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Manual Override

from Wanted Man by Drew Winters

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Steve and I put this funky little groove down, while facing each other in the studio and just jamming... me on electric piano and him on bass. Then Steve's jazz-fueled chords in the chorus really elevated it beyond a simple blues pattern. He said he was hearing a melody in the chorus, and while he was singing it to me I realized that I finally had the music for a lyric that had been in my head for at least a decade... "I found your manual override, now we can slip it into overdrive"... a sexy little double entendre that had always amused me. It's actually Steve singing those lines on this track... one of the rare times when he did that, while entrusting me with running the board (crazy man). His vocal arrangements get increasingly more complex in subsequent choruses, and Suzie and I really had to stretch our vocal chops to match his vision.

The verses were literally coming out as I was standing in front of the mic. I love getting my monkey mind out of the way, and just letting a stream-of-consciousness flow. Fascinatin'... not always successful, but when it works.... oh yeah...


Manual Override

I gotta get you off this one-way street
Baby you're driving like you're half asleep
You're breathing slow, your lights are low
Wanna shake you so bad it makes me weep

When you're so automatic
Try an erratic turn
Make it left or right
Make it wrong or right
Just make your rubber burn

I will make you surrender
You never had any choice
You never had any choice
Don't stop don't wait don't think
Don't lie don't blink
Don't you hesitate
And we won't lose this interstate

You got nothing to lose, nothing to win
Spinning on cruise control
You're really in a neutral thing
And it takes a different toll
And I wouldn't lie and I won't stand by
You gotta know it's true

I will make you surrender....

Found your override
(Found your manual override)
Slip in overdrive
(Gonna slip it into overdrive)
Fueling our desire
(Fuel me up fuel me up)
Driving by wire
(Well you know you know)

Drive drive overdrive baby don't slow down
(Baby don't slow down)
Ride ride ride me baby maybe all over town
(Come on)
Call call call me baby on that little phone
(You can take me home)
Dial dial dial me baby don't leave me all alone
(Don't leave me)

I will make you surrender...

Found your override...

© 2006 Drew Winters


from Wanted Man, released June 1, 2006


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