New Music Monday – My version of Richard Thompson’s “Wall of Death”

Hell yeah…it’s New Music Monday! Before I get to this week’s song, big news. My first single (the title track) from my album ‘Do You Dream At All?’ is released next Monday. There’s going to be a video to go along with it and next Monday – for one day only – it’s going to be available as a free download. I hope you’ll come back next week and check it out!

This week, it’s back to a more obscure song. This song was written by Richard Thompson, but it was the REM version of it that I name-checked in this post as the final straw that drove my character to quit his job and head to New York. This is ‘Wall of Death’:


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Wall of Death

Let me ride on the Wall of Death one more time
Let me ride on the Wall of Death one more time
You can waste your time on the other rides
This is the nearest to being alive
Oh let me take my chances on the Wall of Death

You can go with the crazy people in the Crooked House
You can fly away on the Rocket or spin in the Mouse
The Tunnel of Love might amuse you
Noah’s Ark might confuse you
But let me take my chances on the Wall of Death

On the Wall of Death all the world is far from me
On the Wall of Death it’s the nearest to being free

Well you’re going nowhere when you ride on the carousel
And maybe you’re strong but what’s the good of ringing a bell
The switchback will make you crazy; beware of the bearded lady
Oh let me take my chances on the Wall of Death

Well you’re going nowhere when you ride on the carousel
And maybe you’re strong but what’s the good of ringing a bell
The switchback will make you crazy; beware of the bearded lady
Oh let me take my chances
Let me take my chances
Oh let me take my chances on the Wall of Death

Music & lyrics by Richard Thompson

 

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5 comments on “New Music Monday – My version of Richard Thompson’s “Wall of Death”

  1. Cliona says:

    Nice one Derek, and great back story to it too. :-)

  2. jamhenry says:

    I loved this Derek. Great song and great vocals. I joined in! I love REM and fairground rides too so it’s a win win for me. :)

  3. lizamartz says:

    Love this one, Derek! I swear, you just keep getting better!

  4. Susan Condon says:

    Only getting to take a listen now – and brilliant – worth the wait! Best of luck with the single on Monday – will have to check out the video, ‘cos lucky me, I already have the CD :o)

  5. Amy Eyrie says:

    Great song… I love the idea that your characters are influenced by music.

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