The Eagle And The Wren

The Eagle And The Wren

Hypnotist's picture

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This has been hanging around for several weeks, but I haven't been able to think of words that I liked. I'm not sure that I like these either, but I think they are at least inoffensive. Vaguely Henry VIII-themed. Also I really like the story of the eagle and the wren, where the plucky upstart gets one up on the big brute - but really I think it is the exception that proves the rule. (I suppose there's also a very tenuous parallel with Henry too, in the sense that his big brother was the heir presumptive (possibly the incorrect term) until his untimely death. But that's pretty tenuous.)

The history of this song was that I had about ten different possible vocal lines and I wasn't sure which ones to include, so I squashed as many of them as I could into one song using backing vocals to get more in. Not sure if that was a good idea really, I have no idea what the chorus is. Are they all choruses? None? Should have spent more time on words and performance but I don't have the luxury of time. I like the quasi-palendromic structure, it feels nice but I don't know why.

Lyrics: 

Better than trying again
Bet on the eagle not wren
Better to compound the sin
Better to be Ann Boleyn

Nothing's easy in this life
She learned that from an early age
Nothing's easy for a wife
Nothing's easy for a page
Nothing's easy in this life
She learned that from an early age
Nothing's easy for his wife
Nothing's easy in a cage

In his chambre they danced a reel
Barely touching her final meal
No-one humbler as they kneel
No-one humbler

Nothing's easy in this life
And I learned that from an early age
Nothing's easy in this life
Nothing's easy in this life

Just some hope
a little bit of hope
that's all that I require
Just some hope
without that hope
I think I might expire

Nothing's easy in this life
She learned that from an early age
Nothing's easy for a wife
Nothing's easy for that page

Better than trying again
Bet on the eagle not wren
Better to compound the sin
Better to be Ann Boleyn

Better to be Ann Boleyn
Better to compound the sin
Bet on the eagle not wren
Better than trying again



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Comments

richaaaay's picture

Another uniquely you song. Everything about it. Vocal delivery, the gentle drum, piano, vibraphone (type sound). They may all be choruses, they are all catchy. How to tell?

fresh spotless youth's picture

Yeah, it's choruses all the way down. I may have some off-kilter tastes, but this is what pop music is supposed to sound like, from my perspective. I like it a lot, what else can I say. I'm kind of dim-witted when it comes to rhythm. I get thinking this was some odd time signature, then I thought it was 4/4, then I wasn't sure. Weird, uh?

Russ Keys's picture

Interesting effect of the echoed vocal as it reinforces the haunting lyric. Nice that the instrumentation is subtle to allow the words to stand out.

McTown's picture

Interesting thoughts/lines. Heady. Nice sounds....

coolparadiso's picture

Nice vocal, that drum gives it a nice feel! Piano is interesting gives it an unsettling feel! I think the term was "heir apparent" like the historical perspective

davidtaro's picture

The structure is brilliant, you're really sticking it to the v-ch-v-ch-br-ch society (*looks guiltily at his lifetime membership card*), it's awesome when a song keeps subverting your expectations about what's next, and then you look back at the end and see the neat palindromic nature of it and... yeah, just very very cool. The melody is definitely more wren than eagle. I feel like the first and last sections would be the chorus, if you had to put a finger on it, but that might be because they contain the title. All the bits are equally strong. Really enjoyed the echoey BVs on the second section. And the words are great - enough detail that you kind of know what's going on, but enigmatic enough that you're never really sure. Great job!

Wolf Kier's picture

The nothin's easy hook works really nicely here...and the When/Anne Bolyn connection is really inspired. Well done.

Robyn Mackenzie's picture

Those echoey vocals adds a nice ambience and reflectiveness to the piece. Lovely vocal delivery and I really like the instrumentation.