LYRICS: Tears flow like a waterfall, drown the pain in alcohol, there’s nothing left to fear at all, because there’s nothing left to feel at all, the cliffs will break my lengthy fall. Oh, here I come.
INTERPRETATION: “Dying is an art, like everything else… I do it exceptionally well.” ~Sylvia Plath
Waterfall is my minimalist variant of a murder ballad.
INSPIRATION: For all its moody melodrama, Waterfall was initially motivated by a tongue-in-cheek jest. While playing a solo gig some years ago, an audience member commented on how depressing my songs are. I responded by saying that I don’t intentionally set out to write sad songs, they just usually end up that way. The audience member then quipped, “Well then, I’d hate to hear how depressing your intentionally-written sad songs would be!” I laughed, & told the audience that I was now determined to write a song solely predicated on gratuitous sadness.
INSIGHT: Like many of Shadowlands’ more minimal compositions, Waterfall was tracked live with one room mic. Matt & I wanted something of a claustrophobic tone for this particular recording. We set the gain level a bit higher than usual, & positioned the mic up against the wall in close proximity to myself so that the slap-back reverb is naturally present (under the heavily saturated reverb from post production). Minimal chord voicings are again used throughout the song to underscore dissonance & dysphoria, which is most prevalent during the outro section.