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Bumblefoot Week: Day 1 "Green"


06/30/2008
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(antiMusic) With a sound described as "The Sex Pistols meets Queen, with innovative guitar and a Zappa-esque twist" how could your interest not be sparked? We are talking about Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal who was thrust into the international spotlight a couple years ago when he joined Guns N' Roses and quickly won the fans over on their world tour. But that new gig hasn't changed Bubblefoot's DIY ethic as he continues to be a champion of the underground with his new self-released CD "Abnormal". That effort from the critically acclaimed rocker is available this week and we asked Bumblefoot to pick his favorite tracks from the album and tell us a bit about each one. He more than delivered! Here is Bumblefoot with today's song:

"Green": I hate all my f**king songs. It's not that I hate them, it's just that either I change and don't feel the personal connection anymore, or I've gone through such sh*t to make the song happen, that it's like re-living that time you had to pull a rusty hook out of your foot, and couldn't. Such a song is "Green". I wrote the song 10 years ago. What I mean is I heard the music, the melodies, the arrangement, the instrumentation, and the feeling I got from the song and the message of the words that needed to be written, in my head - just needed to get it out of my head and fill in the missing pieces. Had the music ready for the "Uncool" album I was writing for, but could not get the right words. Nothing said it like it needed to be said. I had to search. I searched for 4 years, sleeping each night with a notebook behind my head, and would sometimes wake up at 4am out of a deep sleep and write down a phrase. I finally had the words, depicting what I saw inside.

It took another 4 years before I was *ready* to sing them. I wasn't ready to take on the song, after all of that, it was too big a deal. What the f**k, it's just a song, right? And I'm no Beethoven. So what the Hell's the big deal? I don't know - once in a while a song rules you like that, and you have to be ready to take the leap, it'll destroy you if you act to soon. This was one of those songs. The other was a song called "Heart Attack," written around the same time as Green. That one only took four years to find lyrics for, then record. And it took dying and seeing the white light to get that one out.

green lyrics

I fell in love with a cold-hearted woman
She shivers in silence
Her heart beating snow
And everything I know she taught me
'Bout Winter with trembling words

I wrote a song and gave it to her
She left frozen footprints
And made it her own
Her lies were full of rhyme and the music
In my heart turned suddenly black

Blame it on love and pain, and all in between
On colored emotions, each deeper than green
It's all in my mind in a world only I see
Where I am the king, and everything I touch turns green.

We live in a world deep inside an icebox
Miles from the floodgates
Where nothing can grow
I tried to step from darkness
And all that I stand on was starting to crack

Blame it on love and pain, and all in between
On colored emotions, each deeper than green
It's all in my mind in a world only I see
Where I am the king, and everything I touch turns green.

It's all in my mind in a world only I see
Have I gone so blind to have dark without dreams?
I try to be kind but hatred becomes me
And I become sorrow and jade becomes grief

We're frozen inside while the world keeps on melting
We only survive 'cause death comes in 3
We're stopped on the edge just a sharp word from falling
Now I am the king, and everything I touch turns green.

Hearing is believing, so go here and grab a free MP3, learn more about Bumblefoot and the new album and buy 'Abnormal.' It's worth the price of admission!

Lyrics 2008 Neanderthal Noise Inc (ASCAP) reprinted with permission.



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