Shshsh

2014 – for voice & piano – 3:35
lyrics by Regina A. Blackburn, music by Frank Horvat

  1. Shshsh (demo) Lyrics by Regina A. Blackburn. Music by Frank Horvat. 03:35

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

Programme Notes

This was the second writing collaboration for Regina and I. The ballad explores the painful epidemic of sexual abuse against children, especially when they are victims of their own family. I always conceived a simple orchestration for the song, with vocals and single instrument accompaniment (piano in the case of the demo). The lyrics and melody are quite powerful, even in an understated way, that it doesn’t seem right to shroud the soundscape with superfluous instrumentation.

The key thing in helping those who have been victim of sexual abuse is to enable them to come forward. No one can move forward without first finding peace with the past. Hopefully, music and the arts can help by inspiring courage and by allowing for an open dialogue.

– Frank Horvat

Lyrics

by Regina A. Blackburn

The family has a Shshsh , that we don’t speak about
A u/g/l/y secret; Took place at Grandma’s house

The family has a Shshsh, though it didn’t start with me
Seems like it’s been forever, inside this family

Shshsh, don’t speak; Shshsh, don’t tell;
Escape into your little shell
Shshsh, don’t see; Shshsh, don’t hear;
In a state of constant fear;

The family has a Shshsh; Nobody brave enough
To stop that animal, preying on the not-so-tough

The family has a Shshsh; Everybody knows details
Of what took place within those walls; A true-life living hell

Shshsh, don’t speak; Shshsh, don’t tell;
Escape into your little shell
Shshsh, don’t see; Shshsh, don’t hear;
In a state of constant fear;

Won’t somebody rescue me; Won’t somebody set me free
Won’t somebody ; Some/bo/dy ; Save what’s left of me
Won’t somebody crack this case; See the clues upon my face
Won’t somebody; Some/bo/dy ; Hurry!!! Help me!!!

The family HAD a Shshsh; Now everyone’s released
The reign of terror over; ‘Cause we massacred the beast
Now we have a new shshsh; A new shshsh; Shshsh!!!

LT#129

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply