Feet of God, Track by Track #1. Arohanui

Feet of God, Track by Track #1. Arohanui

#1 - Arohanui

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The original working title for Arohanui was In my Blood, and the lyric was written after a big night out. It was about that feeling of safety, love, stumbling into your own home, and then into bed next to your partners warmth, in the small hours of the morning.

“...stumble to my feet in a half remembered dream, pushing through the walls until I feel safe next to you, in your arms I feel love."

I played the drums on the original demo, and the beat in the breakdown before the guitar solo was made up, on the spot, when I got to it in the demo. I had the general idea in my head, but I’d never actually played it, and had really no idea what I was going to fill that section with. It became one of my favourite moments as it swells into the lap-steel guitar solo.

I knew the original title wasn't right but didn't find one until I was a long way through the process. I woke up at about 3am one morning and knew it should be called Aroha nui, which is a phrase from the language of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand/Aotearoa. It's nearest definition's are; big love. Or; with deep affection. It's often used in signing off with people. It summed up the sentiments of the song perfectly, and is a large nod to the culture and country I am proud to be from.

The ocean sounds at the beginning were recorded at the point over my right shoulder in the cover photo, in Raglan, on the west coast of NZ, with Arie Stokes after we took the cover photo at Wainui Reserve.

I think this song is the closest I’ve ever come to capturing the feel, and mood of a geological place. The west coast has been an immense source of inspiration to me since I was very young. It can be breathtakingly beautiful, but the storms that blow in across the Tasman sea can be very powerful and violent. It’s an amazing thing to witness those storms rolling in from the west, and the swells in the music and moodiness of the arrangement really seemed to capture it for me. I’ll be eternally grateful for how this song, and it’s final arrangement appeared.

Lyrics

Enter through the door
It’s hanging off the shelf
Want for nothing more
Than sleeping on the couch

Stumble to my feet
In a half remembered dream
Pushing through the walls
Until I feel

Safe next to you
In your arms I feel love
In the warmth of your blood
In your arms I feel love

Elusive rest will come
The sheep are almost gone
The birds will have their day
Your forgiveness comes to me

When I’m with you
In your arms I feel love
In the warmth of your blood
In your arms I feel love

Safe next to you
In your arms I feel love
In the warmth of your blood
In your arms I feel love

Safe next to you
In your arms I feel love
In the warmth of your blood
In your arms I feel love



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