Melodic Monday: “Red Hands”

Today I have chosen a catchy little tune that always puts a certain something in my step. I can sing this one at the top of my lung’s. It comes from the brilliant group, Walk off the Earth. There is something unique with their approach to music.

The words resonate and are relatable.

 

Red Hands” – Walk off the Earth

 

 

“Oh yeah, oh yeah-ah, that gun is loaded

I know that I messed up a few times or watcha wanna call it
I know if I fell down, you’d change the way that I saw it
I put it on the line for this time only
(Is that what you really want?)

I can’t see that I got red hands, I’m colorblind singing (day-oh)
Don’t put the blame on me, child, the damn thing gone wild (day-oh)
Never wanted to be fooling you, can’t believe I was wounding you-oo
(Is that what you really want?)

Oh yeah, oh yeah-ah, that gun is loaded

That gun is loaded, but it’s not in my hand
That gun is loaded, but it’s not in my hand
The fire burns, I’m not the one with the match, man
That gun is loaded, but it’s not in my hand
Oh yeah, oh yeah-ah, that gun is loaded

I’ve seen it all before, you back out, and everything’s changing
I needed something more, you stepped down, so what are you chasing?
I put it on rewind for this time only
(Is that what you really want?)

I realize that I got red hands, I wanna change this (day-oh)
Don’t ask me why I choose to lie, I stay blind, oh (day-oh)
It’s clear to me that you are human too, your accusations are burning through-oo
(Is that what you really want?)

Oh yeah, oh yeah-ah, that gun is loaded

That gun is loaded, but it’s not in my hand
That gun is loaded, but it’s not in my hand
The fire burns, I’m not the one with the match, man
That gun is loaded, but it’s not in my hand

Oh yeah, oh yeah-ah, that gun is loaded
Oh yeah, oh yeah-ah, that gun is loaded.”

 

This is one song that I never get tired of hearing. The melodies come together in a glorious package and it is hard not to get your feet tapping.

 

Until next week.

 

C.A. Gallinger

 

 

Melodic Monday: “Sleeping Sickness”

I am sure as I go along with this series, I will be featuring City and Colour a lot. Dallas Green has a haunting voice that speaks volumes. It touches your heart in soul in such a way you can’t stop but think and listen.

This particular song he collaborated with the iconic Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip. They come together in such a masterful way, this is one for the repeat button. The lyrics speak for themselves.

 

“Sleeping Sickness” – City and Colour

 

“I awoke, only to find my lungs empty
And through the night, so it seems I’m not breathing
And now my dreams, are nothing like they were meant to be
And I’m breaking down, I think I’m breaking down
 
And I’m afraid, to sleep because of what haunts me
Such as, living with the uncertainty
That’ll never find the words to say
Which would completely explain, just how I’m breaking down
 
 
Someone come and, someone come and save my life
Maybe I’ll sleep when I am dead but now it’s like the night is taking sides
And all the worries that occupy the back of my mind
Could it be, this misery will suffice
 
 
I’ve become, a simple souvenir of someone’s kill
Like the sea, I’m constantly changing from calm to ill
Madness fills my heart and soul as if the
Great divide could swallow me whole, oh how I’m breaking down
 
 
Someone come and, someone come and save my life
Maybe I’ll sleep when I am dead but now it’s like the night is taking sides
And all the worries that occupy the back of my mind
Could it be, this misery will suffice
 
 
Someone come and, someone come and save my life
Someone come and, someone come and save my life
Someone come and, someone come and save my life
Could it be, this misery will suffice”
 
 
 

This words are something I think most people can relate with. How many times have you been stuck in the darkness, pleading for someone to help you out? Hoping that you can be saved from the destruction that has befallen life. It’s a feeling of helplessness. We all just want to be heard and cared for.

We can all expose our inner turmoil.

Until next Monday!

C.A. Gallinger

 

Melodic Monday: “The Hunger In Your Haunt”

This is a new discovery for me, a happy accident really. It was a recommended link up on my YouTube and I decided to give it a click. I am happy that I chose to do so. A beautiful and eerie melody filled the air.

I present to you; “The Hunger In Your Haunt” by Crywolf:

 

“I saw
In the corner of your smile
There’s been a darkness there a while
You know

When the breezes of this storm surely blow
We will watch it from our houses
Watch it from our houses in the snow

Where are all the things that you have toiled all your life for?
Was it me you wanted when you said you
Wanted something more than what you knew?
What you knew

I felt love in a different place and I
Felt you move in a different way and
All my life’s been a whisper without you

I’ve been alone in a million places and
I’ve seen God in some dirty faces and
All that I could think about was you.”

