Dark and stormy night Sunny day Only meeting strangers
Always losing friends
Every new beginning
And if your travels bring you to a place
Where you’re afraid to show your face
All you’ll be is all you’ve been,
So turn around, come back again.
Walking down the street
I saw a car go by with no one driving
I watched it pass and wondered what the hell was going on.
There’s something not quite right, I thought
and hopped a bus that was just arriving
I got it and I sat down fine, but suddenly
I was gone.
Creeping slowly forward
Nothing ever stops
But nothing really goes
Is there any reason?
No one knows.
But I’d stay by you until the end
In times of darkness I’m your friend
If you need
A helping hand
Just turn around
Come back again.
I sit alone at home sometimes and want to go berserk
But doing that just never seems to work
The shelves are stacked with books but I don’t feel that I could read
While all around a thousand phantoms lurk
I drink a little wine; I eat a little meat
I wonder why I’m shivering in such infernal heat
I feel a little tired; my head’s a little light
I wish that I could close my eyes and block my inner sight.
If you could see me now, you’d probably wonder where I’ve been
But I stand and I fall
And I listen for your call
While hiding out inside the dragon’s den.
I wander ‘round through my internal night
I travel back and forth throughout the town
But if you ask, I’ll tell you I’m all right
My nervousness is just breaking me down.
I listen to the sounds of everybody having fun
I can’t join in ‘cause I don’t have a gun,
They’re scattering their ashes all along the motorway
Then scampering like rabbits on the run
I bounce off all the walls; I turn out all the lights
I always want to hit someone, but I never get in fights
I feel a bit confused; my thoughts are incomplete
There’s tingling in my fingers and there’s swelling in my feet
If you could hear what I hear you would deafen both your ears
But I can’t, and I know
That no matter where I go
I’m followed by the grinding of my gears.
I stare around in paranoiac fright
While grinning at my heartbreak like a clown
So don’t come in, and don’t turn on the light
It’s just my past mistakes breaking me down
I look at all the colors of the pictures in my mind
They’re all so dark, I might as well be blind
The path laid out ahead of me is so filled up with smoke
I think that I’d prefer to just rewind
I roam around the house; I drive around the town
I don’t know if I’m back and forth or if I’m up and down
I dive into the sea; I look into the sky
I try to understand them, but we can’t see eye to eye
If you could see inside my head, your own head would explode
But I nod, and I grin
At the end where I begin
And I smile, and I wave
When I pass an open grave
And I slump, and I sigh
When we have to say goodbye
I’ll see you at the ending of the road
I wander through the wasteland struck with blight
I make my Hell to wear an earthly crown
I smash all mirrors, I can’t stand the sight
Of everything that is breaking me down.
Okay, here it is, my new song, on which I’ve been working for some time now. Technically, I’ve been working on it for thirty plus years (not without interruptions) since I first composed the melody and most of the words back when I was in college. I never did anything with it until now, but obviously I hadn’t forgotten in, since this all came out of my memory – I haven’t seen the original words since I graduated from college, and I never wrote the music down.
I hope you enjoy it. I think I’m getting a little bit better at the mixing and whatnot.
I want to make it clear that this is not, officially, one of my “bad cover” songs. I did not do any of the background music; there are too many effects and layers and sound effects involved, which are beyond my current resources, or at least my current skills.
This is, however, one of my favorite songs, so I downloaded a karaoke backing of it (which was pretty good, I must say), and I just did the singing.
Of course, this song is by Radiohead, written by Radiohead’s members, originally for “Romeo and Juliet” and also appeared on “OK Computer.” I own nothing. I owe much. The rest I leave to the poor.
Okay, here’s yet another of my bad covers of good songs. This one is one of my favorites, and is one of the first I learned to strum on an acoustic guitar. There are issues with the mix/recording, of course, but it’s in tolerable state to let other people hear it, at least.
Of course, the words and music are by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, and I do not hold any rights to this. It is an homage, and I make no money from it, nor will I.
[P.S. I just finished re-creating the lyrics and melody to a song I wrote in college called “Breaking Me Down”. I plan to arrange and produce it soon. I think it might even be pretty good.]
I did an impromptu recording of this song with me playing the guitar and singing, before all the other ones I posted. It wasn’t good enough to share with anyone but the best of friends, however, but it did give me some confidence. So, now, I’ve put together at least a passable version worth posting. I hope you like it.
Of the original song was performed by Radiohead, and was written by: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway, aka…well. Radiohead (duh!). I do not own the rights and make no money off this. It’s just for fun.