Da Da Da

by The Madisons

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Based on an adolescent dream, I wrote Da Da Da about my childhood impressions of a father’s role in the family.

I dreamed I was looking for my dad all through the house and couldn't find him. Eventually, I looked in the attic and found him operating a machine that had lots of dials and switches. The system seemed to be controlling all the electrical, air, water, and gas for our house. He was listening closely and monitoring all these functions when he raised a finger to his mouth and motioned, "Shhhhh". He and I stood within the pink insulated walls of the attic and listened.”

Da Da Da, the first single from our upcoming album, Err On The Side of Love, is also a song about all dads, stepdads, and father-figures.

As a kid, I knew what mothers did - they fed and bathed us, and drove us to school. Dads went off to work but I didn't understand what that meant. In my child mind I thought that dads come home from work and what they really do is stuff like fix the pipe under the kitchen sink. They fix the hoses under the hood of the car. They fix the wires on the light switch. Fathers maintain connectivity in a system and monitor it to remain in balance. Their domain is lined in cotton-candy pink insulation and is rarely seen by anyone.

While working on this song in 2013, before there was lyric, I kept coming back to a little music-box melody. She says, “I had no idea why. When the lyric started to emerge from the music, it turned out this song was about my Dad. Now, I remember a pink ballerina music box he gave me when I was little, about the same age as when I had the dream.

That's what he did for me: he gave me a safe, pink insulated box where I could be a ballerina, and where the wind-up machinery is hidden under satin lining.

lyrics

Da da da there I will try to find
You inside the walls, you'll be there listening
To the sound of the systems working
You'll be making sure

Making sure that the lights are glowing
The air is flowing, the water running round You are listening, you are listening
Closely to the sound

Da da da I'll always try to find
You inside the logic of machines humming
And the sound of the motor running
You'll be making sure

Making sure that the lights are glowing
The air is flowing, the water running round
You are listening, you are listening
Closely to the sound

Da da da I'll find you in the sky
You will be the clouds, you'll be there listening
To the sound of the wind blowing
You'll be making sure

Making sure that the Earth is spinning
And good is winning, and love is all around
You are listening, You are listening
Closely to the sound

©2014 MadisonsMusic
Harrah/Russell/Hamilton/Gorisch All Rights Reserved

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released December 9, 2014
Lizzie Harrah - keyboards, vocals • Ruel Russell - bass, vocals • Lee Hamilton - drums, vocals • Pete Gorisch - guitars

Mastering - Real Feel - Rob Fraboni

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The Madisons Greeneville, Tennessee

“…Close your eyes and you’ll smell the smoke-filled rooms where forbidden lovers dance cheek to cheek to the sounds of today, riding the rhythm rails of yesteryear…” Jinelle Boyd, Editor, My Texas Music

Lizzie Harrah – keys and vocal

Ruel Russell – bass and vocal

Lee Hamilton – drums and vocal
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