I introduced you to the fraud police in my blog post about my ukulele retreat last September. And back then I made a note, that “Fighting the Fraud Police” might be a good song inspiration and it was. I’ve had parts of the chorus for months now, and after my songwriting retreat this January I was so inspired when I came home, that I sat down and finally wrote the whole song.
Now, if you don’t remember what the fraud police is or if you haven’t read my other blog post, here’s a little info for you. It’s something that Amanda Palmer wrote about in her book that really stuck with me, because I know the feeling very well:
“The Fraud Police are the imaginary, terrifying force of ‘real’ grown-ups who you believe – at some subconscious level – are going to come knocking on your door in the middle of the night, saying:
We’ve been watching you, and we have evidence that you have NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE DOING. You stand accused of the crime of completely winging it, you are guilty of making shit up as you go along, you do not actually deserve your job, we are taking everything away and we are TELLING EVERYBODY.”
This excerpt and the feeling behind it were the inspiration for this song. I knew that it would be a pretty dark song. Somehow while writing it, it turned into this completely intense and haunting song, played with only minor chords and this kinda distressed singing. It does capture very well how it feels for me though, when the fraud police shows up and tries to take everything from me and tries to take me with them.
Here’s a first version of the song.
If you’re interested in the lyrics and chords you can download them here.