Key Cm, Tempo 135, 3/4
A portion of these lyrics are from 1978 when I was 15 years old – the chorus, and the spoken intro about sisters, aunts, and mothers. It is clear that at that tender age, women scared the crap out of me and that I had a very limited understanding of them. Most of the women I knew were family – sisters, aunts, mothers and grandmothers. I also had massive crushes on female musicians especially Ann Wilson from the band Heart. I remember seeing the band at the Summit in Houston. My seats were in the upper balcony (all I could afford as a lowly pizza maker), and I told everyone who would listen that during the concert when the lovely Ms. Wilson appeared on stage, I would leap down from the balcony, gather her in my arms, and convince her I was the only man who could make her happy. She would, of course, agree, and we would leave the arena and travel to a pastoral paradise where we’d live happily ever after…yeah…
I wrote the section about daughters and wives in 2022, long after I had become a father and husband, and knew a little more about those types of women. The reason I wanted to record the original lyrics combined with the new verses was that I think they do show massive respect and administration for the power and mystery of women, something I truly experience every day…
Musically I wanted to try composing in 3/4 time, and using a key (Cm) I had never used before. To me this has an Eastern European, gypsy feel to it, and I imagined myself playing it at a camp under a full moon with the scent of a spicy goulasch swirling in the air. It was composed entirely in Logic, using the software instruments and loops Apple provides.
The image of the multiple women is courtesy of Franzidraws https://www.123rf.com/profile_franzidraws