100

Key 57
Key
From Candor
2006

I worked on this originally in 2006, although the actual idea to make the song is much older than that.

100, originally titled “100 Years”, was a very specific project I started, always intended to have lyrics. It was inspired by a poem written by a close friend of and the premise of that poem was that nothing mattered because we would all be dead in a hundred years. A dark concept to be sure, but I thought the poem could be retooled into an industrial or darkwave song.

I came up with the chord progression for what became the verse, but it was very difficult to construct the verse section to match it. Over the years I tried in vain to come up with something I was happy with. Much of the composition process came after I was approached by a member of a local theatre community who was keen to write and produce a musical based on The Terminator. They had heard my music and wanted to know if I could try my hand at writing some songs. I worked on this along with a revival of my other dark track, Bloodwork (which became Every Second Counts). My involvement with that musical ultimately didn’t amount to anything so both these tracks were not completed at that time.

100 Years was one of those songs that I began, reloaded, played around with and then closed countless times over the years, and I simply chalked it up to being ‘not the right time’ to be inspired to complete it. However, in the spring of 2023, suddenly I was able to get deep into it and begin a new base track from scratch. The real hurdle for me was still the verses, for which I had nothing but failed attempts –this was the main reason I had previously kept shelving it. But in June, I was able to get it to a point where it sounded great. Then the lyrics, inexplicably, were completed in less than two hours.

So, in its current form, 100 is a song very much still in the vein of the original poem, but it is more of a lesson in living your life to the fullest. Also the idea that seemingly contrasting statements can exist, such as “Everything matters, so nothing matters / Nothing matters, so everything matters”. Lastly, it is about not caring whether people judge you based on your life decisions, because in 100 years, is it really going to matter to anyone?

Lock 5700
100 Years

Key

A chip tune from 2006 which bears little resemblance to anything produced later. Unworthy of publishing.


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Lock 5701
100

Key

The 2023 album version from Candor.

Credits

written, produced and arranged by Key.

Lyrics

Walking down a familiar hallway
Wondering why is it you always
Find yourself in a situation
That requires some kind of explanation
All the doors beside you open
Floods of people approach you hoping
That you will catalogue and itemize 
The things you do

But you don't have to answer all these questions
No need to listen to all the suggestions
And try remembering this one simple thing
You only get so much time on this earth
And once it's done, what's it all worth?
Live in the moment and time will tell

As time is passing by and by
The universe will ask you why
Will you need to justify
in one hundred years

Look at yourself, you're a walking discrepancy
Can't make a choice for fear of irrelevancy
So you just go with the wind whichever way it blows
I'm not sure why you think it should matter
So don't listen to all their clatter
In the end whatever path you choose will be right

Three hundred million meters per second
That's the speed of light and I reckon
When your inner light reaches deep outer space
No one out there will care about your choices
And time will have silenced all the voices
Who disapprove of the way you live your life

As time is passing by and by
The universe will ask you why
Will you need to justify
in one hundred years

When you look beyond the sky
And you sound your battle cry
Does the feeling amplify
for one hundred years

Make your mark, sing your own tune
Break your records, shoot for the moon
Your happiness and your love is all you've got

Life is moving at increasing velocity
And I don't care to satisfy curiosity
I'd rather focus on the way I want to spend my time
When you look at the bigger picture
The universe is a consummate trickster
And everything you know won't even be a memory, so...

Looking out and looking in
If you lose or if you win
No one will care about your sin
In 100 years

As time is passing by and by
The universe will ask you why
Will you need to justify
in one hundred years

When you look beyond the sky
And you sound your battle cry
Does the feeling amplify
for one hundred years