Exasperation Shuffle

Exasperation Shuffle

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This is the first rough demo of our new Future Kings Of Denmark song that we have been working on for the last 3 days Smile

The lyrics came first. I pretty quickly came up with the phrase 'Exasperation shuffle', as this week's GYAWS theme was 'Out of reach' Smile I have had a frustrating week !
So then I wrote the first verse lyric, then a 3 line chorus with the repeated tag Exasperation Shuffle, then 2nd verse, then bridge (makes me sound very organised lol). All the while though jumping around a bit tweaking here and there.

Once I had that rough draft I sent it over the Atlantic and the North American continent to Steven [@stevenwesleyguiles] who came up with the chorus music. He suggested I write 3 more lines for the chorus and we did this on a 'live' Google doc session as Steven was writing the music. I also tweaked the bridge around a little as he played and came up with ideas.

In many ways our process is often similar to working face to face in a room, and when we did spend a week together a few years ago, and wrote in the same room toegther, our process was exactly the same !

So here it is Smile

Lyrics: 

verse
I can feel the anger in my eyes
Even my thoughts are stuck in a vice
Frustration's a given
I plan to imprison
Everyone playing with apple pie lies

ch
In my aggravation memoir
Demoralised and blasé
I'm looking for a scuffle
Exasperation shuffle
Exasperation shuffle

verse
Where are all the angels in my life
Are they all hiding in a disguise
I can't win this contest
All this nonsense
I try hard to live with their cries

ch
In my aggravation memoir
Demoralised and blasé
I'm looking for a scuffle
Exasperation shuffle
Exasperation shuffle

bridge
And after all the rain has gone
I'll sit and soak my dried out flesh
And after all the puddles dry
I'll hang out in the air and sigh
And wonder if I'll die or live

ch
In my aggravation memoir
Demoralised and blasé
I'm looking for a scuffle
Exasperation shuffle
Exasperation shuffle

Am I heading for a meltdown
Dismay, discord and decay
Came with a built in muzzle
Exasperation shuffle
Exasperation shuffle

In my aggravation memoir
Demoralised and blasé
I'm looking for a scuffle
Exasperation shuffle
Exasperation shuffle

Am I heading for a meltdown
Dismay, discord and decay
Came with a built in muzzle
Exasperation shuffle
Exasperation shuffle



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crisp1's picture

Nice rocker! Solid lyric and I like the sound of the guitars and the ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh.

Dragondreams's picture

Crunchy and attention-grabbing right from the get-go!
This is a good one. I can feel the frustration vibes running through the music, backing up the lyric perfectly.

Jerry Pettit's picture

You have to love a good "International" collaboration. GREAT musical arrangement and vocals!

And I really enjoyed the lyrics--nice job on this, everyone!

coolparadiso's picture

Yup crunchy is a good description and also that other Almost tom verlaine guitar. Nice lyric Amanda and a string delivery Stephen..

cleanshoes's picture

Love this indie rock style--catchy, but a little rough around the edges. Definitely get that "frustrated" vibe. Excellent lyrics from Amanda--so many great lines ("I'm looking for a scuffle/exasperation shuffle" will be stuck in my head for days)! Really interesting to hear about your collaboration process, as well!

Tim Fatchen's picture

Oh wow a serious rocker! Good lyrics and serious guitar/backing and singing. Polish? Definitely, but later. this is great for now! Steven, stunning! Been fascinating watching/hearing your development.