Sound

Time: 03:02

“Sound” is a rock song with a simple and memorable guitar melody. Listen for the cello between beats in the chorus. (Hey sister!) Some version of this song had been in my head for years by the time I wrote the lyrics down in a Brussels café. My partner at the time had been talking to me about a beautiful village on the sea near Lisbon. The guitar setup is my standard – Telecaster through Line 6 delay to Mesa Boogie Lonestar amp.

Lyrics:

Minneapolis December 2008,
Brussels / DC June 2009;
Quito March 2010
and many other places over years

Light
Looking from Lisbon late at night
And not a guide
Shall you find.

Rise
With a most uncommon life
At the inquiry
Take pride.

Hey sister, if you’re a prisoner
Of a system that tears you down
I’ll be right here, I’ll be right here
With the sound when you hit the ground.

Hey sister, if you’re a prisoner
Making your way out
I’ll be right here, we’ll be right here
With the sound when you hit the ground.

Time
Looking for purpose for our lives
In reports
In the lines.

Strike
With unaverted eyes
Appear at the inquiry
An unquiet mind.

Hey sister, if you’re a prisoner
Of a system that tears you down
I’ll be right here, I’ll be right here
With the sound when you hit the ground.

Hey sister, if you’re a prisoner
Listen and let it out
I’ll be right here, we’ll be right here
With the sound when you hit the ground.