The Labyrinth

Words & Music by James Kennedy

'The Labyrinth' is an alternative Acoustic Rock song & is the 8th song on the 2013 James Kennedy album 'The National Health Service'. The words, music & production are by James Kennedy.

'The Labyrinth' stands alone on the album as being more in the experimental style of Kennedy's previous work, whilst staying within the stripped down acoustic instrumentation of the rest of the album. Consisting solely of acoustic guitar, clean electric guitar & vocals, 'The Labyrinth' manages to create an eerily horror-esque feeling throughout due to its very unconventional chord structure and dissonant counter guitar parts. This is enhanced further by the lyrics which are of a very dark & surreal nature. Kennedy has said that the song doesn't mean anything but that he was experimenting with evoking 'other worldly' imagery in the song and incorporated ideas from surrealist painters like Salvador Dali. The song also features falsetto singing from Kennedy where he is holding notes for long periods of time without breathing.

LYRICS

Through the twisted streets

Of tangled feet

Breathing walls that hide

Hungry Reptile eyes

Don’t step on the cracks

Resist their windy hands

Hurry while you can

Before it sucks you in

Melting tentacle trees

Where shadows creep

Don’t step on the cracks

Resist their windy hands

Hurry while you can

Before it sucks you in