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Time Bomb

from Time Bomb by David Messier

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I wrote that song in the studio based on a Wurlitzer lick we found in my voice memos. It was just a 2 chord progression with me humming, but there was something about it. Dave Madden moved it to the guitar and I put words to the melody. It completely transformed. It’s my favorite piece on the record and probably the best thing I’ve ever recorded. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted to say. If I get hit by a bus tomorrow, play that song! “Life is a Time Bomb.” We are all walking around with little clocks counting backwards above our heads that no one can see. Who would want to?! I don’t want to know. You know that song changes key 7 times! We weren’t just being cute, it helps build this tension that gets wonderfully released at each chorus. It’s very stream of consciousness - the lyrics just came and are very repetitive - again to build the tension. I say that “I don’t know how to build a time bomb” over and over, but for me the important lyric is “I will always be the one who’s down.” That’s always been true of me, for better and worse.


from Time Bomb, released November 2, 2018
7. Time Bomb (D.Messier/D.Madden)

David Messier: Lead Vocals, Background Vocals
Eldridge Goins: Drums
Mike Meadows: Percussion
Dave Madden: Piano, Organ, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Michael Stevens: Bass
Scott Clark: Electric Guitars, Baritone Guitar
Kevin Flatt: Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Will Taylor: Violin
Leigh Wallenhaupt: Violin
Jason Elinoff: Viola
Tony Rogers: Cello


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David Messier Austin, Texas

David Messier is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, record producer and owner of Same Sky Productions, Inc. In February 2016 David released "Waiting For Eldridge” on Fable Records to critical acclaim. Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared June 8, 2017 “David Messier Day." In May of 2018 David was awarded the prestigious “Austin Under 40 Award” ... more

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