SONG: “Growing Batteries”

SONG:

“Growing Batteries.” [Download]
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ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Process Turns Cellulose into Energy Storage Devices”, Laboratory Equipment, 8 April 2014, as used in the post “Tree batteries. No, capacitors. No, *super* capacitors”.

ABSTRACT: Not too much to say about the process here – it’s a pretty standard twee melody with all the usual suspects in the band (a twangy guitar, something chimey, cello, an accordion, drums with brushes). Did some things with the vocal mix that I hope weren’t *too* distracting, just to set the pre-choruses apart from everything else.

The subject was kind of a natural one for a song, although the lyrics don’t exactly do it justice. (For one thing, the devices being made aren’t exactly batteries, but capacitors, which are slightly different.) Still – electronic devices made from trees! Energy storage made of wood! How can one not sing about that?

Lyrics:

Our hearts keep time
Though there’s metal in our bodies
The oceans rise
Every time I hear you call me

And the days are running down
There’s no one to rewind them
All the wells are running dry
No one here to mine them

So I am growing batteries
Trimming branches for the future
So I am planting energy
Drawing circuits from the ground

And I don’t want to leave here
Though the world would not go under
All the city streets here
Are paved in lights and thunder.

And the days are running down
There’s no one to rewind them
All the wells are running dry
No one here to mine them

So I am growing batteries
Trimming branches for the future
So I am planting energy
Drawing circuits from the ground

(Our hearts keep time)
So I am growing batteries
(Though there’s metal in our bodies)
Trimming branches for the future
(The oceans rise)
So I am planting energy
(Every time I hear you call me)
Drawing circuits from the ground

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