Wake Up

Wake Up

Klaus's picture
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These lyrics by John @oneslowtyper started to interest me after I had one nightmare last weekend. Also, I liked the vulnerability of the lyrics. And the rhythm is so nice in this one. Very easy to put into music. Thanks so much for these lyrics, John.

I made the melody on Tuesday, right before I had to go to work. Wednesday was a long day at work so nothing happened. But today I recorded all the parts, again right before leaving for work. I edited the recordings at work for half an hour, it was a slow day. The student computers in the open computer class now have Reaper DAW installed on them which was a nice surprise. Mixed in the evening at home. And I'm getting to bed before midnight tonight, which is a big improvement.

One thing I've learned is to get more rest. Spend less time on demo and also, sadly, on commenting. I can't see any other way to reach 50 at this point.

Lyrics: 

WAKE UP

V1
I wake up in the distance
Of a long forgotten dream…
I haven’t got the courage
To advance beyond my screams…

V2
I’m once again a child
Trapped inside a man who sleeps…
A tranquil night is broken
By the sleeping man who weeps…

Ch
WAKE UP – little child…
There’s no need to be afraid
WAKE UP – little child…
Cause your dues have all been paid…
WAKE UP – little child
You survived - you’re now a man…
You can handle anything
That happens in dreamland…

Solo

V3
You wake up and you’re running
But you’re running in your dream…
Something makes you nervous
But it’s nothing you can see…

V4
You try to tell the child
Never fear what can’t be seen…
The truth ain’t in the shadows
When you wake, the truth comes clean…

Ch
WAKE UP – little child…
There’s no need to be afraid
WAKE UP – little child…
Cause your dues have all been paid…
WAKE UP – little child
You survived - you’re now a man…
You can handle anything
That happens in dreamland…

Outro
I woke up - in the distance…
Was a long forgotten scream…



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Comments

cindyrella's picture

I see why you loved this! Dreams are fascinating and this is deep and easy at the same time. Enjoyed listing so much!

billwhite51's picture

love the way the man speaks to the child within. guitar sound is excellent.

oneslowtyper's picture

I really like the tone you have going on the guitar, Klaus. And the way you sing this is just lovely, as was the solo.
That had to be a nice surprise, to have access to Reaper while at work. I know how busy you've been, and continue to be, from now till the end of 50/90... and I am one of many to benefit from your talent and hard work.
Don't forget to rest those thumbs!!

cts's picture

Nice interpretation of John's lyrics, @Klaus. I just returned an Elvis Costello anthology CD to my local library, and this tune reminds me a little of his work. Could be the timbre of your vocals, but I think it's just the overall feel of the song. This is a fine collaboration.

atitlan's picture

I knew I'd enjoy this right from the intro - it just has one of those classic vibes. Really nice melody for the verses and the "Wake up" lifts it nicely into the chorus.

jcollins's picture

Looking at the lyrics...v1 awoken from a bad dream. Jumping to the chorus we see stuck in a nightmare. Good job on the lyrics John, I'm ready for the audio now...hold. nice acoustic...vocals now...sounds good...can clearly understand the lyrics...wake up little child. Vocals and melody pulling this one home and wake up little child are catchy. Dreamland solo now...nice riff...vocals driving here...you can handle anything that happens in dreamland. Ending. I liked it very much. I thought the chorus might be a problem but Klaus pulled that off nicely. I'm going to listen again. Really enjoying this. Wake up, little child. Awesome performance on this Klaus and great job on the lyrics by John.

Chip Withrow's picture

I love the wistful, sweetly haunting chord progression a whole lot. Guitar/vocal gives these already personal words an added dimension of immediacy - singing right to someone. Excellent collab!