Songwriter’s Association of Canada Challenge – Week #2 Song

Set Me On Fire – Scott & Ben MacKay

Verse 1

You are a work of art

A masterpiece made for a woman’s heart

I can’t help myself, I’m fallin for you

Verse 2

Like the moon pulls on the sea

I’m drawn to you, you got a hold on me

I can’t help myself, I love you

Pre-Chorus

Light up my life

Light up my life my love

Light up my life

Light up my life my love

Chorus

Set me on fire

Set me on fire

Verse 3

We all need air to breath

A heart inside our chest to beat

But nothing compares to my need for you

Pre-Chorus

Light up my life

Light up my life my love

Light up my life

Light up my life my love

Chorus

Set me on fire

Set me on fire

Bridge

Sometimes I feel

Like I’m looking through a tinted windshield

I see you, but you don’t see me

You don’t see me

Pre-Chorus

Light up my life

Light up my life my love

Chorus

Set me on fire

Set me on fire

Set me on fire (Light up my life, light up my life my love)

Set me on fire (Light up my life, light up my life my love)

Set me on fire

Words About Writing This Tune

Well well well. This week’s challenge was somewhat of a doozy. Not only did I have to write a tune in a genre I don’t listen to much at all, but I also had to write from the perspective of a teenage girl.

My twin brother Ben came over on the first day the challenge was issued to me and we sat down and started fooling around with chord progressions and melodies. He started playing a progression on the mandolin and we went from there. Surprisingly enough we ended up creating the entire melody for the song within 20 minutes. I found it liberating writing in a different style and with another artist in mind. I felt myself letting go and trying things I never would for myself as I knew the song wasn’t for myself.

For the rest of the week my brother and I brainstormed some lyrical ideas. When we wrote the chorus I just started singing “light up my life” and “set me on fire”. We decided to keep these lines and build the idea around them. At first we were going to write about teenage depression but found that the feel of the song didn’t fit. After talking to a local band during rehearsal for an upcoming gig about the song, they suggested writing about unrequited love and teenage obsession. We thought the idea fit much better, so we wrote the final lyrics with that idea in mind.

This song is just a rough demo. It’s meant as a platform to work off of if there is interest.

I hope you enjoy this experiment 🙂

Scott

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