Topic: Wretched Lives - Dark Folk Version
I was impressed with Jim Kenyon's poem "Wretched Lives" and wanted to try to do a musical version in my acoustic "folk singer" style. The lyrics are a lot darker than the type of songs I normally write and I changed them a little to match my singing style. I really liked Phill's version that had verses ending "it's a nightmare", but I'm used to "writing to the hook" which was "wretched lives" so I went back to Jim's original version and tried to emphasize the hook/title a little more. Being a dark song I felt it needed to start in a minor chord and then "walk down" to give the feeling of dropping into gloom. I added four lines at the end by using two lines from Jim's 1st verse, a line of my own and ending with the first line of what Jim designated the chorus but feels like a bridge to me.
I had a little time this morning before spending New Years day watching college bowl games, so I made an attempt at doing a "scratch" recording in my "usual me and and acoustic guitar" mode. I also added a lot of reverb which I don't normally do but felt it worked for the song.