Walking Dead

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One of my strongest memories of the era of music videos is watching Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. It was like watching a mini-movie and it was fun to see the soft spoken Jackson play the role of one of the undead. And of course, he could still dance, better than ever, undead or not. When I was writing this song, I kept coming back to the lyric, “old love.” Old love does this, old love does that. The idea of a memory of someone, an old love, that you can’t shake. As I was singing it, I also heard myself singing the name “Ola” sometimes instead of “old love,” and it made me think about something I’d been reading about Ola Ray, the actress who played the love interest of Jackson in the Thriller video. So, I also had her in the back of my mind as I was writing this. The lyrics tell the story of a narrator who can’t seem to part with the memories of a former lover. His memories are so vivid that she seems to become an actual person that he goes out and gets drunk with and waits for in parking lots while smoking cigarettes. Of course, she never actually shows up. Or does she? The mention of the walking dead and the VHS tapes in the lyric are references to Thriller and Ola Ray’s role in it, and seemed appropriate for a lyric about someone having difficulty separating fantasy from reality.

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Old love, carries me around. Takes me out on the town. Gets me drunk and gets me high. Old love can’t say goodbye. Old love can’t say goodbye.

Old love is always late so I always hang around and wait just to burn down the minutes on my cigarette in this parking lot when there’s no one left to sing to. Old love, no one left to sing to.

Old love, old love I’m a wreck without you. People keep on asking what’s new and I don’t know what to do with questions I don’t have the answers to.

Old love there’s nothing under the bed, so don’t be afraid of the walking dead. I saved your movies on old cassettes called VHS so I won’t forget you. Old love, so I won’t forget you.

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from Telegrams, track released March 29, 2019
Composers: Tariq Hussain

Performers: 
Tariq--vocals, guitar
Sam Davidson—keys/synths, woodwinds
Skye Brooks--drums
John Walsh—bass
Micajah Sturgess—french horn

Studio--Afterlife (Vancouver, BC)

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Tariq Vancouver, British Columbia

Tariq is a Juno nominated singer/songwriter & recording artist. He releases music as himself and w/ the critically acclaimed band, Brasstronaut.

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