Singled Out: Ragdoll's Tell Me
"Tell Me" just happened one day while I was noodling mindlessly on my guitar. The riff came out of the blue and sat under my fingers nicely, but it was really nothing more than a nice riff for a long time. I remember jamming it for the first time and putting together the music in one rehearsal with a huge goofy grin, because the song was so fun to play. Lyrics and melodies? Who needs them?!
I wrote the lyrics with Ryan in his garage while he smoked a joint and we wrote down made as many wise cracks and double éntendres as possible. Rock'n'roll right? A large part of the way we write lyrics revolves around layering double and triple meanings into songs, and "Tell Me" was the first one we feel we really nailed. If it reinforces your world view, it's really questioning it and vice versa!
Ryan actually rewrote the bridge on the spot in the studio, and I still remember getting a chill when I heard him sing it. It's like the spirit of Ronnie James Dio crept up inside of him and possessed him, I'm still in awe. Everything else about recording the instruments was so fun, from Cam nailing his drum take within a few passes and totally edit free to recording the guitars in a tiny room in my basement and getting inspired to create the signature Ragdoll layered guitar sounds with our producer Troy.
"Tell Me " was the perfect song to write for us and we still love playing it and vibing off people who like the song. While it's a scathing critique of the spiritual hypocrisy in our world, it's creation was nothing but a joy. But then again, ask yourself after reading this; "why should I believe you? "
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album and grab their current North American tour dates right here!