Noah McLaughlin - Always Someone's Monster

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my parents divorced when i was three. i was too young to remember clearly, but family lore is that i woke up screaming for several nights after my father left us. there's a shadow from that episode that i still struggle with.

i'm proud of the structural work on this song, especially the coda. i had eight bars of this neat little melody hanging around for weeks without a home. i think it lends a hopeful tone to an otherwise really dark piece.

lyrics

my mother was adamant
that woman was made of steel
so one night she stole away
said she couldn't feel

my father wasn't there
his jaw slack, his eyes a-glaze
he awoke hard one day
left the porch, the house ablaze

and i tell you all of this
so you can understand

my mother always said
there are no monsters under your bed
in the closet they abide
keep them there

i am working my way on through
my family tree of twisted branches
climb on down to the tangled roots
find out where my shadow dances

i am looking for the answer
to the question you asked me
if you are always someone's monster
are you ever really free

and i tell you all of this
so you will take my hand

my mother always said
there are no monsters under your bed
in the closet they abide
keep them there

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from SpinTunes #4: Round 1, released January 31, 2012

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