This took a couple days. I have a massive cold, my voice is a croak. But I can manage a menacing whisper. So here it is.
I think the subject is basically teen angst and isolation.
A couple days ago I watched a video -- somebody posted a link to Sonic Youth playing on Letterman (1994), and I noticed Kim Gordon's bass line was pretty much 8th notes on the open E string. Sounded great. But they're Sonic Youth. But I thought I'd try something like that.
Bass is a ukulele bass played with a pick. The other main part is a modular synth melody with some weirdness and warble. I also recorded some sounds on a 10-second tape loop and dubbed that into the song. There's a reverb splash, a backwards chime (4 track tape makes that easy), and a synth bit. Those parts come and go. Vocals were recorded with a Copperphone mic that makes everything sound like a radio transmission from 1937.
Maybe I'll write you, maybe today
if I can think of a word to say
I guess my life got in the way
I forgot to get underway
I sat down, sat down tonight
but every word I wrote was trite
I know I told you a thing or two
maybe I got my head unscrewed
Our conversation was overdue
now I'm gonna write a letter to you
I know I said I'd write real soon
I can't seem to pick up the phone
I sit and stare all alone
there's a few things I want you to know
but instead of calling, I'm getting stoned
So many feelings I can't allow
I said some things I can't disavow
I didn't mean them anyhow
that was then and this is now
I don't know why I can't connect
all my words seem incorrect
maybe there's something that I lack
all the details, I'm losing track
more useless than usual is how I feel
all the flaws that I conceal