Old Red Sage

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Tune found while walking to work and thinking in 2/4. Worked it out and what the chorus should be at the end of the day. The last three notes already included the word long so it wasn't far before the thing had its subject and then final lyric. I knew this would be the opening track when I tried the melody with a drone and then made it the same as the one from the last song in Cosmic Street. Using the Bass VI and Es 137 was fun and for the first time in a recording I hit the footswitch for the big crashing tremolo on the Fender Twin. Also theremin and Korg Ms-20. Fun!

lyrics

OLD RED SAGE
Rheingold sun through a blood red cloud
Sight like that makes you gasp aloud
If you could shout you'd tell the crowd
But they're a long way down
You love the bake but you're going to fry
The sand and surf bring a tear to your sigh
Poseidon's on the rise come to spit in your eye
On long way down

Blow, wind, blow, sweep it all away
Hey hey ho, clean it all today
Ring the bells of the higher way
On the long way down

Schooled you well in a feathered nest
Peak too soon and you fudge the rest
Count that toll of what you did invest
On the long way down
Chunky soup and a good red wine
Anything that will refine
From the slaver in the dock to the poison mine
To the long way down

You who think you've been reserved
By a big bad boss whom you think you've served
You won't be saved by a tactical swerve
On the long way down

Blow, wind, blow, sweep it all away
Hey hey ho, clean it all today
Ring the bells of the higher way
On the long way down

credits

from Haunting the Path, released April 19, 2016
Words and music Peter Jetnikoff 2014

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