Sunday, April 27, 2008
4. Empty Me
Words by Chris Sligh, Tony Wood & Clint Lagerberg
Music by Chris Sligh & Clint Lagerberg
Produced by Brown Bannister
We were supposed to start recording in September originally. We were going to try to have a single out in October to move it up the charts before Christmas time. But Brown didn’t think we had the first single yet. So, for about 6 weeks I wrote and wrote and co-wrote and co-wrote trying to find one that everyone agreed was the first single.
Tony Wood and I wrote the original version of this song in a couple of hours. We had music (that is actually pretty darn cool, so I’m keeping it to write a new song later) and everything. I brought it into Brown and he loved the lyric but didn’t think the music was right yet. I was, of course, a little frustrated, but I went back and tried to rewrite...but it’s tough when you’re as close to something as I was with that song...I just couldn’t rework it. A week or so later, I wrote with a guy named Clint Lagerberg and as we were trying to figure out what to write, I asked if he’d be okay trying to rewrite some music and in about an hour, we wrote the music for what is now Empty Me. We changed the lyrics on the pre-chorus, too, so Clint got some credit for the lyrics, too.
The meaning on this one is pretty self-evident. It starts off talking about what I’ve been through in the last few years and ends with a simple prayer to be filled with God.
As with the rest of Brown’s songs, Jerry, Jimmy, Dan & Blair played on the initial tracking. Most of the guitar work and all of the keyboard work was done in the overdub stage at Brown’s studio. All of the acoustic guitars and electric rhythm guitars were done by me. The lead guitar part on the intro and bridge, as well as the solo was done by George Cocchinni while he was there helping me as tone chaperone. All the keyboards were done by Blair in overdubs.
Though it’s hard to tell, there are actually something like 12 different keyboard tracks going on. Blair is an incredible musician and would come up with these little parts that I never would’ve thought of and they just worked great. He also programmed the loop on the verses, covering it with a distortion and giving it an industrial feel.
On bgv’s Chris Rodriguez did some of them and I did the rest.
I’ve had just enough * Of the spotlight when it burns bright * To see how it gets in the blood * I’ve tasted my share * Of the sweet life and the wild ride * And found a little is not quite enough * * I know how I can stray * And how fast my heart could change * * Empty me of the selfishness inside * Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride * And any foolish thing my heart holds onto * Lord, empty me of me so I can be filled with you * * I’ve seen just enough * Of the quick buys of the best lies * To know how prodigals can be drawn away * * pre-chorus * * chorus * * ‘Cause everything is a lesser thing * Compared to you, compared to you * ‘Cause everything is a lesser thing * Compared to you, so I surrender all * * solo * * chorus