Steampunk Song #1: The God-Clown is Near



The God-Clown is Near was inspired by the Jay Lake short story of the same name, which appears in Ann and Jeff Vandermeer's Steampunk anthology . Check out some of the recent Sci-Fi Songs Podcasts to hear more about the process of writing this song as well as other Steampunk inspired music.


The God-Clown is Near
music and lyrics by John Anealio

I sit at Cafe Valdosta's table
with my Sloe-Eyed Jack
I peel off the Absinthe label
and then I put it back

I'm known as the finest sculptor
in all of Triune Town
The brothers Sueno need a doctor
to build a moral clown

I look at the plans on the microfiche reader
It must be some divine engineer
Now I see the graffiti displayed on the tower
it says that the God-Clown is Near

The brothers want me to build them a judge
and an executioner
I'm drinking absinthe and sweating blood
as I sabotage their savior

I took the brain of a large male goat
from a local slaughterhouse
I shoot myself with the antidote
when the clown begins to shout

I look at the plans on the microfiche reader
It must be some divine engineer
Now I see the graffiti displayed on the tower
it says that the God-Clown is Near

Here are some of the tools that I used to create the track
  • Martin Acoustic Guitar in DADGAD tuning with a capo placed at the second fret.
  • Pearl Bell Kit Xylophone
  • Bundy Clarinet
  • Washburn Electric Bass Guitar
  • Rode NT1 and NT3 condenser microphones
  • Apple Logic Pro 8
    • ES2 soft synth for the analog synthesizer sounds and solo
    • EVP88 for the electric piano parts
    • Ultrabeat for the bass drum and hand clap sounds
    • Logic's included Reverb and Compressor plug-ins.


I hope you enjoy it,
John Anealio

Related Podcasts:
  1. Sci-Fi Songs Podcast #3
  2. Sci-Fi Songs Podcast #4

2 comments:

  1. I think that it is one of hte best lyrics in a song, so I would like to have the song in my MP4.... I really like the song's part in that the singer sings loudly!22dd
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