Finding Inspiration in the Smallest Things

March 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

I don’t know that I’ll ever be considered a great songwriter or lyricist, but I certainly am prolific. Over the years that i have been writing, I’ve written in the neighborhood of 1,200 songs. Yes, 1,200 songs that none of you have ever heard. Plus a handful of songs that a handful of people have heard because I wrote them for a few weddings. Part of that prolificness, perhaps even all of it, stems from the fact that my mind is always open to “hearing” a new line plus the fact that I can, I think, find inspiration from the smallest thing.

Case in point – a few days ago, I was making lunches for my wife and son when suddenly, the opening line from a 1950 song popped into my head. The song, “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d have Baked a Cake,” was a number one hit years before I was born, but it’s a song I had heard a few times over the course of my life.

For some reason, the opening and title line popped into my head while I was making these lunches. Right after that, the gears in my head started grinding, and I twisted that line 180 degrees. I shared my new line with my wife and said it sounded like it should be in a song. She agreed. Within a few minutes, I had the first verse. Within a few hours, I had two verses and a bridge, and by the next morning, I had all the words. In my head, I’ve since worked out a bit of an instrumental break.

It’s an up tempo song, and what is a little unusual about it for me is that I wrote the first verse, then the bridge, then the third verse, and then the second verse. So I wrote it a bit out of joint (I normally write in a more linear manner), but I think it all fits together nicely.

That Good Thing’s Up and Gone

If I knew you were coming, I’d have turned and walked the other way
So much has passed between us, but I don’t think there’s much left to say
Let’s hold on to the good memories
And let the rest just blow away in the breeze
We once had a good thing going, but I think that good thing’s up and gone

If I knew you were coming, I’d have found me some place else to be
The last thing that I wanted was a showdown between you and me
It doesn’t matter who was right or wrong
It’s clear that one of us just doesn’t belong
We once had a good thing going, but I think that good thing’s up and gone

(Instrumental:)

Your fault, my fault, who’s to blame?
Does it really matter at this stage of the game?
You dug your heels in –
I let my wheels spin –
Now it’s clear that nothing’s gonna be the same –

If I knew you were coming, I’d have turned and walked the other way
In each game, there’s a winner, looks like I’m the one who’ll have to pay
Maybe one day we will have a laugh
Looking back at the damage and the aftermath
We once had a good thing going, but I think that good thing’s up and gone

We once had a good thing going, but I think that good thing’s up and gone

We once had a good thing going, but I think that good thing’s up and gone

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