May 14, 2013 § 5 Comments
So, last week, I wrote a song. And today I polished it a little, typed out all the lyrics, and recorded it, with my one-strum guitar playing, onto my computer, just so I can remember how it goes.
It’s the first song I’ve written in about 14 years, since my dear friend and musical mentor, Neville de Klerk, died of cancer. One of the last songs I wrote before this one was the song I sang at his funeral, and something inside of me just couldn’t write anymore after that.
So I’m delighted by this one – I even like it, which is unusual. It makes me smile as I sing it, and I think with a better singer (and guitar player) it might make you smile too. What I like most about it, is that to some extent, the lyrics are crowd-sourced. I started writing it, and I was playing with words; trying to use the kinds of words you don’t often find in songs because they’re longer and have many syllables, and can be difficult to find rhymes for. I chose words that ended in the suffix “-ated” and asked my Twitter friends to help me come up with a few more. They did a great job, and here, then, is the result. Please pardon the alternative title – that’s just how I think of it.
And no, I’m not singing it for you. You’ll have to content yourself with the lyrics.
COMPLICATED (aka THE FUCK OFF SONG)
So you say that it’s complicated
That our love is overrated
And nothing ever came from standing still
It’s not what you had anticipated
Loving me leaves you suffocated
For too long you’ve been here against your will
Well then go – please don’t feel obligated
Truth be told, that leaves me quite elated
It’s time for me to spread my wings and fly
Yes, I said go, life goes on unabated
I don’t need you to feel appreciated
The time has come it seems to say good-bye
Don’t you know I’m opinionated
I’m not a girl to be dominated
I’ve always been inclined to speak my mind
You tried to make me domesticated
Don’t you see that’s just antiquated
I’ve put up with a lot, I think you’ll find
But when you’re gone I’ll be liberated
All my cares will be eradicated
There were days, I overcompensated
Time to say good-bye