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“Sound” is a rock song with a simple and memorable guitar melody. Listen for the cello between beats in the chorus. (Hey sister!) Some version of this song had been in my head for years by the time I wrote the lyrics down in a Brussels café. My partner at the time had been talking to me about a beautiful village on the sea near Lisbon. The guitar setup is my standard – Telecaster through Line 6 delay to Mesa Boogie Lonestar amp.

lyrics

*Lyrics*
Light; looking from Lisbon late at night
And not a guide shall you find.

Rise with a most uncommon life
At the inquiry -- take pride.

Hey sister, if you’re a prisoner
Of a system that tears you down
I’ll be right here, I’ll be right here
With the sound when you hit the ground.

Hey sister, if you’re a prisoner
Making your way out
I’ll be right here, we’ll be right here
With the sound when you hit the ground.

Time; looking for purpose for our lives
In reports, in the lines.

Strike with unaverted eyes
Appear at the inquiry an unquiet mind.

Hey sister, if you’re a prisoner
Of a system that tears you down
I’ll be right here, I’ll be right here
With the sound when you hit the ground.

Hey sister, if you’re a prisoner
Listen and let it out
I’ll be right here, we’ll be right here
With the sound when you hit the ground.

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from A ring around the Atlantic, released December 1, 2011

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Peter Maybarduk Washington, D.C.

Peter Maybarduk is a Washington, D.C.-based songwriter and a human rights lawyer with Public Citizen.

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