laugh

Release Date: 6/13

Album: THE OWL AND THE FULL MOON

Writer: ADAM MARSLAND, STEVE R. SMITH

Audio:

Lyrics:

The morning chill
The air is still
I'm waiting for no one
And time drags on and nothing's changed for me
But here I wait
Apprehension grows
And I suppose
Whichever words I choose
I'll lose
So when you ask what's wrong with me

Don't laugh at how I feel
I can't speak if you can't deal
Can't seem to break the ice
Maybe if I said it twice
Don't laugh at how I feel
Just let me be me

Woke up with the sun
To confidence undone
Trying to walk back in time
And time drags on
And nothing's changed for me
But there I sit
Cup of coffee cold
Feeling wary and old
I'm always nowhere
And nothing is safe to share
You stare and then you say accusingly

Don't laugh at how I feel
I can't speak if you can't deal
Can't seem to break the ice
Maybe if I said it twice
Don't laugh at how I feel
Just let me be me

Musicians:

Eric Summer - strings
Adam
- lead vocal, all other instruments
Evie Sands, Teresa Cowles, Adam - backing vocals

Adam sez:

THE OWL AND THE FULL MOON kind of snuck up on me. The recording was a casual affair -- I wasn't in a good place mentally and I was so busy with studio work I didn't really want to put the time into it consciously -- so I sort of cut tracks without really thinking about them. It somehow came out really well anyway. One manifestation of this attitude was reaching back to the pre-Cockeyed Ghost days to two songs I had demo'ed that, on reflection, weren't really that bad and fit well with my mood and with the rest of the album, so I just wound up recording them rather than writing something new. This song was a collaboration with a high school friend, Steve Smith, who I used to collaborate with on songs when I was in my teens. This was, I think, the last song we worked on together, around 1990. I rewrote maybe half of the lyrics for the 2013 recording, but it's otherwise not that dissimilar in vibe -- soulful and slightly eerie -- from the original demo, though it's a much better vocal. I allowed myself to go full-on Todd Rundgren reaching for the top note at the end, not always a good idea, but it worked out. Likewise, a lot of the interplay on the piano and drums was improvised and edited to get the best bits. It's not a bad way to make a record if you can do it.

Speaking of the vocal...OK, remember when I said the OWL recording was really casual? When I was finishing up the tracks to send to Earle for mastering, the vocal on this one kinda bugged me. It sounded...well, blurry. I couldn't quite figure out what it was so I went back to the original tracks to re-comp them. That's when I found out why they were "blurry" -- I was stinking drunk when I sang it! All the vocal takes were slurred. I wound up redoing a few lines to get it up to snuff.

This is one of three songs on OWL that feature Evie and Teresa on backing vocals, and they really add a lot to it.

Return to "Lyrics and Stories" Main Page

Return Home