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Song: “Guru”

“Guru”

Behind the Song

When you’re hurting …

… and someone can tell give you the ANSWER to why you’re in pain …

More: when they tell you they know how you can end that pain for good …

… isn’t that hard to resist?

I have felt the pull of that siren song before. (And as a direct response copywriter, I’ve often written from that point of view: it’s a powerful way to make a sale.)

When I’ve yearned for that promise of certainty, I’ve struggled to remain skeptical, check their bona fides, and inspect the fine print. Because I want them to be right.

And so do they.

There is, of course, a bright side to teachers of change. And I think a healthy dose of critical thought and moderation can help you filter their light onto your path.

But this song is about the dark side.

The first melody I wrote was lively, jaunty, a little wink-of-the-eye … but it felt a little too on-the-nose.

So I dabbled with some minor chords and came up with this melody, which feels more haunting. I think it serves the song better.

Lyrics

I know why you're unhappy
know why you're so upset.
I know why you keep rehearsing
all you wish you could forget.

I can show you why you suffer
I can draw your map of pain.
I will trace you the solution
how to exit from the game.

I'm your guru
I am the answer you've been looking for.
I'm your guru
I am the key that opens every door.
You can try to go without me
but you know exactly where that leads;
I'm your guru --
I'm the only one you need.

Don't listen to the haters
they've got poison on the brain.
They fester with their worries
and want you to do the same.

They only know how to demolish
but what I've built is gonna last.
You just have to learn to follow
turn your back on your past.

I'm your guru
I am the answer you've been looking for.
I'm your guru
I am the key that opens every door.
You can try to go without me
but you know exactly where that leads;
I'm your guru --
I'm the only one you need.

The time for scrutiny is over
lay all your doubts aside.
Only the faithful can follow
to refuse is stubborn suicide.

I'm your guru
I am the answer you've been looking for.
I'm your guru
I am the key that opens every door.
You can try to go without me
but you know exactly where that leads;
I'm your guru --
I'm the only one you need.

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