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City

Misty Nights In The City

A surrealistic nocturnal visit to any modern-day urban center...

Misty nights in the city... where are you goin' now?.. tell me...
Into the night of the city... it's got you mystified
Children of the night... out there stalkin'... walkin'... hawkin'...
Better watch your backs everywhere you go
Don't be in shock if you hear them talkin'
About you mystified by the city
City lights... so bright... so bright...

Gotcha mystified... gotcha petrified... come alive
Beware if you dare it's quite a scare
The young today have gone astray
Like sheep have gone away
Mystified by the city...

I look around me so sad so cold... the evil goin' round
The young deteriorating... takin' over their minds... right before my eyes
It's devasting to see... the tears... it makes my heart bleed
The youth die... why?... the sorrow I can't understand
Mystified by the city
City lights... so bright... so bright...

Mystified... petrified... tell me
Beware it's like a dream... it's quite a scare
Mystified by the city
The evil takin' over their minds
In one hour... a "turn" of the times
By the city... by the city...

Listen... people of the world... better listen and see...
Who you'll meet... young girls, young boys, grow up fast
By the minute... by the hour... by the day... in the city
Talkin' about the only place... in the city...
Mystified...

© 1990 Richard Coffey, Kevin Kemp

Lyrics, Vocal: Kevin Kemp
Music: Rich Coffey


Comments:
Pre-sequencer days
- all synth tracks played live to pre-programmed drum patterns
- recorded as a kind of "stream of consciousness" vision

Both the music and the vocals/lyrics where inspired and created "on-the-fly" in one three-hour session! The music was inspired from a layered sound I happened upon (a DX7 and OB Matrix 6 combination).

Ages ago—I worked with Kevin Kemp (a great singer) writing and recording songs. We called ourselves "Shades" and wrote quite a few tunes together. Most of the songs were in the commercially-oriented Soul/Funk vein but two of our more esoteric tunes are posted here. Both were conceptualized and recorded using merely a low-tech TEAC 4-track cassette (long before sequencing and MIDI technology were in the mainstream).