The other day I was thinking about the song “Probably Not,” which was the first real song I wrote with Victor.... I am sure that Victor and I were both subconciously drawing on sources we haven’t acknowledged to this day. There is an acoustic ballad by Jane’s Addiction, titled “Jane Says,” that must have been one of those subconscious guides. The other day I made the connection to another important source for “Probably Not:” the bassline in Donovan’s “Season of the Witch.”
The lyrics are another story. I don’t know how we got the idea to write “The Irrigation Song,” which was the original mission plan. Victor might remember.
The “Irrigation Song” concept probably got us as far as “all the oceans and the seas.” The rest of the song is a pure encapsulation of Victor and I springboarding off each others’ phrases. One of us starts a line, intending to finish it as a coherent thought, and the other frequently heads him off at the pass with word association and attempted mindreading. Then we laugh at the result, tweak it slightly, and use that as the starting point for the next line.
[Originally written 13 Apr 2007].
[Abridged to reduce pomposity 30 Nov 2007].