Swashbuckle Guitarist Commodore RedRum Discusses The Band's Lyrics
Swashbuckle guitarist Commodore RedRum has posted a break down of the band's lyrics via the Bald Freak Blog. An excerpt from his post follows:
Top of the eve to ye all. It's RedRum here from Swashbuckle, with a lyrical treat for all you boys and girls who care about words, and the poetic combinations thereof. I've been strong armed by the good people at Bald Freak Music to contribute more to this blog in the way of a personable, heartfelt, exposé of sorts. Something "to help fans get a bit more intimate with the band", I was told. My tricorn hat is off to anybody who wants to get more "intimate" with us. In any case, I racked my brain for days trying to come up with something that wasn't available elsewhere. So here's an in-depth look into the lyrics for every song with written word on our debut record, Crewed by the Damned (released on Bald Freak). I'll follow this up in a few weeks with a post in the same fashion regarding our second record, Back to the Noose, which was so kindly perpetuated by the mighty Nuclear Blast Records. Finally, I'll conclude this little miniseries with a guided look at the songs on our upcoming third release, Crime Always Pays (also to be released on Nuclear Blast Records). So without further adieu, I give you the track by track conceptual ramblings on Crewed by the Damned:
Welcome Aboard: “Welcome Aboard” was the first set of lyrics ever written for Swashbuckle. I remember the evening vividly - Admiral Nobeard and I brainstorming song titles for the freshly birthed pirate project. Nobeard immediately pulled out the quatrain "Taking to the sails at dawn / Ravage the seven seas / Yo Ho, Yo Ho / This pirate’s life for me" and the tom foolery kick started instantly. The rest of the song is mostly my prose, and to be honest, it is so far from impressive that it hurts. I pretty much tried to throw in every pirate cliché imaginable, assuming that the band would not grow to anything more than just a basement-recorded Myspace joke. One of the most memorable lines for me on this record is the last bit of this tune: "In a world of map-drawn lines / True paradise yet defined".
Drink Up: “Drink Up” is a mainstay in Swashbuckle's live show. In the past five years I think we've played maybe two shows without it appearing in the set list. If memory serves me right, this was the second set of lyrics I came up with, and it’s definitely some of the strongest I've ever penned. The simple yet eloquent epicness of it all really sets it apart from other songs. I'm such a sucker for Ensiferum and other folky battle metal bands and I (consciously or subconsciously) channeled that sort of shit. The song roughly details a night of thorough rum soaked debauchery followed by a mighty battle. What more could you ask for?
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Source: Bald Freak Blog
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