Heart Shaped Bed

Heart Shaped Bed

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Week 2 Challenge: Furniture

On the first day of a college class I took many moons ago, the professor asked students to go around the room, introduce themselves, and add the dreaded "unique fact about yourself." We stumbled through, trying and generally failing to come up with something appropriately "unique," until a middle-aged woman sitting behind me said, "I was married on Friday the 13th in a bed in Las Vegas. The marriage lasted exactly 13 years." I immediately thought, "there's a song in that."

Well friends, almost thirteen years later, here is that song.

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Got married on Friday the 13th in a bed
it was a gamble but that's what you do in Vegas
Flashing neon arrows making everything glow red
in the mirror on the ceiling above us

How long does it take to wash off the glitter paint
pluck every feather from your hair
Realize the bottle has gone dry
and the dice aren't weighted in your favor

Went straight from laying on our castoff rags
to a heart-shaped mattress on the strip
pulled our golden rings from a little paper bag
and spoke our vows with swollen lips

How long does it take to wash off the glitter paint
pluck every feather from your hair
Realize the bottle has gone dry
and the dice aren't weighted in your favor

When the sun comes 'round the curtain
you open your bloodshot eyes
and ain't it just our luck
thirteen years have gone by

How long does it take to wash off the glitter paint
pluck every feather from your hair

Got married on Friday the 13th in a bed
it was a gamble but that's what you do in Vegas



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nancyrost's picture

That is most certainly a song prompt you don't forget! What a vivid lyric. Love the folk-noir performance. The vocal harmonies are really pretty, too.

cindyrella's picture

What a great story and this is fabulous! Love the lyrics and your vocals amaze me!

coolparadiso's picture

Great story telling! Great concept beautiful delivery.

metalfoot's picture

What a great bit of storytelling. Well constructed lyric and tune. And those harmonies. WOW.

Edward 9th Street's picture

Worth the wait. Very nicely done. Loved the opening and closing lines. The realness comes through.

crisp1's picture

What a narrative! And I love the understated performance, giving prominence to the words and creating a melancholy tone for the piece.

Scubed's picture

What a fantastic prompt that was! Good for you for hanging onto it all this time - it was worth the wait. Your vocals are gorgeous, and the lyrics are very Prine-esque. Beautiful work.

Chip Withrow's picture

Brilliant story, brilliant song! The lyrics are so damn compelling, and you deliver them beautifully. Your wordless singing is a delight, too. A song made for guitar/vocal - can't wait to check out more of your music.

Gwyn Jones's picture

What a beautiful performance of such an evocative song...transfixing!

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Lovely vocal ... lyrics very well written ("it was a gamble but that's what you do in Vegas" and particularly the whole "cast-off rags" verse). This is what songwriting's all about - transforming experience into art. Great!

G3 Darnell's picture

Damn that is good. I've spent most of this 50/90 trying to destroy music because it's all become so cliched and copied, but I'd hate to destroy this. It's got that beauty that only sad songs can have. And I thought I was impervious to such things.

AndyGetch's picture

I've heard about the Vegas weddings but this description triggers a detailed picture. Fascinating recurrence of the number 13 as well. I like the phrasing and am imagining the classmate proudly telling that story with that cadence.

johnstaples's picture

Well, this is beautiful and insightful. Pretty and sad. Sweet melody perfect for these lyrics. You describe everything vividly. That chorus is so damn brilliant!

How long does it take to wash off the glitter paint
pluck every feather from your hair
Realize the bottle has gone dry
and the dice aren't weighted in your favor

When I grow up I wanna write lyrics as good as those! Smile And have I mentioned lately how much I love, Love, LOVE your vocals? Well, I really do! You are kinda amazing. I don't hear your words...I feel them. Wonderful work on this one!

Paul Milne's picture

That was a rather brutal story, and sung so sweetly. The perfect combination.

tcelliott's picture

How the hell... I love the opening lines, the melody. Why did it take so long for me to drop by? You make me wanna start up the podcast again so I have an excuse to share your music. Fortunately for my time management, I'm lazy enough not to fall for your tricks. But please keep sharing these beautiful songs. In this case, darkly beautiful.

sph's picture

That's a great song. Your story about the opening line also draws a picture. Like the others I like your presentation

ayeahmur's picture

You've really done that story justice. The song is suffused with such wonderful melancholy, but it's not just a sad song. For me it goes beyond happy/sad and into the realms of one of those things that just happens in life and you look back on without really knowing how to feel about it. A thing that was bittersweet from beginning all the way to the end. That's a hell of a balance to strike in a song, and you've done it so well.
And the chorus refrain is sublime.

headfirstonly's picture

Just three verses, and yet there's a whole life in them. Even though the songwriter's reaction of "There's a song in that" is pretty much guaranteed after hearing a tale like that, actually getting a song that stirs the emotions like this does out of it is never guaranteed. You absolutely nailed it here.