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Song: “Tiltowait”

“Tiltowait”

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Behind the Song

I watched the Netflix documentary The Spark Brothers and discovered this quirky long-running band. I listened to one of their albums and loved the song “The Number One Hit in Heaven.”

The beat and oddness inspired me, and I felt moved to write a song about a magical spell from a video game. The game was called “Wizardry,” but I never played it much. My oldest brother Nate did. He’d spend hours trying to originate the perfect battle party, hoping for high stats from the random number generator. (Kind of like rolling the die to see how many hit points your character starts out with in a D&D style game.)

Anyway, there was this super powerful spell that a wizard could learn. It did nuclear blast-level damage. It was called “tiltowait” and that word has stuck with me. So here’s a song about it.

Lyrics

I sling a spell that'll blow you to smithoreens
(tiltowait, tiltowait)
I'm a wizard of the tenth stage, you know what that means
(tiltowait, tiltowait)
My brother scored my wicked stats after thirty-seven tries
(tiltowait, tiltowait)
When my staff starts to glow, boy, you're gonna be suprised
(tiltowait)
and then you're gonna die!

Tiltowait, tiltowait, tiltowait!
Tiltowait, tiltowait, tiltowait!

Don't bother with that shield, rook, that ain't gonna hold
(tiltowait, tiltowait)
forget those two dollar spells, kid, you've been sold
(tiltowait, tiltowait)
This ain't no video game, no high school stage
(tiltowait, tiltowait)
but the hundredth campaign of a battle-hardened mage
(tiltowait)
so get a load of my rage!

Tiltowait, tiltowait, tiltowait!
Tiltowait, tiltowait, tiltowait!

What the crane did for Daniel-san
what the neck pinch did for Spock
What the death blossom did for Alex Rogan
my sights are set and locked!

Tiltowait, tiltowait, tiltowait!
Tiltowait, tiltowait, tiltowait!

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