Jilly's Song a Week ChallengeReduced Circumstances (s.a.w. # 2)
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Songwriting Challenge 2019
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This one has a slight Zydeco feel with Folk style instruments over a med paced guitar rock backing. The softer intro bursts out at around 25 secs. There are mostly layered vocals and an interesting change of chords in bridge and outro sections.


A kind of 'how are the mighty fallen' story about a guy who threw his life away with gambling and boozing.
REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES

The window was small and so was the room
no heat and no light, no sign of a broom
Just one wooden chair with covers threadbare
and a mattress with springs coming through

Ooh oo oo oo oo oo oooo

There wasn't a fridge there wasn't much food
The black and white TV too small to be viewed
Clothes in a pile not worn in a while... his fingers so cold they were blue

Ooh oo oo oo oo ooooo

No-one had called, there wasn't a phone
in fact no-one knew that this was his home
No family, no friends, no money, no hope
his future so near to the end of a rope

Oh how did his life come to this?
It used to be absolute bliss
He was popular, rich, married with kids
but he made some mistakes now his life's on the skids
He drank and he gambled to ultimate doom
now the window is small and so is the room

Ooh oo etc

There's a stench in the air but he smells it no more
Old plastic bags strewn all over the floor
Some take-away boxes from 2 weeks ago
the last time he ate, well he really don't know

No-one had called, there was no phone, nobody knew that this was his home

He goes to his window but all that he sees
is grey, holey drapes, crawling with fleas
Just a view of a wall and ugly graffiti
the dark street below was decidedly seedy

Ooh oo etc

Oh how did his life come to this
it used to be ultimate bliss
He was popular, rich, married with kids
but he made some mistakes now his life's on the skids
He drank and he gambled and he broke the law
there's a stench in the air but he smells it no more

Ooh oo oo oo etc
Song Comments

Songwriting Challenge 2019
The Week 2 song is lively musically but the subject matter is deep. There's a nod to the serious nature coming in the repeating "Oooooos" and the soaring strings.


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