Sleepless

Sleepless

ampersandman's picture

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This song is lot more spontaneous than it sounds. I recorded the basic track with the acoustic guitar to one drum loop, all the middle part is made up on the spot. I had one shot at that before my daughter had to go to bed, so that had to be it. After that I edited the drums, added bass, vocals, two tracks of rhythm guitar and two tracks of just feedback, all guitars first take and mostly improvised.
I had no idea what to sing about until I saw an ad for a tranquilizer. As I am way too fine for someone who likes dark angsty music I had to draw from someone else's experience with sleepless nights. I so much hope for her to feel better and not go through this as often as she does.

Lyrics: 

Lying in my bed at three
a.m. and still can’t fall asleep
In my head the thoughts run wild
my body all electrified

Oh what is going on

My nerve endings lying bare
as I try to get some air
I sit up and I lie down
I toss and turn and spin around

Oh what is going on

Turn me off, turn me off
I just can’t seem to stop
Turn me off, put it out
I just need to calm down
Turn me off, turn me off
I just can’t seem to stop
Turn me off, put it out
I just need to tune out

Lying in my bed at four
a.m. as weary as before
Every trick in the book
Every medicine I took

Can’t help me to come down
Oh what is going on

Turn me off, turn me off
I just can’t seem to stop
Turn me off, put it out
I just need to calm down
Turn me off, turn me off
I just can’t seem to stop
Turn me off, put it out
I just need to drop out

One sheep
two sheep
three sheep
four sheep, five sheep, six sheep, fuck it
seven sheep, eight sheep, nine sheep, fuck it
ten sheep, eleven sheep ... goddamn it, who am I kidding

Lying in my bed at half past four the morning dawns
and the birds in the tree
come back from a good night's sleep
I wanna go there
I wanna go there

eleven sheep
twelve ... birds
thirteen sheep ... birds
fourteen
fifteen
sixteen
eighteen
nineteen
twenty
twenty-one
twenty-two OH FUCK IT

Turn me off, turn me off
I just can’t seem to stop
Turn me off, put it out
I just need to calm down
Turn me off, turn me off
I just can’t seem to stop
Turn me off, put it out
I just need to drop out



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Comments

dzd's picture

This is great....and drawing form someone elses experiences(so you say Wink ) You pretty well nailed it!

love the feedback tracks and the nice crunchy rhythm chugging.
the sheep countdown is an excellent break! fuck it indeed!
and nice vocal pitch shifts between the meandering coundowns and the middle verse ....to back to an angry chorus
really great track, I enjoyed it.

Kurtis Kanttila's picture

Glorious guitars, the speed up in the intro is wonderful. Great vocals and melody on top. So much energy in this track, I love how it shifts subtly. The noise is a great touch under the track. You know things are about to go wild when it quiets down for the countdown. But instead it goes in a different direction than I thought! I like that section, the drums keep the pace but the guitars change up. It's dynamic. Very cool track!

cleanshoes's picture

Oh, boy this is good. Love the melody on "Oh, what is going on" as well as the chorus. The driving guitars and feedback truly capture the frustration of sleeplessness, especially that middle sheep-counting section!

cts's picture

That guitar, man...loving every part. This sounds and feels great. I especially like how you've captured that 90s sound in the chorus. I like the understated bass line, too. Sadly I find myself having to count sheep more often than I care to admit. This track is ace.