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filling the gaps

When I write to match words with just a backing track yet no vocal line I think of it as 'filling the gaps'. In the pop industry that approach is called topline-writing. Anyway, I listened to my track 2018-04 several times and made notes of little phrases that might fit in. Eventually I replaced most of the phrases with others that seemed to make more sense in the developing context. Here is the result:

CHORUS
here I am
here I grin, here I hide
do you miss me
look out for me

here I laugh by your side
will you kiss me
sleep with me
my girl

VERSE
yesterday
I didn't know you
yet today
I think I need you
I wonder where
you have hid so long

CHORUS

VERSE
someday soon
you might get restless
the blue moon
might make you reckless
and disappear
where you have come from


CHORUS'
where you are
there you love, there you sigh
I will miss you
look out for you

think of you by my side
when you kissed me
slept with me
my girl

SOLO

CHORUS
CHORUS'


I first wanted to call the song "here I am" because that title would fit the fanfare like opening chords perfectly. But then my lyrics seemed to lose direction a bit ('she' left me or might leave me in the second verse), so now I tend to name it "hide and seek". Not a hook, I'm afraid - but who cares anyway ;-)

cold as the mountains

I changed two lines in the chorus variant:

fierce as a cornered and desperate rat
deluded as someone who can't stand the truth
frantic as thieves who've been caught in the act

mean as the liar who needs an excuse

DONE ;-)

cold as the mountains - cont.

she takes her time
she ain't no fool
she gets me hot
she plays it cool
and she knows what she wants

cold as the mountains that reach for the sky
tall as the small man asserting his claim
sharp as the gambler who wins without fight
calm as the hunter as he's taking aim

she can be harsh
she can be tough
when in the wrong
she lies and bluffs
like she fights for her life

fierce as a cornered and desperate rat
dashed as the lover who wanted the truth*
frantic as those who've been caught in the act
mean as the liar who needs an excuse

she's a strong-willed
pig-headed beast
she's ill-suited
for poor old me
I can't stand up to her

cold as the mountains that reach for the sky
tall as the small man asserting his claim
sharp as the gambler who wins without fight
calm as the hunter as he's taking aim



As much as I love it I think I may have to replace or rephrase this line as it doesn't go too well with the context.

Vanity - modified

A few words can make all the difference. While rehearsing "Vanity" I found that the last lines didn't make much sense. Eventually I changed them just a little bit and Bingo!


...
a fight against time is lost from the beginning
when the last bell chimes you know there is no winning
but Vanity, you never fought