Category Archives: Lyrics

The weight of words and a ukulele…

Here’s another demo track at last.  I wrote this song on a ukulele (this one)… which, as you can probably imagine, I’m not much of an expert at. I had my eye on it for weeks as it laid around the studio, begging to be played.  Finally I picked it up one morning and pressed record, capturing my first attempts at playing it (inspired by Edison, of course). What emerged was “The Weight of Words”, a nearly complete impassioned folk-ish song, not really in the vein of my usual writing style, but in keeping with the texturally additive and harmonically simple essence of Daydrifter. This is my first love affair with the ukulele, and the words tell a tale of an impending end, void of regrets.

Again, Daniel added electric guitar and some other bells and whistles, all of which added to its magic. (Download HERE if you don’t see the embedded player below.) Enjoy.

PS. This is a photo I snapped while descending in to New Orleans (while disobeying the order to turn off all electronic devices). It makes me feel weightless.

The weight of words defies me
And sentiments, more than you could hide from me
Hurting more, ’cause you waited all this time

But I’m not gonna hide,
No I’m not gonna go quietly.

Sitting, Wishing, Wanting,
Pretending? No, not so far. No not so far.
Sitting, Wishing, Waiting,
Regretting? No, not so far. No not so far.

You did more than just define me
Silence said more than you could try, to me
I’m easy game ’cause I’ve given all this time

But I’m not gonna hide,
No I’m not gonna go quietly.

Sitting, Wishing, Wanting,
Pretending? No, not so far. No not so far.
Sitting, Wishing, Waiting,
Regretting? No, not so far. No not so far.

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I am a sleepwalker on a “War Path”

Here it is… the first track from DAYDRIFTER!!!

The song is called “War Path“, and it was conceived on a long silent car ride as I was running errands sans radio around LA in April (I was actually dropping off a pair of boots at the cobbler, that I’d worn the heels off of while stomping around Austin during SXSW). I demoed nearly all of the parts into my phone while I drove, and the second I got home I rerecorded it as (along with 2 other tracks, also anchored in vocal loops). The entire Daydrifter project and name came to me during the same car ride.

I’ve been wanting to write a war chant for some time –  something simple and oddly traditional sounding (pentatonic), with a foundation in vocal melody the way most traditional folk music is written (not the laurel canyon sort). When I’ve written for my other projects, I generally play piano or guitar and I let the instrument lead the way. In this case, I wanted to turn things around and start with voice and melody, so that everything else is secondary, which is a common thread throughout all of my Daydrifter songs.

Another aspect of the recording that I wanted to maintain was the spontaneity of every performance. There were only a few takes to get everything, my dogs are making noise in the background, and everything going on around me at home is captured by the mic (much like the recordings / performances I did with ROBOTANISTS for the King of Limbs In 24 Hours project).

My usual partner in crime, Daniel DeBlanke produced the track, to my delight.

[Silent film footage of Cecil Hepworth’s 1903 “Alice in Wonderland” was used under creative commons license. It is the earliest film adaptation of the book.]

This is a true story… I sleepwalk, sleeptalk and sleepsing, sometimes.

When I went walking out there
I saw so many things
I can’t let go
I can’t get up to see you while I sleep

and I sang

On a war path in my mind
I might have taken flight
I found myself
Somewhere else, too far for you to fight

and you sang

So many things, to look (love) for, to bring

xo sarah