The songs of THE STORY OF IT ALL

Posted: May 9, 2015

#9 NO MORE SECRETS

Of all the songs on THE STORY OF IT ALL, this is the hardest one to write about. I say that for two reasons. First, I think it’s the most straightforward and accessible song on the album. So needs little explanation. Second, it is so deeply personal, based on real events, that where I could elaborate I don’t feel the desire to.

It was, as the lyric book says, written in a hotel room at the famous Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City in 2008.

It grew out of a complex conversation in which I learned, keeping things simple, that the other person in the room had known something I thought was a secret for some time.

Like I said, it’s personal and the lyrics are essentially all you’re going to get.

For a simple little song it does represent something of an epiphany in my life and the chorus was written first…

No more secrets – no more lies – no more excuses – no more childish alibis…

I was examining – as a result of the conversation – some reasons my past relationships had failed. I was placing myself at the center of blame for perhaps the first time. Not in my mind – we know our mistakes when we make them – but certainly out loud for the world to hear. (Incidentally, this was one of those songs where the melody came with the words. It was some time before I could grab a guitar and figure out the chords but I already knew the melody and it didn’t change.)

I acknowledged for the first time…

A little bit of love dies with every untrue word…

and that…

I am me and you are you – guilty of all we say and do…

We cannot change the past but, equally, we cannot lie about it. That’s what this song is about in essence.

But having come face to face with this simple reality something else had to be confirmed…

Forgiveness lets our love go on…

1920px-Château_Frontenac_02

Maybe impressive buildings like this inspire serious conversation?

My thanks To Deborah Domanski for great backing vocals and to the usual suspects: Jacy Oliver, electric guitars, bass and production; Peter Farrell, keyboards; Ben Durfee, drums. I played acoustic guitar and dobro.

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