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1 January 2011

Lover or Loser?


This song came to life with the only intent on forcing Fabio Benni from Le Man Avec Les Lunettes to starr in a duo having the two of us pretending to be Paul McCarteny and David Bowie in a song that never were. Just imagine the potential of such a unbelievable improbable combo, and the fun in writing and singing the song. I wrote and finished the song, Fabio didn't find the time to work on the song, and I found myself singin' the two parts.

"Road to Fairies" is such a great and loved song, but nothing really changed that much from the EP version and its sounds were a bit too distant from the indie-rock of the last works, so I decided that "Lover / Loser" would have repleaced it on the new album "Febrero".

When I started to write the song the tune was simply called "Abe", a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, born February the 2nd. Then things started to morph and the first draft became just a simple sketch before the main song, a sort of little feature indeed. An opening number in a very McCartian style.

This was the first version of the lyrics:

"Abe, be ace
you California Rambler
guess it's not to late
to hit L.A.
Dixieland
it's coming into fashion
on a street parade
across the States


Cross the greatest crisis
on your civil walk
to preserve our union
we divide'em all
Guessed we failed on loving
often absent friends
We were seeking power
to enlight our fate


'CAUSE THIS
ISN'T JUST LUXURY
GUESS WE'RE BOTH SMARTER THAN THAT

Oh my!
WE'RE MOVING UTTERLY
ON YOUNG AMERICAN TRACKS


'CAUSE THIS
ISN'T JUST THUGGERY
GUESS IT'S MORE CRUEL THAN THAT

We Crashed
cought in a robbery
Caught by a valuable friend

'CAUSE THIS
ISN'T JUST LUXURY....


it's your chance
my dear fellowmen
no goverment plan
will stop our defence

Live and learn
stand up like a man
we're gonna go far
to fullfill our race"

Then I was hit by the "Lover / Loser" stuff. Isn't it strange out a single letter can change the whole meaning of a word? I started to work on that new version that came to be the one you'll hear on Febrerto. Here's the lyrcs:

"Abe, be ace
you California Rambler
guess it's not to late,
to take your chance
and hit L.A.
Di-xieland
it's coming into fashion
on a street parade
dear fellowmen
we'll take the States

Lover
or loser
you got to decide
to take it
or leave her
apart from your life

hate her
or call her
should not be a crime
save her
or kill her
and hide for a while

sex-obsessed
do you feel forlorn
hustling on your friends
When you're showing such a mess

Are you tired of all those dead-ends
in the book of love
When things do starts in uppercase
it's so clear to understand

that Lover
or loser
it's you to decide
to love her
or leave her
apart from your heart

hate her
or call her
cannnot be a crime
save her
or kill her
and hide for a while

They'll come on strong and quickly starts to crawl...
I don't wanna know where were you not at all
THere's no control on flaws and jelous thoughts
It's equality whatever should go wrong

Troubles are a risky part of life
No one should give up without a try
Can't deny that something's going wrong
and the only way to win is to hold on
Please call"

Enjoy + Have a exciting new year :)

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