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This Song Has Got Me

This Song Has Got Me is one of those unusual songs that arrived whole, words and music, who knows from where? Even more uniquely, it arrived unbidden on holiday in Pondicherry, India without access to an instrument and was scrawled down on a scrap of paper to be remembered. Upon return to Australia, and a guitar, it turns out that what was in the mind’s eye was also what rendered itself in the air just as imagined.

The song is a meditation on life as a musician, the relationship of performer to audience, and if such a thing can be said , the “meaning” of music. All in a pop song.

This video was made during the second Melbourne lockdown with two of our daughters, Syd & Hettie.

Now I do this for the money
But I try to get it right
It's been a way to feed the kids
And pull the darkness from the light

It's been a way to fill the void
A way to get applause
A way to keep away the wolves
And a way to bolt the door

love me sweet, love me long
you got me in this song
this song has got me
and you got me in this song

Once I did it for rebellion
For the poet in my soul
For spotlights, for attention
Sex & drugs & rock ’n roll

I did it for redemption
I did it for my needs
I’ll be here til I’m bleeding
I’ll be here when you leave

love me sweet, love me long
you got me in this song
this song has got me
and you got me in this song
this song has got me
and you got me in this song

It’s a way to see perfection
On a road that’s full of flaws
Most times it's all effort
And rarely am I sure

I bumped into an old man
He had been to where I'm going
Gave me a look of pity
‘Cos up ahead was Leonard Cohen

He told me Cohen struggled
He went and shaved his head
He went and served another

  • when all those words did him no good
    He went to find G-d instead

G-d said

love me sweet, love me long
you got me in this song
this song has got me
and you got me in this song
this song has got me
and you got me in this song

What else would I do if I knew I couldn’t love you?

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