Deadlines

by @jtsteam

Liner Notes

This is a song about deadlines, so I called it Deadlines. I try to be creative as a hobby, which is nice when there's no pressure, so I'm always impressed by people who need to be creative to a schedule for a living. People producing daily comic strips, say, or TV and Radio scripts.

You might spot a Douglas Adams reference here, and the last verse is dedicated to the songwriters churning out the hits in the Brill Building.

With apologies and/or thanks to @burrsettles for the "driving the train while laying out the tracks" lyric.

I used my 8 string baritone #ukulele here, and overdubbed a tenor uke. Also an outing for my B9 organ pedal, which is my new favourite toy. I'm calling this #nerd_folk just for the use of the word "doomscrolling". #fuc

Lyrics

Doomscrolling through the morning news
Have a pot of coffee and a cheeky snooze
Gossiping about the match, who should have won,
Trying not to think about the work that's to be done

But there's pressure from the boss no time to waste,
He needs that report by end of day
Better have it on his desk by 5PM
Then come back tomorrow and do it all again

There's always a deadline, no time to relax,
Always a problem, always time to act
When they're driving the train while you're laying out the tracks
There's no end of the deadlines

Finish the script, I don't care how
The show is going out in half an hour
And when you're done, get cracking on the next
A broadcast every night, there's no time for a rest

There's always a deadline, no time to relax,
Enjoy the whooshing sound that it makes as it flies past,
When they're driving the train while you're laying out the tracks
There's no end of the deadlines

Look out, you're going to be late
Time is passing at its usual rate

We need another song before tonight
We're making a new hit, get on and write
So grab your notebook and tune your guitar
Get to your cupboard and make someone else a star

There's always a deadline, no time to relax,
Always more to write, always one more task,
When they're driving the train while you're laying out the tracks
There's no end of the deadlines
When they're driving the train while you're laying out the tracks
There's no end of the deadlines
No end of the deadlines



Fun song to listen to. Cool lyric and music, singing and playing. The harmonica came as a nice surprise. Very energetic and likable song.

Love: "Time is passing at its usual rate". Yeah, it has a habit of doing that. 😀

Sounds good over all.

Harmonica! I enjoyed the dual ukuleles. The quick strum was perfect for the pressure of deadlines. "Make someone else a star" made me think of many spotlight-hogging bosses. The words and melody and performance made a lovely package!

@kristi

That first line is cool: Doomscrolling through the morning news. I learned a new word there! Ha. I enjoyed this. Some fine lines and visuals: When they're driving the train while you're laying out the tracks. Very enjoyable music and vocal too.