Last year I read Stonemouth by Iain Banks. I also took part in, and completed, FAWM (February Album Writing Month – 14 songs in 28 days) as a creative challenge. The two events are linked by the first song I wrote.

journal page stonemouth

Inspired by the beginning of the novel it takes a snapshot of someone standing on a bridge. Why are they here? What is in their mind? Will they jump? The novel is much more than one event at a bridge and comes highly recommended. It has just been turned into a TV mini-series by the BBC.

I thought I’d take a little moment to tidy up the mix and then share the song. In the end the vocals needed redoing, and tidying up became more of a major undertaking. But here it is in all its – glory may be an overstatement – newly glossed veneer, yes that’s better.

Stonemouth

Standing on the ledge of the bridge
I see the water down below
Standing on the edge of the bridge
I see my troubles disappear like mist

Standing on the edge of the bridge
The briny tang marks the estuary
Standing o the ledge of the bridge
It’ll take this bitter taste so far, so wide

Can you see me falling down, down to the water
Can you see my body go, down to the tidal flow

Standing on the ledge of the bridge
I see my future narrowing
Standing on the edge of the bridge
One small step for man to help mankind

Can you see me falling down, down to the water
Can you see my body go, down to the tidal flow

Isn’t there someplace I would rather be
Than standing here among the iron scenery
Waiting to drown, yet drowning in misery?

Standing on the ledge of the bridge
I see my future down below
Standing on the edge of the bridge
Release my soul in to the undertow

Can you see me falling down, down to the water
Can you see my body go, down to the tidal flow

You can get  Stonemouth the novel from Amazon. It begins on a bridge, with someone standing on the edge…