Artist: Seven Mary Three

Cumbersome ~ Seven Mary Three

Seven Mary Three, occasionally abbreviated to 7M3, is an American hard rock band. They have released seven studio albums and are best known for their hit single “Cumbersome,” as well as “Water’s Edge” and “Wait” among others.

Seven Mary Three formed in 1992 when Jason Ross and Jason Pollock met while attending the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Originally an acoustic duo, Ross and Pollock split song-writing duties and performed with Ross singing and Pollock playing guitar. Later, drummer Giti Khalsa and bassist Casey Daniel joined the band, and the foursome played coffeehouses and clubs throughout the Southeast.

The present members of the band are Casey Daniel, Jason Ross, Thomas Juliano, and Mike Levesque. Giti Khalsa has stopped touring with the band, but still performs on studio recordings.

Jason Pollock revealed in The Cavalier Daily that they came up with the name while watching the 1970s TV series CHiPs on TV-’7 Mary 3′ was the call sign for Officer Jon Baker, who was played by actor Larry Wilcox. (7M3: police radio call sign; 7 designates the patrol beat, M for Mary designates that he is a motorcycle unit and 3 is his unit number). Pollock noted, “There’s no great significance or anything. We were just tired of trying to think of a cool name.”

Cumbersome

Cumbersome” is a song by Seven Mary Three and the lead single from their breakthrough album, American Standard. It was originally included on their independently released debut, Churn, in 1994.

The original six minute version of “Cumbersome” served as the opening track to Churn. After airing on a Florida radio station and generating great response, the song propelled Seven Mary Three to a record deal with Mammoth Records. The band then re-recorded “Cumbersome” for their Mammoth label debut album,American Standard, and the song catapulted the album to platinum status.

“Cumbersome” boasts aggressive, universal lyrics which describe regret over a couple’s separation, particularly a woman’s disinterest in her significant other. It also arguably highlights the group’s songwriting abilities with unique lines such as “She calls me Goliath and I wear the David mask.” Aiding the song’s catchy melody, its chorus features a rapid succession of rhymes including “Too heavy too light, too black or too white, too wrong or too right, today or tonight/Cumbersome.” The song opens with guitar chords which are strummed conventionally and then strummed muted between every chord transition. This pattern carries on throughout the song. “Cumbersome”‘s prominent bassline is highlighted during the bridge and also provides a sense of liveliness to the song.

Despite proving commercial successful, as the band’s debut single and most popular song, “Cumbersome” has, according to some observers, pigeon-holed Seven Mary Three among the one-hit wonders of the 1990s. In a 2005 interview, drummer Giti Khalsa called the song “a blessing and a curse.” He added, “It definitely was the beginning of our success. We were able to sell a lot of records because of that song and a couple others on that first record. But, at the same time, with each record that we’ve made – it’s like the ‘monkey on the back.’” This was reinforced in 2003 when the band opened for 3 Doors Down on tour. The latter group, having surpassed Seven Mary Three in popularity, claimed to have covered ”Cumbersome” among other Seven Mary Three songs during their early days. Khalsa also expressed disappointment in a 2003 interview where he stated that a considerable amount of people leave their shows after “Cumbersome” is performed.

As of 2008, “Cumbersome” allegedly receives over 500 plays a week on popular radio.

Cumbersome – Ross,  Pollock

She calls me Goliath and I wear the David mask
I guess the stones are coming too fast for her now
You know, I’d like to believe this nervousness will pass
All the stones that are thrown are building up a wall

I have become, cumbersome to this world
I have become, cumbersome to my girl

I’d like to believe we could reconcile the past
Resurrect those bridges with an ancient glance
But my old stone face can’t seem to break her down
She remembers bridges and burns them to the ground

I have become, cumbersome to this world
I have become, cumbersome to my girl

Too heavy, too light, too black or too white
Too wrong or too right, damn tonight
Cumbersome
Too rich or too poor, she’s wanting me less
And I’m wanting her more
The bitter taste is cumbersome
No, yeah, no no no, yeah…

There is a balance between two worlds
One with an arrow and a cross
Regardless of the balance, life has become cumbersome

Too heavy, too light, too black or too white
Too wrong or too right, damn tonight
Cumbersome
Too rich or too poor, she’s wanting me less
And I’m wanting her more
The bitter taste is cumbersome
No, yeah, no no no, no no no, yeah, no no no, yeah…

Your life has become cumbersome

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