You Are Here: Track 2: Reason
With only 10 days to go before the release of You Are Here on July 1st 2019, we thought we would provide some background to the tracks featured on the album.
We’ve already looked at River elsewhere, which is already on digital release, so that leaves another 10 tracks. We’ll take a look at one each day, leading up to the release date. As you’ll already be aware if you’ve come this far, You Are Here is a concept album.
We don’t propose to explain the meaning of the songs here. We’d prefer to leave that to the listeners to determine. But we will be looking at how each track came to be.
So, today we are looking at track 2 - Reason.
Possibly the strangest song on the album.
Reason was one of the last songs to be written for the album, along with its sister song, Rhyme. They were very much written to follow a narrative and to complement each other.
It all started during a jamming session, as all the best songs seem to do. This time it was acoustic guitar, piano and bass. The chord sequence came first, and then the melody. It was much closer to how Rhyme sounds on the album. But we came up with the idea of the same song being sung by two different characters, written as if they are standing on the same spot, but in different eras.
We decided that they were both to be standing by a river bank, sensing a connection through the earth and through physical things around them, such as an eagle flying overhead. The characters feature across the album and these songs are the most literal point where they almost meet.
To write the songs, once the jam had produced a finalised melody and structure, we wrote the lyrics and recorded the lead vocals separately. Mark wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals on Reason, while Martin wrote and recorded the lead vocals on Rhyme. We didn’t know what each other had written until after the vocals had been recorded.
So, Reason was born from Rhyme. The intention was to make it arrhythmic, built around layers of swirling keyboards and a single vocal line that was recorded in one take. The melody that the vocal follows is the one that we created in the original jamming session, with the intention that the same melody would feature in Rhyme. However, they were slightly different when it came to the final recording.
Once Martin and Jeff had added some distinctly odd guitar and bass noises, this very simple recording was complete. Probably the easiest song on the album to write and record.
The wind and the waters command
Winged shadows move over the land
The heat on your skin during long summer days
The trail of your tears at the parting of ways
The ones that we try to protect
The lives that we try to perfect
The north will bring thunder and songs to our mouth
That sing to the memories of ghosts from the south
Stones by the water
Made smooth over years
Edges worn down
By the touch of their peers
We are the stones on the cold river bed
Our edges made smooth by the dreams in our head
The storm that our innocence took
The raindrops would turn to a brook
The brook would then flow into streams where we swam
The streams into rivers that burst through the dam
We are the raindrops, we are the flood
We are the seekers of life flesh and blood,
We are the dreamers who dreamt since our youth,
‘TIL faced with your great inescapable truth.