Your Guide

by @standup

Liner Notes

There was a big, weird monument in rural Georgia that I visited a few times over the years. Four 20' tall stones with a capstone overhead. It was a solar observatory, with a light that shone through a hole in the top to illuminate the day of the year, a hole that lit up on the solstice and equinox. A hole focused on Polaris, the pole star.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones

It was built in 1980 by anonymous donors. It was intended to last thousands of years. It was intended to help post-apocalyptic people.

On the stones were etched rules for living in 8 languages:
"Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason

Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
Unite humanity with a living new language.
Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
Balance personal rights with social duties.
Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
Be not a cancer on the Earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature."

Anyway. That's the background. But a candidate for governor of Georgia (she lost in the primary) declared the monument was "Satanic".

So some knucklehead detonated a bomb last week that destroyed one of the 4 stones. And Georgia officials demolished the rest because it was "unsafe".

I have warm memories of the Guidestones. So now it's a song.

It occured to me later this could have been served well with a simple voice and acoustic guitar arrangement. But that's not what I felt like doing!!!
#guidestones
#knuckleheads
#atmospheric
#rock

Lyrics

CHORUS
Let this be your guide
stones 20 feet high
Let this be your guide
Open up your eyes

Beauty, truth, and love
Harmony of the infinite
Balance with nature
Each and every minute

Leave room for nature
Always the balance
Be present in your life
Don’t find yourself absent

Passion, faith, tradition
Tempered with reason
Unite us all
through all the seasons

Avoid petty laws and useless officials



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@brisk

No, why go small elegiac when you can go BIG and elegiac? This is fantastic. Great story. The chorus is a nicely monumental piece of work too. I would love to hear what you did if you flipped it and wrote something heartfelt from the knucklehead's perspective; I bet you could.

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@jeff9

Great sonics here. Love the bass especially, but also some of that spangly guitar. Nice vocal performance, too on a nicely original lyric idea.

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Your song reflects hope to me. I like it, a lot.

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@tjeff

I read about this, we are in trouble. What beautiful guidestones those are. Excellent tune, well-produced, love the vocal. Reminiscent of R.E.M. to my ear. I enjoyed listening to this a lot!!

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@fuzzy

Gonna swear here;
What the fuck?!?
I loved that monument (tho I've never been there).
Satanic?!?
Maybe it's the Liner Notes, but this seems really melancholy to me.
I'm liking the interplay between the guitar lines.
Catchy chorus for sure.
I think that's backwards guitar?
Whatever it is, it's really holding my interest in the headphones.
Gosh, now I'm sad.
Great song, tho.

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what an amazing story and such a stupid outcome! However out came a really classy song, great in the phones with a real stereo effect!

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truly beautiful, both in sound and meaning. feels like something that might emerge if neil young jammed with pink floyd....but it doesnt sound like either of them. it is completely your own.

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@elesimo

Love those vocals, Eric! It's a beautiful and touching song... I really like the slow guitar that sounds like a bowed instrument, how did you do that?

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Cool backstory and Cool tune.
I dig the Spacey Reverby Guitar and your smooth plaintive Vocal.
Bass sounds great as well.
Nice vibe to this.
Spoken ending was a nice touch!

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Cool backstory, and a great way to commemorate it. I like the big sound you chose -- with lots of nuances to explore on repeated listens -- and the melody is really lovely.

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I really love the backstory and the wonderful way you distilled the lyrics into a concise message with and anthem feel. Love the syncopated percussion and the wonderful guitars. Great sound and thought provoking piece. Awesome!