Track 12 – “House That Used To Be”

“I am going to tell the truth, even though I might be excoriated for doing so. I wrote this song with the assistance of a Rhyming Dictionary. It was a goof. I gave myself a challenge: make a list of rhyming, two-syallable words, compound words or phrases that sounded juicy and turn that list into a song. “Graveyard/Co-starred,” “Corn silk/Spilt milk,” “Quaaludes/Corkscrewed,” etc…

At the time, I had recently moved into the only house in which I have ever lived truly by myself. With the Elektra advance, I bought a fantastic stereo system that I still use to this day, and rented a big two bedroom house a block off of White Rock Lake. Suddenly, I felt very alone. And this list of weird-sounding phrases (“Freight Trains/Great Danes”) built itself into a perfectly reasonable lament one night around 3 a.m.

Moral of the story: There are no rules.

Use a Rhyming Dictionary; Rewrite all the lyrics to a Dylan song; Put the word “Old” in your band’s name.

Just make sure it feels right in your heart.


One Comment

  1. Hey, Sting did it, too, and it worked out pretty well for him! Can’t wait to catch you guys on the TFTC tour!!!

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