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Lyric of the Week: CONFUSED AND MYSTIFIED

Updated: Sep 11

Confused and mystified

Confounded and dazed

Befuddled and stultified

A shellshock haze

Raindogged and scattered

Demolished and razed

Cracked and shattered

On the brink of crazed.

Depressed and terrorized

Sucked in and crushed

Broken and demoralized

Thrown out and flushed

Superimposed and projected

Swept under and brushed

Beat down and dejected

Silenced and hushed.

Buffeted and twisted

Trapped, snared, and roped

Ignored and blacklisted

Unable to cope

Self-fulfilled prophecy

Against all hope

A lone, downward odyssey

A steep silent slope.

Is this the way I thought I’d enter

This new era of prosperity and peace?

Not comprehending the collapse of the center

While the drift to either extremes increase

I will not let this get the better of me

I will find the healing and the remedy

And though I always struggle with these demons and tormentors

I will sing a new song and be released.

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Raindogged and scattered, demolished and razed.

This is one of the songs I wrote in the immediate aftermath of the Islamic terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, as I tried to make sense of the whole thing. I am posting it today in the wake of the huge explosion that rocked Beirut, Lebanon, to which any number of parallels can be drawn from 9/11—not the least of which would be all the shellshocked and wounded wandering their city in a daze.


Musically, the song is constructed around a R&B groove with lots of 9th and 11th piano chords, appropriately and not coincidentally. I recorded an early version of it with my musical partner Izzy Kieffer for a project that eventually morphed into his second album, Uncork the Bottle. However, this song was left off the final track list.



May all the destructive ideologies that have so dogged the world be defeated once and for all.


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