wednesday wallop #29 > to bed

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obviously this is another case of the (inevitable?) swing of the muse…last week we had “wake up” and this week “to bed”. I am pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that I wanted something short and easy this week. To Bed was written years ago when I worked in a factory doing a rotating 3 day shift that was a killer. Basically I would work 3 shifts 7am-3pm, 2 days off…then 3 shifts 3pm -11pm, 2 days off…then 3 night shifts 11pm – 7 am. This schedule ran straight through the year and I did it for about 16 months. The good news about the work was that it was fairly straightforward, cleaning, so I could write songs and practice lyrics and composition in my head to the sound of steam, running water and scrubbing floors. One night, exhausted, with plodding feet at about 4:30 am “To Bed” presented itself. The melody repeats during the whole song, 3 times, I have added strings, bassoon, harp, a Capella voice slathered in reverb, vibraphone, light drums…ya know…some synth pad stuff…just enough to get the point across… I also played with some quite slow tempos and feels etc I have actually wanted to record this song for a while but it always ends up on the back burner. I am happy to see we are coming close to the 30’s for the song tally. 30 is a big number when songs and weeks are being considered…for me at least. I once read an article by a well known song writer and she said the first 100 songs are always junk…I have never added up all of my works – pretty sure it is well over 100…but that would not be completed ideas…might be fun to count some day, but not today. Here you go,

to bed

to bed to bed
I need to rest my head
I need to get some sleep
no eat no drink
no ointment for my feet
I need to get some sleep
no time to chat with you
no time to read
no time to solve the clues
I really need to get some sleep

to bed to bed
I need to rest my head
I need to get some sleep
no touch no feel
I need some time to heal
I need to get some sleep
no time to think right now
no time to receive
no time but to sink right now
into my bed and waiting sleep

to bed to bed
please listen to what I’ve said
I really need to sleep
no ifs no buts
I’ve really had enough
I’m dreaming on my feet
I’ll sink lost dead in sleep
dream clouds in play
I’ll swim sweet oceans deep
I really must go right away

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