Looking Back: ‘My Love is True (Hey Hey Hey!)’

As my catalogue grows, its easy for me to forget about songs I put out in the past.  ‘Looking Back’ will take a look at some of my previous work and talk frankly about the process of making them, things I screwed up and things I feel I got right.  Hopefully this won’t be boring.

“My Love is True (Hey Hey Hey!) – 2012 Single

This is a pretty recent track, but kind of an oddball in the catalog.  When I was working on this, my girlfriend was on a 5-month exchange in Mexico and I was trying to write something upbeat to cheer myself up.  Unfortunately, the first draft of this song sounded incredibly similar to a Beatles song and as soon as I noticed that, I had to rearrange large parts of it, or I would feel I copied them.  So, I played with the structure and ended up ripping the whole thing apart and keeping just the basic acoustic chords and rebuilding the song off of them.

I also finally go a chance to use my mandolin, which had been sitting in my closet since I bought it.  It really gave the instrumental section a big boost and I still think this song sounds phenomenal.  At the same time, this is very much a bouncy, upbeat love song that I wrote while making Just Take It, a dark and atmospheric concept record.  I knew it would have no place on the new record and I figured I might as well release it as a single, because its still a cool song.  Just the harmonica alone floors me.  🙂

Looking Back: “Taking the Blame”

As my catalogue grows, its easy for me to forget about songs I put out in the past.  ‘Looking Back’ will take a look at some of my previous work and talk frankly about the process of making them, things I screwed up and things I feel I got right.  Hopefully this won’t be boring.

“Taking the Blame” from 2008’s Oh No! EP

Originally on: “Oh No!” EP, released January 2008

In Ocotber 2007, I moved from Calgary to Taber, a small town just outside of Lethbridge, Alberta.  I know no one in town and for the first month of me living there, I was unemployed and living in my parents’ basement.  So while half-heartedly looking for work, I started getting deeper into writing and recording music, this time trying to write my own drum tracks as well as everything else.

“Taking the Blame” was born out of a little riff I had been playing with for a few months, but it wasn’t until I discovered The Black Keys’ Magic Potion that I thought I might be able to pull off a blues album.  It was the confidence on those songs that I admired, the riffs were sometimes so powerful that they completely replaced the need for a vocal chorus.  So I gave it a shot.

I had always played around with blues riffs here and there but Oh No! was the first time I actually tried to turn them into full songs.  Over that wonderful month of unemployment, I wrote and recorded the full EP and even now (almost 5 years later) I still love these songs.

“Doomsday #1” Lyrics

Original release: December 18, 2012

Tracklist:
1.   Don’t Ever Bet Against a Man on His Way Out
2.   Walking

Lyrics:

“Don’t Ever Bet Against a Man on His Way Out”

Baby
I’m aching for your touch on my petty heart
When the dealer dealt me a bunch of “where I’d been”
I never wash out when I play that hand

And I say yeah
Never bet against a man on his way out
I said yeah
Never bet against a man on his way out

Angel
I never saw a hole like I did in you
I’m anxious to the bone of my very soul
And I ain’t been a man like the one I’m told

And I’m broke
And I’m older

And I say yeah
Never bet against a man on his way out
I said yeah
Never bet against a man on his way out

——-

“Walking”

I see you walking
Why’d you take so long?
I see you walking
Why’d you take so long?

I see you walking
Girl but you never come

I see your man there
Sure looks mean to me
I see your man there
Sure looks mean to me

I see your man there
Ain’t no man to me

I see you walking
Why’d you take so long?
I see you walking
Why’d you take so long?

I see you walking
Girl you never come

Looking Back: “I Took The Hard Way”

As my catalogue grows, its easy for me to forget about songs I put out in the past.  ‘Looking Back’ will take a look at some of my previous work and talk frankly about the process of making them, things I screwed up and things I feel I got right.  Hopefully this won’t be boring.

“I Took The Hard Way” from 2010’s The Truth in the Facts

When I started making The Truth in the Facts, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do.  I had put out Miracle of Zero and had realized that making a second record that sounds different from the previous one while being its own thing is a lot harder that I thought.  I mean, I can sit down and write 10 new songs that sounds like Miracle of Zero with no problem.  I know what my habits are (for the most part) and I try my best to circumvent or at least bend them enough so that all of my songs don’t sound the same.

For “I Took The Hard Way”, I wanted to write a bluesy song for the album and record it in a completely new way.  I wrote the lyrics one day while working as a cashier at a grocery store in Taber, AB.  It had been a slow day and I was covering someone’s break so I sat up at the front and started jotting down lyrics about how I always seem to do things the most difficult way possible.  Whether it be working a less-than-great job until I’m motivated to find something better, or forcing myself to learn to play all of the instruments on my records, I have a knack for finding that hardest possible way of doing things.  With the lyrics written during an hour of standing at the front of an empty grocery store, I went home to figure out the rest of the song.

At this point, I was still living with my parents who let me set up my recording gear in their basement.  So when they were out of town visiting family or something, I would have all night writing binges.  I’d brew a pot of coffee and stay up all night writing and recording loose versions of songs.  For “I Took The Hard Way” I moved all of my gear up to the kitchen where the hardwood floor would make for a good place to stomp.  I put a microphone in the middle of the room and recorded every instrument and vocal track in different positions and distances from the mic.  Not being able to afford a stereo mic at the time, I mixed the tracks so that it sounded like you were standing in the middle of a group of people playing the song.  It was the first time I had played around with the idea of creating an atmosphere within the song, not just recording it as it was written.

