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Tooth Under The Pillow

Making a Song | Projects

  • Everywhere you go, everyplace your in, music is playing. The music may be in your car, it may be in an elevator, or maybe inside a restaurant bathroom. Music soothes people. Some like to listen to music for entertainment while others use it to study better. In the car, people put on the radio to keep them focused, awake, and to break the awkward silence of driving or being in a car. However, when listening to the music, do you focus on the lyrics the notes, the background singers. What about how the song was created, or how much time it takes to make a song. Most people assume that all musical artists are so talented and create the best music. But in reality, many are only good singers. Other people create the lyrics and the songs, with the recording artist getting the credit. In this studio, we were given the task of learning how to write songs, as well as learning how much time and effort must be put in the process.

    Our song features a very realistic topic that everyone in life has problems: wasting time. Everyone in life at some point has regretted or will regret a decision they have made. People can regret leaving a person, doing a bad thing like stealing, or the most common form, waiting too long to make a decision. The lyrics of our song highlight the rapid passage of time when growing up. We need to make decisions promptly and not ponder over the small petty decisions in life.  Also, our song highlights the point that death is inevitable and that although we can't escape it, we can make the most out of our lives before death outruns us. 

    Below are our lyrics to our song. It follows a simple A, B, A, B song format with a rapped/spoken verse and a sung chorus. We spent a good deal of time brainstorming the ideas for the song, after which Jack moved to the stairwell to compile the ideas into the final song. Then we worked as a team to lay down the tracks using garage band and finally, Jack sang/recorded the lyrics which we mixed with the music for the final recording.


    Ticking away the moments that make up day,                                 

    Wasting all my hours in a careless way,

    Waiting for someone or something to show me a route,

    A hand to lead me and show me a way out,

     

    Tired of watching people come and go,

    I think my life is long and there is time to throw,

    And then a day later ten years have progressed,

    Procrastination has officially made me depressed,

     

    I look up to the sky to find my way,

    What the hell I’m supposed to say,

    I missed my chance, I missed my shot, 

    I’ve lost everything, now hope’s all that I’ve got,

     

    One more tooth under the pillow,

    Another pencil mark on the wall,

    You don’t realize all the things you had,

    Until you lost them all,

     

    And the day you found out, 

    That they expected more from you,

    That's the day you realized that,

    You finally grew,

     

    Wanted to talk about the problems,

    Wanted to understand the joke, 

    You didn’t take the time to think,

    That you were letting something go, 

     

    All humans are mortal no matter what myths say,

    We want to live forever every single day,

    Don’t want to miss a moment or even a beat,

    Cause we know that our present will never repeat,

     

    And when it comes to the end and we take our last breath,

    Do we want to fight to the finish even in death,

    Do we want to make it better or leave it the same,

    Knowing all that we did was done in vain,

     

    All the things in this world that will go left unsaid,

    Do we want to keep on going or quit while ahead,

    Do we wanna show the people that we truly care,

    Or do we wanna leave this Earth brutal and bare,

     

    One more tooth under the pillow,

    Another pencil mark on the wall,

    You don’t realize all the things you had,

    Until you lost them all,

     

    And the day you found out, 

    That they expected more from you,

    That's the day you realized that,

    You finally grew,

     

    Wanted to talk about the problems,

    Wanted to understand the joke, 

    You didn’t take the time to think,

    That you were letting something go.