Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

War of Nerves



 Genre: Indie Rock
No artwork

Get Flash to see this player.

This started off electronic, then more guitars got added. There's a few seconds delay before it starts. This is a first mix, so it may change. A song about the war we inflict on ourselves, partially inspired by the movie 'Revolver' (am I the only person who enjoyed it?) and Tolle's 'Power of Now'.
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
I made my retreat
Planned my own defeat.
You, you're just like me
You want to freeze your birthday.
Citizen of the free world
Put down your cappucino hand
You're working in my sleep and
We'll never live in peace.

I'm gonna gonna getcha
I'm gonna gonna getcha
Gonna get you the war that you deserve.
Gonna gonna getcha
Gonna getch a war of nerves, war of nerves.

But will you make an advance tonight?

I want to get off,
But you won't stop talking.
You, you're all I see
When I get what I don't need.
Citizen of the free world
Chill your frappucino soul
You're swapping real for fake and
love for self control.

Rpt Chorus.

A brother, enemy, another part of me.
Who hired the actor playing the part of me?
A brother, enemy.

War on terror, war on joy,
War for all you girls and boys.
War in summer, war in may
War on the hit parade.
War on nature, war on god
War on everything you love
Lennon sings 'Give war a chance'
Still you wage it on yourself.
Song Stats
Hits: 4363
Comments: 36
Fans: 12
Plays: 381
Downloads: 128
Votes: 14
Uploaded: May 21, 2006 - 10:16:57 AM
Last Updated: May 21, 2006 - 10:16:57 AM Last Played: Jan 14, 2019 - 08:54:57 PM
Song License
Creative Commons License:

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
keystation 49e
easy morning rebels said 4772 days ago (May 24th, 2006)
pretty righteous shit guys... diggin' it.
echoroom said 4772 days ago (May 25th, 2006)
cheers man - we aim to please!
Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
Rebsie said 4771 days ago (May 26th, 2006)
There's a bit of an 80s vibe running through here (which is meant as a
compliment by the way!) and I like the juxtaposition of the guitars with
the electronica. You certainly know how to construct a song ... there's
plenty going on, lots of variety, and it all holds together as a cohesive
whole. It's a rich and dynamic song, with magnificently performed
vocals as usual! You sing it like you mean it.

And the ooohs at the end are delightful.
Check out my latest song called Amongst The Colours (w/ Luna Trick)
echoroom said 4770 days ago (May 27th, 2006)
Thanks Rebsie - appreciate the comments, esp. form a member of the Doris!.
This track was a complete pain to write, the longest I've spent on anything. The
structure went through multiple versions (it initially had a 3 minute guitar wig-
out at the start), as did the music (guitars got added at the end to beef it up~),
but i must admit it was worth the effort (although the guitar at the end needs
taking down a notch). I was thinking of 'stupid girl' by garbagein terms of
sound (so hence the electroica/ 80's feel i guess).

i certainly menat the 'cappucino' bit, as I'm currently addicted to Costa - a line
about 'burning oyur coffee houses gone' got scrapped at the last minute!
Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
Leon said 4770 days ago (May 27th, 2006)
Nerves? I thought it was brave!
How come i didnt get an auto-notification on this one? :-)

This is one of your most engaging songs, quite possibly your best one!
Musically, this one has all the elements of a well-produced song. This
has a rocking energy and a very catchy vibe and melodic hook to it.
What catches my attention more than anything is the bold message
that you inject in your compostions. Lots of unflinching political
statement and symbolism in your lyrics, both plainly told and

Overall, it is a very well constructed song that is not formulaic, offers
some interesting bridges and arrangement novelties. The guitar and
percussion/beat are classic 80's British rock with a still refreshing
familiarity to all the elements that made that decade a glorious era, a
time when music was unqualified music.

Awesome work, Steve!

Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Leon said 4770 days ago (May 27th, 2006)
Nerves? I thought it was brave!
Oh , I forgot to mention the great voice! Your rendition here carries the very
spirit of this song. A voice of full of conviction and passion that sends forth the
lyrical message with a great emotional force.

The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
echoroom said 4769 days ago (May 28th, 2006)
Nerves? I thought it was brave!
Firstly - great to hear from you again.
I don't know what happened to the auto-notification - I've moved house and
e-mail addreess - maybe that's messed something up?

Thanks for the very positive feedback. This has been the hardest song to
write, for reasons I'm not really sure of. I started with a basic structure and
chord sequence, but was never really happy with them. In the end , I
simplified as much as possible. The only live guitars were those used in the
pulse/hum in the chorus, which are put through a filter (I don't think you can
tell they ARE guitars). But the song felt a bit lacking, so fake guitar ( 'cause I
can't really play) was added, especially to the chorus.

I think the mix on this is pretty good, mainly 'cause the more stuff I've heard
and read on this site, the more it's encouraged me to get away from preset
EQs and work with real EQs, but I still have a long way to go.

