Demo 4 – Bleeding Blooms

This one started life intended as a single guitar and voice song. However, when I eventually got round to doing this rough version I thought that lyrics pushed it in a direction that required something a bit more visceral in the chorus. It’s still a very rough version but I like the sparseness.

Most of the verses were written last December when Prime Minister David Cameron used a veto in Europe and looked to be isolating the UK from having any political influence in the (still developing) eurozone crisis (hence the “floating out to sea” line). As with most of these songs I tried to write it in the style of something slightly more abstract. Usually they are seen through the prism of human relationships and interaction rather than as grand political statements.

Some time in the next few weeks I’ll hopefully be ordering a new guitar (Renaissance RS6) which I think will sound really good for this song. I’ll be rerecording everything in the song from scratch and start thinking up changes to the arrangement. I feel like there should be a loud distorted guitar or synth in the chorus and probably more textures during the verses. It depends how sparse I decide to keep it.

The guitar for this song was actually written while I was watching the news of Norway massacres and something about that informed a lot of the stuff that came after. The songs got pushed into a darker place than I’d normally go. In the end the lyrics didn’t have much to do with the events in Norway because I didn’t think I could write something that did them justice but it was the original seed for the song.

Listen

Lyrics

This is exactly what I needed
Another kick in the teeth
Another way to be defeated
Broken down, left behind and cheated
with the
Dead, bleeding blooms by red waterside
Smile and say everything’s fine.
Dead, bleeding blooms and their pernicious lies
Fighting the ghosts in their eyes

As we’re collapsing in slow motion
You send us floating out to sea
A lonely island in the ocean
In solitude with the life we’ve chosen
and the
Dead, bleeding blooms by red waterside
Smile and say everything’s fine.
Dead, bleeding blooms stealing all they can find
Thinking that we’ve all gone blind

But soon I’ll finally start the fighting
To make some space between us
And when reality is biting
You’ll see the fires of revolt start igniting
while the
Dead, bleeding blooms by red waterside
Smile and say everything’s fine.
Dead, bleeding blooms and their pernicious lies
Fighting the ghosts in their eyes
Dead, bleeding blooms by red waterside
Smile and say everything’s fine.
Dead, bleeding blooms stealing all they can find
Thinking that we’ve all gone blind

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