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Pressed and Dried

clarinet & piano edition

Composed by: Nigel Wood
Genres: Ballad, Blues
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Pressed and Dried


This piece was originally written as a song, with lyrics by Heather Wastie which were adapted as the piece developed. It concerned the feelings of someone who had been continually hounded by the press. Its origins mean that it needs to be vocalized, and should be performed preferably in a blues singing style. Pressed & Dried was recorded on the CD - 'Safer Sax'.

There's a stranger
At my door
Don't think I can take it
Any more
I never asked you to come here like you do
Now you've found me out
The story's true
So what's new?

Take your snap-shots
Show it all
Choose your headlines
Have a ball
And when it's over and there's nothing left to hide
Torn and twisted, you've squeezed me dry
They believe what they read
Truth or lies
So blatantly exposing me
Can't you see?

Pressed and dried
On display
Caught and tried
Made to pay

There's another stranger
At my door
Living on my doorstep
Knows the score
And as I watch you from my darkened room and cry
It makes me wonder why, oh why
They believe what they read
Truth or lies
So blatantly exposing me
Why choose me?


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3 min, 45 sec

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