Plucking the String

Date: April 13, 2005
Genre: drug-addled garage punk?


       
I'd set out to give it a bit of a "garage punk band meets up for the first time and starts playing without so much as practicing first" feel... and I suppose I should be somewhat ashamed of how well I seem to have achieved my goal.
        I'm damn proud of it, though.  If you knew it as intimately as I do, you'd know why.  This song is old--in fact, the only one older is "Soldiers in the Rain", and that's by a couple of days at most.  It's one of the first I ever recorded on the old 4-track tape recorder (since deceased), and that was... a really different version.  I do still have it, actually.
        The first drum you hear is another free MIDI downloaded drum loop, only... "fixed".  The second is a beat of my own composition that I didn't think would work with the song at all; but me, I try things.  I was going to add a third guitar near-ish the end with the fewer words and all, but... didn't feel right.  This is still just a demo, after all.  We'll see where it goes in the future.


Lyrics
I need something to lift me up
Something to drag me down
Something to throw me around

I need some sort of life-long fight
Some sort of sacred right
Something to give me a reason

Something to give me a reason

I
I need something to turn to
I need something to live through
To turn me inside out

I
I need some sort of real song
I need something to feel strong
And I'm feeling that way right now

I need something to lift me up
Something to drag me down
Something to throw me around

I need some sort of life-long fight
Some sort of sacred right
Something to give me a reason

I've got this reason
And it's nothing that you'll take away

Gives me something to live for
A reason to drive on
Don't have to prove it to you

I've got something to lift me up
Something to drag me down
Something to throw me around

I've got some sort of life-long fight
Some sort of sacred right
Something to give me a reason

I've got this reason

I've got this reason
You can't take it away

(I'm strong now
I'm strong now)

- lyrics and music copyright 2001,
Orin Drake