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Fifty-Five Lyrics

Fifty-Five (G)
© 2013 Charlie Katt • www.charliekatt.com

VERSE 1
I had a dream that I was old
[And] honey you were with me there
The wind was blowin’ cold
There was silver in your hair

We were walkin’ through the park
We were walkin’ hand in hand
And on till it was dark
Till we almost couldn’t stand

Through all the words we say
And, all the things we do
The best part of the day
Is waking up with you

CHORUS
I’d rather live to fifty-five, feeling so alive
Than ninety-nine without you by my side

VERSE 2
[I] Had a dream I walked the town
And, honey you were with me there
The sun was shinin’ down
Leaves were falling everywhere

[Ya’] grabbed my hand and and pulled me in
And we danced in paper rain
And, as we both began to spin
Children spied through window panes

‘Cause the love they’d never seen
That kept us spinnin’ ‘round
[That's] not only in dreams
Lifted us off of the ground

[CHORUS]

VERSE 3
I’m so nervous I could cry
[You] make me fumble when I speak
‘Cause your smile gets me high
And, your kisses make me weak

Through all the words we say
And, all the things we do
At the end of everyday
I keep growing old with

[CHORUS]

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How I Write a Song

In this post, I am going to share how a song comes to life in my life. The methods always vary a little and I’m going to break it down as simple as I can, but for the most case, this is what I do, and it all starts with The Idea.

Step 1: THE IDEA There’s two kinds of ideas I get:

  1. Lyric idea
  2. Musical idea

For my lyrical ideas I know I’m going to forget it unless I write it down. This is where notebook or your phone come in handy. You may have your favorite app, I like to use Google Drive to take my notes. You can access them from anywhere and it auto-saves. For my Musical ideas I use a voice recorder on my phone. In my case, I use an app called Tape-a-Talk for Android (There is also a free version with less features). You can use whichever one you like, as long as you can back them up somehow. You might come up with a great idea that you can’t do anything with right now but you can use later on in another song. It is also important for a melody to be present.

Example of Lyrical Ideas
These were just ideas. Most of them didn’t even make it into the song.

  • They say I’m not normal. You might be right.
  • I watch them from my window.
  • We decide when we grow up.
  • I get lonely.
  • You decide to grow up, not just for you, for everybody. Even when it hurts.
  • How can we help?
  • All at once it all fell down, thought that I was strong

Example of Musical Ideas

Please forgive my amature guitar skills (at the time), but this is an actual idea I had that I turned into a song. Notice how I’m inserting “placeholder” words or mumbling? I find it easier to that rather than simply humming. I’ll admit, it can be embarrassing to let others hear this stuff before it’s polished, but I want to show people my method so it’s worth it.

This was just a small idea I had while driving. Since you can’t write while you’re driving it was the best time to use my voice recorder. This line became the “hook” of the song with the exception of the word “we”.

 

Step 2: PUTTING IDEAS TOGETHER

I’m assuming at this point, that there are both musical and lyrical ideas to put together. I always listen to my musical ideas a bunch of times to get the “feel” of what I want to words to be about. I skim through my notes and recording to find something I think would be the perfect fit for the music and I start there.

This was one of the first test runs I did with most of the final lyrics in place. You can start to see how a song goes from idea to reality now.

 

Step 3: RECORD IT

Sometimes it takes money, sometimes you know a friend who can help, others can record it in your basement like me. Since I play a few instruments, I recorded this at home using Cubase on my PC. I always love the final product. Like I said, I try to break it down in its most simplest form so don’t let this post fool you, it can take days, weeks or months to complete a song and get it right. Sometimes it just comes together easily. This is just my way of writing but I would love to hear how you guys do it. Please comment or share on Twitter or Facebook or your favorite social network!

Here is the final, “basement” recording version of that song, When You Grow.

 

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47 Days

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As of today, there are 47 days left in the crowdfunding campaign. I want to thank everyone who has been so generous this far. I still have a little ways to go to reach my goal and at this rate I will need a donation of about $17 every day. I know you guys out there can make this happen for me. And, don’t forget that every contribution gets something in return whether it’s:

  • A CD
  • A free concert
  • or A custom song written just for you!

You’re always going to get something in return so please help share this project with anyone you know! To share it, copy this link http://charliekatt.com/help and paste it everywhere you can like Facebook, Twitter… anywhere you can think of. It’s free to share and it will help greatly! Thanx for your help!!

