Two New Songs

After Sherwin’s piano broke into pieces due to an unfortunate mishap with a teapot and a hat, I suggested that we begin to experiment with some more modern techniques, using midi etc. He did not like this one bit, of course – but has gone along with my “fake fancy modern idea” for now, while he roams the country attempting to locate a piano in the woods (which he spotted once and now plans to bring home like a wild animal).

This first song “Run Jane Run” is one of the new songs for AMV#54, which story is written and set to be released later this week. Lyrics can be found below the fake fancy modern song box. You will notice that Sherwin had me sing a little fragment on this – unfortunately I was sick during the singing – and he took no pity on this and in fact liked that I sounded poorly.

I need something easy to sing
And a song I can sing all the time
I don’t need words or to know all the notes
But I’d like it if everything rhymed

Heigh Ho where did you go?
With that song you can sing all the time?
Dib daddley do – we’d all sing it with you
Without words without notes biddley bime

Did you ever see over the land?
Did you ever lift up any part of the sea?
Did you ever repaint that sign, to be not to be?
Have you ever been home?
My home let my home! My home let me home!
Have you ever looked up to the sun, felt like you been paid?
Have you ever filled up someone and then walked away?
Well I ain’t been living that way
My whole life afraid
No I ain’t been living that way
My whole life afraid

The town’s elation
To see how Jane runs
The town’s celebration
Run Jane Run

Now I made the simplest painting
As I fell from the top of the wire
A picture of everything fading
Of the world as the dream of a liar
I need something easy to sing
And a song I can sing all the time
I don’t need words or to know all the notes
But I’d like if everything rhymed

This second song, The Life of Riley, you may have heard in AMV#53.

The old man’s coming
With his life of Riley life
Ain’t got no job
Just makes shadows in the light
I’ve got my eye on the ground
Got my feet in the air
I’m not fooling around
Every moment’s erased
But the sun on my face
Means I’m not underground
I ain’t nothing but clouds
In the sky of this town
I make all of the sound
Got my eye on the ground
Got my feet in the air
I’m just fooling around

And the morning that he woke up
And realized the way
He’d been living in the gutter
How he’d fallen down the drain
There’s no warning to remember
That it’s a dream and not a game
As a dream it has no ending
As a game it doesn’t play
But if you put away the pieces
And skip your turn today
And go walking through the morning
In a life of Riley way
Then your dream would be your living
And your living would be fair
And that fairness like a weather
And that weather like a prayer
And that prayer would last forever
In the wind as a refrain
That goes walking through the morning
Asking all to do the same
Riley’s life seemed far too simple
And he never would explain
How he had to take it easy
To bear the universal pain

The Stalwart Series – AMV#40 – 45 now available

A few years ago I thought to experiment with AMV – and set up a little private website and story series – and subscribers had access to both the stories on that website along with some other erratta – and received a CD copy of each story with original artwork by my friend Kevin Kobasic. Kevin created the “Radio Ghost” image to the right – and it’s really I think the ultimate image for both the series and for the AMV stories in general.

I suppose I forgot a little about the stories until Stalwart Joe D informed me that not all of the episodes could be located – and neither could I locate them. But thanks to Stalwart Bob S, we now have all of them. So as not to interrupt the current series – aside from this post – I have retro-published the episodes on this website – and they can also be found on itunes. Subscribe to the podcast on Atoms, Motion and the Void.

But links to the six stories can be found below. Find me on twitter @sherwinsleeves. And on Facebook.

AMV#40 – The Three Benches.

AMV#41 – On the Winning of a Wild Bed

AMV#42 – The Numbers Station

AMV#43 – The Exponent of Westbrook, Part 3

AMV#44 – The Book of Privy Council

AMV#45 – The Radio Ghost

Earlier episodes of “Atoms, Motion & the Void” can be found here.