What Kind Of A World Do You Think This Is?

by @andygetch

Liner Notes

The #Vonnegut challenge I was assigned (from pg. 111 of 'Slapstick') the quote "What Kind Of A World Do You Think This Is?".
This challenge intrigued me as I have read maybe four Vonnegut books (likely will be reading more) and still have Player Piano, for which I am about due for a re-read perhaps to inspire more songs. These lyrics are a combination of recent dystopian behavior that I have observed and borrows from book summaries. I had a gig this morning so my voice had less than usual so I worked within that limitation.

#sorta_baritone_guitar tuned down a fourth to BEADF#B
Chords: E4(A4) - xo223o; A2(D2) - xx023o; Bsus4add#13(Esus4add#13) - 5ooo55; A2(D2*) - 3ooo33; Cadd9add13(Fadd9add13) - 1ooo11; B4(E4) - o222oo;

Lyrics

Verse 1
[E4(A4)] I have to profess
[A2(D2)] Trapped in my box
[E4(A4)] Growing weary of the rootlessness
[A2(D2)] The callous disregard for extended family on the rocks

Bridge 1
[Bsus4add#13(Esus4add#13)] How dare you suggest
Someone commit vandalism in jest
[A2(D2*)] On my sister's or cousins security
Next will you be attacking purity?
[Cadd9add13(Fadd9add13)] What kind of a world do you think this [B4(E4)] is?

Verse 2
[E4(A4)] Got my number 11
[A2(D2)] In search of others with the Oak middle name
[E4(A4)] From a tree in the street it was given
[A2(D2)] In a loneliness ending plan implementation

Bridge 2
[A2(D2*)] Hooray Daffodil-11 Swain
Release me from this pain
[Bsus4add#13(Esus4add#13)] As oil is running out
While my 200,000 extended family members shout
[A2(D2)] We are survivors
[E4(A4)] Lonesome no more
[Bsus4add#13(Esus4add#13)] How dare you imply
Someone run the risk to die
[A2(D2*)] In the midst of civilization's collapse
Holding on to these useless artifacts
[Cadd9add13(Fadd9add13)] What kind of a world do you think this [B4(E4)] is?



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Fine evocation of the mood of your protagonist. Like Kurt himself, your narrator is a prophet crying in the wilderness.

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Cool! You did a great job with the challenge. I feel like Vonnegut himself would have been flattered that his words inspired this piece. I love all of the Vonnegut language, spoken with wisdom and without admonishment.

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You have a good way with creating a dark mood infused with life in this one, Andy. The chords match well with the lyrics and present an ominous, yet, seemingly, hopeful future to the question being asked. I think @mikeskliar is right in saying that this song's "quirky in an engaging way." And @pfoo commenting it was "really cool" is on the mark, as is @nadine 's about "you're the man of weird tuned guitars and melancholic chords."

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this is striking and really quirky in an engaging way. The baritone and weird tuning adds to the whole atmosphere,, and that lyric is neatly elliptical.

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@pfoo

That was really cool. I have not read that book, so I just quickly read a summary. I think the vocals are perfect - I can imagine leaning forward to hear the performance in a run down factory turned art space as cousins and siblings chat about family news and peak oil. I don't speak guitar, so I'll just say I enjoyed what you played.

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your intonations against the odd guitar voicings are hypnotic and i was hoping a melody would not break out to ruin the spell. and it didnt. integrity won out over tradition,

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@sbs2018

I feel like I’m at a 60s coffee house - as seen in the movies - lol! This was quite interesting!

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@sheslin

The baritone guitar is so rich an deep! I really like the repetitive guitar lick. What a question - what kind of world do you think this is?! It deserved dystopian lyrics and dissonant chords. Very cool song.

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@nadine

Andy, you're the man of weird tuned guitars and melancholic chords. I love that sound. And I didn't know that you tune that F# instead of G. I never read Vonnegut, so I have no idea about the mood and style of his books. Your lyrics are very dark and reflective, which works well with the title.