Week Twenty-Seven

Something’s Gotta Give
By Kim Davidson
© 2010

It’s not too comfy when the eye of the hurricane’s the only safe place to stand
And you can’t step out or you’ll get caught up and there’s no telling where you’ll land
And the devil you know, he says all the right things to keep you at his side
It’s a hell of a ride…

CHORUS: And the world just gets heavier on your shoulders
The camel’s back’s been broke so much he’ll never walk again
You’ve lost touch with all your friends and humor, and spend your days countin’ to ten
That’s no way to live… something’s gotta give…

You have to look pretty far back ‘til you find a time when you still believed
Is it askin’ so much when you can’t have it all just to have a little reprieve?
And there’s nobody there just to lean your head on so you don’t feel so alone
Weary to your bones…

CHORUS: And the world just gets heavier on your shoulders
The camel’s back’s been broke so much he’ll never walk again
You’ve lost touch with all your friends and humor, and spend your days countin’ to ten
That’s no way to live… something’s gotta give…

BRIDGE (spoken): The bills keep pilin’ up, the phone keeps ringing, collectors on the other end,
All you do is work, but you never see a penny ‘cause the money’s always changing hands,
No sleep, no sleep, no sleep, no sleep, gotta keep pushing ahead
And you just hope you might have a day or two left to have some fun before you’re dead

CHORUS: And the world just gets heavier on your shoulders
The camel’s back’s been broke so much he’ll never walk again
You’ve lost touch with all your friends and humor, and spend your days countin’ to ten
That’s no way to live… something’s gotta give…

Welcome to the third quarter, y’all. Things have been kind of busy here at KD Central, as you may have guessed by the number of late postings. No worries–I am keeping on and will continue to deliver new songs and videos every week, but they may occasionally be late between now and September, as I am actively involved in my sister’s upcoming wedding celebration in August.

My Tuesday routine has been upset a bit by varying work hours, and my indulgent writing lunches have been foiled by lack of funds. The past few weeks have been challenging to write during, considering that it’s hard to put my butt in the seat when my butt is constantly on the run. And yet I have prevailed. The first half of this year and the routines established set me up well for this crazy period where I am short on stamina and time. Somehow I have still managed to churn out a weekly song, and that’s a testament to the discipline I cultivated early on, for sure. I’ve been noticing that I am able to more quickly chase down song ideas and turn them into complete songs. I’m more able to edit as I go and refine my songs on the first pass. That doesn’t mean every song is a finished product, or a keeper, but it means more are both of those things than were before. It’s kind of cool to be able to see that progression in myself.

This week’s song may seem a bit obvious, given my current lifestyle. Stress has been abundant, relaxation has been hard to come by, and it seems that the universe likes to rain additional crap on me just as I’ve folded up my umbrella. I’ve tearfully wailed the words “something’s gotta give” more often than I’d like during the past month or so, and it was only a matter of time before they made their way into a song. But it’s all good. This too shall pass, and life will be fun again.

Meanwhile, it would appear over the past couple months that I’ve been writing what may very well be my next album. Does it seem that way to you? Can you hear the common threads between many of the most recent tunes, and imagine them all together, fully produced with some gorgeous instrumentation behind them? I definitely can. And there are a few oldies but goodies that I would love to throw into the mix and hit the studio. All in good time. “Free Therapy” has to be finished before I can move onto the next thing. If you’d like to help get it finished, you can find more information here.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and read. If you feel inclined to share with a friend, I’d so appreciate it. See you next week!

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