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Here’s the Demo and Lyrics for the New Song “Reptile Brain with a Nuclear Button”

 

Listen here: http://snd.sc/JaNn99

Reptile Brain with a Nuclear Button

© 2012 Andy Harrison

 

Keep a lid on it

Keep it in the box

Don’t let it out

Set up the road blocks

 

Clamp it down

Close up the gates

Shut all the windows

And pull down the shades

 

Wall it all off

Get it in the cue

Put in the system

And pass it on through

 

Lock it down

Get it in a straight jacket

Strap it to the table

Get it in the brackets

 

Chorus:

Somethin’s gone wrong with this evolution

When fear is the fuel of every solution

We come so far but we aint learned nothin’

Reptile brain with a nuclear button

 

Stress it test it

Give it the juice

Push it and squush it

Shake somethin’ loose

 

Confuse it abuse it

Keep it under your thumb

Scare it and tear it

Keep it numb, glum and dumb

 

Get it up on the screen

Get it in the data

Crunch the numbers

Lay out the strata

 

Keep it contained

Sweep it under the rug

Keep it all quiet

Get the holes plugged

 

Chorus:

Somethin’s gone wrong with this evolution

When fear is the fuel of every solution

We come so far but we aint learned nothin’

Reptile brain with a nuclear button

 

Get it wired up

Tap all the lines

Keep it surveyed

Eye in the sky

 

Hack it track it

Keep it under wraps

Set the trip wires

And the booby traps

 

Attract it distract it

Keep it out of the game

Keep it off the field

Make it take the blame

 

Squeeze it freeze it

Give it nowhere to go

Keep it caged up

Don’t let it grow

 

Chorus:

Somethin’s gone wrong with this evolution

When fear is the fuel of every solution

We come so far but we aint learned nothin’

Reptile brain with a nuclear button

 

 

 

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Song of the Day “Don’t Give In”

This is a rewrite of “The Yellow Blues” lyrics with a brand new melody and a chorus.

Don’t Give In

© 2012 Andy Harrison

 

I’m in love with this moment

I’m in love with right here

What’s done is done

Can’t know the future

My worries disappear

The peace I have been missing

I overlooked it somehow, somehow

 

There’s a wind keeps on blowing

No matter what I do

But my heart keeps unfolding

Seams each time I stay true

If I can keep my mind from wandering

If right here I can stay, I can stay

 

Chorus:

If I give up give up give up give up being the victim

And give up give up give up always needing to win

If I give up give up give up give up knowing the answer

If I give up give up give up

But don’t give in

 

I hear you complaining

And I know just how it feels

When your life seams out to get you

How your fears can feel so real

And I’ve had enough pain this life

It’s time for me, for me to redirect

 

Chorus:

If I give up give up give up give up being the victim

And give up give up give up always needing to win

If I give up give up give up give up knowing the answer

If I give up give up give up

But don’t give in

 

The peace I have been missing

Overlooked it somehow

But no more, no more, no more

 

Chorus:

If I give up give up give up give up being the victim

And give up give up give up always needing to win

If I give up give up give up give up knowing the answer

If I give up give up give up

But don’t give in

 

I’m in love with this moment

I’m in love with right here

 

 

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Song of the Day ‘The Yellow Blues”

The Yellow Blues

© 2012 Andy Harrison

 

Chorus:

I’m in love with this moment

I’m in love with right here

What’s done is done

Can’t know the future

Let my worries disappear

I’m in live with this moment

I’m in love with right now

All the peace I have been missing

I overlooked somehow

But no, more no, more no more

 

There’s a wind keeps on blowing

Seams no matter what I do

But my heart it keeps unfolding

Seams as long as I stay true

I can face every winter

I can face all the rain

If I can keep my mind from wandering

If right here I stay

I stay, I stay, right here I stay

 

Chorus:

I’m in love with this moment

I’m in love with right here

What’s done is done

Can’t know the future

Let my worries disappear

I’m in live with this moment

I’m in love with right now

All the peace I have been missing

I overlooked somehow

But no, more no, more no more

 

I here you complaining

And I know just how it feels

When your life seams out to get you

How your fears can seam so real

And I don’t mean to be uncaring

I don’t mean no disrespect

But I’ve had enough pain in this life

Time for me to redirect

Redirect, redirect, redirect

 

Chorus:

I’m in love with this moment

I’m in love with right here

What’s done is done

Can’t know the future

Let my worries disappear

I’m in live with this moment

I’m in love with right now

All the peace I have been missing

I overlooked somehow

But no, more no, more no more

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Song of the Day “Window”

Window

© 2012 Andy Harrison

 

I’ve been walking through your rubble

Since the day I learned to walk

And your words built walls inside my mind

Since the moment I could talk

And your laws laid out your plans for me

Even though I had no clue

The freedom burning in my heart

Was the greatest threat to you

 

Chorus:

You can take back all your advice

Your shiny crafted dreams

The picture of the citizen

The place you made for me

You can take back your promises

‘Cause I don’t give a damn

I just want to know the truth of who I am

I just want to know the truth of who I am

 

I’ve been fighting every single day

This feeling I couldn’t shake

A part of me was missing

Thought it was my mistake

But now I catch a bigger glimpse

A window to my soul

Now all the lies you could tell

Won’t give you back control

 

Chorus:

You can take back all your advice

Your shiny crafted dreams

The picture of the citizen

The place you made for me

You can take back your promises

‘Cause I don’t give a damn

I just want to know the truth of who I am

I just want to know the truth of who I am

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Song of the Day “Headed for the Breakthrough”

