Gotta

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MP3 Download of the song: Gotta
From the Album: Songs of Utter Despair, Guilt, Empathy, Lust, Longing, and/or Hope

Description

I’ve been playing this song live for years and people always seem to bob along to it and it makes me so happy to see that. It’s kind of a strangely formatted song, it has very little consistency in its chords and goes all over the place but somehow it really works. It’s like this because when I wrote it, it came out all at once in this 7 minute blurb of weirdness that I then chopped down into this cute little song. I remember vividly the experience when this came out of me. It was a moment when I all I could think about was the fact that I just wanted to stop everything, lose all responsibilities and just have some bloody time to do what I love… make music.

When I made the demo in my home studio, the funnest part was creating all the vocal harmonys. I had this ‘Mr. Sandman’ kind of harmony in mind and just went for it and created about 4 layers of backup harmonys! Then, when we did the song in John’s studio, he had to play every single morsel of every part back to me so we could recreate it with the same feel.

What I think is the most cool about how this song comes together is that the instruments really seem to be telling the story of this song. The Electric guitar is back there feeling all lazy and not wanting to do any work, the mandolin is cheerful and wants to go out and have fun, the bass is practising musical scales, and the piano is the song I wish I had time to play.

lyrics

Gotta find the day, gotta find the day, find the day, find the day
when I can do what I love.Gotta find the moment, gotta make the moment, got a moment, got a moment
for some music?
For some music?

Gotta find the day, gotta find the day, the day that I can stay away
from all these hard things in life.

‘Cause it seems every day, every day, every day is work and no play
and every day I’m wondering how I can
stay the hell away, away
from pain and heartache and work.

Gotta work, gotta work everyday
so I can pay
all my…
oh oh oh you know.

ba ba da ba da de da…

Gotta wish, gotta wish, gotta wish, gotta wish, gotta wish, gotta wish
I gotta wish on a star.

Gotta hope, gotta hope, gotta hope, gotta hope, gotta hope, God I hope
God I hope I believe,
I believe in you tomorrow.

ba ba da ba da de da…

Gotta find the moment, gotta make the moment, got a moment, got a moment
for some music?
For some music?

credits

from Songs of utter despair, guilt, empathy, lust, longing and/or hope, track released September 1, 2011
Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar: Dana-Marie Battaglia
Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Bass: John MacArthur Ellis
Drums: Geoff Hicks
Congas: Chris Ochs