Y13W25 How Much of Myself Must I Give?

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Y13W25 How Much of Myself Must I Give?

Post by jamestoffee » April 20th, 2015, 4:57 am

Y13W25 How Much of Myself Must I Give?

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God, I’m a decent ordinary guy
I go to church on Sundays and try to do what’s right
But You say You want all my time

Chorus
How much of myself must I give?
How much of myself must I give?
How much of myself must I give?
How much of myself?

God, like a decent ordinary egg
I don’t want to be a bird, but I want to fly someday
So I stay safe in my shell

chorus

God, You’re asking for what’s mine
If you take everything, I have nowhere left to hide
But You say even Jesus died

chorus

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Re: Y13W25 How Much of Myself Must I Give?

Post by Vic Lewis VL » April 21st, 2015, 5:07 am

Seems to me you've given an awful lot of yourself to the SSG, James...

Reading through the lyrics, I was wondering what you were going to come up with musically - I was thinking, solo acoustic guitar and a tambourine. Might be a nice idea to throw a tambourine in at the first chorus, one beat to the bar, then two beats to the bar for the second verse, then 4 beats at the end to instill a sense of urgency...

Lyrically, can't find fault...especially like the second verse, with the contrast between being a good egg and staying in one's shell.

As always, nice work.

:D :D :D

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Re: Y13W25 How Much of Myself Must I Give?

Post by John Sargent » April 21st, 2015, 8:19 am

The song file won't open so I'm just going on the lyrics. I'm not following the story line at this point. I'm sure that once I hear it, everything will be clear

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Re: Y13W25 How Much of Myself Must I Give?

Post by Hobson » April 21st, 2015, 9:21 am

I got an error message too when I went to the Soundclick site.

I thought I understood the theme as a religious calling of some kind. But I don't get the part about "nowhere left to hide."
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Re: Y13W25 How Much of Myself Must I Give?

Post by jamestoffee » April 21st, 2015, 3:04 pm

I try reloading the song. Hopefully it's working now.

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Re: Y13W25 How Much of Myself Must I Give?

Post by John Sargent » April 21st, 2015, 3:26 pm

It's working now. Good rocking song. I hear the Jamesettes doing background vocals. I don't understand the theology but I'll accept that you do.

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Re: Y13W25 How Much of Myself Must I Give?

Post by jamestoffee » April 22nd, 2015, 3:04 am

Hi Vic,
Vic Lewis VL wrote:Might be a nice idea to throw a tambourine
I couldn't get a tambourine to work out, so I put in a drum loop to play around with it....no worries, though, still a sketch recording.

Hi John,
John Sargent wrote:It's working now.
Thanks for the confirmation.
John Sargent wrote: I hear the Jamesettes doing background vocals.
:lol: Yes, always nice to have those multiple personalities to put a ditty together. :wink:
John Sargent wrote:I don't understand the theology but I'll accept that you do.
Thanks, John. :wink:


Hi Renee,
Hobson wrote:I thought I understood the theme as a religious calling of some kind. But I don't get the part about "nowhere left to hide."
The idea is we hide parts of who we are from others and God.

So the idea is similar to marriage. God (the singee) want total commitment. The singer wants the marriage but still wants to also live like a bachelor, or have extra marital relationships.

Not the clearest analogy, but kind of the idea.

There's a better explanation from the source of inspiration for the lyrics in a book by C.S. Lewis called Mere Christianity.

Thanks, all, for the listens and posts :D

James

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