Waiting For The End...
The Story Behind The Song
[Saturday, June 9, 2007. 9:35 AM]

Earlier this week I was listening to one of the Greek programs on EBI radio, and they played a song with a really interesting structure. Essentially, each verse of the song had only two lines, but each line was repeated in reverse – just as I have done in the chorus here...

CHORUS
They’re, waiting for the big one,
Waiting for the house to fall.
Waiting for the house to fall,
They’re, waiting for the big one.

I was fascinated by this structure and thought it would make a great song writing exercise to see if I could do the same. After giving it some thought, I put the idea away in my subconscious and forgot about it.

Until this morning.

I woke up at around 7.15am with this CHORUS going through my head:

Waiting for the big one,
Waiting for the roof to fall.
Waiting for the roof to fall,
Waiting for the big one.


I got up to record it on my mobile phone. I then went back to bed, fully intending to sleep in until about 10am. Fool that I was. My subconscious was having none of that, and within minutes I was back up writing this song.

Although the verses have four different lines in the final version, the song still works using the structure of the Greek song.

You see that actress? She smokes crack!
She had it all, but now she’s giving it back.
She had it all, but now she’s giving it back.
You see that actress? She smokes crack!


However, I felt there was more to be said in each verse (which there was), and I think the extra lines make the song more interesting, and a lot stronger.

One final note. I originally wrote Waiting for the roof to fall, but changed roof to man, and then man to house. I prefer this final change since the word house evokes images of a house of cards falling down.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Well, the experiment started out with the best of intentions, but in the end, my Muse was having none of it. The final version of the song has all but done away with the original idea I had for this work, and it now stands alone as a completely separate piece of writing. And yes, it is the better for it.

 

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