CUT#4: "Tower"

"Tower"

TOWER
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This song has undergone more reincarnations than any other song on the album. My first recording of it was to 4-track back in the 70's. I re-recorded the basic tracks for a newer version on 8-track but never finished it. I recorded it again in 1983 after going 16-track. It is basically this version which is on the CD. My friend and former bandmate from "Goldrush", Mark Cheney, took my original arrangement and smoothed out the rough edges with his unique touch on guitars and bass. After I moved the studio and made the transition to 24-track, rather than starting ALL over again I bounced the 16-track master to 24-track and spread some of the crowded track assignments over to the extra tracks. Recently I did some of my original guitar tracks over, and added a few drum samples. I re cut the lead vocals, but left the original background vocal tracks from the 1983 session. I'm doing the first and last guitar solos, and "AxeMeister" Tony Hines takes the middle solo. The Hammond parts are courtesy of Scott Hardy. The intro to the song was added last, and has taken me the longest to compose. I wanted the listener to imagine themselves hurtling through space and catching snippets of radio transmissions broadcast from our planet. The intro segment totals more than 40 tracks mixed to stereo. I used ACID software to put together the intro. (Sorry, but the intro is not included on the above song edit.)

"Tower"
(Bob Ketchum)

Tower - I can hear you calling me,
Got you on my frequency;
I'm waiting for your light to bring me home.
Hours, they turn into days,
Might as well be years away;
And the future cannot tell me where to turn.
Tower, burning into the night,
The countless souls who seek your light,
Your message will dissolve their fear and fright.

(break)

Tower, can you hear me calling you,
Your beacon is an avenue,
Please bring me back to peace and sanity;
The power, to save me is within your grasp,
And all I ask is freedom from this pain that follows me.
Questions, coming into my mind,
I feel like I'm deaf and blind, when your light is off and I begin to fall.
Darkness, becomes reality,
My mind is foggy, I can hardly see,
My life is fading right before my eyes.
(whoah.yeah…..)

(break)

Drifting, through a sea of black,
And there's no turning back;
As the past is swallowed down into the hole.
Sifting, through my memories,
The pain and the pleasantries;
All fighting in my mind to be set free.
Free, as a bird in the morning sky.
Tower what's the reason why
You motivate my body to survive.

Bob Ketchum (drums, guitars, percussion, vocals & sampled effects)
Mark Cheney (guitars)
Scott Hardy (Hammond organ)
Tony Hines (guitar)
Susan Ketchum (background vocals)

Dime-A-Dozen Music (BMI) - 1983.

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