From the recordings Onion (Pulling Back The Layers) and Onion

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Onion (Pulling Back the Layers)
I wrote two years ago that my next album was going to be called “Onion”. I just had it in my head that this is what I’d be working on next. The album was always going to be ‘Onion’, the metaphor being the layers of personality within a person that you have to strip back before you find the absolute heart.
This particular song started out as an experiment. I wanted a title track that was a bit different and facilitated the spirit of my sonic investigation! I decided that I would use multiple guitars and play just variations of the D chord (some in open D tunings etc). Because I knew the song was going be called ‘Onion’ I built it up track by track until all the elements were present.
It was originally an instrumental, the aim was a noise collage, with elements of dissonance (oooh, I like me a bit of dissonance!) to catch the ear. I was playing back the track and I started to do the “oh ohhs” into the mic. Then the words I use here came out of my gob and I thought, ok that’s finished.
Because there are a couple of dozen tracks in the song it took FOREVER to mix. I’ve spent more time on this song than probably any other (‘Pretty Monster’ excepted). During one Sunday of mixing my daughter Amy, who was home for the weekend, passed the open door and I called her in and asked her to hum some sounds that were now in my head. Fifteen minutes later she’d put down a very quick and unexpected vocal improvement to the track (thanks Amy!). See what happens when you pass an open door?
After building up all the tracks I then proceeded to strip them away as the song concluded, the literal pulling back the layers of the onion.
 

Lyrics

Onion (Pulling Back the Layers)
(words & music ©  C.Carry 2016)
White outside, night outside.
Quiet outside, light outside
Pulling back the layers
Smash shit up
Be on time, don’t be late
Traffic jam, a sapphires weight
Pulling back the layers
Smash shit up
Pulling back the layers