"Straight & Narrow" was written October 24th, 1997 ...
at my mom's house in North Brunswick, New Jersey
From the Kingdom Come CD :
Recorded live 1999, at Graphic Sound Studio in Ringoes, New Jersey.
Alan Horvath: Vocal | Washburn Acoustic-Electric Guitar
A. Perry Heller: Percussion
Bob Hart: Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
Chris Lee & Leah Coloff: Cellos (added later)
There's an earlier version of this song, found on the Busy Being Born CD ... this is the same recording, except harmony vocals were added at Smokey Mirror Studios in December of 2003, so this is a slightly different version.
This song is about life ... religion (legalism) ... money ... popularity ... all of the illusions that the devil tries to present to your mind as "reality."
"Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
This song speaks of two worlds ... one, which we can only see with our physical eyes ... and the other, which we can only see with our "spiritual" eyes. The latter, to the flesh, seems like the illusion ... but isn't. To me, this song is a sign along the roadway of your life that says, "Hey! The choices you are making can be lethal! You are paying attention, right?"
"Straight & Narrow" was inspired by a groove I got into one day with my percussionist, A. Perry Heller ... coupled with a conversation we had ... a few weeks after that we went into the studio and layed down the tracks you hear ... live ... I think it was the second or third take.
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"A long time ago, I downloaded this song. I at first thought it was ... ok. Then for some reason I put it on the only music CD I have burned. Now I sing it every day, my 3 and 4 year olds ask for it everyday and know almost all the words, and I believe it is a song that is not ok, it is outstanding. My 4 yr old calls it "welcome to the dark'ess" (without the n) even though I have told her it is called "Straight and Narrow" many many times. I specially like the ending where it goes heavy with percussions; well, I like specially the whole thing, the riff, the melody, the lyrics, the sound, all of it. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for it. It is a gift I can assure you we value a lot."
"This is a lovely, professional recording. Alan reminds me of Jim Croce for some reason."
Mort Salmon - RMMGA
"Totally unique and hard to classify. Like it's its own genre, or something. The bongos / congas really make this tune. Nice groove, neat lyrics, nicely performed."
Jeff Sherman - RMMGA
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