Tigers With Beautiful Voices (take 1) by tapewolf

Tigers With Beautiful Voices (take 1)

Tigers With Beautiful Voices (take 1)

tapewolf

23 August 2014 at 16:31:00 MDT

More prog-rock. This is a song inspired by the trippy but somehow endearing short story, 'In Watermelon Sugar', where the sun shines a different colour every day, and the inhabitants are occasionally eaten by intelligent tigers. There was a purge some time ago, but was that really the best idea? And did the inhabitants really evolve from tigers, or was it the other way around...?

The watermelon in the background was from Wikipedia, shot by Fred Hsu and licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0. Matthew Daryil stands in for the tigers. It is never made clear in the story whether the tigers are feral, anthro or simply a human street-gang, though the latter seems most unlikely.

Thanks also to :iconmerlin-the-bruce: for suggesting that the closing verse should be added at the end, thus pushing the song from about 6 minutes to slightly over 9. I think it worked quite well.

Recording was done on a TASCAM TSR-8 and MSR-24. Mixdown and tape manipulation were done on a Studer A807.

Instruments used included:
Hammond XM-1 organ module: guess
Manikin Memotron Rack: Mk2 Flutes, M400 8-voice choir, 3 violins, Solina strings, Mk2 Vibes, Mike Dickson strings
Korg Triton Extreme: Drums, Suitcase rhodes
Waldorf MicroWave Mk1: PPG Phase lead
Minimoog voyager: lead, bass
Epiphone Thunderbird Gothic bass
EH4600 Small Clone chorus
H&K Rotosphere: Hammond organ and chorus vocals

As I was walking down the main street
On a wednesday
Watching people cook a watermelon stew

The thought of food was a distraction,
A reminder,
That there was something I forgot to do

And as I crossed the bridge back home
I found a note pinned to my shack
It had the paw-print of a tiger and the words 'We're coming back'

They are not evil, it's just something they have to do
Tigers with beautiful voices are coming for you
They are not evil, it's just something they have to do
Tigers with beautiful voices are coming for you

Singing songs which have words you won't remember
Righting wrongs, now those days are gone forever
Come the day, yes, you've tried to circumvent it
All the way, but you know you can't prevent it
Maybe you, think that you don't serve a master
What we do is to save all from disaster
Soon you'll learn, though you thought we'd all been slaughtered
We'll return - to restore the natural order


As I was walking by the river
On a friday
Watching idly as the wind blew through the trees

I turned my mind back to the tigers
And as I stood there
I'm sure I heard a voice upon the breeze

And as I crossed the bridge back home
Lit up by lanterns glowing bright
I turned my mind back to the tigers and that final, fatal night

They are not evil, it's just something they have to do
Tigers with beautiful voices are coming for you
They are not evil, it's just something they have to do
Tigers with beautiful voices are coming for you

Singing songs which have words you won't remember
Righting wrongs, now those days are gone forever
Did you think, that we kill things for no reason?
It's the brink, of disaster's final season
Soon you'll learn, though you thought we'd all been slaughtered
We'll return - to restore the natural order
Hear our cry, what you've done is no solution
You can try - but you can't stop evolution

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