The vocals were done 5 times, then last saturday, bored during the Eurovision
song contest, I banged them all down in 30 mins, but that's sometimes the
way, isn't it? And still using the same £70 mic!
Funnily enought, the song lyric was originally about government control of
the individual, but morphed into a song about personal control of ones self -
there are still a few hangovers from the original though.
Well, I'm yakking on here - many thanks for stopping by Leon, and keep
roaring and soaring.

Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
Leon said 4768 days ago (May 28th, 2006)
Nerves? I thought it was brave!
Steve , I listened to this song a few more times trying to admire the subtleties of
your excellent production. With a headphone, the artistry and skill you put into
this song are multiplied as I become more aware of the background strings and
keyboard, which are excellent.

Also, I tried to re-analyze your lyrics, and indeed this song could be interpreted
in more ways than one . When I first read the lyrics, something about it made
me think that it was an internal war within one's self, but there is also a
symbolism that could mean a war of a more global scale. Either way, your song
is cerebral and induces people to think and analyze. It has a profoundness that
separates it from most other songs in this site.

The lion roars, the eagle soars.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
ledebutant said 4769 days ago (May 28th, 2006)
It's shocking sometimes what ends up flying under the radar here. This
should be number one this week. It's one of the best Indie Rock songs,
maybe the best Brit Rock song on the site.

Excellent lyrics (the one about your cappuccino hand is a killer)
imaginative production, fabulous instrumentation, all capped off with
an absolutely PERFECT vocal.

I hope you're really proud of this song; you really should be.
Downloaded, faved, big scores. I only wish I'd found it sooner.
echoroom said 4769 days ago (May 28th, 2006)
Spookily enough, i was just replying to leon, and your comment appeared, so I
won't yak on, but just say that I really appreciate your comments, and it's made
my Sunday, just before i do something rock n roll like cut the hedge or wash the
car (the chores are calling). Having checked out your stuff LeDeb, I really
appreciate this feedback.
If you ever get the chance, have a listen to 'Summertime', also posted, and let
me know what you think.

Music for my caffeine rush

Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
J.A.Stewart said 4769 days ago (May 28th, 2006)
Tribal Techno Blues
This piece is very well arranged, performed and produced, Steve.

Very tastefully done instrumentation with good dynamic shifts from
lush to elemental. There's a definite tribal chant feel to the melody,
with the electronica for a bed and then the vocals are given a touch of
the blues that complements the lyric.

I might have been tempted to throw in some echoed counter beat tribal
drum solos in certain spots to punctuate the rhythm section... but
that's just me. ;-)

Nice work, man.
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
echoroom said 4768 days ago (May 29th, 2006)
Tribal Techno Blues
Thanks JA - I get what you say about the tribal chant feel to parts of the vocal -
brings me back to my old Adam and the Ants days.

The drums in the chorus were orginal a straight 4/4beat, with a big crunchy
sound, but that got ditched at the last minute. Interesting point though- I'll
think about a drum break for the next remix.
Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
ktb said 4767 days ago (May 29th, 2006)
real energy
lots going on, and it all works perfectly. what a great blend of textures.
especially like the vocal and the great back up. a very clean mix, with
real energy. loved it
Check out my latest song called Blackwater (by Tokai)
echoroom said 4767 days ago (May 29th, 2006)
real energy
Thanks KtB - usually when I have lots going on in a song, it sounds like mud, so the feedback I've had seems to indicate that I'm going in the right direction here. I usually do the vocals early in the morning - this one was done late on a saturday night - maybe i should stay in more!


Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
charliechen said 4765 days ago (May 31st, 2006)
Enjoyed this.
Not much more to be said here than what's already been said. This is the most polished of all your posts. Your efforts and hard work shows.

Check out my latest song called Sparkles in a Lullaby
echoroom said 4765 days ago (June 1st, 2006)
Enjoyed this.
Thanks Charlie - i even got some of the lyrics to rhyme this time!

Cheers for posting.
Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
jmb1099 said 4764 days ago (June 1st, 2006)
Great sound, profound lyrics, just good music period.
Check out my latest song called Love lifted me
echoroom said 4764 days ago (June 2nd, 2006)
Thanks for the comment jmb.
I always find it theraputic to put my problems into songs!
Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
Ed_Moran said 4748 days ago (June 18th, 2006)
Enjoyed It
I really enjoyed this song. Excellent structure, Production, palying, singing
ect. I look forward to hearing more of your work.
Check out my latest song called Cowboy (WIP)
echoroom said 4748 days ago (June 18th, 2006)
Enjoyed It
thanks ed - I know that you're fairly new to all of this. Well, i've been writing for
just about 10 months now, and although I can't produce stuff to the standard of
some of the guys on this site, it is getting better. I've had a lot of advice from
people here, and am still learning.

