Original Song: A Minute To Midnight

Month 98 of the original song-a-month project, and I’ve snuck this one in thanks mainly to the extra day in February!! I’ve been listening to a lot of hip-hop beats where there’s a more traditional rock style vocal over the top and that’s where this started. Given the rush to pull it together today I haven’t really nailed what I was after but you get the idea. Also fun to break out the Fender Bass VI for the first time in a long while!

A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT
©2020 Chuck Smeeton

The waiting drove me mad
But there was nothing I could do
No control over what came next
I just wish I knew

Can’t they tell what I’ve been through
Exhausted from the process
I said my piece, I made my case
Now on my own with all this stress

(Chorus)
It’s a minute to midnight
And I’m waiting for a sign
It’s a minute to midnight
Waiting for the deadline

It wasn’t easy, I must confess
Not a path I’d choose to take again
But progress isn’t easy
You need the pain to make the gain

It was certainly a strain
But you learn to live with it
Patience is a virtue
You can’t quit, you just submit

(Chorus)
It’s a minute to midnight
And I’m waiting for a sign
It’s a minute to midnight
Waiting for the deadline

(Bridge)
How do you measure time and keep your expectations in check
How do you cope with silence, how do you deal with fear
How do you take the next step when you’re not sure what to do
How do you pass the time while until you finally hear

(Chorus)
It’s a minute to midnight
And I’m waiting for a sign
It’s a minute to midnight
Waiting for the deadline

About the original songs
In January 2012 I commenced a goal of trying to write and record at least one song from scratch each month – sometimes it comes easily, sometimes it’s a real challenge, but I love the discipline it creates. I managed to complete the year, but it was so much fun that I’ve decided to keep it rolling for as long as I can.

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