The Thing About Girls : Waiting On A Girl (2012)

“Waiting On A Girl” was the very first song we wrote, I think, with “Girl” in the title. it’s fair to say, in the past two years, many tunes have come to us with that word without which popular music could simply not exist.

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“Waiting”‘s melody came to me as I awakened one September morning in 2012. “I know a girl,” sang my voice in my mind, “who’s waiting on a girl, waiting on a girl/ and I know she’s my girl/ I wouldn’t trade her for the world”

That chorus melody drew me to sit down and scrawl a draft of lyrics on, most likely, an envelope. Receipts, napkins, and especially used mail have hosted the genesis of many of our songs. This one took me about forty five minutes; I seem to have been figuring out the chords, too. I like to use some of my latest learned, and try them out until I have the sequences. I had a lot of fun thinking about downtown outside and the roads to the beach in every direction.

Our friend Smorg, who wrote the first interview with Integr8d Soul in 2007, is an avid bicyclist; she began taking me out on her cool down jaunts, and gave me her old Laredo mountain bike for that. She had me up to thirty miles by then, and this is about the time I found Angela a bike to buy for $75, a great deal on a bike with a nice, light frame and 21 speeds. The music to “Waiting On A Girl” is evocative, to me, of those times under the great San Diego sky. The bridge part is more about life back at the apartment.

I have written my share of joyous songs, and none more so than this one. The subject of the song is my partner the Marc Kane, and the music is my feeling of life with her, in a form I can share.

The opening riff, its signature riff, came about while I was still learning to play Davey Johnstone’s riff in “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” by the Elton John Band. Its intervals resemble, though the keys aren’t the same. I had just played it ( badly) in our Soul Rocket Showcase medley at Happy Ron’s Birthday Party probably the week before (he has footage of everyone that night). Was it ten songs in about twelve minutes? It wouldn’t be our last live medley. My rhythm guitar, Luck, is not a cut-away, so I had a little trouble getting Davey’s riff stable. You have to learn to work within the limits of your available equipment.

Originally, the chorus is played first, but live, I have tended to start on first one after the intro to save time.

Lyrics by Lue Lyron

I know a girl, who’s waiting on a girl/ waiting on a girl/
and I know that she’s my girl/ I wouldn’t trade her for the world/ she’s a funny girl, who’s waiting on a girl, waiting on a girl/ but it’s got to be the right girl/ if she’s gonna make your toes curl/ pictures in the night time

1.I know a girl, who’s waiting on a girl
waiting on a girl/ who loves her, and me, yeah/
she can take her bike, out to Ocean Beach/ Draw a pretty smile, listen by the trees, yeah

Oh, but her heart is wise/ see it in her eyes
Naturally sexy, her accent’s from Dixie
She can call the angels, shining by her side
nothing you can hide, take you for a ride

chorus!
I know a girl, who’s waiting on a girl/ waiting on a girl/
and I know that she’s my girl/ I wouldn’t trade her for the world/ she’s a funny girl, who’s waiting on a girl, waiting on a girl/ but it’s got to be the right girl/ if she’s gonna make your toes curl/ pictures in the night time

2.She can take a walk, downtown every day
oh, silvous plait, wonder what to say?
she can go to work, or she can take it easy
wouldn’t mind a baby, wants to make us three, yeah

Oh, from dusk til dawn, she can get it on!
Laughin’ with the wizard, sing it in a song!

BRIDGE
In the middle of the night time
would it shock you, the pictures she sees?
Oh, she’s got the rhythm, but the light rhyme
Doesn’t have a care, there’s so many in the sea, yeah

Alright!
I know a girl, who’s waiting on a girl/ waiting on a girl/
and I know that she’s my girl/ I wouldn’t trade her for the world/ she’s a funny girl, who’s waiting on a girl, waiting on a girl/ but it’s got to be the right girl/ if she’s gonna make your toes curl/ pictures in the night time

It’s every inch a soul song, about a soulful woman.

C Lue

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Stranger Land

“Stranger Land” Written by Lue Lyron
1.Freedom is spent in this night hour
Take me from those who crave evil power
on my very soul, on my very soul

chorus one:
Fugitive, refugee,
iron chains, your mastery
strangles my breath,
pitted against me
is any friend left?

Now down by law, I pray for the rain
washing my face of the blood and the pain
in the system, a stranger again, stranger again, stranger again, in a stranger land
/A stranger again, stranger again stranger again, in a stranger land.

2.In my dark hour, Mother abandoned me
damned and betrayed, torn from my family
my voice to the world, still and cold/ my voice to the world, still and cold

chorus two
Now down by law, I pray for the rain
washing my face of the blood and the pain
in the system, a stranger again, stranger again, in a stranger land.
A stranger again, stranger again–stranger again in a stranger land.

(instr. Bridge)
3. Whom to trust? I seem always wrong
faith bit the dust, I made it so long
still will I wait, and I will survive
My mad father’s curse, the serpent of his throne
Bow to this hell, or make it alone,
deep in my blood is my only home…
Bow to this hell, or make it alone, as a …

Chorus one again
Fugitive, refugee
iron chains, your mastery
strangles my breath,
pitted against me
—is any friend left?

Now down by law, I pray for the rain
washing my face of the blood and the pain
in the system, a stranger again, a stranger again, in a stranger land.
A stranger again, stranger again,
Stranger again, in a stranger land.

Dedicated to David Clark, Jr.  Austin and Ci Ci Clark

Love Lyron
7/13/15

This is like a heroic self melodrama of a real person’s life right now. That’s why it’s both besieged and strong.

A simple Dm-C-Bflat-A progression repeating will deliver the whole thing fine.  It’s in the way you play and sing it.