This was one of the more fun songs to record for this album, as certain life changes during the making of it made it difficult to complete.  There are always things I wish I could change after I finish a project, but “I Took The Hard Way” is one I feel I got just right.

“Just Take It” Lyrics

Original release: October 30, 2012

Tracklist:
1.   The Proof
2.   Afraid to Wake Up
3.   Did You See?
4.   Nothing Wrong
5.   The Idiots
6.   John
7.   Get Rid of It
8.   Break
9.   Can’t Go Home
10. Memories Lie

Lyrics:

“The Proof”

Oh

The rain is coming, carry back us back to

The place I’ve fallen, is nothing more than to go

Erase the martyr, spending the time that you know

Is meant to be wasted, but I can’t waste it in proof

Oh

You’re screaming out windows, chastise the kids as we go

Amazingly quartered, made up to order for you

Was never enough to fully satisfy you

I speak for the bleach and I never wanted the proof

——-

“Afraid to Wake Up”

Been thinking about getting rid of my stuff

Just not quite sure if we’ll have enough

Get Charise to call and bring some up for us

Rip the bag with you teeth, cavities be damned

We’ll find a dirty road in your daddy’s van

Do a little more to prove that you’re man enough

Lying around, too afraid to wake up

Acid’s in the water, well we’ll get him to smoke

Test this shit and we’ll see if he chokes

If he stays alive then it’s good for the both of us

Cut me off so I ran him off the road

I pulled him though the window and I broke his nose

As his kids cried out, I prepared to show what happens

Lying around, too afraid to wake up

What are you doing lying around too afraid to wake up?

——-

“Did You See?”

I’ve been dizzy before

Put my head on the floor and where were you?

Sitting in the back of your car

Listening to songs bout the end of the war

I’ve been weary before

Seen inside the door

Of this world to see evil men

They’re capable and they’re inside your friends

Did you see?

Written on the wall

All spelled out in blood

Is our names, is our names

I know you’ve been here before

Got a look in the morgue

But did you hear? There’s no revolution on

Just another wet dream of a protest song

There ain’t no love anymore

Putting faith in a lord that never shows

To take you up on your offer

Is your soul enough?

——-

“Nothing Wrong”

Sorry I was staring at your gun

I’m just aching for another one

And everybody acts like I’m nothing wrong

Their hands in their pocks and they’re playing dumb

I get no sleep

I get no sleep

She was 17 when they left her in park

Just an OD’d girl, no one around to point em out

So when I saw her on my TV screen

Her parents crying out and they’re looking for me

I get no sleep

I’m up all goddamned night

I get no sleep

——-

“The Idiots”

I don’t know what you’ve done to me

But I can’t take it if I can’t figure it out

In the truck I’m a passenger with hands made of rock

And I can’t keep my tongue in my mouth

Eye-e-eye out the passenger side

I throw my head out, headlights are making me blind

Eye-e-eye it’s the end of out lives

Yeah, no one told me but I don’t think that I mind

English driving, I can’t keep it straight

I push on the gas and I reach back to keep her at ease

Jump the curb, in the lake, and the water

Pouring in. Why’s everyone trying to leave?

I don’t know what you’ve done to me

But the door won’t open and I’m still thinking about

In the back is Charise and she’s screaming,

“OH MY GOD! WHY WON’T YOU LET ME OUT?”

——-

“John”

John

Where you going

With that Girl?

——-

“Can’t Go Home”

They’re gonna come at me again

With everything, with anything

I’m gonna scream out why it hurts so bad

Like everything is caving in

It’s just a joining of a process

The house of which I reside

The enemy of progress

Takes refuge with me beside

Tired

Of writing down words about you

Tired

And I can’t go home

Sleep until the day breaks

Getting up, listening

Pull the pen from my pocket

Just to put it back inside again

It’s still dividing osmosis

When I can add it up

And if you saw the process

By any means, say enough

Tired

Of writing down words about you

Tired

And I can’t go home

——-

“Memories Lie”

You call for a little show-and-tell

And yeah babe, my life’s been going swell

But the truth of it is I ain’t feeling so well

Right now

I’ve seen my good friend die

And I’ve my old memories lie

It makes you happy just to be alive

Right now

Oh no

What do I do when I don’t know what to say to you?

Cause where was I when you were out and in pain?

All I know is if you let me

I’ll stay

I spent a lot of my time

A sadness I’m not proud to define

But having you here takes it off of my mind

For now

Cause I’ve found that all good things die

And it’s not rare to have memories lie

It’s just enough to make you want to be alive

Right now

“My Love is True (Hey Hey Hey​!​)” Lyrics

Original release: July 10, 2012

Tracklist:
1.  My Love is True (Hey Hey Hey​!​)

Lyrics:

“My Love is True (Hey Hey Hey​!​)”

Won’t you come along 
To see where we went wrong 
Maybe its not our fault 

Please just speak to me 
Don’t let the last time be 
The one that brings an end 

Hey hey hey 
Hey hey hey 
I gotta say 
My love is true 

Sara wont you come home 
I’ve been lonely enough 
For one life, for one life 

Buried under black sea 
My love it lives on computer screens 
I want you in my house 

Hey hey hey 
Hey hey hey 
I gotta say 
My love is you 

Won’t you come along 
There’s nothing here that could be wrong 
I love you, ain’t that enough?