Angry

I wasn't sure whether to title this song "Angry" or "Not Angry". If in doubt, I usually go with the option that has the fewest words.

Someday soon I plan to add the original version to this page so you can enjoy my creative process. There were a couple of features that were ultimately edited out. The first to go was an aggressive vocal version of the chorus at about 4:00. You can still hear the intensity picking up. Just imagine me shouting "I'm not angry now" in a really angry-sounding voice. I enjoyed the irony of that, but ultimately I figured that was a little too fun for a song that really isn't supposed to be fun.

A second feature was a car crash in vivid stereo. I fell in love with that sound effect, and once I had plugged it into the mix I had a hard time parting with it. I polled several people whose opinions I trust. Most felt that the song stands on its own merit, and the sound effect is unnecessary, if not gimmicky and distracting. However, there were a few people who liked it, which reinforced my attachment to it right up until the end. Just in case, I brought two versions to my mastering session with Tim Brown of Actual Air Recording. One version included the crash, and the other didn't. I had Tim listen to the crash-version first, and he laughed and said he loved it. This wasn't intended to be a funny song. Tim's laughter convinced me that the car crash would have to go.

Lyrics

I was driving home late last week
looking forward to gettin home to sleep
when out of nowhere to my right
I saw a car speeding towards me

And that moment seemed like an hour
I could see the face of the driver
she had a look of panic in her eyes
then I felt the pain of impact

I wondered whether she was ok
and I wondered what was on her mind
She must have felt terrible
I hoped that I could help her

And I didn't get angry then
and I'm not angry now
cause getting angry don't do no good
It don't solve any problems

***

I met a kid downtown today
seemed to think I was in his way
he gave me a shove
and he put a gun to my head

And he said hey man
what you think you're doing in my town
I guess he thought that he was quite a clown
and I looked into his frown

And I wondered what made him that way
Did he have a mom and dad who loved him?
Did he have a dream
of what he wanted to be someday?

And I didn't get angry then
and I'm not angry now
cause getting angry don't do no good
It don't solve any problems

***

I heard about a kid in Afghanistan
just surviving any way he can
in a dried up, desert land
where there's not a lot of prospects

His only goal was to become a man
so they knelt down in front of him
and explained to him of evil
and they taught him how to drive a van

And I wondered what made him that way
could we have somehow made him different?
Could we give him a dream
of what he might be someday?

But I didn't get angry then
and I'm not angry now
cause getting angry don't do no good
There's better ways to solve problems

***

What would you have been feeling then?
What are you feeling now?
Do I make you angry?
or do I make you smile?

Like this song? If so, please consider buying a copy. Then you can take it with you and play it anytime anywhere, plus you'll be helping to support my art (I really appreciate that - thanks!). It's on my two-volume set Everything and More, which you can find almost anywhere music downloads are sold, including the following sources:

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