Oil On The Water

There’s oil on the water
Oil on the shore
Stealing life from the sea
Poisoning life on the land
Blown by the wind
And drawn by the tide
To where it was not meant to be

There’s oil on the water
Oil on the shore
Spreading like wildfire
Because somebody had to have more

There’s oil on the water
Oil on the shore
Shutting out the sunshine
That warms the ocean floor

Oil on the water
Oil on the shore
Nothing left for anyone

There’s wood on the river
Wood in the floor
Stealing life from the forest
Leaving nothing but sand
Blown by the wind
And drawn from the place
Where it is supposed to be

Oil on the water
Oil on the shore
Nothing left for anyone
Nobody get’s any more

© Alex Matheson 1993

Notes

These lyrics have never been permanently set to music though I have made a few failed attempts to find something that worked. Nothing I tried seemed quite right – apart from a keyboard piece that almost captured the feel I wanted. Then when working on this loop, which was initially titled “Drift”, I thought I’d add some words as an experiment. The search for suitable words led me to the lyrics above and I decided to experiment.

To push the bounds of experimentation further I also decided to use a text-to-speech generator to say the words rather than have me singing them. I used the MARY Text-To-Speech System which I think has created a suitable effect. It sounds a little jarring but I feel that works well with the subject matter even if it is quite a departure from the way I originally saw the words being used.

One day I’ll redo it as a piano and vocal only arrangement. But first I’ll need to get a piano.

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