Shake This Maze

I wrote Shake This Maze in spring 2011 after getting a job at Duke’s Chowder House in Seattle.  I wrote the chorus some 6 months earlier and never found a home for it until Maze.


Shake this maze to the core with chords and verses

Mix genres like cops johns whores and virgins

Turn the source of hurting into a sense of pride

Find the gold on the shipwrecks of life

Maybe she works Sunday we’ll play afterwards/ I need to stop writing this play and this wack verse/ Can’t stand when she’s there can’t stand when she’s away/ Go home like I don’t care?/That lie’s pathetically fake/So please break break break the spell she’s got me under/ Under the weather as I am under the covers/ Already tried to wake up/ But I pressed snooze/ prefer this pillow/ This wait sucks I’ll sleep through/

Two weeks ago everything normal/ soon to graduate sky high orbital/ now crash landed/ Everybody see it/ Ramble meaningless nothings/ without reason/ Who knew such blues/ Would creep in this season/ The sun’s out/ Sweat crowds the breathing/ She walks chest out/ I think or am I dreaming/ Naps for twenty minutes every other evening

Shake this maze to the core with chords and verses

Mix genres like cops johns whores and virgins

Turn the source of hurting into a sense of pride

Find the gold on the shipwrecks of life

We make our way through twisting journeys

Roadmap gets written as life’s occurring

We fight for courage she’s a test of the burden

Success the only option no way this back’s turning

So now three weeks later we each have a break/ And it’s nice outside so we walk beside the lake/ For forty five minutes we conversate/ Suddenly all the angst evaporates/I guess I agree with her better off friends/ Besides Spain seems to boast decent women/ So finally I can act normal again/ only awkward if we make it so, I horribly did

But now we grab lunch /Jokes “such a lovely date”/ Behind glasses eyes fluctuates/ Talk of family for seems great lengths/ About drugs and pain and fortune and thanks/And we return to the work/ From whence we came/ She tends bar as I clear plates/ Great feeling having a clean slate/ Now we start again but in a different place

Shake this maze to the core with chords and verses

Mix genres like cops johns whores and virgins

Turn the source of hurting into a sense of pride

Find the gold on the shipwrecks of life

Make our way through twisting journeys

Roadmap gets written as life’s occurring

We fight for courage she’s a test of the burden

Success the only option/ no way this back’s turning

(x2)

Shake This Maze Remix

I did the Shake This Maze Remix the same day as posting, on September 15th, 2011.  I liked the sound of the vocals on the chorus on the acapella version, so I cut some stuff from that for the first part of the remix. For the second part, I felt inspired by Dj Premier’s ability to craft whole choruses from samples of other tracks. So I took some lines from the track itself and came up with the following line.

Who knew such blues/ Drugs and pain

In a different place/ find that/ fortune and thanks.

How do people feel about sampling? Does anyone have a favorite track that samples something yet makes it completely new?

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Reflection and Response

-P

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