About this track

I like the idea of two-chord songs — it’s a real challenge to stretch the use of such minimal harmonic language into a complete song.

For “Rescuer”, I started playing D-major and E-major over and over again, with a rising bass line of D-E-F#-G#. I didn’t feel like moving to another chord progression, so I started writing melodies over it. I’m surprised I could make it last for five minutes.

Craig Armstrong’s album The Space Between Us got me thinking about using very lush four-part strings with drums. I thought briefly about adding more parts, but I like how dense it sounds without actually using a lot of instrumentation.

The lyrics once again used my time-honored technique of writing the first line, then seeing what unfolded afterward. “Tell me something I would never know” fit the melody, and for some reason, I thought about that old ’80s television show The Equalizer. So I took it from there.

Lyrics

Tell me something I would never know
Just by looking at the gaze in your eyes
Is it something you could not reveal
If I weren't who I am?

I could offer you another chance
To let go of secrets not worth keeping
And you know it's not a fantasy
Because of who I am

I'm not your friend
I'm not your lover
I'm not who you might need
I'm not your god
I'm not your savior
I'm someone who could make it happen

To tell the truth, to tell the story
To say what you can't say
To right the wrong, to make it better
To make it go away

Show me something I should never know
Of a secret that is not worth keeping
And I'll let you find another way
In spite of who I am

I'm not a priest
Nor your confessor
I'm not who you might want
I'm not your judge
I'm not your jury
I'm someone who could make it happen

In everything that matters to you
I'll take what you don't need
I'll pay the price, I'll make it better
I'll say what you can't say

To tell the truth when there's no difference
Between what's right and wrong
I'll say the words to make it better
And it will go away

Credits

  • Produced and engineered by Greg Bueno
  • Recorded in the Closet, 2005-2011, Austin, TX and the Closet West 2012, Seattle, WA
  • Cover design by Greg Bueno
  • Published by Shinkyoku Advocacy (ASCAP)

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  • Release date: October 01, 2013

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