Dec. 24, 2020

EP 8: The story behind the song | Way Up There (Don't Say a Word)

Can a terrible person write a great song? Can they sing it? These questions - along with the search for an ancient instrument, a chance meeting with a Russian DJ, a crash course in the music of goth-rock legend David Eugene Edwards and a hilarious Ebay experience - inspired "Way Up There (Don't Say a Word)" track 7 from Heaven Get Behind Me. 

In this latest "behind the song" episode we talk about rewriting lullabies as well as the process of trying out different instruments and arrangements. This time we discuss two very different demo versions before we hear the final mastered version of the track.

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Way Up There (don’t say a word)

I was a killer

And I’m your brother 

And I am so tired

Of looking over my shoulder

I’m so tired of looking at you


Maybe you’re a better man

Than you think that you are

That’s what she said

Have you ever seen grace

With those great big blue eyes


So hush, hush little baby

Don't say a word

I’m so sorry  

Papa's gonna buy you a jailbird


All the looking glasses

Yeah, they are all broken

And if those birds forget how to sing

You’re my only sweet, sweet girl

In this wretched world


Well it’s a Friday night

There’s a man knocking at my door

He come to tell me

The road to the shepherd is through the sheep


Oh Lord, just make me brave

Oh Lord, just give me back some time

Oh Lord, just take back my face

Give it to a better man

And don’t say a word





Straw Foot played on a banjola


Gospel blues choir


Hal Willner