At some stage i'll make the leap from GB to logic, but there's more i need to
understand about GB first.

thanks for stopping by - look forward to hearing more of your music soon.
Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
Macaudion said 4742 days ago (June 24th, 2006)
That was very well done, Echoroom - Thanks to Leon, I'm making my
way through and listening to everyone's first pick and hopelly,
eventually I'll make it through to everyone's third personal pick - But
this was a nice surprise - You have a great voice - The arrangement on
this was wonderful too - The lyrics, instrumentation and structure, it
was all good - Sorry that I sound so flat and two dimentional here, but
you get the picture... - I'm really glad that I listenend to this - Thanks!
- Dion
Check out my latest song called Picture country living
echoroom said 4741 days ago (June 24th, 2006)
Hey Dion - thanks for stopping by and commenting, but it sounds like you're
in the midst of a marathon listening session! Glad you liked this - it was my
favourite, but I always find that my latest song is my fav (guess you always
think it's your best, otherwise you'd stop working on it!), so I'm currently
smitten with my revamp of Summertime.

Sometimes tracks just flow - this had to be dragged out, but I'm glad that it
finally made it into the daylight.



Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
scratch_harris said 4724 days ago (July 11th, 2006)
No you're not
I enjoyed Revolver too.
Check out my latest song called Fire on the twenties
echoroom said 4724 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
No you're not
I think it's just the two of us, scratch.
The entire British press gave this scathing reviews, which I think were completely unjustified - i think they just wanted to take Mr Madonna down a peg.
Not only is it Ritchies best movie, i thought it was the best British movie released last year - an existential gangster movie - now , you don't see many of them!

Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
Schello said 4608 days ago (November 5th, 2006)
English Rock, btw romantic(The Smith) and new moviment!


Im not musician®
Check out my latest song called Snozz'en (Cronik Mix)
echoroom said 4607 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
Hi schello - i was at college when the smiths came out .... it was a few years after that I finally realised Morrisey had a sense of humour.

I guess this does sound english (even though I'm Irish)... I've been away from home too long!


Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
said 4542 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
Hah! Great tuneage!
"Free world"? Where? Not on this planet. Not yet anyway.

Exceptional "Brih-ish rawk n' rawl"!

Be well!
echoroom said 4541 days ago (January 11th, 2007)
Free - not just yet!
Hey Mike - we are free .... to do as you tell us (B. Hicks). Glad you liked this - it sounds a bit primative,this track - could do with being upgraded in logic, but not enough hours in the day.

Thanks for stopping by, Bro.

Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
lineofdeadpixels said 4534 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
Good stuff.
Nice driving beat. Love the echo call-back vocals... Keep up the good work.
Check out my latest song called Nothing Ever Ends Forever
echoroom said 4531 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Echo echoes
Thanks LODP - I thought the echo was quite clever when I did it - then i listened to to soem of the other guys at this site!

Great name by the way - am going to check you out ...now!

Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
timothy devine said 4395 days ago (June 5th, 2007)
Love your vocal
The harmonies are right on.
The guitar sounds got this thing driving nice and hard with the bass just driving on.

I love it when u say or sing War of nerves.
You voice reminds me of another MJer ...moorlandt...
a complement I think.
Your vox is a bit more pop sounding ...maybe its the deep sound you got here...

Love the lyric/ u have a great style

great tune
Check out my latest song called Inside of You
echoroom said 4395 days ago (June 6th, 2007)
Hey tim - thanks for the heads-up about the fan list, i'm terrible about these sorts of things! This song was a bit of a step up for me, and got the best feedback i'd had so far at MJs, so it's a bit special to me. I remember doing loads of crap vocal takes then getting it during the eurovision Song contest (televised cheesy annual song contest)... i also remember this song going through abou 4 iterations before getting it into shape.

Thanks for stopping by Tim!

Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
michael2 said 4319 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
how did i
miss this one. really great track. your time spent on it really shows. all of the parts are so well thought and fit together perfectly. did you do this on GB? it almost sounds like a mellotron in there, nice.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
echoroom said 4318 days ago (August 22nd, 2007)
Hey Michael
...I used to spend months on tracks, and this went through so many variations. It was all GB2 - not sure what the 'mellotron' was - either a Jam pack sound, or an effected guitar. One of these days I'll re-do this in logic, with real guitar.

Thanks for checking this out

Check out my latest song called Light Sleeper
Lennon714 said 3927 days ago (September 16th, 2008)
very nice
I was directed to this song by the playlist on the "old mj" tab (I knew having it back would be a good thing). Anyway, I really like this. I imagine this is what a collaboration between David Bowie and Erasure would sound like. I absolutely love Erasure so please take that as a huge compliment.
Check out my latest song called Just a Little More Time
alackbass said 2249 days ago (April 20th, 2013)
War of Nerves
Checking out some of your tracks I missed. Downloaded!
Check out my latest song called Mean Miss Teacher
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: Steve Craig
Location: London UK
send a note

Check out some of my other songs:

Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 103