Carry Me Home is the first song I’m posting to my blog (I’ve mostly been writing about tech stuff), and I’m super excited to share it with you. Kristofferson is a friend of mine that I’ve been working with for the past few years. He has a fantastic artistic vision when it comes to music and story-telling. He has also been incredibly supportive of me throughout my journey.
This song has been in progress for a while now, and we finished it up last month. It was written and produced by Kristofferson, with vocals performed by me (telepathics). The artwork was done by Sarah Savery.
> Carry Me Home (feat. Telepathics)
OKAY YES PLEASE
— simon ✨ (@httpmaru_) November 27, 2017
Kristofferson put so much work into Carry Me Home. I’m so honored that he has asked me to be the voice of his musical projects for the past three or so years. We hope you enjoy the song as much as we’ve enjoyed working on it.
You all know I’m a sucker for piano and orchestra music. For that reason, this is probably one of my favorite collaborations with Kristofferson. If you like Carry Me Home, you can stream or download it from your favorite music platform.
The song begins with some soft piano composition. Then, it slows, and leads into the arpeggio (borrowed from Rísa) that guides the majority of the vocal melody. The first few stanzas have been heard before in previously released works. Now, they encourage familiarity and continuity in the overall story. Then, you hear a brief chordal interlude, with ambient, repetitive echos of the song title. You’ll carry me home. Eventually, this introduces the new lyrics, followed by the arpeggio motif.
You can hear quiet reassurances of “we’re okay. We’re going to be okay,” from one of my first songs, Oceans. Another break, and the piano from the introduction. Then, a pause suggests pondering, listening, waiting. You can hear crickets chirping, reminiscent of a warm summer’s night. A reversed instrumental fades in, accompanied by new spoken word, describing pain. Finally, the song ends with the instrumental fading back out, repeating no, I don’t know how to forget you…. This line was taken from mine and Jameson’s (formerly known as Subject_11) cover of Sex, by EDEN. Seven minutes and forty-five seconds of serenity.
Carry Me Home – lyrics
Torn into two
In the dead of night
You sewed it together like new
Pushing and pulling on me
Bringing me back to you
I’ll wait for you
Till the stars fall from my eyes
An echo of our last goodbye
You’ll carry me home
And bathe me in the river
To cleanse my soul
I’ll call your name
And you will always answer
We’ll do better next time
As you hold your hand in mine
A thousand shattered moons
A thousand open eyes
A thousand flashing memories
Of the same moment in our lives
Falling up into a shimmering black sea
Reaching down into the echoes of me
Silently moving in retrograde
Whispering needs by the open flame
A satellite with broken wings
A failed god crowned in bone
Suddenly we’re both alone
But we will always remember our home
Almost as soon as we finished up Carry Me Home, Kristofferson sent me another song to work on. He has another upcoming album in the works. Luckily, I’ll have more time to record in the summer. It actually takes me forever to get singing work done because I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I try to record everything in one take. Keep your eye out for the next release by joining Kristofferson’s Patreon page.
Even though I love working on collaborations with friends, I think this next project is the last one I’m going to accept for a while. I recently got in contact with a Swedish label that wants to feature some of my stuff on tape (and eventually vinyl), which is super exciting. I will be putting a lot of time and effort into my own compositions and songwriting for that project. Hopefully that’s understandable.
I won’t be taking singing work in the near future, but I have made a couple of promises to re-open spoken word commissions over the summer. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, feel free to become a patron, since I will be opening up commission spots to you guys on there before offering to anyone else.
Exciting things in the works.