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Me and Clyde (Lyrics)

Me and Clyde (Bb)
© 2014 Charlie Katt • www.charliekatt.com

VERSE 1
Me and Clyde met in the second grade, he lived next door just ‘round the fence
He sold cookies, I sold lemonade, in our driveways everyday for fifteen cents

Every evening through the telescope, Clyde would scour through the skies
He looked for rocks and stars and meteors, while I photographed the best days of our lives

That one photo’s memory always stays, our arms were spread like we could fly
Clyde, he loved to stare at it for days, he discovered something strange among
The twinkles in that picture’s sky

CHORUS
Now, I see Pluto waving down at me
Three billion miles in the sky
The heavens will not be the same for me
Thanks to that photograph I took of me and Clyde

VERSE 2
Me and Clyde were like PB and J, like America and apple pie
And, though I learned to shoot a photograph, I was pretty sure that Clyde would learn to fly

But, there was one who set his heart ablaze, Patty Edson was her name
Clyde would get lost in her eyes for days, And he showed how much he loved her when he
Gave his favorite star her name

[CHORUS]

BRIDGE
[It] can be hard to hide when the sun is in your eyes
Wonders will arrive when two worlds collide

VERSE 3
Me and Clyde met in the second grade, that was ninety years ago today
I swear I see him with his arms out wide, as he sets a course beyond the Milky Way

That one photo’s memory always stays, the one where we pretend to fly
I will cherish all those golden days, with the one who brought the heavens down
To live inside our hearts and lives

[CHORUS]

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Two Hundred Miles To Carolina

This song is a contender to be recorded in my Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign, 2014!

Two Hundred Miles To Carolina (G)
© 2013 Charlie Katt • www.charliekatt.com

VERSE 1
Two hundred miles to Carolina
To see my baby doll tonight
It’s been four days and seven hours
Since I last saw her front porch light

VERSE 2
Can’t wait to get to Carolina
This week I’ve had it pretty rough
I need to hold her once again, more than only now and then
Three days-a-week just ain’t enough

VERSE 3
Two hundred miles to Carolina
These old familiar streets go on
One day we’ll always be together
And start a life to build upon

BRIDGE
In each other’s arms we’ll drift away tonight
So, love on me and hold me till it’s light

VERSE 4
Two hundred miles and I’ll be with her
It’ll be a little while
Help me Lord oh help me please, I would swim the seven seas
Just to see her perfect smile

[INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE]

[VERSE 4]

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Help me Lord oh help me please, I would swim the seven seas
But, tonight I’ll drive two hundred miles

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My Name is Lucas (Lyrics)

This song is a contender to be recorded in my Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign, 2014!

My Name is Lucas (G)
© 2013 Charlie Katt • www.charliekatt.com

VERSE 1
[There’s a] girl I knew in high school she was
Shy and she had eyes like the night
Her name was Summer and
I swear she was the love of my life
I still remember when we parted ways
But when we met I struggled just to say
“My name is Lucas”

VERSE 2
[I was] married after high school, my new
Baby girl had eyes like the night
I named her Summer and I
Swear that she’s the love of my life
After her mama left I headed back
To see if my first love remembered that
My name is Lucas

BRIDGE
What if she has changed? What if she’s the same?
What if she can’t even remember my name?
[She] never wrote or called, it’s been way too long
I’m trembling at her door, can’t stand it anymore

VERSE 3
[Someone] opened up the door it was a
Young man so, I asked for his mom
“I’m sorry mister”, is what he answered
“But my mother is gone
It happened years ago in Hudson Bay
It’s nice to meet you sir and, by the way
My name is Lucas”

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Long Time To Be Nowhere (Lyrics)

This song is a contender to be recorded in my Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign, 2014!

Long Time To Be Nowhere (Bb)
© 2014 Charlie Katt • www.charliekatt.com

VERSE 1
Standing water, ankle deep and still, Oh, the struggle and the fight uphill
Half a lifetime neither here nor there, It’s a long, long time to be nowhere
It’s a long, long time to be nowhere

VERSE 2
It ain’t easy, it ain’t always planned, Something tells me that it’s in His hand
But, still I’m standing on this barren land, It’s a long, long time to be nowhere

VERSE 3
No more wasting my life on thieves, Stealing joy, I’m rolling up my sleeves
Taking stock and drawing battle plans, It’s a long, long time to be nowhere

BRIDGE
I will make my mark now, before I die, I am more than sick of believing lies
Oh, afraid or not I will fight for more, I will never stop, I will go to war

VERSE 4
Living water, shoulder deep and I’m, Moving onward, yes I am this time
Half of my life yet to live, I swear, It’s a long, long time to be nowhere

[BREAK]

BRIDGE
I will make my mark now, before I die, I am so damn sick of believing lies
Oh, afraid or not I will fight for more, I will never stop, I will go to war

VERSE 5
If we never get to say goodbye, Tell my mother that at least I died
Chasing answers to my midnight prayers, It’s a long, long time to be nowhere
It’s a long, long time to be nowhere, It’s a long, long time to be nowhere

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