we push legislators to pass legislation
the only way to ensure progress for a nation

are we part of the problem or part of the solution
part of the cleanup or part of the pollution
you're spreading love or you're spreading hate
cause good people doing nothing is a death worse then fate

so rare to see anyone waking the hard road
sympathizing with strangers, helping with their loads
speaking so powerfully with thought and reason
remembering today's truth is yesterday's treason

are we part of the problem or part of the solution
part of the cleanup or part of the pollution
you're spreading love or you're spreading hate
cause good people doing nothing is a death worse then fate

Lyric G Slade & Mike Skliar 2019
music- mike skliar



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coolparadiso's picture

i saw G slades song. You are on a roll - i think your - lets say disapointment- is driving you to some really good musical places. very good again - slight lay lady lay musical undertones.

cindyrella's picture

Very philisophical and so true. We can't stay silent. Great song!

airbagtester's picture

Very righteous chord progression. I dig it. Oh man the brief harmonica parts sound divine! I'm gonna have to check out Gslade's version that inspired you because there is some really great flow going on here that is partly Bob Dylan and partly Ice Cube.

Something about the line "without everyone's voice, is anyone free" makes me think of the concept of direct democracy, and also Horton Hears a Who... like, everyone's voice has a weight, but sometimes it can be as much of a challenge to get people to use it as it is to hear it. (i.e. that one shirker kid in Whoville, Jojo, who isn't making his voice heard, because he's too busy playing with his yoyo or something, thus putting the whole nation of Whoville in danger.)

phoenixash's picture

This is very good as I see that he also blended your style of raping along with his own musical approach. Also very good.