Bones In The Closet

Bones In The Closet

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I had a lot of fun putting a little flesh on the strong bones of Cindy's lyric...

Lyrics: 

I don’t wanna be redundant
Don’t want to be too cliche
So I’ll refer to them as bones
Skeletons just get in the way

Not sure if you got them
But baby I got me some bones
They’re hidden away in a closet
Where they'll stay unknowns

Yeah I got bones in my closet
They’re hanging on tight to that bar
I don’t want them out in the open
Cause some of them are real bizarre
Maybe you have some in hiding
Most of us are concealing a few
Many of us have a coupla femurs
We’d just as soon hide from view

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Where you deposit
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Bones in the closet

Maybe there’s a family secret
That is darker than you can reveal
Maybe what you’ve done in the past
Is far from society’s ideal

Maybe these bones they go haunting
Shaking you down to your frame
But by facing the past and its demons
You may find there’s no one to blame

Yeah I got bones in my closet
They’re hanging on tight to that bar
I don’t want them out in the open
Cause some of them are real bizarre
Maybe you have some in hiding
Most of us are concealing a few
Many of us have a coupla femurs
We’d just as soon hide from view

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Where you deposit
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones
Bones in the closet



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Great fun - and the old-school vaudeville treatment fits *perfectly*! A song that's crying out to be performed on stage, squinting into the footlights, when all of this covid-19 trauma is behind us.

I particularly liked "Many of us have a coupla femurs / We’d just as soon hide from view." Ain't that the truth.

And oddly enough, the Fortean Film Club that I'm part of online were just discussing a film from 2010 that I'd never heard of, which has *exactly* this plot! Skeletons. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1425933/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

It's got Jason Isaacs in it. Hello to Jason Isaacs.

cindyrella's picture

I just knew you'd do this well and you far surpassed it! I'm delighted to say the least! So much fun! This may be my favorite of ours! Awesome!

Gwyn Jones's picture

It was a pleasure to work with your fine lyrics as it always is Cindy...

Jerry Pettit's picture

Exactly--this is definitely some great "vaudeville" stuff. Fun, fun, fun!

Great lyrics, Cindy--I assume you have some interesting skeletons in your closet? Want to share? Smile

Great music and vocal on this, Gwyn.

Gwyn Jones's picture

Cheers Jerry! Cindy does write such intriguing lyrics doesn't she?

ductapeguy's picture

Those lyrics are wonderful and the Louis Prima style arrangement makes them swing. This is a keeper.

Gwyn Jones's picture

Yep...Cindy does craft great lyrics and I do like a bit of swing...thank you!

billwhite51's picture

im glad you use the orignal music for the dry bone refrains..it keeps the rest of the song within the classic spooky jazz genre.

Gwyn Jones's picture

Cheers Bill...the song 'Dem Dry Bones' has always fascinated me so when Cindy referenced the song in her lyric I went with it...plus the song is in the public domain now...hah!

coolparadiso's picture

I liked these lyrics when i first saw them. Also Nice one Gwyn i like your style on this,

cleanshoes's picture

Ohhh, your vocals here are SO good. Great metaphors from Cindy, transformed into a playfully gothic tune. Vaudeville or maybe just a sweet Halloween party. Another keeper!

Gwyn Jones's picture

You say such nice and encouraging things...thank you!

crisp1's picture

Clever lyric turned into a great showstopper!

kahlo2013's picture

Oh wow! This is really wonderful! The music is absolutely fantastic! I love the vocals - personality plus! Wonderful bouncy jazzy music really makes the great lyrics shine!

tamsnumber4's picture

Great genre for this lyric and love your performance, wonderful write girl, a fab collab!

johnstaples's picture

Aww damn, this is a really FUN song! Cindy's lyrics are a delight! So clever and descriptive. And yes, some of us have enough bones in the closet for a full skeleton or two! Great writing Cindy!

And I absolutely adore how Gwyn brought this song to life! It sounds like an authentic period piece all the way down to the growling singing! I am convinced there is no genre Gwyn cannot do justice to!

Gwyn Jones's picture

Wow! Thanks John...I've only just seen this post so apologies for not replying sooner....yep Cindy's lyrics are a delight and I very much appreciate your comments on the music...cheers!