RED TAG

07:06
Jabberwock - Her Faithful Battalions
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Lyrics

RED TAG Do you want to overcome your fear? Do you want meaning in your life? Well, the answers you have been seeking Are waiting for you here Take my hand and walk with me Into the land of the passionate spender The table is set so take your place Forget your regrets and put on a happy face Dear Valued Customer, We need you to make that leap of faith That twist of reason That one big step We need your business because we love you And better prices is how we show it We are the lowest That’s why you shop here She went back to her room Where the Bible remains in the drawer God is hiding somewhere He’s been hiding more and more She closed the blinds and lit the candles Drew a circle in the dust Put a picture in the middle All covered with tears and rust I believe the temperature was falling Between the grunts, the snorts, and the chortles “Mr. Satan!” she was calling Don’t be rude to immortals I’d like to purchase a time tested curse From your red tag mail order sale Is your operator waiting? I’m calling you for help. Take my hand and walk with me Into the land of the passionate spender The table is set so take your place Forget your regrets and put on your happy face We are the lowest We are the lowest That’s why you shop here All the angels and the demons Were fighting for market control But as long as we keep buying They’ll keep selling souls c1995 by Wishnefsky Wishnefsky – vocals, electric guitars, bass, synths Dave Rodgers – drums, percussion COMMENTS I wrote Red Tag before Jabberwock was formed. It was originally called 'Demons of Retail." The first demo was sequenced using old Performer software on a Mac which had a hard drive with 20 mg of memory. 20 mg! It sequenced 8 different sounds on a Roland S-330 sampler and a Roland D-50 split into organ and string patches. It was a little rough on the ears, but representative of the basic idea. At some point around 1995, I played the demo for Dave and he liked the song. So we gave it a go. He replaced the sequence percussion and drums. I added guitar, bass, and keyboard parts, and put down a vocal. Some of the vocals were run through a Boss distortion pedal. By the time we were done, a few of the old keyboard parts were all that remained of the original version. Mike helped us mix it. There are some things about this song that I absolutely love. For example, I think the section where the organ comes in - "she went back to her room . . ." is quite powerful and foretells the majestic ending section. The instrumental part gets in a great progressive space and Dave's performance is spectacular. The transition to the ending section sends shivers down my spine. I love the way the string synths warmly swirl and elevate the song. I am a huge fan of old Genesis - when Peter Gabriel was in the band - and some parts of Red Tag give me the same feeling as songs like Fountain of Salmacis, Can-Utility and the Coastliners, and, dare I say, a little bit of Supper's Ready. I would love to perform Red Tag with vari-lights blazing through banks of fog. Wishnefsky

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