10 – Dark Rooftop

the moon rising over a dark rooftop

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway & Rudi Fergison & Steve Garland
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 4:12
Tempo: 110bpm

Lyrics

Dance across a dark roof top
Girders, vents, you never stop
Looking down on those below
They don’t see, me they don’t know
They don’t know, don’t know

Midnight battles in the air
Blows and strikes from everywhere
Never run it thru your mind
Life up here leaves no time
To think, To think

AND YOU KNOW JUST WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG
AND YOU KNOW JUST WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG

AND YOU KNOW JUST WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG
AND YOU KNOW JUST WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG

Race across an endless night
Jumping ledges taking flight
Duck under a shining moon
Find yourself a little room
To hide, To hide

Dance across a dark roof top
Girders, vents, you never stop
Looking down on those below
They don’t see, me they don’t know
They don’t know, Don’t Know
Don’t know!

(bridge)

CHORUS: REPEAT

Dance across a dark rooftop
At this pace you’ll never stop
Years and years go racing by
Still you stand up on high
And smile, And smile, and smile

CHORUS: REPEAT

Notes

This is a bit of an odd one. This song was the written (and crudely recorded with a sony minidisc) the very first time the band got together. At that time it was Rudie Furgeson on the drums, Steve Garland on bass, and I was singing and playing the piano (Jay on guitar of course). When the new lineup finished re-recording it a year later we hated the way it sounded. It had lost all of its energy and vibe. We kept going back to that original take and wondering how we could recapture its mood.

In a rush to meet the album deadline we came up with the frankenstein hybrid you have here. About half of the instrumentation is sample loops of the original recording, and about half new material. The contrast of these lo-fi and hi-fi parts really seems to work. Humorously, in the first mix that Bruce Miller returned to us he’d done TOO good of a job! You could hardly tell the old from the new. We had to ask him to go back and be less skillful at integrating the parts so they’d stand out.

And Rudie! We’ve looked everywhere to find you. Get in touch with us, please! If anyone out there knows Rudie Fergeson, a drummer from Reston Virginia who occasionally used the stage name DJ Rude, please tell him we’re looking for him.

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