Written for esoteric rock band “Lefty’s Head”, who had insisted on naming this song after my (then current) website for some reason. The title was originally my email address, but I was able to talk them out of that much. The SPAM quotient would have been horrifying.
These lyrics replaced their own for the song, which were originally about an insurrection of moustaches who had broken free of men’s faces and violently taken over the world. For better or worse, I don’t have a copy of that version to share.
Anyway, I felt invested because of the website tie-in, and wanted the song to represent the themes I’d been going for in naming that site. The following is what resulted, and what ended up on their 1999 album “50 Years of Lefty’s Head”.
Lyrics by Aaron Levitz
Music by Lefty’s Head
Remember when they said the sky was falling,
and we were sure it couldn’t be true?
’cause we were list’ning to the future calling
with out hopes all planned out — if we only knew!
Remember noticing the edges sagging,
and our stomachs twisting into a knot?
In that one moment, our fears went from nagging
to a full fledged panic, right there on the spot.
The world was covered in a cloudy blanket
and the buildings crumbled under its weight.
The water flooded in and people drank it,
filling up their lungs, and going to their fate.
Held down and smothered by the thing we trusted,
there was comfort still within its folds.
But looking up, we saw the skyline busted,
like some eerie sign of what the future holds.
Each day we get up and go through the motions.
Each night we watch the stars burn where they fell.
They melt the ice caps and dry the oceans.
Where heaven meets the earth, we enter hell.
But we’re adapting and a new sky’s forming.
The old ones fading, along with the pain.
Our strength is thawed and I hope it’s warming,
but we’re still afraid it could fall again.
*(I’m not sure whether “our strength is thawed” is accurate or not. It’s the most sense I can make of the recorded vocals, with no printed record in front of me. It’s an awkward turn of phrase, but I can’t think of a better one offhand. I honestly can’t remember what I was thinking.)