Archive for the ‘Album 1: The Mesmers’ Category

01 – Come and See

Friday, August 11th, 2006

a rock-em-sock-em robot

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 3:05
Tempo: 120bpm

Lyrics

You’ve been asking everyone you know
’bout my life and where I go
Such an effort doesn’t have to be
Grab your things, come and see

COME AND SEE
COME AND SEE

What’s been squirming in your dreams
Some desires just ain’t so clean
Late at night you know where I’ll be
Grab your things, come and see

CHORUS REPEAT (X2)

(ahs)

CHORUS REPEAT (X2)

Come and See!

02 – One With the Sun

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Fitz with sun in his goggles

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 2:49
Tempo: 120bpm

Lyrics

Some only see darkness in life
They spend there days mired deep in strife
They watch the news and see only woes
But I’ve never been one of those

I’M ONE WITH THE SUN
I’M ONE WITH THE SUN

I SPLIT THE NIGHT AND I WASH IT AWAY
I LEAVE THE STARS WITH NOTHING TO SAY

You’ll get a tan when I come in the room
Your spirits soar, your prospects bloom
I’m hell on wheels in a bar room fight
No one can touch me, I’m too damn bright

CHORUS: REPEAT

Round and round, day to day
Smiling like a fool
Never know quite why

(solo)

There’ll come a day when my light will fade
My spirit’s gone, my body decayed
But don’t you worry, I’ll not be far
Just take a glance at the closest star

Round and round, day to day
Smiling like a fool
Never know quite why

I’M ONE WITH THE SUN (x6)

Notes

People consistently tell us that this is our most “modern” sounding song even though it’s little more than an updated Motown piece. Odd…

03 – What Do I Get But Nothing

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

a gauge on zero

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 3:38
Tempo: 165bpm

Lyrics

WHAT DO I GET BUT NOTHING?
WHAT DO I GET BUT NUH -UH OTHING?
WHAT DO I GET BUT NOTHING?
WHAT DO I GET BUT NOTHING?

I take you out, you wander off in the crowd
A bar tab is the company I’m allowed

I give you all the pretty things
I’m always there when the telephone rings
I do just about everything
Its true
Its true!

CHORUS: repeat

I pay your tickets when you run a red light
But come my birthday there’s no celebration in sight

I give you all the pretty things
I’m always there when the telephone rings
I do just about everything
Its true
Its true!

CHORUS: repeat

(bridge)

CHORUS: repeat

Notes

Unlike most of my work I can tell you exactly when and where I wrote this piece. In Old Town Alexandria, at the corner of King and Patrick Streets, while walking my dog, the entire thing just came to me. Lyrics, melody, it was all there. The band brushed it up a bit and added a bridge but the basics were all there right from the start. – Fitz

04 – Take a Number

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

a rock-em-sock-em robot

Pundits and protesters, critics and nay-sayer — everyone’s got a gripe. Tell ‘em to take a number and get in line.

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 3:23
Tempo: 109bpm

Lyrics

The world is turning down
That’s what she said
Shakin’ her head

In politics we’ll drown
Gored on shores

Of of this golden age

How can this be!
Why can’t they see!
That nobody cares?

TAKE A NUMBER BABY
PUT IT IN YOUR OVERCOAT YEAH
JUST TAKE A NUMBER BABY

PUT IT DEEP INSIDE YOUR BAG

The freaks are in the street
Hunting us down
That’s what he said

I just can’t compete
With leather and chains
And that crazy hair

Prehook: Repeat

CHORUS REPEAT (plus)
TAKE A NUMBER
JUST TAKE A NUMBER
TAKE A NUMBER
JUST TAKE A NUMBER…

(bridge)

The world is turning down (X4)

CHORUS: REPEAT (2nd Chorus)

05 – Empty Nights

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

a half naked man with a ray gun

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 3:16
Tempo: 80bpm

Lyrics

Send a card out
Wash it away
Just words with nothing to say
Empty nights stretch endlessly
That’s all, all you mean to me
All you mean to me
All you mean to me

Years go by
Where do I go?
I Stalk the city like a faint shadow
Empty nights stretch endlessly
That’s all, all you mean to me
All you mean to me
All you mean to me

Lovers come and lover go

They last as long as the summer snow
A different face and a different name
But to me they’re all the same…

(solo)

The day ends
The sun hangs low

I share my dinner with a TV show
Empty nights stretch endlessly
That’s all, all, that’s all you mean to me

All you mean to me
All you mean to me
All you mean to me
All you mean to me…

Notes

Featuring a blend of R&B, hip-hop, and lounge Empty Nights really hit the “Film Noir” vibe we were shooting for on this album.

When Jay and I first started arranging it Apple had just released the first version of GarageBand. That program really took us in different directions. We discarded the idea of a live drumming in favor of drum loops, which in turn prompted Jay to throw down a bass line that was much busier and more complicated than we typically used. We poured back in his tremolo guitar, the vocals and some sparse keyboards and ta-da! One Retromod torch song in the can.