So You Want Electricity

Artist
James Bell
Released
2010
Genre
Modern
  1. So You Want Electricity -:-- / 04:02

“You can have electricity, but you can have nothing else…”

History

Is it better to have a stormy, passionate, exciting relationship that ends in self-destruction, or is it better to have a safe, stable, less passionate one? This was a question I fretted and mulled and contemplated on for years, because it seemed to me that you couldn’t have both. The people who gave you a feeling of electricity when you were around them always seemed to be surrounded by a dark energy that made you both go off the rails, whereas the ones who provided only warmth just didn’t provide enough energy to keep the relationship going. Like the intense but potentially lethal power of a nuclear reactor, versus the dwindling and polluting power of fossil fuels. I since came to the conclusion that what mattered was not physics but chemistry: so long as you have the right chemistry it is possible to get the electricity without the explosions (even if the nature of the electricity mellows over time). But that’s a whole other song…

Lyrics

So you want electricity?
You want brilliant light?
You want dazzling energy?
Beautiful, warm and bright?
It seems the essence of simplicity
But here’s a little advice
You can have electricity
But it comes at a price
 
You want more electricity
Than you’ve already got
It makes a warm glow energy
You want it burning hot
It causes too much pollution
And one day it will run out
There has to be another solution
Of that you have no doubt
 
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And yeah that’s the riddle
When it comes to love
It’s either something in the middle
Or it’s more than enough
In which case the price is reality
Your sanity melts
Because you can have electricity
But you can have nothing else
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Because yes, there’s another source
That’ll give you much more
It goes much deeper of course
But it’s unstable to the core
And if it gets too close to you
It’ll sow bad seeds in your soul
And make things grow inside of you
That you can’t control
 
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And yeah that’s the riddle
When it comes to love
It’s either something in the middle
Or it’s more than enough
In which case the price is your sanity
Your harmony melts
You can have electricity
But you can have nothing else
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It will cost you your balance
And nothing can heal it
A feeling so intense
You won’t be able to feel it
 
So you want electricity
My foolish little man
Beware of dazzling energy
That you don’t understand

Credits & Copyright

Written in August 2006 and recorded in June 2010 by James Bell. Released in November 2010. Remastered in June 2017. (C) & (P) House of Lyra.  All rights reserved.