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Believer

from Believer by Ken Stringfellow

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Ken Stringfellow, co-founder of The Posies, also known for his work with REM, Big Star and many other iconic artists, takes on one of this generation’s most popular songs: Imagine Dragons’ global hit “Believer”, recorded live in Ken’s Seattle studio on his Steinway grand piano. Typical of Ken’s direct and emotionally uncompromising style, the driving beat of the original is transformed into a haunting pulse, as Ken’s voice moves from plaintive whisper to primal scream.
Ken’s first release since the pre-COVID era, this is a glimpse into where Ken as an artist is heading, and where he has been: as this song speaks of transformation, so often painful, but which ultimately makes us stronger – a sentiment absolutely relevant to Ken at this stage of his life, and to us all, whether we have learned this truth yet or not. Believer is a statement, an artistic fracture, the prequel to Ken’s next album “Circuit Breaker”, to be released in 2024.

lyrics

First things first
I’m-a say all the words inside my head
I'm fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh ooh
The way that things have been, oh ooh

Second things second
Don't you tell me what you think that I could be
I'm the one at the sail, I'm the master of my sea, oh ooh
The master of my sea, oh ooh

I was broken from a young age
Taking my sulking to the masses
Writing my poems for the few
That look at me, took to me, shook to me, feeling me
Singing from *heartache from the pain
Taking my *message from the veins
Speaking my* lesson from the brain
Seeing the beauty through the...

Pain!
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
Pain!
You break me down, you build me up, believer, believer
Pain!
Oh let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
My life, my love, my drive, it came from
Pain!
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer

Third things third
Send a prayer to the ones up above
All the hate that you've heard has turned your spirit to a dove, oh ooh
Your spirit up above, oh ooh

I was choking in the crowd
Building my rain up in the cloud
Falling like ashes to the ground
Hoping my feelings, they would drown
But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing
Inhibited, limited
Til it broke open and rained down
It rained down, like

Pain!
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
3Pain!
You break me down, you build me up, believer, believer
Pain!
Oh let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
My life, my love, my drive, it came from
Pain!
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer

Last things last
By the grace of the fire and the flames
You're the face of the future, the blood in my veins, oh ooh
The blood in my veins, oh ooh
But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing
Inhibited, limited
Til it broke open and rained down
It rained down, like

Pain!
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
Pain!
You break me down, you build me up, believer, believer
Pain!
Oh let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
My life, my love, my drive, it came from
Pain!
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer

credits

from Believer, released November 24, 2023
Performed, produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ken Stringfellow

"Believer" written by Robin Lennart Fredriksson, Mattias Per Larsson, Benjamin Arthur McKee, Daniel Platzman, Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon & Justin Drew Tranter

Published by Imagine Dragons Music/Songs For Kidinacorner/Songs of Universal Inc/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI)

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Ken Stringfellow Seattle, Washington

A fixture on the music landscape, indie and otherwise, since the debut of his band The Posies in 1988, Ken Stringfellow has over thirty-five years of experience as a performer, composer, producer, arranger, programmer and more. In addition to his eight albums with the Posies and four solo albums, Ken spent a decade touring and recording with R.E.M and 17 years with Memphis cult band Big Star. ... more

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