The Unlit Room

Story Behind The Song

This song is about lamenting what is gone, the perplexities of individuality and wanting to connect more deeply with others than is currently possible.

Song Description

"Expertly blending styles together with both great finesse and deftness, Nathan Totten's superbly crafted 'The Unlit Room' is quite simply a powerhouse of a track, one that's positively bursting at its seams with both great melodic maturity and thematic poignancy. Opening with a striking sense of atmosphere, courtesy of the delicately articulated strings and a well-crafted arpeggiated guitar chord progression, 'The Unlit Room' spares no time in establishing itself as an experience that requires a listener's undivided attention, and with an arrangement as continually intriguing such as this, this is most definitely necessary in order to be able to fully appreciate all that this excellent piece of songwriting has to offer. Nathan is clearly a gifted performer and songwriter and has a strikingly deep understanding of all the distinct musical styles he masterfully pulls inspiration from, because of this he's managed to conjure up a track that will continue to reward its listeners on each and every subsequent play-through, each time providing new exciting nuggets of creativity for them to experience. Alongside the fantastic melody writing and skilled arranging, I really do find the fusing of genres in 'The Unlit Room' to be fascinating, from the Americana qualities the vocals adopt to the gloriously gritty industrial metal edge that the heavy chug of the overdriven guitars provides, there's a marvelous feeling of creative scale and scope to the writing that provides an abundance of compelling ideas for listeners to really connect with. Whether it'd be the wonderfully articulated lyrics and their profound sense of depth, the timbral variety each and every instrument brings to the table, or the sonic detail that fills the arrangement, 'The Unlit Room' is a rewarding listening experience that cements Nathan Totten as a creative force to be reckoned with." -- Andre Avanessian, Radio Airplay

Song Length 3:22 Genre Rock - Alternative, Rock - General
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Subject Existence, Conformity Similar Artists Hopefully none, aiming for original :)
Language English Era 2000 and later

Lyrics

The old red house is gone
The old wood smoke is gone
The cold, dead leaves are gone
All the memories are gone

Aged pages after a long, hard day
Aged sage engages, worlds away
Every shade and color, every shape and line erased

If you couldn't be your own, I remember what you said:
"I'm better off alone, or maybe even dead"
What if you were wrong all along?

The chairs are all arranged
The table's all set
Caffeine penetrates the smoky room
I feel you with my heart
You perceive me with your head
But I'm still me, and you're still you

The old red house is gone
The old wood smoke is gone
The cold, dead leaves have gone
But all the memories live on

Engaged in aged pages every day
Aged sages clearing lies away
Every shade & color, every shape and line embraced

"If I couldn't be my own" is exactly what I said
"I'm better off alone, or maybe even dead"
It turns out I was wrong all along

The doors are left alone
The leaves are blowing in
Flames intimidate the unlit room
You feel me in your heart
I perceive you in my head
But I'm still me and you're still you

"If I couldn't be my own" is exactly what I said
"I'm better off alone, or maybe even dead"
It turns out I was wrong all along

The chairs are all arranged
The table's all set
Caffeine penetrates the smoky room
I feel you with my heart
You perceive me with your head
But I'm still me, and you're still you

The doors are left alone
The leaves are blowing in
Flames intimidate the unlit room
You feel me in your heart
I perceive you in my head
But I'm still me and you're still you

Lyrics Nathan Totten Music Nathan Totten
Publisher Eddie C Life Music Performance Nathan Totten
Label Music of the Sea
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