2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00

Music by Frank Horvat
Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat

  1. Fight Buy on iTunes 10:10


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Album: Love in 6 Stages
Buy Song: iTunes
Date: September 21, 2017
Location: THE FARM, Toronto
Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano)
Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin

Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

Programme Notes

I composed Fight to be the fourth song on my concept album, Love in 6 Stages. Each song on this album is 10 minutes in length. And while it has a pop sensibility, my inspiration probably came from classical and ambient traditions.

Since this song signals the beginning of the end for our protagonist’s romantic relationship, I wanted this song to be explosive. Anyone who’s ever been in a relationship can attest to how emotionally painful, frustrating and draining arguments with a lover can be. Many of the vocal sections in this song attempt to recreate verbatim often what would be said in such altercations – irrational as it might sound. I wanted the piano to support the explosive nature of this vicious argument. A lot of rock riffs came to inspire the driving rhythmic nature of the piano.

– Frank Horvat


When I’m close, I feel far
I move and move my mind
To the outskirts of my heart confined

Complicity, is what you want from me
But your wants are so far from my needs
Further, further, further

Sincerity, is what you ask of me
But your taunts push me like the wind, even
Farther, farther, further
Farther, farther, further
Further, further, further
Further, further, further, farther, far

Testing our streams of fire
Does it flow? Does it sting? Does that hurt? Feel it
Does it flow? Does it sting? Does that hurt? Seal it
Let me turn to you so you can look away
Let me turn again so you walk

To end my words, to twist what I think
Go against me for the sake of the against
Please don’t smile or smirk
Don’t smile or smirk
Don’t smile or smirk
Don’t smile or smirk

What yes, no, I didn’t
That’s not true
How could you be so, be so
What yes, no, I, please stop
Oh how can you be such a jerk
I can’t believe, no I
What you can’t say, can’t say that
Can’t be this way, no I
You can’t say that, please stop
Please stop, please stop, please stop, please stop
Please, please, please, please

Testify that I’m right
You are wrong. You are off. You’re at fault. Know it
You are wrong. You are off. Go ahead, throw it
Please clarify, what am I to you? Answer me
Please clarify, what I’m to you
What I’m to you?
What I’m to you?
What I’m to you?

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