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Chapter 2 of the Umbrella Saga; "The Flower Gun". I am currently in the studio working on, hopefully a CD. This song is recorded at home however, but I think I have an interesting thread, new sounds, and with the addition of other people in the studio, I am really looking forward to it all. So, I am not going to have the download option available anymore, due to the fact that some of the songs may end up on my CD. I would very, very much like to hear your continued comments and suggestions however and hopefully you'll understand.
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The Flower Gun

A boy and a girl, and the rain has stopped in their valley of pearls.
They're always happy, children of this magnificent world.
In a long forgotten city they find a gun, a heavy Colt.
They don't know what it is, never seen a thing like it before.

They fly to a nearby park, which is filled with friends and wise old men.
White bearded thinkers walking slowly to impress their crowd.
One of them with round glasses resting on a large but friendly nose, he take a look at their newly found treasure -

and shakes his head around:

Hey! Put some flowers in that gun,
it belongs to the sun.
Hey! Let's load that gun:
with seeds for the sun!

So, the children loaded the gun with seeds, while vise men spoke of peace.
They buried it into the ground, watered it, sat down to watch it grow.
Somebody played the guitar, and a large woman played the lovely harp.
For nights and days, until one morning the first leaf left the pipe.

The, whatever it was, kept growing and growing, and soon there where no sight of the gun.
The ground laid pretty in its colors, and the children once again flew away.
The wise men stood proud and pleased and waived the children farewell...
As the wind grabbed the Umbrella, like the wings from under a spell.

Hey! Put some flowers in that gun,
it belongs to the sun.
Hey! Let's load that gun:
with seeds for the sun!

In a wood, thick as a book, they eat of fruits larger than their heads.
One child asked the other: "What's the purpose of that so called gun?"
"I do not know what it is, I have never heard of or seen a gun before. The vise men wanted it to bloom, that's it I guess; all we need to know..."
"Let's continue our journey, see, there's a road! Let's land on our feet, like wise men, because I think we know more than we know.
Soon, the image had vanished, and been replaced with other things they found.
An old book, a spoon of silver, a doll, and a magic flute made of wood.

Hey! Put some flowers in that gun,
it belongs to the sun.
Hey! Let's load that gun:
with seeds for the sun!

© M09

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Uploaded: Mar 05, 2009 - 08:29:25 PM
Last Updated: Mar 05, 2009 - 08:29:25 PM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 08:22:08 AM
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Comments
LunaTrick said 3209 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
Love the slow build up...
Mikki - you produce classy songs - and this is no exception. Fine work!
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mikkinylund said 3209 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Luna
Thanks, you're always welcome!
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sloparts said 3209 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
Very well done piece Mikki
Love the story and the way it ends. If only it could be so.

Love the music, especially the change on the chorus, that is a very cool change for sure.

Bravo and Kudos for doing this one Mikki it's just great.

Ed
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mikkinylund said 3209 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Ed
Thank you for your nice comments!
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Feter said 3209 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
The Flower Gun
Great song ..with rich singing vocal work ...the choir behind you
works so fine for the whole taste and feel of the song ...the blast
of the drums and all other trippy instruments set the song to the right
direction I was wishing ...this is terrific ..thnx a lot for sharing !!!!!
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mikkinylund said 3209 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Feter
The song still needs some work, but I am just testing it try it's water, so I thank you very much for taking the time to listen and to comment.
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TobinMueller said 3209 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Very cool flower power groove
Love the track once the groove (drums) kicks in. The intro is interesting, initially cool, but in my ears lasts a bit too long. I'd cut it in half. In the section following your chorus groove, your return to the cantor style is ok, but I had a hard to listening to the story cuz it wasn't vocally compelling enough. Maybe use more theatrical diction or melodic variation, or maybe speak some of it, or overdub a recorded solo, or something. And the third time you fallback into the cantor part, I thought it was one too many verses. I think this is a really cool concept, great potential and great start, but doesn't quite work for me and may be too long over all. (Consider how Donovan would've treated this.)

Have a great time in the studio. Best of luck with it all. The track sounds very good.
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mikkinylund said 3209 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Tobin
Thank you for your valuable comments. I tend to agree some, or even most parts aren't "there" yet. I had a few different variations of the song before posting this, less "empty" verses (i.e. more instruments), had completely different vocals (for example two different vocals playing, my own, one higher tone, one lower playing off one and each other). This was really difficult to get recorded in a good way, and would of course, have been very difficult to pull off live. I like the theatrical suggestion or melodic variation, although this opens up plenty of different potentials; it would also work well with the concept of the song. I also agree it may sound too long, because of its repetitiveness. I would want to keep the lyrics as is, either re-write to make them shorter but still still keep their essentials, or perhaps re-write the song and re-arrange not too feel so long (there are plenty of ways to cut it I believe). Again, your comments are very helpful indeed.

PS. Had one studio session which went very well, and are going back on Saturday again. I should bring the camera... :)
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TobinMueller said 3209 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Length
For me, the feeling of it being too long has everything to do with the verses, not the ending vamp. The ending has this cool Donovan feel, its the verses that, even tho they include the text that drives the story. Consider breaking the verses up into shorter sections (one stanza instead of two) and then using a shorter chorus for the first expression and then the same length chorus after that, in order to break up the verse. And then edit down the middle verse or figure out how to maybe convert that third verse into a bridge that shifts the tonal center and adds new life (and condenses the text). Just my ideas.
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lengold said 3206 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
Mikki - this
is just amazing. I will be first in line for your cd.
Cheers
Len

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jgurner said 3206 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
I like this version better
Nothing against the shorter version, but I like the scope of this one much more. It has a much broader narrative. You get so much better an idea of the story in this longer version. I personally don't mind the length. I can imagine just sitting back on a nice afternoon and just having this play on and on. It's very hypnotic and relaxing.

Maybe when you come back to it, if you decide to put some of the narrative back into it, you might try mixing in some of your higher register vocals into the second and third stanzas and see how that sounds.

This is definitely a sweeping take. Let it take as long as it needs to tell it.
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papag said 2433 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Shot by the flower gun
A dreamy sound-scape epic. You always surprise me with your music. Definitely my "new fav" by you.

I woulda if I coulda...downloaded :(
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