Monday, June 4, 2012

Boston Trilogy

I've always liked a lack of repetition in songs and since this is actually three songs in sequence, there's no repetition until the end, when all three songs take turns repeating a line. Later on, when we get to the song "Repetition" you'll get the full brunt of Knees Calhoon's attack on mindless repeating in music. This song is just a ballad about wandering lovers.

Too bad I can't reduce the reverb on the vocals. That's a problem with just about all of the recordings I made back in the early 90s: I can mix them to sound much, much better, but I can't take off the dripping effects I drenched the songs with back then.

 
Written: Kirtland NM, summer 1970, Monterey Street, Farmington NM, 1972

This is actually three separate songs blended together. A couple of them were written in the style of Glen Campbell, who was popular at the time, and they were all written on the piano. Oddly, when Knees recorded them in the 90s, he decided to use a guitar arrangement for all three. The blending almost makes sense.

Boston girl just common people,
But she’s been down
On the streets far too long now,
No one wants her around.
She comes to me with tears in her eyes,
Tears she can’t cry
Oh what can I tell her
That she doesn’t already know.

So if you see her on the road,
Won’t you please be kind to her
Try to help her with her load
Cuz she’s got such a long way to go
She’s all alone but she’s comin home.

I’ll treat you like a fragile flower
Til you feel like growin,
It’s a sadness deep inside to see you fallen.
Like a soothin shade on a summer day,
My love is overflowin,
Your kiss is like the gentle touch of pollen.

Our words are blown away by the eastern wind
And washed into the earth by the rain.
We look up to the sky as the clouds drift by
The grass grows tall around us
Hides us from the train
That’s chuggin through the countryside
Headin down to Austin.
It’s been a year since we ran away from Boston.

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