The Elephant song is a song I wrote around some lyrics from a friend of mine named Tyson Koschik. He was quite a gifted singer/songwriter and who doesn't like songs with fast lyrics? This was probably one of the more fun songs to play live as it usually got the dance floor pumping and its just a simple 2 chord feel good'r! Although I said earlier that the entire process of recording this album was completely enjoyable and went off without a hitch, there was a slight problem with this song that did delay the release of the album by a month or two. Norm Dugas (christian's dad)who was producing/engineering the album, in the 11th hour, decided he couldn't release this song unless we changed a lyric in it. At a "listening party" where we all just sit in the studio and listen to the mastered tracks in the order they were arranged in, when it got to that part of the song, Norm had simply made a mute recording edit over the lyric so everything just dissapeared for the duration of the lyric. At first we all kind of looked at eachother and thought maybe it was a weird glitch. However after the song was over Norm told us that he had muted out the lyric on purpose. The lyric in question was...
"you've got the silver sun setting in the whites of my eyes
I've never tried killing but I'll give it a try"
Having not wrote the lyrics, I didn't have a deep connection to them nor did I feel one word was more or less important than another, but I took offense to the hijacking of the project, the "change it or I won't release it" and There was also some integrity - stick to your guns - youthful - nobody tells me what to do type feelings that I had seen in a movie and thought I should play out as long as I could but in the end, upon deliberations with the band I decided to change the lyric. I changed it to
"I've never tried dylan but I'll give it a try"
If you listen carefully you can pick out the difference in compression in my voice when we punched it in. Although it was a bone of contention between us and Norm, life went on and we all forgot about it soon enough. Although I'm not sure I've ever told Tyson that we butchered his lyric!