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Fire and Forget

from Chines by Ian Evans

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For this song, I challenged myself to write something on a ukulele that wouldn't sound jolly. Is it possible to get some darkness out of a ukulele?

Although it's not a song you'd choose as a big single, there's something about this I really like. (I can imagine a break in a music hall performance and someone playing it alone to a hushed room).

Usually the idea of nonsense lyrics makes my skin crawl - The whole point of lyrics is to express things you care about. "Nonsense" lyrics are like not *investing* in them properly! Not caring! Yuck.... But, for this song I had a rare case of wanting it to stay mysterious, like a dream. The music felt undefined, so I just chose phrases that felt as if they *could* be important. Something's coming through...

Why's it called Fire and Forget? I know it's a phrase from a James Bond film and it was also on a toy box I saw 35 years ago, but that's not especially relevant. It's just a heavy phrase.

After I wrote this song it kept nagging at me that it wanted to be something else. I wrote a new song with some of the same chords and got a different song, called Caryatid. That's one of the best things I've written, so I hope you'll hear it soon.


If I could make another big din
A sideways out
And if I could win
I’d fall
In awe
Of golden

If I could fight another big thing
A sideways out
And if I could sin
I’d fall
In awe
Of golden

If I "cold doored"
Anything in her was in
The top floor pudding was never not ringed
And all…
It’s as you might say
As you might say
As you knights say

So long over board


from Chines, released October 19, 2019


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Pop/experimental/rock musician and songwriter from London

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