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When It Goes Down [Do Do Ba] (ft. KnowledgeBorn07)

from Gamma Wave by Fluid Minds



This song was built around an electronic beat and bass idea that Frank had brought to rehearsal. Using Ableton Live, John was able to layer vocal harmonies on the spot. The random 'do do ba' ideas became a permanent section of the digital loops that were taken to Columbia's recording facilities. The band played along to the digital loops to add more of a live feel. After two takes, enough drum material was recorded to create the final mix. All improvised synth solos were tracked live at the Columbia sessions as well. Once the instrumental track was complete, KnowledgeBorn07 took the reigns and wrote lyrics for the track.


(lyrics written by John Gray and KnowledgeBorn07)

Let me ask ya [do do ba ba da], are you feelin’ alright [yeah yeah] x4
When it goes down, keep on smiling with your head held high
Pushin’ through the struggles and refusing to cry

Actually I feel alone, can't get up on my own
Two feet anymore, I’m lost within this zone of negativity
The floor is hard just like a stone
Pressed front line of this war, I feel like I’m just a pawn
Used to be a king, until I lost my queen
Then I lost the bishop too and (k)nights been giving me bad dreams
Like if I didn't hiccup maybe I'd save everything
That I had within my castle but riches never made me free
Thank god for my rooks, because they saved my life
And even though they're just kids, they helped me realize
That I have to push and get back up upon my feet
I will never give up, I will never accept defeat


Visualize yourself as the sun with planets revolving
I’m that positive proton with quarks not falling in the abyss
That’s tryin’ to swallow me and if you're negative don't try to follow me
You’re hollowing the ozone and frozen in the heart
I could warm you like Telefunken and navigate you through the stars
If you tilt your head, then you can hear me calling
Sounding like the rings of Saturn
Tossed through the sky like frisbee golfing
I will break these chains that have enslaved the masses
With a bible in my hand, and my revelation glasses
Learnin’ from the past is the only way to break the code
And if you cross the wrong wires the bomb just might explode
They say 2012, it’s begun in 2009
That’s when things start to change, that’s when it started to unwind
I’ll aim my arrow through the black hole
When the stars become aligned
I want the world to live as one where no one is left behind
We can find peace within, we can spread peace throughout
We can consciously decide what we can live with and without
Humble ourselves, and lend a helping hand
Focus on that energy that created land and man


from Gamma Wave, released May 11, 2010
Drums and keyboards were recorded at Columbia College in Chicago, IL by Gary Kahn and assisted by Frank Clayton and Columbia students. Electronic beat & bass sections were recorded at Frank Clayton's home studio in Chicago, IL. KnowledgeBorn's vocals were recorded at his home studio in South Bend, IN. All remaining music was recorded at Melody Sunrise Studio in Carol Stream, IL by John Gray.

John Gray: Vocals (Chorus), Guitar
Frank Clayton: Electronic Beat Composition, Keyboard Bass
Christian Rogala: Drums
Mike DeGuzman: Piano, Synthesizer
KnowledgeBorn07: Vocals (Verses)


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