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April 8, 2007

Song-A-Week: Punk Tune

This song is actually called "Is This What You Really Want" but for obvious reasons, I just refer to it as my "punk tune." This is not a new song this week... I had this song laying around the hard drive before I got the idea for Song A Week. But its Easter weekend and I wanted to have a little free time to not neglect my wife. Thanks to Dear Future and Ethan Place for drumming on this tune during a break in their demo sessions... How are you guys anyway? How are the move plans coming? I miss you crazies like a sailor misses iodine. Other listeners may remember Ethan's rock solid playing from such hits as "Standoff" and the very end of "Birdsong." I believe this was his 1st take. MAYBE second. I've never given Ethan a 3rd. Mostly because he's too awesome. Anyway......

Is This What You Really Want? (Punk Tune)
(C) 2007 Matthew C Good

I've studied all the pros
I know what sells and I been
pushing hard to close the deal
can you tell?

You're not too hesitant
we get along, with any luck
we'll be better friends
before too long. tell me... I wanna know...

Is this what you really want in a friend?
trouble without end?
A never-ending string
of you supporting me?
Is this what you really want? Come clean.
Tell me what you mean.
If a casual friendship's fine,
well, I'm worried that my love is trite. So decide.

Is this what you really want?
Is this what you really want?
Maybe we should just move on
like nothing is wrong with us.

I've chosen my words well
like a broadcast speech, or contract.
Wearing clothes like I teach
Aesthetic philosophy.

You should know I've told some lies.
I've hurt my friends a thousand times.
I have cut my ties,
any honest man will let you decide. So decide.

Is this what you really want?
Is this what you really want?
If it were up to me,
there'd be no in-between.
But I suppose it's fine
if you want to try.


This song is of course way more produced than any of the other song-a-weeks. Don't get all greedy, ya jerks. Um, yeah, so merry easter! Spread love an joy and cheer and other things like that.

Posted by pedalboy at April 8, 2007 11:16 PM | TrackBack

This is like, old-school Pedalboy, Cacophonia stuff here boy. Reminds me of that song with the video, maybe. I can't remember how that song goes, but it seems to have the same feel...

Anyway, do you remember that one Weaver song from the House sessions where he did a guitar solo vocally? I can hear it in the instrumental bridges at the beginning of the song. Maybe cool? Maybe do a similar thing on a guit-fiddle.

I think this song needs some big pads. Like, knee-pads. Haha, 80s sounding synth stuff.

When the off beat guitar comes in at 1 min it needs to come down under the snare more I think. And the lead at 1:30 before the chorus should come up a bit.

We need some harmonies too. Mostly random filler, MC Good choir harmonies or something. Maybe double your vocal and remove all the consonants just to get a beefier vocal.

I like the end, your last held note needs to be hella strong though.

The only complaints I have is this song is borderline cheese, but with each listen I like it more.

Posted by: Chase at April 9, 2007 6:16 PM

I like this one a lot, maybe it's b/c I didn't like last week's song? At any rate it does sort of have a Cacophonic feel to it...probably why I like it so much.

Posted by: Kristina at April 11, 2007 10:28 AM

despite having heard and earlier version of this song (sans ethans drums) i still seem to feel that this song is really cheesy. maybe it's a bit too schoolhouse rock for me. i don't know....i'm just really not feeling this one. lyrically i like it but the music is just to much for me. if you kept the punkish feel but changed up the chords a bit it might make the song better. but i don't think the music side of it is worth keeping.

Posted by: John at April 11, 2007 1:45 PM

I think it's fun. I can see a little bit of the old Pedalboy stuff in here. And I was also thinking that some keyboards throughout the whole thing might be pretty cool. Maybe it would be too much, but it would be interesting to hear what it would sound like.

I'm playing a show with you tonight. That's awesome.

Posted by: Dan at April 14, 2007 10:52 AM

Hey, Kate showed me your link. All I have to say is, you rock. I really like this song.

Posted by: Sarah at April 16, 2007 9:11 PM
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