Inspired by a chat with my songwriting friend Elena Dana, I decided to actually put a new demo online on Sunday.
I probably should have written this song a while ago, but it kind of came lyrically/melodically and then I had to be bothered to actually get my guitar and work out the chords (which as always, aren’t complex, so I have no excuse…) and structure it.
I’ve played two open mic slots in London so far and I have to seek out more and be proactive, but I get so scared about approaching people so only have myself to blame. I always say I want to have a band – which is totally true – but equally, I shouldn’t just lay down my guitar and refuse to play it until I do. If I do.
So, if anyone knows of nights I could play, get in touch.
This set of demos kind of reflects the more recent sound. So Far Away was written when I was 20… it’s a bit scary to think that that was nearly four years ago! Escapology was the only song I wrote while in Newcastle, while Hard Candy is a product of the time I lived in Willesden Green in an odd living arrangement that made me decide it was time to aspire seriously for my own place.
Now firmly settled in the Get Flat, I have no excuse not to write, and so I finally wrote the song I needed to write about some of the things that happened in 2010/11. I kind of wish I could do it semi-acapella with accompaniment from one of those rhythmic cup players you see on YouTube.
12 Feet Under
I’m on a train
I’m gonna give my body to the Tyne and hope my soul
‘Cos I’ve got plans to be getting on with
You laundered marbles ’til you lost control
Now they’re coming back to trip you, trip you
Resting on your laurels ’til the branches snapped
And the tree on the ground
How it felled you
They’ll have to bury me 12 feet under
For your six feet on top
cos I am
Taking you with me I am
taking you with me
When my neck’s for that drop
And your mother should have warned you to be superstitious
For you’ll be crying out
For her arms
When I’m gone.
Here’s a song from Elena Dana – I used to play this on my Amazing Radio folk show back in the day…