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Don't, Darren, Don't

from Dinosaur Planet by MJ Hibbett & The Validators



On January 14 2009 at approximately 11.55pm I suddenly had a FLOOD of ideas for Dinosaur Planet, and had to GET UP, run downstairs, and write them down. The FLOOD continued next morning and, by lunchtime that day I'd pretty much written out the entire first proper draft of the plot, ready for a meeting with Mr S Hewitt that evening.

The outline had several song titles in it, and this was one of the first ones I came up with. I knew how the verses would go and the general idea, but it was a bit of a struggle to work it out. I had a go on the 17th, but it wasn't until the next day when I had the idea of including choruses about other, similar, situations, when it started to fall in place. There was still a LOT of to-ing and fro-ing with the verses though, it took AGES to get it to work properly.


Don't, Darren, don't
Drive your panda car out to the old abandoned farm
And don't, Darren, don't
Leave your police radio on the back seat, with your phone
You might as well get into a spitfire
Clutching a photograph
Of the fiancee who you promised
This mission would be your last

Don't, Darren, don't
See a strangely glowing shape and decide to investigate
Don't, Darren, don't
Get any closer and then shout 'Is there anyone about?'
You might as well go down the basement
Of a haunted house
Saying 'There's no such thing as ghosts!'
Just as the lights go out

Turn around and look behind you Darren
When you heard a sound I doubt that it was nothing
Every time I see you in films, Darren
I shout 'Turn around' but the same thing always happens

You'll be teleporting down to a planet
Wearing a red shirt
If someone's getting shot with a phaser gun
It won't be Captain Kirk
Or you'll be diving into the ocean
Scoffing at the warning flags
Saying 'These lifeguards don't know what they're talking about -
Sharks never attack'
Or you'll be driving the super-villain
In your lorry to the prison yard
Taunting Magneto, saying 'You'll never escape
From behind these iron bars!'

Don't, Darren, don't
Come running crying home to me
You won't get any sympathy
Just don't.

Published by Wipe Out Music Publishing


from Dinosaur Planet, released November 14, 2011


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MJ Hibbett & The Validators have performed live on Radio One, had a Record Of The Year in Rolling Stone, an Album Of The Day on 6Music, released one of the first ever viral videos, toured the UK and Europe, featured in an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, and recorded a science fiction rock opera, all while maintaining their complete independence from outside record labels. ... more


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