221. Worm (Murder Ballads)

DAY TWO-HUNDRED AND TWENTY-ONE

My hero: Edward Gorey

Good-evening my dear friend…

Oh Boy… I am once again tour-ridden, but this time, I am completely without computer to post or record, though I tried before I left to track down means of doing it more remotely, I settled on simply waiting to post and record when I can.  LIFE!

This is a song I did with Guy Capecelatro for yet another one of his great RPM projects like I did with him last year.  (RPM is a yearly project that many musicians take part in all over the world.  You must write and record all new material through the month of February.  You can submit it online where people can hear it.)  The subject was Murder Ballads, and this was my personal contribution to the 10-track album we did together.  I have been so busy getting ready for tour and finishing up more last minute movie stuff, that I ended up finishing 8 arrangements for 8 different murder songs the night before I left for tour.  I will post those songs up soon…

Today, I’m treating you to a very demo-like version of Worm.  I wanted to write a murder ballad from the point of view of a worm living inside of a corpse who had been murdered…. and so you will hear the story unfold.  You will hear the cello part sounds a bit like The Easy Way from last winter in the 365 – completely unintentional.  I recorded the cello and vocals at Anna Vogelzang’s house while in Madison. The vocals, I would like to say, came out surprisingly well – I’m very happy with them!

I sent the cello track and the main vocal to Guy in Portsmouth, Maine, who worked his weird magics with them, adding some sound samples and beautiful harmony vocals.  This is unmixed, but you get the dirty, gruesome, murderous idea… right?

Worm

 

I will crawl inside this brain on fire
Until her heart will beat no longer
A careful host a bride to be, a willing soul, a home for me
I saw his hand a massive thing
Arrange her hair with gold and string
Her body limp but still with grace
He raised her up to meet his face
 
I will see you in my sleep
This secret buried deep
Stained my shoes with kind relief
Take this my love, my bride, my sweet
 
Buried deep within a tomb
Her pretty face he did exhume
And here I am upon my host
She loves me best, she loves me whole
I’ve cared for her much more than he
For years and years he’s lost at sea
His secret slaughter cracked and blistered
With body gone, the mind has festered
 
I will see you in sleep
This secret buried deep
Stained my shoes with kind relief
Take this my love, my bride, my sweet
 
Returned from freedoms’s choking grasp
The memory relived at last
But here am I, she waits with me
She is my love, my bride to be
 
I will see you in sleep
This secret buried deep
Stained my shoes with kind relief
Take this my love, my bride, my sweet

2 thoughts on “221. Worm (Murder Ballads)

  1. Great song! I would buy an album of GC and EHP murder ballads!
    PS another thing we have in common, Edward Gorey. “The Curious Sofa” & “The Epiplectic Bicycle” being two of my favorites!

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