The Clearing Track By Track: Lie To Me

Today we’re diving into Track 7, formerly “45”, now officially named “Lie To Me”.

Listen to the track on YouTube

Crooked Forest – The Clearing (Full Album)

About the Track

I wish I could remember definitively why I started writing Lie To Me but I can’t wholly place it, but the “double dog dare you” line is really what kicked things off and set the tone for the entire song.

Like “All On Me”, Lie To Me is really conversational and right from the beginning you’re best to imagine yourself in the middle of another fun interaction with someone who thinks they’re somehow smarter than you or doesn’t respect you enough to be honest with you and is particularly bad at hiding it.

Some people make great liars, but most people are pretty easy to figure out if you let them keep talking long enough.

There’s really not much to say about this song by ways of background, it’s pretty straightforward by design.

As I said it’s conversational in that it’s intended to be more of a direct dialogue between two people, but the base of the entire song is purely fantasy, envisioning yourself with complete control over this person (or persons) who have wronged you, at first as their fibs back them to the end of the cliff, to later holding them off it during the last opportunities you give them to come clean about their transgressions. Story-wise, it makes a great follow-up to “Pressure Cooker“.

At the end of the chorus, the line, “I wont run from your shadow games” might seem misplaced but it’s referring to literal shadow puppets, fooling whoever’s watching with a clever flick of your hand and some good lighting.

I had half a mind to write like 4-16 more verses for the end of the track because I was enjoying coming up with little metaphors and lines for that bit but in a rare move of self constraint I opted not to. Sometimes it’s entirely too easy to get caught up in a concept but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll make for a better version of the song, and I think I made the right choice here.

As a fun exercise, feel free to fill in the last verse with your own variations about someone you can’t stand!

Official Lyrics

Lie to me, I dare you
As I count to ten
In my head, you’ve already stepped back to the edge

Lie to me,
I double-dog dare you again
In my head I’ve wrung your neck til your face beat red
I held your wrists
Sturdy like you begged
Youthful optimism
A clever trick
Won’t fall for it

Lie to me, you selfish prick
A voice that punctures every organ
Lie to me, I’ve got all day
I won’t run from your shadow games

Lie to me, I dare you
As I count to ten
In my head you’re already hanging off the cliff

Lie to me, we’re not done yet
Lie to me, maybe I like it

Held on tight
Til the time was right
When you smiled
I loosened my grip
Held on tight
Til the time was right (til I saw a sign)
When you smiled
I loosened my grip
And that was it

(Lie to me)
Is it my turn? I can’t wait
(Lie to me)
I hate your fucking face
(Lie to me)
You were never any good
(Lie to me)
And your jokes suck, too
(Lie to me)
You’re so immature
(Lie to me)
Half a dollars worth
(Lie to me)
Cancer to my space
(Lie to me)
I’m glad I’m not that way
(Lie to me)
I love the yarn you spin
(Lie to me)
Would you make me some mittens?
(Lie to me)
I’m due for a fix
(Lie to me)
Put the needle in

Lie to me, you selfish prick
Lie to me, maybe I like it

A Little More

Lie To Me was initially titled “45” in homage to the 45th President of the United States of America for his incredible disregard for truth and democracy, but then I happened to be listening to some old Sum 41 records and realized they have a song of the same, so I doubled it back to what it is now.


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