Before you can start writing a song, you need some inspiration. That can be anything, but the trigger for ALL STRESSED OUT was another song:
HANG ON ST. CHRISTOPHER by Tom Waits.
It’s the opening song of his Franks Wild Years album. Fantastic!
Basically a blues song, but with a very special effect - a kind of downward pull.
So I wrote a bass line that sounded like it was going to run down forever.
I added a chord riff of blues chords with suspended diminished chords. My basic framework was ready.
I don't remember too well how I wrote the lyrics. I keep a collection of text fragments with over 2000 entries so far. I remember that I used them for the most part.
As soon as the lyrics were finished I recorded the first demo.
Next, I made an instrumental version for a movie pitch. The evolution continued.
Then I did a new production of the song with a different singer. John gave the song a lot of character with his relaxed style.
Ev'ryone, have a good time!