The Undiscovered Country Song

November 17, 2009 9:18 AM

A quiet song about looking around for all the people you've misplaced over the years. Guitar, piano, cello, recorded live using a field recorder. Vocals overdubbed later at home. Unreleased from a new Tangemeenie side-project my wife Lori will eventually also contribute vocals to, called "The Wishing Well Divers."

Even twice the distance to the sun
Isn’t far enough to get me back
to where you are now

Because you’re not there
no matter where I go
And there’s nowhere you belong now.

(You don’t belong now.)

I could take a plane or drive a car
Either way I’d wind up lost
with a lonely, broken heart

Because there’s no map
of the country where you roam.
And there’s no place you call home now.

(You don’t call home now.)

And I always thought I’d find a way
to get back to you some day
to breathe the sunlight in the summer air
with my arms around your waist

But my time ran out and I lost that cause
and there’s no getting over that
So I’ll raise my glass and I’ll make a toast
To the good times we never had, singing,

“Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo-dah-dee-dum”

posted by saulgoodman (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

What a great sound. Well done.
posted by chococat at 12:11 PM on November 17, 2009

Thanks chococat. Field recorders are amazing.
posted by saulgoodman at 6:33 AM on November 18, 2009

thanks, all! if there's any one of the new songs I'd really like to see find more listeners, it's this one. it's the first song I've managed to write about death (after losing my own mother and both grandparents in what seemed like the blink of an eye) that didn't feel either too maudlin or too morbid.
posted by saulgoodman at 10:10 AM on December 14, 2009

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