Okay, so. This song has a long and storied history, which I will skip most of because it’s boring. But the highlights, for interested parties:

• Oh god this song is so silly. It’s in the same folder with my Commitment-Phobic Time Traveler song (also unfinished).

• I wrote a very rough draft of these lyrics in 2007 in the margins of a notebook while debating the merits of Twitter in a college communication class.

• I never actually tried to set it to music until late 2008—and that composition was so horrible that I stuck the song in a drawer until further notice.

• While packing to move to San Francisco in 2010 (read: procrastinating), I came up with the new melody, which is largely how the song goes today. It was catchier, but I didn’t actually have time to record the rhythm part, so it returned to the depths of my hard drive.

• This is the first recording I made that I do not hate. It’s from this year and still rough (I think I made it while I was sick?), but in much better form than earlier attempts. One day, I will record it with a full horn section and drums and it will be epic.

• This song is not directly based on past relationships. That said, there is nothing that makes me loathe technology more than long-distance communication with loved ones.

LYRICS

Can’t use technology
no it won’t work for me
can’t use technology
no, it won’t work, oh—

So I may be a geek
I love technology
But I’m hitting a brick wall
when it comes to you and me

This long-distance bit
it’s got me all out of sorts
I’m yelling at my gadgets
and jamming all my ports

‘cos I can’t hear you love me through a phone
not when all I hear are those damn dial tones
and I can’t hear you love me through a screen
those emoticons and smileys, they don’t do it for me
can’t hear you love me through Twitter
‘cos that kind of thing, well, it’s just not a winner to my heart

So what’s a person to do
what’s a person to say
when the one they love is so far away
if only letter-writing and odes were still in style
I’d be your one and only, I’d walk 500 miles

But I can’t use technology
no it won’t work for me
can’t use technology
no way it won’t work
‘cos I can’t hear you love me
through a phone
or a screen
or a telegram
carrier pigeon?
oh, I can’t hear you through Twitter
or Facebook, widgets, anything similar
can’t hear you love me
through this madness, methods of mechanical machinery
can’t hear you through beepers, pagers, computers—
babe, not a thing
can’t hear you through iPhones, iPods, Androids, nothing with a ring

so come home!
come home to me
we’ll turn off all the technology
come home
come home to me
we’ll play offline and we’ll just be
come home
come home to me
it’ll be alright just wait and see

but I can’t use technology
no baby, it won’t work
so come home.

  1. kweerious reblogged this from manyhats and added:
    This is cute. Gah, long distance is hard. So many misunderstandings over text, phone…Video Kinect and FaceTime, without...
  2. yellowperil reblogged this from manyhats and added:
    Thanks Ren. Now I’m gonna go chuck all my digital things into a ditch! Also, MORE SONGS!!!!!!
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