THE STING

I N S P I R A T I O N


I got ideas for words for this song whilst on holiday in Provence a few years ago. It took a while for the tune to evolve, although I always had a notion for which way I wanted it to go. I play it in the key of A using DADGAD tuning (capo 2). You can hear the song on Soundcloud.


The Sting

He only thinks of what he needs when packing up his case,

To maximise frugality, economise on space.

It leaves him with a bundle, which as far as he can tell,

Accommodates his every need to serve him very well.

In terms of punctuation there are many "I"s to dot,

But he knows that he can cope with all the things he hasn't got.

Chorus

He tends to look the other way when she begins to pack.

He knows she won't give in to have the things, which she might lack.

Cosmetically she's covered, with a little more in case,

She needs to rearrange her attributes or organise her face.

She doesn't do half measures. She wants to take the lot.

But he knows that he can cope with all the things he hasn’t got!

 

He struggles with her logic. She fiddles with her hair.

Any talk of compromise is just a waste of air.

He paces up and down a while and then he wrings his hands.

He knows he needs to find a way to meet all her demands.

Inwardly he mutters that he thinks she's lost the plot,

But he knows that he can cope with all the things he hasn't got.

 

He tries to think of other things, pretend he doesn't care.

He rolls his eyes and then he shrugs his shoulders in despair,

But there is a resolution as there's one thing they both know,

She will carry his case when it’s time for them to go.

It’s small enough to handle. It doesn’t weigh a jot,

And she knows that she can cope with all the things he hasn’t got!


Paul J Openshaw 2008

© Paul J Openshaw 2012