From the recording The Glittering Prize

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The Glittering Prize

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Written as a sketch in 2016 around the time of the "Make Us Happy" album recordings. the idea was left incomplete until February this year, when I decided to play around with the song. Featuring the wonderful talents of Javier Forero (cajon) and Paul Walker (clarinet) it's turned out rather differently than the original - but fun, and I hope you like it!

Lyrics

THE GLITTERING PRIZE

I used to run around thinking I was funny
talking out the back of my head
I was young, oh so young
I used to think that I was better than most
and if you only did what I said
you’d get things done - I got things done

I always knew I could compete with the best
all I had to do was try
look out world - are you ready to take my style?
but everything I ever wanted to be
was wrapped up in a glittering prize
look at me now - been standing here a while

I was born to be wilderment’s captain
I was born to be chaos theory‘s muse
I was born to be beguiled and uncertain
It’s no surprise that I was born to be confused

I used to think that it was clever to be smart
When I was showing off my cranium
what a fool, such a fool
but now I know that it’s smarter to be dumb
and the clever guys are keeping schtum
that’s the rule, as a rule

and if you want it here’s a word to the wise
don’t believe a thing I say
I’m full of contradictions and contrapuntal points of view
and every clever song you thought that I wrote
is just a load of words on play
look at me now, still rhyming them with you

I was born to be wilderment’s captain
I was born to be chaos theory‘s muse
I was born to be beguiled and uncertain
It’s no surprise that I was born to be confused

© 2021 Simon Scardanelli / Musica Scardanelli