I find I have connections with almost every song I have ever heard. Some more than others, those ones seep deep into my soul and take hold. Amazing how something so simple can create such a profound feeling.

Until next time!

C.A. Gallinger

Melodic Monday: “Nothing Left”

This week we are going a little hardcore. It may not be for everyone, but that’s the beauty about music, everyone has their own eclectic tastes, and this one just happens to be one of mine. But I am sure you will see that more and more as I make these posts.

This week it’s one of my favourite songs by As I Lay Dying. It’s strong and makes the heart ache. You can feel the pain in these words.

Nothing Left” – As I Lay Dying:

 

“This world was never worthy
But how can I call it unfaithful
Every promise was fulfilled
As decay crawled from it’s throat
Like the dead rising from an open grave
Lips of splendor and tongue of deceit
All dying now as our fragile wrists hold only waste

Like those gasping for their last breath
We cannot hide there’s nothing left

If All my sorrow has led me here
Then I would cry all of my tears
To have this chance again
And know there’s more than this
And know there’s more than you

Like those gasping for their last breath
We cannot hide there’s nothing left”

The words are twisted and lovely all at the same time. Just like a lot of my writing, I dig in to the deeper, darker parts of myself to bring the inner struggles to the surface. It’s easier to face them that way.

What are some of your more eclectic tastes in music?

Until next week!

C.A. Gallinger

Melodic Monday – “Flesh and Bone”

This week’s song is poignant and haunting. The words cling to your heart and you can feel the ache that reverberate’s from a darker and tumultuous place.

 

I present to you; “Flesh and Bone” by Keaton Henson:

 

And I am alone, so don’t speak
I find war, and I find peace
I find no heat, no love in me

And I am low and unwell
This is love, this is hell
This sweet plague that follows me

And my body’s weak
Feel my heart giving up on me
I’m worried it might just be
And my body’s weak
Feel my lungs giving up on me
I’m worried it might just be
Something my soul needs
Something my soul needs

And I see war on the screen,
And it is cruel and unclean,
But I still worry more about you

And I am rude and unkind
Have no thought, and have no time
Have no eyes, so no point of view

And my body’s weak
I feel my heart giving up on me
I’m worried it might just be
My body’s weak
Feel my lungs giving up on me
I’m worried it might just be
Something my soul needs
Something my soul needs
Something my soul needs

And I am more than this frame,
I feel hurt and I feel shame
I just wish you would feel the same

And I am more than these bones
I feel love, I feel alone
I just wish you would come home

My body’s weak
I feel my heart giving up on me
I’m worried it might just be
My body’s weak
Feel my lungs giving up on me
I’m worried it might just be
Something my soul needs
Something my soul needs
Something my soul needs

Is you, lying next to me
And it’s you, lying next to me”

 

The aching sadness is transformed with the thoughts of putting ones own dire needs on the back burner to be there for the one you love, wishing that they would make the same sacrifices for you, but it doesn’t always work that way.

Until next week!
C.A. Gallinger

 

Melodic Monday Introduction

It’s a monday, what better day to discuss music and the way it flows freely through the universe. I use music a lot when I am writing, it helps open up the proverbial flood gates. I am constantly adding songs to my “writing playlist”. It’s a lovely way to combine all creative forces. So I dub Monday’s, Melodic Monday’s on my blog. Each week I will feature a song or song(s) (depending on how ambitious I am), that resonate with me.

 

This week it’s “Harder Than Stone” by City and Colour;

 

Although this is a lyric video and the words are right there for you to see in all their glory, I shall post them on here as well.

 

“Someday I will walk away
When time ain’t drawing on me like a blade
Back turned to the setting sun
Leaving behind Toronto’s incessant hum

‘Cause I was born and raised
To live beyond
The heft and weight
Of a world undone

But I don’t mean to be a bother
I don’t need you to take my burden away
And I ain’t afraid of dying
Cold and alone

Traipsing though the utter dark
Walking underneath the dead moonlight
Without any great concern
For what I’ve missed or how many bridges have burned

Like a bird who flies
Away from the North
My heart will roam
In search of warmth

But I don’t mean to be a bother
I don’t need you to take my burden away
And I ain’t afraid of dying
Cold and alone

When my time comes
When I was young
I didn’t know too much
I thought that I could rule the world

Then I grew up
And found out life was hard
Harder than stone.”

Harder Than Stone – City and Colour

If you have never heard of City and Colour, I highly recommend immersing yourself in the world that is Dallas Green. He is a remarkable musician and has a haunting voice that shakes you to the core. I am sure his creations will pop up quite frequently on these music Monday’s.

Do you write with songs playing in the background? If so, what are your favourite’s?

Until next Monday!

C.A. Gallinger