Is it Summer yet?
well almost, and this song’s ready for you when it does arrive…
…doing the album was learning as I went, I kept adding things and then taking them off again because – in the end I hope this just sounds like someone singing to you late at night on the beach.
When I did my bit of travelling often people would wind up on a beach around a fire, and wherever I went they seemed to be playing the same handful of songs; so one of my tests for a good song is can you play it just with a guitar and a voice; all the tunes on this album can be sung that way and this one in particular is pretty good for it.
At first I didn’t rate it that highly because it came so quick, but straight away friends liked it, and when I first played it live, a couple started kissing so I knew I was on to something, now I like it a lot, hope you do too …
here it is with the words : https://vincentburke.bandcamp.com/track/yellow-guitar-3
nice photo hu? (thanks Jonathan)
After the optimism of the previous ‘wedding’ song comes this,
a marriage gone sour.
It’s not my most popular, but it is one of my best – both the lyric and the melody hit the spot for me and Late Junction on Radio 3 played it last year
(they’re in the process of being cut by the way, so sign the petition here if like me you want a place for adventure and experiment on the radio).
About the song though, I wanted to write something that used the things people really say as opposed to what gets said in songs. To that extent it’s kind of kitchen sink drama – half a conversation, the male half, explaining how his cheating was partly her fault – there is a level of irony 😉
I’m not talking about my marriage by the way (we’re still all good, honest!), but the fact this guy’s talking like an idiot doesn’t mean I don’t feel it when I sing it.
song and lyrics here!: https://vincentburke.bandcamp.com/track/can-i-just-explain-2