Friday, September 24, 2010

MURMUR: LAUGHING

Who is Laocoon and who are her two sons?  Well, first off, Laocoon in ancient Greece was a dude.  Why has Stipe cast him as a woman?  No telling, but perhaps he has not.  This might be just a possession change to show that Laocoon's sons were more closely associated with their mother.  They were also said to be cursed because they were beget on holy ground.  During the Trojan wars, the sons were taken by sea snakes as a punishment to Laocoon by poseidon (trident move... ).  There is also a relatively famous sculpture of this event called Laocoon and His Sons.
Okay, that's settled.  Now what is a lanky room?  Well, it would be a tall narrow room.  Not sure where this phrase originated but with everything else in the Stipe universe it is definitely original.  In listening to this song in real time and slowed down there are some distinct differences. The "is you" at the end of the verses is clear as day when slowed down, but sped up sounds more like and you ... not sure if this is because some instruments stripped away when slower help reveal the 's' sound or not. Also, "I've sailed it for you" is super clear when stripped and slowed down, but sped up sounds like "a slated view." I prefer the sailing reference for now, but hey, mumble away ...

LAUGHING
Laocoon and her two sons
Pressured stone, I've trident move
No other more emotion bound
Martyr misconstrued

Lighted (Ahh)
In a room
Lanky room

Lighted, lighted, laughing is you
Lighted, lighted, laughing …

Laocoon and her two sons
Run the gamut, I've sailed it for you
Northern more emotion bound
Martyr misconstrued

Lighted (Ahh)
In a room
Lanky room

Lighted, lighted, laughing is you
Lighted, lighted, laughing …

In a room, lock the door, lets the room.
Lighted, lighted, laughing …

Laocoon and her two sons
Ran the gamut, I've settled new
Under place, fit to laugh
Lock the doors, lets the room

Lighted (Ahh)
In a room
Lanky room

Lighted, lighted, laughing and you
Lighted, lighted, laughing in tune
Lighted, lighted, laughing and you lose
Lighted, lighted, laughing and fools


Everything on this song fell into place when after hitting the C#m chord along with the song and picking the chord, the picking sounded off.  Then I threw my pinkie up to the 7th fret on the high E string and voila.  So, hit the regular chord and then pick with the pinkie on the 7th fret.  This is also used in the bridge to the chorus, simply hammer the pinkie a couple of times as noted.
The bridge to the verse technically goes to the chorus first, but who is counting?  There is some doodling on the C#m variation, but the key is the hammer on the E chord.  Play along with the song and you'll hear it.
The bass intro is an approximation, but if you just hammer it out, it sounds cool if you have no bass player.

LAUGHING
Bass Intro for guitar:
e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------7-9-9-9-9-9-9---------|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4--4-4----7-7---------------7-------|
E|----------4-------4-7-7------------------------|

Verse:
C#m-C#m(add e)-E
e|-4--7--7-------------------------------------|
B|-5--5--9-------------------------------------|
G|-6--6--9-------------------------------------|
D|-6--6--9-------------------------------------|
A|-4--4--7-------------------------------------|
E|-4--4--7-------------------------------------|

Bridge to Chorus:
A-E-C#m-C#m(add e)x2 then -E
e|-5--7--4--7--4--7--4-0-0---------------------|
B|-5--9--5---------------0---------------------|
G|-6--9--6--------x2-----1---------------------|
D|-7--9--6---------------2---------------------|
A|-7--7--4---------------2---------------------|
E|-5--7--4---------------0---------------------|

Chorus:
e|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---------------|
B|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---------------|
G|--2--4--2--4--2--4--1--2--1--1---------------|
D|--4--6--4--6--4--6--2--2--2--2---------------|
A|--------------------2--0--0--2---------------|
E|--------------------0------------------------|

Bridge to Verse:
“In a room … “
e|--0--0-------------------0---------0---------------|
B|--5--0--------0------0---5--5-4-0--0-------0-------|
G|--6--1---1-2h--1-2h------6---------1--1-2h---2-1-0-|
D|-----2-2---------------------------2---------------|
A|-----2-----------------------------2---------------|
E|-----0-----------------------------0---------------|

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