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A song inspired by the book "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. It is one of my top 3 books of all time, and I have been thinking about writing a song based off of the book for a long time. This one was written, recorded, produced, and uploaded all in about 8 hours. That's what happens when the material inspires you, things just come together quickly.

It is based off of the idea of gods getting their power by having people believe in them, and perform rituals for them. It is taken from a somewhat jaded view, though, talking about it more like a con than a religion. It also has a reference to the icy lake in the book. It's written so that it stands on it's own, however, so even if you haven't read the book, you should still be able to enjoy it.

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No You

Fame and power
A driving need
A wicked cunning
You're going to need it if you want to succeed
To get their money
And get their pride
But when they ask for something
Make sure you know a real good place to hide

So take your source of power
Bury it deep down in the ice
And at the final hour
No one will know the sacrifice
But make sure they know you
Because without them there is no you

The game is simple
An easy con
You show your dimples
Give them just a little taste and then it's on
They're standing in line
You make them want more
But don't take your sweet time
If they don't get what they need they're gonna hit the door

So take your source of power
Bury it deep down in the ice
And at the final hour
No one will know the sacrifice
But make sure they know you
Because without them there is

No use looking for another way
It always plays the same
You need them coming
You need them humming
And feeling wanted
A little haunted
So give them an inch
And they'll give you everything

Soon you'll be famous
An American God
But don't let them know your secret
Or they'll jump on you like a lightning rod
Cause they are selfish and needy
And in the end they'll show you that they're just plain greedy
They want your secret for themselves
And if you don't give it to them then they'll send you straight to hell

So take your source of power
Bury it deep down in the ice
And at the final hour
No one will know the sacrifice
But make sure they know you
Because without them there is no you

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from The Evil Machine Demos, track released June 25, 2011
Written, performed, and produced by Mark Blasco

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