Jim's Notes: I was playing around with some sound files that came with a CD attached to the May 2004 edition of Computer Music magazine.
The sound files consisted of recordings of junk objects such as oil drums, steel spikes, rocks, and other ‘found’ objects that made a wide range of booming, ringing, or clanging sounds.
As an experiment, I decided to see if I could put them into some sort of musical order that might sound like a Bjork style of composition. To my surprise and delight I was able to find enough sounds to build a multi-rhythm backing track to an as yet unwritten song.
The sounds had a very strong, masculine, industrial sound to them, and I quickly realized that any lyrics I wrote would have to reflect those sounds. Junk Yard Dog is the result.



Computer Music 



Groove Criminals

PS: Thanks to Oli from the Groove Criminals for creating and supplying the sounds to Computer Music magazine.

American Dream is available online through FolkTrax (in Australia);
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Junk Yard Dog
© 2004, Jim Lesses. All Rights Reserved.  
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It’s 97º in the shade today,
But I keep working ‘cos I need the pay.
They say be happy that you have a job,
And keep on working like a junk yard dog.
Just keep on working like a junk yard dog.

The boss is sleeping underneath the trees,
But I have fallen down on to my knees.
I've never seen a man who's such a slob,
While I am working like a junk yard dog.
Yes I am working like a junk yard dog.

  

His daughter winks at me, and spreads her thighs,
She says she doesn’t, but I know she lies.
I heard her squealing like a slaughter hog,
While I was working like a junk yard dog.
While I was working like a junk yard dog.

She has a lover, calls him, Sugar Ray,
They made him foreman just the other day.
That man is meaner than a demagogue,
The way he treats me like a junk yard dog.
I swear he treats me like a junk yard dog.

 

One day you know I’m gonna have my say,
And that may not be very far away.
They’ll have to find somebody else to flog,
Nobody treats me like a junk yard dog.
Nobody treats me like a junk yard dog.

Yes, one day I am gonna have my say,
And that may not be very far away.
They’ll have to find somebody else to flog,
Nobody treats me like a junk yard dog.
Nobody treats me like a junk yard dog.
Nobody treats me like a ...
Nobody treats me like a …
Nobody treats me like a junk yard dog.  

 

 

JIM LESSES: American Dream

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