Headed for the Breakthrough

©2012 Andy Harrison

Can’t be stuck if you’re stuck in changing

Pain isn’t pain when it’s all rearranging

You pay yourself when you pay attention

Every day is a life extension

Chorus 1:

 

1, 2 headed for the breakthrough

3, 4 better than before

5, 6 see how it all clicks

So quick brand new

Headed for the breakthrough

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You get what you want if you want what you get

Play both hands you always win the bet

Who you think you are – the only obstruction

Let it go and join your life’s construction

Chorus 2:

 

1, 2 headed for the breakthrough

3, 4 better than before

5, 6 see how it all clicks

So quick brand new

Headed for the breakthrough

7, 8 no time to wait

9, 10 never be the same again

11, 12 give it to yourself

So quick brand new

Headed for the breakthrough

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Song of the Day “Invented”

Invented

© 2012 Andy Harrison

From the day you were born they put you in a box

Trained your mind to define under key and lock

Your identity formed from predefined scripts

So your future’s controlled and your wings are clipped

Chorus:

There are better choices than the ones presented

If you want a better life it’s got to be invented

You grew up being told you have freedom to choose

But that’s only so you doubt yourself more when you loose

You only can choose from the options you see

So what’s presented as a choice defines your reality

Chorus:

There are better choices than the ones presented

If you want a better life it’s got to be invented

When you map out your future from childhood on

You’re building space in your brain for your life to dance upon

Forces through people and people through systems

Try to limit your vision cut you off from your wisdom

Chorus:

There are better choices than the ones presented

If you want a better life it’s got to be invented

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Song of the Day 10/31/2011 “In Motion”

In Motion

© 2011 Andy Harrison

Man this world is changing

Seams like every single day

I can’t predict nothin’

Not like yesterday

 

And everybody’s talkin’

Like the world’s fallin’ apart

I don’t know about all that

Just lookin’ for a place to start

 

Chorus:

I just gotta stay

Stay in motion

Be the catalyst of change

Order from the commotion

Gotta do what I need to

Find the power and devotion

I just gotta stay

Stay in motion

 

Man it seams so easy

To point the finger and blame

But I just can’t sit here watchin’

My world go up in flames

 

Yeah it’s different and it’s scary

And I don’t know what to do

But the one thing that ain’t changin’

It’s up to me to make it through

 

Chorus:

I just gotta stay

Stay in motion

Be the catalyst of change

Order from the commotion

Gotta do what I need to

Find the power and devotion

I just gotta stay

Stay in motion

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Song of the Day “All Together” 10/17/2011

All Together

© 2011 Andy Harrison

 People of the world are marching

 Shouting out for true change

 Smell the sweat, feel the hunger

 Time is now we got to rearrange

Chorus:

 We’re gonna get it all together

 We’re gonna turn it all around

 We’re gonna get it all together

 Growing loud can you hear the sound?

 People of the world are angry

 Speaking out telling the truth

 Breathe in the air rich with fervor

 Taste the freedom if we only choose

Chorus:

 We’re gonna get it all together

 We’re gonna turn it all around

 We’re gonna get it all together

 Growing loud can you hear the sound?

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8 Step Lyric Writing Exercise

I’ve been developing an exercise to help me with improving lyrics and I wanted to post it here because I’ve been surprised by some of the results it’s produced so far. My intention was to get better at making the best choices during the songwriting process so that the lyrics would be the best they could be and that I wasn’t just settling for the first idea that fit. I found myself falling into patterns when I wrote and I wanted to find a way to easily find the best choices during the writing process and then repeat it enough so that it would be a natural part of the writing process.

I combined information from 3 songwriting books by Sheila Davis with NLP informational chunking and sequencing along with questions to arrive at the 8 steps. The idea is that you simply answer all the questions and at the end you have a solid framework for your lyrics before you get all the words you’ll end up with. Then you write the song. This may morph into something more down the line, but here they are so far. Let me know what you think!

1)How are you feeling? (every song is about one emotion)

2) What is the best phrase to use to sum up this feeling? (Make it memorable and original-this is your title)

3) What is the best plot type to use?  There are 3 options: 1) Attitudinal –straight out telling your feelings, 2) Situational – your feelings are framed within the context of a specific situation, or 3) Story – the lyrics tell a story about specific events and have a beginning middle and end.

What is the plot? (What is happening?)

4) What is the best time frame to use? (When is it happening?) Your choices are: 1) Past, 2) Present, 3) Future, or 4) Moving

5) What is the best setting to use? (Where is it happening?) Your choices are: 1) None, 2) A particular place, 3) An undefined ‘here”,  4) Scenes change, or 5) A moving vehicle

6) What is the best viewpoint to use? (Who is talking about whom?) Your choices are: 1) First person; “I” statements,2) Second person; “you” statements, 3) Third person; “he, she or they” statements or 4) Camera eye; as if viewed from a non personal perspective.

7) What is the best voice to use? Your choices are: 1) Thinking (are the words thoughts inside someone’s head?) or 2) Talking (are the words an actual conversation between 2 or more people?)

8) What are the best sensory details to include that would show it NOT tell it/explain it? You can include details from any or all of the 5 senses. This may be a good order to think of them in and maybe write them in moving from far to close contact:

1) What would be seen?

2) What would be heard?

3) What would be smelled?

4) What would be felt?

5) What would be tasted?

Using the American Guitar Academy X-Factor principle where you repeat a skill correctly 50 times to master it, my personal goal is to run these 8 steps and complete a set of lyrics 50 times. I’ve written 16 so far and the songs have been much different (and I think, better) than anything I’ve written in the past. If you try this out please let me know you’re experience and any suggestions or ideas. Thanks!