Original Song: The Last Day

Month 55 in the song-a-month project sees a quick win (and the old punk in me emerging) – not sure if I’ve ever had a song ready so early in the month! The Last Day started as I was The last daysitting at a hospital and saw an old bloke sitting in the sun. He looked like he was an original digger and had seen a lot – 10 minutes later I had lyrics. That night I just grabbed a couple of chords and started mucking around. Now it does help that I’m listening to a lot of very raw garage punk at the moment, so I only needed a couple of chords to get rolling. 30 minutes later I was pretty much done: quick and dirty. Now I know I could have mixed this a bit better, but I’m kinda okay with the fact it was so quick and dirty. Oh, and very happy to have been able to play a one-note solo (I’ve always been a fan ever since hearing Neil Young’s Down By The River a million years ago!).

THE LAST DAY
© 2016 Chuck Smeeton

Ab          F#                 F (repeated throughout)
There’s a feeling in my bones
Tells me there’ll be more casualties
And the fight we’re going be taking on
Is going to bring us to our knees

Now we gotta build up our troops
Cos we’re gonna go over the wall
And there ain’t no room for heroes here
When the enemy takes a fall

(Chorus)
The last day to get ready
The last day to be free
The last day in the trenches
Cos there ain’t no referee

Fighting for the resistance
We’re fighting for the freedom team
And if you’ve got any more questions
I’ll only answer you with a scream

And when the day of judgement comes
We’ll find out which side you’re on
Cos we ain’t gonna take no prisoners
When we find out it’s just a con

(Chorus x2)
The last day to get ready
The last day to be free
The last day in the trenches
Cos there ain’t no referee

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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