Writing Original Songs for The Small Change Diaries

small change diaries I have the greatest respect for all artists that write original material. Yes I love cover versions, BUT what kind of the world would it be without new and original songs? When I created “The Small Change Diaries” back in 2014, I knew that the first two years would be spent focusing on writing original material. I would meet up with my writing partner and band member Jessica Bowie on a weekly basis to sketch out and develop musical ideas.  Jessica is a brilliant writing partner, especially when it comes to editing material. Over the last two years we have wrestled with all manner of material to get it into the best possible shape.

It continues to be a fascinating experience, especially when you see a track emerge from a sketch idea, to being worked on, to be recorded in the studio to being played on BBC Radio! As the band has developed, the material has become more sophisticated and we are more adventurous in both our writing and in our recording.

The debut album “Adam Blames Eve” was released in 2015, the new EP is released in 2016 and the follow up album “Lullabies for Cynics” will be released in 2017.  We have currently recorded 20 songs which are now fully mastered and mixed, with another 18 songs ready to record. S

The first track I wrote for SCD was “Not one of us” and I am delighted that this now has been recorded and released on our new “Protest Songs” EP.

Here are the lyrics

 

Not One of Us (Nick Cody)

 

Nothing I could say to you will make you change your mind,

This is not the first time but you still don’t see the signs,

When heads are in the clouds not a foot upon the ground,

You’re the one now long gone, the damage left behind…

They say this land is your land, but that’s not strictly true,

Fifty foot down in the ground still don’t belong to you,

Time to create some street art, paint the neighborhood,

A kaleidoscope of colours that will only do you good

 

Not one of us is smarter, than all of us round here,

Every thought you think right now, will someday disappear…

Not one of us is smarter, than all of us round here,

Every song, you hear right now will someday disappear…

 

You’re fucking with the future, fracking with the past,

It’s a waste of time and energy, but at least you’ve had your blast,

We are all just passing through; none are here to stay,

Don’t think about the future that just gets in the way, cause

Half the country’s drowning, now is the rising tide,

You say perhaps you’ll drop by and at least you tried,

This defense won’t hold water, no longer holds ideas,

A perfect storm is coming, for this to end in tears

 

Not one of us is smarter, than all of us round here,

Every thought you think right now, will someday disappear…

Not one of us is smarter, than all of us round here,

Every song, you hear right now will someday disappear

 

©Nick Cody 2014

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