Single #40: If We Stay Close

If We Stay Close



Downloadable MP3 (*Previously only on CD)

Released: 2015

Words and Music written by Chance
©2015 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

Also available:
Track #9 from the album, “The Glitter and the Glue”




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Directed, shot and edited by Chance


Shot over the course of a practice. Featuring members of the Low Brigade:

Drums: Greg Berella
Bass 1: Robert Vaughan
Bass 2: Sebastian Ciceri
Guitar: Mike Zepol
Keyboards: Charissa Wheeler


Oh they can’t take you anywhere
and they can’t sing the songs you sing
standing shocked at the words you swear
as you grin

so they’ll try to take you down
steal your crown while goin’ outta bounds
throw their fists with spitting sounds
at your chin

slowly it goes, they expect you to fold
but it all turns to gold, if we stay close

falling down, you hit the dirt
not exactly how you wanted it?
chew the gravel as you reassert
who you’ve been

but the kingdom is open wide
as you lay on the outside
you hope that someone on the inside
will let you in

slowly it goes, they expect you to fold
but it all turns to gold, if we stay close
slowly it goes, they expect you to fold
but it all turns to gold, if we stay close…

if we stay close

Words & Music by Chance

©2015 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

This song, appropriately started with the bass. I wrote the song over a very simple electronic drum beat.

And it sat for a while, while I figured how to arrange and complete it.

I knew I wanted to maintain the electronic “ness” of the drums, but also have a live drummer play. I also knew I didn’t want the live drummer to emulate everything so I went with one of my favorite ways of doing things, making a sort of hybrid thing. You know, like a cybernetic organism: living tissue over metal exoskeleton.

This one was a bear to get the arrangement right as i didn’t want to shorten it but if not paying special attention, the energy could dip in spots.

Lyrically, the song is sort of my outsider song, a single outsider growing in numbers until it’s insurmountable and time to storm the gate. How important staying together is, how strength in numbers can help those who are downtrodden. To say that at least we tried.

Recorded & mixed at Supey Studio
DAW: Pro Tools
i/0: Universal Audio Apollo

Written, recorded and mixed by Chance
Masted by Rob Beaton for

Chance: Vocals, Bass on the Left, Guitars, Piano, Loops and Sounds, Tambourine

Microphones: Vocals: Peluso 2247 LE
Guitars: Fender ’57 Strat through a Mesa Boogie Mark 3 (w/ Marshall 1960A half stack)
Piano: Yamaha Baby Grand

Brian Levy: Drums
Sebastian Ciceri: Bass on the right

Cool Geekout Notes

Probably my favorite snare sound of the album. Ended up buying it from the person who lent it to me (Thanks Cameron!)

And yes, those are two bass parts on this song, panned hard right and left. To make things more interesting: I told Sebastian when he came over to track that we would track together instead of separately. I thought would add some electricity to the performance.

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