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On the Leash

You'll find a new track on my Soundcloud account tonight, On the Leash. This song started out with the slow, arpeggiated guitar lick that accompanies the verse. All the guitar parts were played on my Amistar resonator guitar, which has a sweet little P-90 pickup on it. The thick acoustic strings sound tight and aggressive through the snarling Octavix fuzz and the distorted Vox AC-30 amp. I also made full use of the glorious feedback generated by the hollow body guitar.


The lyrics were inspired by the current debate around the effect of social media on democracy:


Your eyes are glued to the video screen

You’re not one of them

You’re one of them

Never question the things you have seen

You’re not one of them

You’re one of them

And then you hear the sirens call

And you can’t bury your head in a hole

You worry and yearn to believe

You’re one of them

You’re one of them


And the smell of blood spreads everywhere

They’re on the leash

They’re on the leash

You hear them barking now

And the idols will not hear your prayer

You’re on the leash

You’re on the leash

I hear you barking now


The show is on again to feed your fear

You’re not one of them

You’re one of them

When your demons seem the most sincere

You’re not one of them

You’re one of them

And you are blind to what’s going on

And you can’t tell what’s right or wrong

Unmoored and you yearn to believe

You’re one of them

You’re one of them


And the smell of blood spreads everywhere

They’re on the leash

They’re on the leash

You hear them barking now

And the idols will not hear your prayer

You’re on the leash

You’re on the leash

I hear you barking now

And the puppet masters wash their hands

We’re on the leash

We’re on the leash

I hear us barking now

And the cynics have their feast again

We’re on the leash

We’re on the leash

I hear us barking now


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