I was showing my mom my previous song (Egypt) late last night and relating the Bible story that somewhat inspired it. I mentioned a different verse that wasn't part of that story but that had been on my mind and she automatically assumed it would come up. When it didn't she asked me about it, and I agreed it needed to be a song.
It's at the very end of Genesis. Joseph was about to die at 110 years old but makes his brothers swear that they will carry his bones to the promised land. That really struck me.
I planned to record a big banger of a rock song tonight but after three big anthems in a row I felt it might be nice to strip it down and do something acoustic. I wrote out the lyric in about an hour and plunked out a melody on the old Yamaha before returning to the home studio to record it. I left the click off for this one but made sure it fit to one before finishing the writing, in case I want to do a bigger version later.
I added a little pad and midi cello-ish sound behind it and continued the use of The Giant piano patch and the WA-47 for vocals. Live in one-take.
I think it hits the weekly challenge as well. For the album, this would probably go later in the track order, either remaining acoustic or put to a click track with some very light instrumentation.
CARRY MY BONES
We are just sojourners here
Born of the dust, but not for the nomad ways
Children of a heritage of trustworthiness
We are just wayward pioneers
Born into blood, but not of the ancient ways
Kings with a kingdom undiscovered yet
We settled down in the valley of our weakness
We settled for safety over legacy
But this is not the end
Carry my bones back
To the land of the promise
And I know that I'll see the light
Carry my bones back
To the land of the living
And the home that is already mine
We are just the strangers here
Born of a love, but not for the Gypsy ways
People of a calling still unawakened yet
Where I belong
To the place where my heart longs