Brian Gray - One Of Us

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C - F - O - S - T - U - W

The challenge: to write a song using only words that begin with 7 different letters. Secondary challenge: do it in 2 days before leaving town for Los Angeles. I guess technically I could have written and recorded in two days, leaving the production work for the road, where I bring my laptop but not my recording equipment. But I'm so much more comfortable writing vertically. I'll write a verse, fully produce it, then move on to writing other verses. I'm to understand other songwriters do not typically work this way. So it made sense to try the whole thing in 2 days. Luckily one of them was a Sunday.

My letters turned out to be C, F, O, S, T, U, and W. I was on the edge of using G so as to have access to the phrase "gooble gobble", but it wasn't meant to be. In the end, W won the spot on strength of the phrase "wailing wall".

As for the song... you know how when you don't have kids, all your friends who have kids try to convince you to have kids? And then when you finally have them, you try to convince all your other childless friends to have some of their own? Yeah, sounds like some kind of freaky zombiesque cult to me too. I just hope no one else chose to write their song on the exact same topic. Boy would that be embarrassing.


Coasting childless through the world, spirits free, standing tall
Friendly fire set to stun circumscribes the wailing wall
"One of us, one of us"
Sleeping on the weekend, causing wakeful wits to fret
Circumstances trigger chimes of Cultic tunes to cool the sweat
"One of us, one of us, one of us, one of us"

"Come today, follow with us" call the spawning Stepford Freaks
So cliché, so foreseen

Watch them come, come to take us to the feared suburban wild
Cannot win, cannot fight the fate conveying us the child
"One of us, one of us, one of us, one of us"

Seize the change, opt surrender to the countless clutching sires
We're the strange, we're the swarm

The single couple caught within our sights can only forecast when
They can't see the skulking us until temptation captures them
"One of us, one of us"
Their countenance of cold foreboding sparks the urging of our soul
The fearsome creep of tot conversion surfacing to swallow whole
"One of us, one of us, one of us, one of us, one of us, one of us"


from SpinTunes #4: Round 3, released February 2, 2012




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