It’s my first new whole song I’ve written in a while… Not counting the two I’ve had on the back burner since January.
This is as much about songwriting as it is about getting more comfortable using the Presonus recording software Studio One. I’ve owned it for about two year, but haven’t really taken the time to learn how to use it properly. I’ve been dying to start recording stuff , learn the software, and finally got off my rear to do it.
About the song. It started out with an email I got from the Home recording forum I’m a member of, announcing a new songwriting contest, where the prize for the winning entry is a nice packet of free software!. The rules are you have to write a song using the words “Sasquatch”, “Kick”, and “Machine”. Yeah… The name of the software in question is indeed “Sasquatch Kick Machine”! Well, what started out as just a simple little semi-throw away ditty soon evolved into a complete song! I was musing on the concept of what it must be like to be a sasquatch. Because they are reported to be rather solitary creatures, this line promptly popped into my head:
Tall and awkward
He rarely does come round these parts no more
If you see him
He’s probably here to settle some old score.
That’s for sure.
The second line immediately led to the concept that the main character is not the creature itself, but rather a guy who is disfigured and misunderstood and has become a hermit. I named him “Herbert” because…. Well…. It’s just kind of an odd name for a misunderstood guy!
Here’s the lyrics:
(verse) His name – was Herbert A wicker-basket baby with no sin The note – So sweet and lovely But it wasn’t hard to see why mom abandoned him
Kids – They are so cruel They teased him till around his teenage years His name – his name was Herbert But the names they called him brought only rage and tears
One taunt – they’ve gone too far Anger long suppressed exploded on that day Then he – well he retreated Vowed revenge but then he stayed away
(chorus) Tall and awkward He rarely does come round these parts no more If you see him He’s probably here to settle some old score. That’s for sure.
(verse) A recluse – You’ll never know him But the rumor mills they’ve filled in all the blanks To them – He’s a heartless monster Sub human with no conscience or regrets
A freak – A Machine of menace Catches cats and skins them when he can They say – one hiker found him That person well he’s not been seen again
(chorus) His frame is twisted Experiment gone wrong or he’s inbred That’s what they said Don’t call him Sasquatch You stare too long he’ll kick you in the head Then you’re dead…. That’s what they said.
It’s such a cruel world He’s innocent and no one cares or knows A soul with a kind heart But the truth won’t get revealed when bad blood flows…. Bad blood flows……. Bad blood flows…….
It feels too long for my taste. I’ll probably edit it down a bit. Had a bitch of a time getting my mandolin playing in sync with the click track when recording. It still isn’t perfect, but I managed to play both the left and right mando tracks all the way through with no patches. There are many imperfections. But, for the moment, I’m happy with it.
Now I have to decide what other instruments to tack on.