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Needles & Switch Blades
"Striking a balance"

Needles & Switch BladesPaperSailor
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This is the first song I completely finished for the album (not the first one I started, but we'll get to that). i found myself getting very frustrated writing new songs after the release of my first album, as I was finding it difficult to really try for something different but also keep to what makes my sound uniquely "me".

I eventually came up with the intro guitar riff and the rest of the music just fell into place. I threw ideas out there, not worrying about where they landed. It felt really good. So then I thought "well what if that's what the song is about?"

The knives are symbolic of any thoughts or ideas you might have, throwing them out into the air and just seeing what happens. If they don't land where you wanted them to and make a mess, don't worry about it. Pick up your knives and try again.

The imagery is a little macabre I guess, but I thought it made a nice juxtaposition: knives can be scary. So can the thought of trying something different. Just go for it.

Video walkthrough

A glint in the distance,

Orbiting high

A glint in the distance

Needles & switch blades,

A ritual dance

Needles & switch blades

Stinging, caustic,

Harsh to the touch

Stinging, caustic

Blinded by sight,

A total eclipse

Blinded by sight

C.

Throw these knives to the sky,

And see what we get

If what we get is a mess,

No sense in regret

Striking a balance,

A teetering edge

Striking a balance

Needles & switch blades,

An imminent glance

Needles & switch blades

C.

Throw these knives to the sky,

And see what we get

If what we get is a mess,

No sense in regret

-Middle-

C.

Throw these knives to the sky,

And see what we get

If what we get is a mess,

No sense in regret

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