Kind Apocalypse

Kind Apocalypse

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It's been a busy summer and I am VERY behind as far as song count goes, but I am having fun taking my time and experimenting with arrangements and production stuff. I drafted this song on acoustic guitar a few days ago and then spent tonight putting together this production packed chock full o' stuff. Honky-tonk piano! Ukulele! Mellotron! Shaker! Three guitar tracks! Six vocal tracks! Bah bah bahs! (I actually just realized I meant to add a synth in the outro to ramp it up a bit more and forgot, but now it's after 2 AM and I need to go to bed instead of adding more stuff.)

I live across from a beautiful lake and get to watch sunsets over it every night. The other day I saw a woman jogging down the street in front of the lake wearing a bright red sports bra and it made me think of the sun and so I wrote this.

(I still haven't really figured out how to use my mastering plugin so I'm sorry if the loudness is nuts.)

Lyrics: 

A woman is running down the street where I live
She looks like the sun, the sun is a neon dream
All the cars on the street where I live
Flow west like the sun,
One way down my one-way street

My eyes don't see like they used to
My ears don't hear like they used to
Sweet things don't taste like they used to
And my heart feels a little strange

The skin of the peaches can barely contain
The smell of the sun, it hangs in the branches of trees
Pluck the sun with your fingers
Fingers that bend to the pulse of your heartbeat

My eyes don't see like they used to
My ears don't hear like they used to
Sweet things don't taste like they used to
And my heart feels a little strange

Because when it beats
I feel it coming in
Because when it beats
I feel it rushing in
Coals to Newcastle
A kind apocalypse
I feel it in my soul
A kind of apocalypse

The more that I love
The more love I contain
(sweet thing, sweet thing)
The more that I love
The more love I contain
(sweet thing, sweet thing)
The more that I love
The more love I contain
(sweet thing, sweet thing)
Drowned in the world
It's more than I can take
(sweet thing, sweet thing)



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Comments

coolparadiso's picture

Another very fine song - lovely intro and the style very retro belle and sebastian. love the mellotron. sweet things sweet things nice! really good song

kahlo2013's picture

This is absolutely delicious in the images, metaphors, and the gorgeous melody. Your vocals are superb on this! I love the interplay of layers in the last section that feel like so much sweet love swirling and growing and exploding. Wonderful song!

billwhite51's picture

lyrics and melody so unique and inventive, arranged and performed with such style and grace. the lyric of the second verse is particularly intriguing, and the repeated refrain of sweet thing at the end is a hopeful cry out to all that has been lost yet still may be found within

sph's picture

Fine production with all these elements and nice lyrics too. That second verse is me Wink

Susan Cantey's picture

Nice beat! Kind apocalypse...what a great oxymoron...well played. Vivid! Your vocals rock!!!

Fuzzy's picture

Gosh, Owl, your tunes are always immediately appealing.
Excellent lyrics, as usual.
I'm liking the "maximalist" approach you've taken; it really shows off your songwriting skills.
Yeah, so nice!!

Vom Vorton's picture

So good! I love the vocal melody, it's so unusual and yet still very catchy. Loads of killer tunes coming in through the other layers too, yet it never feels overstuffed.

iveg's picture

Hi, Owl! You've got two more songs than I have Smile And I didn't host SongFight Live. Which I still want to watch.

This song is beautifully sung, as usual. I like the melody, esp "My eyes..." section. The second verse lyric is my favorite. "The skin of the peaches can barely contain The smell of the sun..." It's a combination of detail plus unexpected that I just love. Thanks so much for posting this!

anonymouse's picture

cool song
your vocals are so different in the chorus
i like it

Ferry Colyer's picture

Still 'hearing' that chorus. You have a way of mixing melancholy with sweetness. I enjoyed this a lot including all embellishments. I was kind of expecting the song to end with the chorus, I would not have mind about that being the case!

headfirstonly's picture

You've got an amazing hook with that repeated "and my heart feels a little strange" - there's something really special about the way you deliver it. The lyrics have a floaty, dream-like quality to them that really suit the title.

Actually, when I saw the title I thought this might be a nod to the wonderful British science fiction author Brian Aldiss, who passed away in 2017. I don't know if you knew this when you picked your title, but Brian coined the term "cosy catastrophe" as a catch-all descriptor for a very specific but extraordinarily popular category of science fiction story that first appeared in the 1950s. Examples include just about everything that John Wyndham ever wrote. In Brian's own words: “The essence of cosy catastrophe is that the hero should have a pretty good time (a girl, free suites at the Savoy, automobiles for the taking) while everyone else is dying off.”