Into The Shade

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The verses of this song are based around a simple fingerstyle guitar riff that I came up with years ago. We had a clear idea about the structure of the song; and we had a melody for the choruses; and Walter came up with a wonderful chord progression for the "middle-eight" break and guitar solo. But that was all we had. I guess we could have just left it in the vault, unfinished and un-realized, except for the fact that it is a vital component of the Strange But True suite: the verse chord sequence is a 180 degree flip of the verse chord sequence from a later song in the suite (Future Imperfect, if you must know). And the symmetry  is just too cool to discard.

So earlier this year I sat down with my lyric book and worked up a set of lyrics that suited the mood of the piece, and started to record. Over these last two months, the song has really come together faster than is typical; indeed, I am currently listening to "final" mixes in the car and I'm still not totally sick of the music, which unfortunately is the norm at this stage.

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Lyrics

Feel the need to learn and test our self-reliance
Push the limits of the land and who we are
Put our minds to solving mysteries with Science
Sending probes to the nearest star

Gas emissions feeding ozone deconstruction
Grain belt slipping up the belly of the beast
Commerce engines driving tubes of mass seduction
Siphon payday to the priest

   Long ago we stamped our feet to the rain-maker's melody
   Felt the beat and electric heat of the thundercloud parade
   Stretch a hand to the medicine man, taste the latest remedy
   Every nervous reflex reeling us into the shade

Emotional wrecks at security checks for our protection
Iron curtain rising in the final act
Product placement in the pay-per-view election
Faith is trending over Fact

   In the flickering shade of a Steel Tree, in the battle field's sterility
   Feel the sweet electric beat of a sixty hertz crusade
   Purple pills from the Pharma Girl; tickets to tranquility
   Tuning in to the scorpion dancing into the shade

Is it right for you? Ask your Doctor; Drink the magic potion
Join the ranks of the no-think tank; blinded by the Right
We are reflected in the plastic-covered ocean
Toxic soil on sacred sites

   Too much noise, too much information
   Unfiltered data feel a vague sensation
   Century overload; can't tune out the station
   Solving every problem with the wrong equations  

       under the flickering steel tree
       where I bombed you and you bombed me

music © 1989 Colin Nicholls & Walter Nicholls  
Lyrics © 2012 Colin Nicholls

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