Genre Break Song #4: The Ferris Wheel


To commemorate the end of summer, I offer this ode to the New Jersey Shore, The Garden State Parkway, and The Boardwalk. This song originally appeared on a CD that I released a few years ago. For more information on that album, click here.

I hope you enjoy it,
John Anealio

The Ferris Wheel
by John Anealio

She works till 7:30
and I'm lured by this fair mermaid
We sail down the Parkway
and dock at Exit 98

We feel the sunset; a pink and orange glow
We taste the saline from the ocean's flow

We stroll down the boardwalk
and old wood creaks beneath our feet
Flashing lights surround us,
Trade winds blow in from the east

Shore air is heavy with humidity
Arcades are beeping like a symphony

The Ferris Wheel spins tonight
The carousel rings like chimes
Waves are crashing in lament
As Summer Ends

We take our shoes and socks off
our bare feet tread across the beach
The ground's a sandy mattress
The sky's a starry canopy

Salt water's freezing but her arms are warm
The night wind is singing like a troubadour

The Ferris Wheel spins tonight
The carousel rings like chimes
Waves are crashing in lament
As Summer Ends


Here are some of the tools that I used to create this track
  1. Yamaha Acoustic Guitar in Standard Tuning, Capo at 5th Fret
  2. Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar in Standard Tuning, Capo at 5th Fret
  3. Washburn Electric Bass
  4. Fender Mandolin
  5. Chandler Lap Steel (Solo)
  6. Sonor Glockenspiel
  7. Tambourine
  8. Drum Sounds from Roland JV-1010 Sound Module
  9. Digi Design Pro Tools LE on a crumby old PC.

3 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this one,John.

    I imagine it done at 50 bpm
    with only an acoustic guitar,
    a glockenspiel and a slow, droning lap steel solo.

    I love ferris wheels.

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  2. Indie
    wow... find it interesting... hope it'll be beneficial for me and my friends...

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  3. this sounds really good...i can here clearly how the guitar works there...:)
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