Save the Fishes-Cords of Gold

 When I found out that I would be interviewing Dana Wood for this issue, I checked out her Reverbnation page, and fell in love with "Save the Fishes." As a fellow songwriter, I sometimes come across songs that I wish "I would have written." This is one of them. Dana also speaks with Music Emerging about how her songs come into being...

photo courtesy of artist

photo courtesy of artist

Strong line
like cords of gold
shine on the water
wretched storm
 
Fishing the past
but hopes like fishes
swims downstream
away like wishes
away like wishes
 
Gotta wake up
hard to do
I dream bad dreams
every night or two
 
Strong line
like cords of gold
shine on the water
is a wretched storm
is a wretched storm
 
Internet down
something about a ping
wanna say hi
but I lost connection
No reception
no connection
 
True north
Cannot lie
Gravity
can’t expire
 
Cast it out
16 pound test
Gold on the water
is holding fast
is holding fast


 
Internet down
something about a ping
I wanna say hi
but I lost connection
No reception
no connection

Getting old
I don't care
will become earth
waiting there 

photo courtesy of artist

photo courtesy of artist

Next time around
won’t fish a thing
I won’t eat meat
and won’t hurt a thing
I won’t hurt a thing
 
Internets down
something about a ping
wanna say hi
but I lost connection
No reception
no connection
 
Internet down
something about a ping
I wanna say hi
but I lost connection
No reception
no connection
 
Next time around
won’t fish a thing
won’t eat meat

wont hurt a thing. 

 

 

M.E. “Dana, what is your writing style?”

D.W.  “I play a few different instruments, so it depends on what instrument-like what my favorite of the year is-if it's keyboard, I’ll write maybe a little more “chordie” and melodic music, or if I’m writing on guitar, which is probably how I do most of my writing-then it’s more straight forward-singer songwriter- and it usually starts with an idea I have in my head of a melody or a lyric, and I take it from there; sometimes it will sit on a shelf for years, and all of a sudden, I’ll be like, “I’m stuck on this one song", and so I’ll go back and access some old ideas and incorporate them into my new song-kind of like fitting a puzzle together and then other times they just flow right out"….

The songs that I have on the Reverbnation page... I was going through and healing from a relationship, so Blue Horizon Line-it’s about someone looking for redemption I think-through nature; my ex would have been my blue horizon line-they’re clouded in metaphor and not straight forward, although, I want to investigate writing more story songs-that’s what I’m working on right now-how to write a great story song like my favorite artists, Robert Earl Keen and James McMurtry. Save the Fishes-that’s also about the same guy-cutting cords between you and someone else, and you’re having trouble letting go and you want to picture those golden cords being severed-you’re releasing with love, but that energy is cut, so when I talk about the fishing line, that’s the cords of gold-the cords I was trying to burn-somehow I got into a fishing theme with that one. I learned this tool when I was in interior design school. So if you take an idea-like you want your house to be a nurturing house or something-what are some words that describe nurture? Maybe words like “soft”-you take these adjectives and then you translate them into a fabric or a sofa maybe-you might have little separating walls for a womb like feel-so you can do the same thing with songwriting-you put the adjective of what you’re feeling, and then you can attach them to a metaphor; I really like it because it makes the song symbolic with hidden meanings-so that was “cords of gold”. 

Listen to Save the Fishes