Nothing to Talk About

by 4 Track Phantoms

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This is a breakup song and one of the first songs I recorded with 4 Track Fake Bands. That recording came out well and had some of my best guitar leads on it, but, unfortunately, no known surviving copy exists. Oh well.

I tried to revive it and make it less "garage girl" and make it a more mature song, but it's just not. I tried my Phaedra stuff to make it sound pretty; reverb backup vocals and sweetness, but it didn't want to be pretty, so that version came out weak. It's a bitchy song, and Phaedra has left the building.

Enter Salome. Salome might be a new character for me, under the "bad girl" umbrella like Maudlin Bitters, but more of a femme fatale. MB's more about cynicism and self-pity, but Salome's kind of meaner and scarier. A real villain.

Anyone catch the Soft Cell reference in the last verse?

lyrics

Nothing to Talk About

Maybe we're trying too hard
Maybe we went too far
You don't have to stay in my life
We just got nothing to talk about
You don't see me smile
And I'm getting ready to live without

it will never be the way it was before
there's nothing to talk about any more
We're not enemies but we're not friends
There's nothing to talk about cause this is the end

Don't have to stay away, don't have to torture your mind
There's never a reason to blame
We just got nothing to talk about
It wasn't a waste of our time
Just look at the heartache we could live without

It will never be the way it was before
there's nothing to talk about any more
We're not enemies but we're not friends
There's nothing to talk about cause this is the end

When are we gonna get tired
When has the damage been done
We don't mean what we say
We just got nothing to talk about
Take a look at my face (for the last time)
It's me, baby, you could live without

It will never be the way it was before
There's nothing to talk about anymore
We're not enemies but we're not friends
There's nothing to talk about cause this is the end

credits

released December 17, 2015
Vocals: Salome
Guitar: Dee Sharpe

Artwork: "Salome with the head of St. John the Baptist" by Cesare de Sesto

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4 Track Phantoms San Clemente, California

Hi, I'm Cecily, and this is my project, the 4 Track Phantoms, a kind of diary of a free range singer, songwriter, musician, and spirited art and music fan. Available for vocals.

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