Great Smoky Mountains National Park

“Into the Wild”

Inspired by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1997

I made what felt like a breakthrough observation a few days ago that one of the earliest songs that I ever wrote and recorded was actually inspired by a National Park and should be included in this project. I wrote “Into the Wild” at a time when I was frequently camping and backpacking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The title was definitely influenced by the 1996 book by Jon Krakauer, which I had read around the same time but part of why I found the book fascinating was that it hinted at the allure of the outdoors that drove me to want to visit the first park that I became familiar with as an adult.


Demos

I’m going to share my 1997 4-track demo as well as a new 2016 demo of the same song.

07/10/1997

I recorded this demo on a TASCAM PortaStudio that I purchased in 1996. It was the 6th song I ever recorded on it and one of the very first originals. I shared it, along with other home recording, with friends on a cassette tape and CD-R labeled All My Mistakes in 1998.

01/30/2016

After realizing that this song should be part of the Trailsongs project, I decided to start a new demo and see how that felt almost 20 years later. I’m playing a Fender Stratocaster on this one.


Lyrics

F#

B          F#          Ab     G     F#
I’m goin’ into the wild.
B          F#          Ab     G     F#
I’m goin’ for quite a while.
B          C#
I’m goin’ with no one.
Eb          C#
I’m goin’ for myself.
B          F#          B     F#
I’m goin’ into the wild.

B          F#          Ab     G     F#
B          F#          Ab     G     F#
B          C#          Eb          C#
B          F#          B     F#

E                    B               Bb
I don’t need anything that I can’t carry.
E                    B               Bb
I don’t need anything at all.
E               B                    Bb
I know I’ll be alone but please don’t worry.
E               B                    F#
I might slip but I will not fall.

B          F#          Ab     G     F#
I’m goin’ into the wild.
B          F#          Ab     G     F#
I’m goin’ for quite a while.
B          C#
I’m goin’ with no one.
Eb          C#
I’m goin’ for myself.
B          F#          B     F#
I’m goin’ into the wild.

B          F#          Ab     G     F#
B          F#          Ab     G     F#
B          C#          Eb          C#
B          F#          B     F#

B

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