Copyright © 2019 Karl Ward
Writing notes“When they kick at your front door / How you gonna come?”
“Guns of Brixton” is a Clash song, and not one of my favorites. I asked someone who has been to Noank/Mystic what she thought the guns of Noank would be, and she said, pretty straight, “I don’t know, heroin?” I had this little snippet of lyric that I had scribbled in my notebook: “I get high / I stop thinking about you / I get low / I stop thinking at all.” That, combined with the idea that someone might run right toward the most dangerous thing at hand, was where this song came from. “Guns of Brixton” is a tough guy pose, “When they kick at your front door / How you gonna come?” This song is more tough guy surrender, you know: bring it on, I don’t want any help, I know I’m going down and it’s gonna be ugly. “Visit Lovely Noank, CT.”
“All Shook Down” is a reference to the Replacements record, a band that maybe owned the tough guy surrender thing. But you knew that.
- Rhythm guitar: Les Paul -> Fender ‘65 Twin Reissue
- Lead guitar: Les Paul -> Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai -> Fender ‘65 Twin Reissue
- Bass: Squier Precision Bass -> Electro-Harmonix Black Finger -> Sovtek MIG-50