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Send Them Out Through The Night

By orangedrink on December 20, 2020 11:53 pm

I wrote this song in 2005.  I've played it at many shows, even with band members (!) and have always gotten generous compliments on it.  I had this grand idea for a concept album, and this was supposed to be on it, but I never finished it.  With each year that passed, I felt like the idea of the song totally eclipsed the song itself and it somehow it became a thing that would haunt me.  I moved to the Midwest after graduating college and I had this big dream of "making it in the big city".  My depression slowly took over my life and I started believing that I "missed my chance" to start a band and "make it".  This song would echo in my head and would tell me, "Look at all this talent that is going to waste because you can't do anything right."

Well, last night, at around 6am after staying up the whole night, I finished this song.  Only took 15 years!  The lyrics and chords were done in 2005, but the melodic leads, structure, and the "send them out" chants at the end were written this past week.  I've recorded many demo versions (Zirafa even recorded a cover!) and never could figure out how to end the song, whether there should be drums, whether there should be a long instrumental breakdown, but I finally showed up for myself, made a lot of decisions I've been avoiding for decades, and I'll tell you all: I AM REALLY PROUD OF MYSELF.

I don't care about "making it" because I've already made it.  And worrying about other people's expectations is why I was never able to finish this song before.  Now I'm doing it for me, and I feel like I couldn't imagine a better version.  The song is acoustic guitar, two competing dual vocals, and there is some Ableton French Horn and Trumpet at the end.  I used my new little recording toy to record and loop myself saying "send them out" at the end.  I pitch shifted it down and miraculously hit the right note!  That was the universe telling me that I'm on the right path.

The lyrics are kind of about killing a loved one in the middle of a zombie apocalypse because you thought they were infected, but now the song is really about murdering an old self belief and sending it out through the night.  Crazy how the song has taken a whole new meaning, and now I'm thinking this is why it's taken so long to record.  I'm pretty emotional listening to this now; it's really hard to describe what it feels like to hear this, and how it's better than I've imagined for 15 years.  I just want to say that I love everyone here on WB and we have to keep believing in ourselves because we're saving the world and we're helping each other, whether we realize it or not. heart

I have one more "demon" song that's been haunting me and I'm recording it for my final song.  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, see you next week!


No need to write a letter,
Make it look like an accident
No need to complicate it,
Heart keeps beating, but it's probably over.

Weakened and barely breathing,
Don't let them know that you're out again
Pick yourself up off of the floor and lock the door
But it's just too late to care


I'm sorry if you don't believe me
I'm sorry we died as friends
Wake me up when it's over
You'll never trust me again

And if we had just one more chance
I know we'd mess up again
So bite down hard and close your eyes and
Think of something really far away

We were wrong
We were wrong
Send them out through the night.
Send them out through the night.
Send them out through the night.
Send them out through the night.

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December 21, 2020 12:25 am

Yeah dude this song is excellent. I think this is one of my new favorite tunes of yours, the guitar work (or harp melody? it sounds cool) behind the main hook is super delightful and adds so much atmophereic texture to the tune. Congrats on finishing this one, it's mega rad and I'm definitely going to download it.

December 21, 2020 2:14 am

Yeah, I've had a few songs it's taken me a really long time to record for one reason or another.  Maybe sometimes they need to marinate a little or something.  I'd say the wait has paid off for you.  It's a great song and I like the decision to go without drums and lean heavily on the acoustic guitar and vocal sounds.  Great vocal work also.  And I agree, trying to live up to other people's expectations of what you "should" be doing is a surefire way to kill all the fun and joy out of making music.

December 21, 2020 6:59 am

Hauntingly good!

December 22, 2020 7:16 am

Wow! Your singing and the acoustic guitar playing so impressing on this! I'm happy you finish this song you think to so long, it is a wonderful song smile

December 22, 2020 7:11 pm

Still love this song after all these years. I've loved every version that you've recorded/performed of it. Congratulations on officially finishing it! It must feel like a huge weight off of your chest.

The guitar arpeggio on this version is of course excellent, but the ending is what stands out to me. The ending drone (+ horns!) adds so much tension and drama. It's very cinematic.

Cheers to conquering unfinished haunts! Proud of you dude.

December 22, 2020 11:07 pm

Powerful story and song! Congrats on finishing! I vote finish and share the creations over saving them for hypothetical future projects every time! Love your comment about already making it, and doing this for you. I think us listeners like it a lot too! Great lyrics, and cool new meaning too. I mean the zombie meaning is pretty cool and terrifying, but the old self one pretty relatable. Looking forward to next week.

December 23, 2020 12:36 am

At least you got that out of your system and into the wild. Now it's time for the cover and remix artists to work their magic. I can totally imagine this song with some a nice room kit and I might just do exactly that.

Maybe for your next demon song you can gather a group of WeeklyBeaters and knock that one out with a project (it's not like there's a discord server full of them or anything). It's not quite a band, but it's close to it.

December 23, 2020 3:38 am

Thanks for sharing your journey on this song, I'm so glad you got to complete it and let us hear this end result.  Fantastic lyrics and love the duel vocals, I think many of us can relate to killing parts of our own beliefs and fears.

December 24, 2020 12:28 am

a great song and a beautiful finish. Glad you didn`t make it in the big city. I enjoyed your presence here. But best wishes for the future. Have a nice christmas.

December 26, 2020 1:35 pm

That's a great song. I know the feeling about these haunting songs that live out there and that we cannot ever seem to capture in the way we hear them. This recording is awesome though. Great layering, great sound overall and very nice melodies.

December 27, 2020 9:42 pm

Wow, amazing good! I would buy an album with this track on it for sure... hope that's in the works smile The song is so complete that I didn't realize there were no drums until I read it in your description. The vocal layers and guitar are full and rich.  Your vocals are very expressive and convey a riveting story as well. Love the subtle french horn detail. Well done!!

January 1, 2021 6:36 pm

First off, awesome backstory and secondly DAMN!  This is super catchy.  Your vocals sound great especially with the harmonies going back and forth.  Also you don't need any music theory help you got this one going great.  The chord progression and your vocal theme is just pure GEWD!  Part of the progression reminded me of something Radiohead might do but you took it in your own direction of course.  I'm gonna need to download your tracks soon so I can revisit some of these gems. 

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