Out of Anger

from by Jac Xe

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Question: How did you write this song?

Jac: It was one of those songs where the lyrics just came to me when I was strumming some very simple guitar chords. I was just feeling like I'd had enough of being angry so I just sang it.

Question: But the song is pretty upbeat?

Jac: Yes, that happened by accident – I had recorded the song as a much slower acoustic song with guitar, organ and a very melodic bass line but it seemed to be missing something so I decided to radically change things to see what happened when I played it to a big drum beat.

Question: The drums are really loud in this song was that deliberate?

Jac: Originally I had planned to put the drums lower and make them more varied and less overpowering, but when I did that, my head stopped nodding along as I was listening – so I put them all back really loud and I couldn't stop dancing again. There's a weird sort of push and pull with the drums and the lyrics that works in a strange way when I treated it as a dance tune.

Question: Were the lyrics originally sung that way when the song was just an acoustic track.

Jac: Not at all. I did around 19 different vocal takes improvising around the lyrics. Then I listened to them all in sections and picked the phrasing or melody that really grabbed me. Its funny how something suddenly jumps out at you and says 'listen!' so I picked those ones.

Question: Are we likely to hear your original version again?

Jac: Maybe live, the acoustic version works in a very different way that's also valid. But to get it onto a record it would need a bit of work and I've around 30 other great songs I want to record first.

lyrics

I got to tell you that I'm all out of anger now
I am all out of anger now
and I'm catching my breath on the last plane home,
and I'm all out of anger now.

When I left I was breaking and my blood was in my fists
When I left I left I was making things too hard
When I left I was crowded in; I felt iron round my wrists
When I left it was cloudy; it was dark.

And I've gotta tell you that I'm all out of anger now.
I am all out of anger now
and I'm catching my breath on the last plane home,
and I'm all out of anger now.

I was looking for a place to start anew
I was looking for a place I thought I knew
I was looking for a place I'd heard where you could touch the sky
I was looking for a place for you and I

Tell me what you want to say, what you really want to say to me
that I would not hear before
Tell me what you want to see what you really want to see in me
that I could not show before
Tell me what you want to hear, what you really want to hear me say
that I did not have the language for
and tell me who you want to be, who you are and who you want to be
when I was just too closed to care – yeah – that was yesterday

and I'm all out of anger now
and I'm catching my breath, I'm on the last plane home
and I'm all out of anger now

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from Jac Xé, released October 13, 2011

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