You Survive

You Survive

wacha's picture

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This is the seed song for Morph 3.

I'm working one writing with a cowriter in an official capacity for the first time. We agreed to work on a song about the working class struggle and were going to meet on-line a week later to compare what we came up with and I guess meld our ideas, I don't know I've never written like that before but anyway. I procrastinated, as I do and a half an hour before we were going to meet I had nothing. I figured I'd sit down, bang out a verse and call it ready to work on.

But I REALLY struggle with just writing a verse or a few lines so I wrote an entire song with an arrangement, held that for myself, put down my guitar and forced myself to just write a few lines.

She had a bit more done than I did but what I had written in my second attempt work very nicely with what she had so it all worked out and now I have 2 songs out of it. I think I'm taking more of a producer role on that song and have this one for me now.

It's about the struggle of the working class, How we can work 40 (or more hours) and still not be able to pay our bills and how we all get stuck in the capitalist machine that tells us this is what we should be doing and that we have no other choice. So you know, a nice lighthearted tune.

I kept the arrangement simple since it's a morph but felt it could use the shaker and now @kahlo is up!

Oh, I think my guitar is too loud in the mix but it's good enough for a demo.

Lyrics: 

Verse: G C D
Chorus: em A

Verse:
You work your 9 to 5
It's barely enough to stay alive
Break your back all week long
With nothing to show, it sure feels wrong

Chorus:
And you don't know know
How you will make it
But somehow you get through
It's too much
But you survive
It's what you do
It's what you do

Verse:
Never see the prophet
Lining someone else's pockets
Didn't seek fortune or fame
But this is just a shame

Chorus:
And you don't know know
How you will make it
But somehow you get through
It's too much
But you survive
It's what you do
It's what you do

Verse:
The rich count their money that you with you had
While they tell you, it's not that bad
Hard work's it's own reward
You can't expect and even score

Chorus:
And you don't know know
How you will make it
But somehow you get through
It's too much
But you survive
It's what you do
It's what you do



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Comments

wobbie wobbit's picture

an anthem for the downtrodden. something a bit Dylan about this. sounds like a classic song already. nice work

coolparadiso's picture

Yes a great topic and well delivered. Sad state of affairs for our supposed greater enlightenment. Greater greed more like! Nice.

ustaknow's picture

Wow, this came out really great. Great sound, feel, lyric, and production.
- I remember making $5/hr, take home like $149ish, maybe it was $155... could'a been $150 Wink see, that $5-6 dollars, - it mattered.
And, if didn't work, didn't get paid. And, they dared you to take your sick days or even the, I think it was 3 days, maybe 5 after 12mo's work. 5 days does not feel right, but maybe it was. AND, doing a great job got certain folks pissed at you, to boot!

I had a few jobs I just said, "hey, phuck you" and left. I never worried about it, - life sucked anyway... with or without that schiety job! Smile Why not at least then, be "free"! So, took that option, often I guess. Even as LEO Wink yeehaww, - "people", they just really do not know what's going on, then, now, before, after Fool

billwhite51's picture

it is a good seed that may well morph into a great song. the foundation is there. the music in the chorus could be developed more and i wold drop the dylan affectations as they compromise your own voice.

richaaaay's picture

Solid shaker...and strumming too. Nice vocal phrasing, as usual...It's what you do!!!

crisp1's picture

This definitely has a classic folk-song feel to it musically and it's a timeless message. Great job!

headfirstonly's picture

There is so much to relate to in this. I got laid off a couple of years ago and after getting sick (as a result of sitting in a car for a commute that took two hours each way on a good day) I ended up semi-retired and I really, really do not miss the 9 to 5 in the slightest. From my current perspective, it feels like such a pointless and stupid way of making somebody else rich. Insane, even.

And the mix you've got here sounds more than good to me. Great balance between guitar and vocals, and they both sound fantastic!

Gm7's picture

I gave up the 9-5, 23 years ago, just quit and set up my own little company, So i can relate to this Catherine..great folk song..
Your on a roll.

Wolf Kier's picture

I might be just a little bit of target but I'm getting a kinda tammy wynette (?) feel - real music for real folks coming from a transistor radio by the register in a diner attached to a single pump station on the road to nowhere (maybe in a Tobe Hooper (RIP) movie), The struggle is real. It's trapped in slides and quivers in that vocal melody. Very very very nice.

gerrybhoy's picture

Nice country styling, phrasing is reminiscent of early Dylan, thanks for the listen.

Amanda Rose Riley's picture

Cool Dylan vibe with the music, lovely chords, and an eloquent true statement. I often just feel like this is normal and the way it has to be, but then I think about the unspeakable amounts of money being made on top of existing money by the people at the top, that they will never be able to spend even in 10 generations (sometimes not even in 200 generations), even while living like royalty and I think, how can that be fair when so many are struggling just to pay for necessities?

AndyGetch's picture

I feel like the use of second person (you rather than I) is subtle yet speaks a lot about the main character. It works well here as does the semi-resigned delivery. It will be interesting to see how this morph evolves. Glad this song emerged and all the best on the other co-write.

Chip Withrow's picture

You sound great here! Your voice has wisdom and experience and soul, and I dig the guitar groove a whole lot. And shaker - yeah!
With you on the sentiment, too - indeed, it's what we do.

mikehex's picture

Great feel to this, somewhere between laid back and exhausted anger.

dzd's picture

I really like this a lot! "hard work is its own reward" said nobody ever who had to work their ass off and still can't afford food. I've been told that exactly once in my life, as I walked away and said the reward is all yours then.

I like the mix here too, I think its a perfect balance. I also like the production with just a guitar/shaker/vocal. It works great for this. I agree with mike on the feel of this too, its laid back and resigned, but with a lot of underlying angst and anger. Really well done!