Wish Away The Moon

A few years ago I discovered the music of Nick Drake and for a while I listened to little else. I was fascinated by the arrangements of these meandering, melancholic masterpieces and the fact that he never saw commercial success in his tragically short lifetime (he died in 1974 aged 26). I started playing around with the folk guitar tuning of DADGAD (as popularised by Davy Graham) and a chord progression began to surface based initially around Drake’s “Riverman”, a track from his 1969 debut album “Five Leaves Left”. I was fully aware that I could never compose (let alone play) anything as intricate as Drake’s but I love drawing on all my influences no matter how ambitious that may seem in an attempt to come up with something of my own so I started work on what became “Wish Away The Moon”. I began finger picking the chords while developing the vocal melody and it was at this point the song took on a more Harry Nilsson mood with particular inspiration from “Without Her”. I finished the song, recorded a demo and forgot about it for a couple of years. It was some time in 2011 when I remembered the song and offered it to Suzi Chunk for inclusion on her debut album “Girl From The Neck Down”. For some reason I didn’t think she’d like it much but I couldn’t have been more wrong. She loved it and agreed to record her version at the very next recording session. You can compare the two versions here below the lyrics.

Wish Away The Moon

By the time it takes to seize hold of the early morning breeze she’ll rise/A moment come and gone before the setting of the sun is in her eyes

Wish away the moon take a chance and pretty soon you’ll fall

Waiting for the sound of the footsteps on the ground she cries/And while the clock alarm does its rise and shining harm she nearly dies

Wish away the moon, take a chance and pretty soon you’ll fall

She just keeps her eyes on the beautiful horizon/he’ll kiss away her tears but there’s a price to pay and here’s the deal

Just wish away the moon, take a chance and pretty soon you’ll fall

Got My Eyes On The Prize

Somebody once asked me if I had to record a cover version with Suzi what would I choose. “Love Is A Losing Game” was my immediate response. Suzi is a big fan of Amy Winehouse and I’m sure she’d do a fine job. This got me thinking. I needed a track which would end the album-a “goodbye song” that would leave the listener wanting more. I sat down with my guitar and began playing around with the chords to “Love Is A Losing Game” just to get into that kind of mood and ended up writing “Got My Eyes On The Prize” around similar chords. I recorded a demo complete with backing vocal harmonies and sent it to Suzi. She loved it, worked out the phrasing and came up with some suggestions for the arrangement. It has become one of the best loved tracks on the album.

Got my eyes on the prize and it’s you

Got my eyes on the prize and it’s you

 

How do I begin to say how I feel

Now we have to kiss goodbye?

Staring at the road ahead is unreal

I’ll be low while you get high

 

How do I pretend that I’ll be alright

Knowing that I never will 

Make this living end my only respite

From the loneliness I feel 

 

Since you went away and caught your freedom flight

And I’ve been left alone at night

All I got to do is say

 

I’ll die before I find another you

I’ll die before I find another you

I’ll die before I find another you

But in the meantime….

 

Got my eyes on the prize and it’s you

Got my eyes on the prize and it’s you

 

When do all the good times come back again?

I just cant believe they’re dead

Looking out for signs, the where and the when

Blame it on the things I said

 

Tell me that you don’t have any regrets

Tell me that you’re not unsure

Tell me you don’t find it hard to forget

I’m not the one you’re living for

 

Since you went away and caught your freedom flight

And I’ve been left alone at night

All I got to do is say

 

I’ll die before I find another you

I’ll die before I find another you

I’ll die before I find another you

But in the meantime…. 

Words and music by Glenn Prangnell (Copyright Control 2012)
From the album “Girl From The Neck Down” by Suzi Chunk
 

Big Screen

The song that triggered the concept of the Suzi Chunk album “Girl From The Neck Down” was one that seemed to come out of nowhere. “Big Screen” matches a melancholy tune with downcast lyrics that evoke a bleak night out in Everytown where boys will be boys and girls “reserve their right to sup”. Every bar in Everytown has a big screen that spikes the alcohol with high definition tragedy, schadenfreude and football to a relentless 120 bpm. All are having fun on the dark side of the rainbow. Well, I hope they are…

                                                        Big Screen

 

Tomorrow may not be the day

You’ll hear me say let’s fly away

But I hope it is

 

A better life is far behind

These narrow streets and cobbled minds

Well I hope it is

 

Why does this self defense seem like attack?

How many paces forward take me back- again?

 

I’ve been looking at the Big Screen all my life

While they’re looking at the Big Screen every night

I’ve been looking at the Big Screen all my life

I’ve been looking at the Big Screen.

 

Tomorrow night the boys go out

To large it up and lark about

Like they always do

 

The girls reserve their right to sup

Like men they pale then throw it up

Cos they wanted to

 

Many’s the time I’ve watched this play unfold

Many’s the time I’ve thought they should be told- again

 

I’ve been looking at the Big Screen all my life

While they’re looking at the Big Screen every night  

I’ve been looking at the Big Screen all my life

I’ve been looking at the Big Screen.

 

Words and music by Glenn Prangnell (Copyright Control 2012)

From the album “Girl From The Neck Down” by Suzi Chunk