Sword Holder and Banker's Town

Sword Holder

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This is my most ambitious song yet in my Song A Week run which is why it is coming to you a week late. The theme was ‘Minor’ as in minor key. I thought this would be in my wheelhouse as I am always writing gloomy songs but my mind went blank. After a few failed attempts I finally wrote the song. Then I started listening to some music to base my arrangement off of and picked something way to complicated. There are so many things going on in this song and perhaps not all of them good. Things I liked about this one was going nuts on the guitar at the end and the last pre-chorus. This is probably one of the hardest rock songs I’ve done.

The lyrics are inspired by a concept known as the “sword holder” from the great book Death’s End by Cixin Liu. It is very similar to the Cold War Era Dead Man’s Switch that the USSR was said to have.

I’ll put the lyrics at the end of the post if you like to read them.

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Banker’s Town

The theme for this week’s song was Major and I tried to keep it simple. Acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals are all that are on this track. The timing at parts is a little sloppy but I gotta keep moving on. I was particularly happy how the harmonies turned out on this one.

Now this one is about Wilmington and all the banks we have here. I think the song and lyrics can speak for themselves on this one.

Lyrics - Sword Holder

So deep underground
How can I hold this up
Hope you forget I’m here
A switch with rust

Who will be the bullet your gun
Who will be the pin in your grenade
Stop the blade above our head
Hold the Damocles weight

I am the sword holder
The one who had to hold her
So the world wouldn’t fall apart
The dead man’s switch
The one she could lean against
Threaten fights she didn’t want to start

Paint faults equally
Everything is gray
He is the strong man
While I’m judgement day

Who will be the bullet your gun
Who will be the pin in your grenade
Stop the blade above our head
Hold the Damocles weight

Who will go ballistic for your heart
Who will love you till the end of days
Stop the blade above our head
Hold the Damocles weight


Lyrics - Banker’s Town

Two people died in a shooting last night
We don’t talk about it under the Barclay’s sign
A lot of money in this town but it’s just passing through
To a hedge fund in Manhattan where it can be put to use

Bankers Town Money gets tight
Bankers Town Fuse ready to light
Nothing is gonna change if we keep waiting on the daylight
Bankers Town Can’t afford not to fight

Standing on the corner of Market and Second
Homeless man to my left sleeping on the pavement
Traffic is a mess but runs smooth for drugs and girls
Laundromat for money where good and bad swirls

Bankers Town Where money gets clean
Bankers Town Full of plausible deniability
Nothing is gonna change if we keep waiting on the daylight
Bankers Town Can’t afford not to fight

No one stays here long They either leave or die trying
Head out to the suburbs Where white birds keep flying
Talk about the way things are how it needs to change
Donate to politicians who keep bankers town the same

Bankers Town Money gets tight
Bankers Town Fuse ready to light
Nothing is gonna change if we keep waiting on the daylight
Bankers Town Can’t afford not to fight