Watson and the Shark (Pictures as an Imposition, part 1)

by Markleford Friedman, written and recorded June 24, 2014

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Given that I'm typically at a loss for compositional focus, I once got the idea that I should write a series of songs about famous paintings. For my first attempt here, written for the KVR June 2014 contest, I've chosen "Watson and the Shark" by John Singleton Copley (link to Wikipedia).


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Copley's work is... let's say, "remarkable". I'm not sure I exactly like it, but in person it's impressive. I've viewed the largest version of this piece (there are three) at the National Gallery, and it undeniably has a "presence", if only by merit of its size (at 7.5 feet wide).

But man... that shark. It's so easy to pick on! :)

Lyrics:

Havana, Cuba 1749
Subliminal penis harbor
That guy's gettin' eaten by a shark
But that artist has never seen a shark
That guy's gettin' eaten by a shark
But that artist has never seen a shark
(lips...)

Bald guy
Black guy
Hippie man
Hipster hat

"Scarves for everyone! Everyone!"
That guy's gettin' eaten by a shark
That artist has never seen a shark
That guy's gettin' eaten by a shark
John Copley had never seen a shark

That guy's gettin' eaten by a shark
That artist has never seen a shark
Albino bein' eaten by a shark
John Copley had never seen a shark
"Why is there a ginger in my crotch?"

Sharks don't have nostrils or lips
Copley should just stick to ships

(GINGER)
That guy's gettin' eaten by a shark
That artist has never seen a shark
Albino bein' eaten by a shark
John Copley had never seen a shark

That guy's gettin' eaten by a shark
That artist has never seen a shark
Albino bein' eaten by a shark
John Copley had never Never NEVER NEVER
Havana, Cuba 1749
Subliminal penis harbor

Gear: SONAR 8.5 (and bundled FX), GPO4, cheap mic, cheap guitar

Stolen inspiration: Copley, Mussorgsky, Mr. Bungle, They Might Be Giants, and my own "Bible Belt" from the KVR September 2006 contest.

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