Why It Kills Us To Compromise

from This Perfect Day by Bill Gable

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about

Steve Rodby and I cut this track as a duo, acoustic guitar with acoustic bass. All of the vocals and percussion tracks were overdubbed later, as was my accordion part. This basic track was cut in the big Westlake Studio D room in LA, later made famous for being where the Thriller album was recorded. For some reason, Steve and I were set up in iso rooms where we couldn't see each other, but it really didn't seem to hinder us at all. For years I have played this cheap Giannini guitar from Brazil, which I bought for $175 and used on this song.

On this day, I remember that, of all the mics in the studio, a simple SM57 sounded the best, so we used it. Steve consented to my recording him with a transducer on the head of the bass, a technique I began toying with during the recording of "There Were Signs" and still use. A touch of this signal was then mixed with his pickup and a vintage Neumann 67 tube mic in the final mix to add grit to the edge of his tone. We had a lot of fun working on this project. We drank a lot of espresso and mate. Alex Acuna came in at the very end to overdub cajon, back when the instrument was still primarily used in Peru.

lyrics

there was no word of warning
it hit him one morning
he was still in the prime of his life
he took to his bed
with a terrible feeling
while the doctors were rushed to his side
some kind of voodoo curse
some dark aboriginal spell
too malignant to ever reverse
too abstract for the power of science to quell
they huddled around him
with pills and prescriptions
they filled up his head with advice
but they left him no cure
for the things he was seeing
that kept him awake every night

there isn’t a medicine made
to put back the fire in your eyes
nobody knows why it kills us to compromise

is it chemical, spiritual
emotional, material
the dye that we use on our hair
the creamer in coffee
that lowers our resistance
to something unseen in the air
how can the soul stand up
subjected to all this disease
from the day we drop dead on the street
to the prickly rash we develop
on the soles of our feet
no talking in tongues
no laying on of hands
no soaking the body in ice
can ever replenish
the vitamins lacking
that keeps us on edge all our lives

there isn’t a medicine made
to put back the fire in your eyes
nobody knows why it kills us to compromise

credits

from This Perfect Day, released December 8, 2003
Bill Gable: guitar, synths, accordion and vocals
Steve Rodby: acoustic bass
Alex Acuna: cajon
Lenny Castro: caxixi and triangle

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Bill Gable Los Angeles, California

BILL GABLE is an uncompromisingly original American singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist whose music spans the boundaries between pop, jazz and world music.

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