The songs of THE STORY OF IT ALL

Posted: October 7, 2015

Well, I hope you’ll forgive the very long gap between posts! It was due to a major life change…a move from Santa Fe, New Mexico to the greener, lusher world of Portland, Oregon. I’ll probably be posting some tales of the trip now that my computer is up and running again. I had my iPad the whole time but I just don’t like doing longer posts on it…fine for e-mail and Facebook comments but this old school guy likes a keyboard and a big screen!

Anyway, back to the music at long last. And, appropriately, to one of the more intriguing songs on THE STORY OF IT ALL (which, if you do not own yet, can be had by clicking on The Store above or each track can be downloaded individually for just 80c each in The Music).

#10 ANOTHER YOU ANOTHER ME

Like all stories or movies involving time travel this song is a little more complex than it seems at first.

Even the opening line can be a little confusing.

You and I will meet on a random street thirty years from now…

So, let’s get this straight. This is not a man looking back at a past relationship in the simplest sense, since he is writing this “now.” It’s a man imagining future events. Well partly. True to the time travel conundrum, it’s a man writing in the past about a future he has seen and returned to the past to tell about. Did I lose you yet?

The rest of the song is the man telling the woman in various ways that…

The future’s waiting but you won’t like what you see…

because what that future contains is…

…another you another me.

The woman is now in what the writer at least assumes to be an unhappy marriage. She is…

…tired and harried…fresh from your latest row

We never hear from the woman in this lyric so it’s absolutely possible that this is all inaccurate, wishful thinking on the part of our writer. He makes assumptions though that fit his desires…

We’ll wish that we were both still free…

He has sexual fantasies. Or, given the writer is still in the “now”, describes what he thinks he will miss in the future…

…the body I knew when we were twenty two…naked without a care.

But. as always, when sex makes an appearance at inappropriate times the platitudes follow…in one of the most personally pleasing flow of words I’ve ever written incidentally (if I’m allowed to say so).

You’ll say it’s strange, I don’t seem to change, I’ll say the same about you – You’ll tell me I still know how to lie, I’ll say it’s just not true…

Yes, anything to lessen the pain of longing for what was. They’ll be discussing the weather next! But no, that banal eventuality is avoided by a second parting…

Remember this there’ll be a kiss, truth revealed in a touch – We’ll walk away for ever that day, more would only hurt too much…

But is the truth revealed? The woman is being told to remember something that is in the future. Was this all something written in the “now” to change the course of time and get her to stay…or something the writer wishes he’d written for that purpose and never did?

Time is the enemy in all things. Tomorrow will see another you another me.

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I’ll look at you and see right through the winter coat you wear.

My special thanks to Peter Farrell for great keyboard work that is the foundation of this song. It is also a little unusual in that there are two bass guitar parts, one played by me and the other by Jacy Oliver, who, of course, also played guitar and produced.

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