A good song is seldom a 'solo' affair. I wrote the lyric back in 2009 and cobbled a tune, which I thought fitted.
Allen McMonagle heard me sing it and said, "That tune's crap! Give it to me and I'll fix it." (we co-write together regularly)
We sat on the song for a while before presenting it to Justin. Justin had previously recorded another song of mine, "Dream-time Cathedrals". He 'gets' the lyric and does a marvelous job with this. (link at the end of the lyric)
His Album is "Hold on to Love" produced by Matt Fell.
THINGS I SHOULD BE DOING – Lyrics
(c) 2009 - M. Vijars
Driving over red soil plains a wind rose up - I smelt no rain
I saw a dust-storm on the far horizon
Suddenly I'm deep within this great dust cloud the strangest thing
I'd never seen a storm like that before
The dust was thick but there's a glow just up ahead I'm driving slow
and tried to push on through this eerie weather
I stopped the car to wait a while - I couldn't go another mile,
then heard the strangest sound off in the distance
The droning of a "Didgeridoo" tone went on and on
to the ringing of the clapsticks and a chanting song
Lightning strikes tore up the sky and I was watching mesmerised
by a dancer keeping time to roll of thunder.
The dancer stopped and came my way, looked like he had much to say
He beckoned me, and started singing
he beat his clapsticks as he sung, a story in an ancient tongue
Was really strange - I could understand him
He showed scenes from bygone days those ages long ago
he showed me scenes of what's to come within that campfire's glow
when he stopped and wind died down, the dancer slowly turned around
raised his sticks and vanished in the wind
I sometimes drive that stretch of track - big sky country, way outback
I long for the dust and the roll of thunder
And on those bright and heat-filled days, when a wind comes up I look for the haze
and a dancer keeping time with the roll of thunder
But the didge is getting fainter and the song is fading fast
and the Dancer in the distance - I wonder if he'll last
the scenes I saw in his campfire's glow are forever now burnerd in my soul
and I wonder if there's things I should be doing
Yes, I wonder if there's things I should be doing
Here's the link to Justin's performance ...
Justin Standley - "Things I should Be Doing"