Surviving the Undertow
Most of the songs here were recorded over the last couple of years, although some are older. The first 3 songs may not be worthy of being the first 3 songs, but I tend to go by the last-in first-out method. They just happened to be the last 3 songs I recorded. My brother Daniel gave me the picture of my 2 Golden Retrievers, Neptune and Cosmo, jumping out of the surf in Fort Morgan, Alabama. It made me think of all the times I'd felt the undertow pulling me out, and how I've always managed (like most people), to make it back. I thought it was a good metaphor for a lot of things in life that try to pull you away: 'that wave hit me like a frieght train flipped me round like a toy haven't felt so vulnerable since I was a little boy, got back up and went in the surf it's something I could never outgrow riding waves without a board surviving the undertow' Here's a few words from 'One Less Brain Cell...': 'Another day, another tension Chores I'm too bored to mention I wake up every day With one less brain cell, at attention' And from 'Shut Your Face': 'My little boys a teenager He get's smarter every day I just listen in awe At the magical things he'll say Shut your face! Shut your face!' And from 'Natural Disaster': 'The fire in your heart It burned me to the ground I handed you gasoline You went out and played around Today I'm gonna change You're not my cup of tea You're a natural disaster Who tried to wreck and raze me.' And from 'All I Wanted' (about my mom): 'All I wanted was another time To hear your voice on the other line Letting me know your love was true The biggest part of all I knew.' All songs written, performed, and recorded by Thomas Fagan in a cramped, messy room in Trussville, Al.