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Spirits in the Material World

Spirits in the Material World

Released 2011


To be honest, this tune was inspired first by the album art. I'd had the idea to do it for ages, and finally decided on the song to do with it. Another Instant Classic, it took less than 3 hours to get the essence of the song figured out and recorded. Then came the hours of sample layering, tweaks, processing, and listening listening listening...

Still, a timely song, my friends. We are indeed "Spirits in the Material World".

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Behind the Scenes

  • Opus number 17
  • Instruments played - Synth Horns heard just before the start of the bridge
  • My daughter's instruments - Vibraphone
  • Samples used - Broderick Crawford - All the King's Men
  • I'm really pleased with the way the guitar and drums came out on this. I feel they capture some of the essence of Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.
Mooseboy's Lyrics (samples in red)
Original Lyrics
There's no po-li-ti-cal solution
to our troubled evolution
I got no faith in your constitution
Or in your bloody revolution

'Cause are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)

Our so-called leaders speak
(Now listen to me, you hicks!)
And with their words they try to jail ya
(Yeah, you're hicks too and they fooled you a thousand times!)
You know they subjugate the meek
(And this is truth - You're a hick!)
But it's the rhetoric of failure

'Cause we are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)

(Here it is! Here it is, you hicks! Nail up anybody that stands in your way! And if they don't deliver give me the hammer and I'll do it myself!)

Where does the answer lie?
Should we Live from day to day
Because it's something we can't buy
So there must be another way

And we are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (you're hicks) (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (you're hicks) (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (you're hicks) (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)
We are spirits (in the material world)

(Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption. What's the matter, Jack? You afraid you might find something out?)
There is no political solution
To our troubled evolution
Have no faith in constitution
There is no bloody revolution

We are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world

Our so-called leaders speak
With words they try to jail you
They subjugate the meek
But it's the rhetoric of failure

We are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world

Where does the answer lie?
Live from day to day
If it's something we can't buy
There must be another way

We are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world
Are spirits in the material world




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