I’ve been thinking recently about the differences between poetry and song lyrics and posing the question when one works and where another won’t. Anyway, I’ll cogitate and spew forth on that later but for now I thought I would post up the lyrics for a song I have just finished. My songwriting is a steady process. I’m quite self-critical but the end results are the best I can do for now…..(aaarrgh, I’m straying into my discussion………). Here are the lyrics……………….
Take any given wise man
Ask the question straight
Have I chance to make this better?
Or is this to be my fate?
Must I sail this copper river
Feel it’s cold heart in my bones
Will it give me hope and sanctuary
Or leave me tired and all alone
We rode in gold leaf meadows
Drank wine at Heavens Gate
Drew blood from stone and food from grain
Washed the dust from angels feet
And David told me once for good
Made sure I’d understand
A stone will flip your plough, my friend
Let no man steal your plan
(Song changes rhythm and pace here.)
Doin’ my best to keep you by my side
When the green tree died
We watched the river flow
The blue-eyed handsome stranger smiles
As darkness falls on Eden’s child
You played your cards now hearts are wild to grow
Haul the reins when it breaks down
Jumpin’ trains to any town
Nowhere’s the place where you wanna go
I’m trying to keep you here
I’m trying to keep you here
17 thoughts on “Copper River”
Great one Al. 🙂 I kind of visualised myself holding a guitar and singing this with fast pace… 🙂
Thank you. One of these days when I crack the technology you might hear me sing it. 🙂
😀 Sure Al.. same here.. 😉
Hmm, I’m intrigued. What genre of music goes with this? Country, ballad, pop or dare I say rap? :)- keep ’em coming. K
I never thought about stating that. I think of myself as a singer/songwriter/fingerstylist with more than a heavy dash of Americana with some jazz background thrown in. hahaha…pigeon holes me, right ? ! 🙂
I wish i could hear you play/sing this. I love the language, the tone, and the imagery, but i feel like i wont fully understand it until i hear it. I must have read it about 30 times, and i still like it — so that says something 🙂
Thanks for the support, Jared. I keep promising myself to master the technology and I’ll get there. I have the software and the tools just short of good ol’ time. When I do, I’ll post it up as an update.
quite awesome. yes, would love to hear it played
I’ll do my best. Thanks for the kind words.
Aww… Sweet… Am dreaming…:)
Thank you MS 🙂
Really like this. I love the line “we road in gold leaf meadows” and the image of drawing blood from stone and food from grain. great work. Do you have any recording software?
Yes, I have Reason Record and Cubase 5. I’m just going to have to sit down and spend a weekend mastering the programmes. Thanks for the kind comments. I will get around to putting my music on the Webster. I’ve promised so many people. 🙂
It’s still too early for an untainted Heaven’s Gate reference.
Thank you, Fox@n !!