Not Listening

from Foray by Scott Martin

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I recorded the earliest demos for this track in 1993 (hence the overwhelming lyrical angst, I guess), but didn't get to finishing the tune until the last few years. The early versions were much more keyboard-heavy. Although I chose to make the guitars more prominent in the final version, I kept the the piano break which is a callout to a song I wrote many, many years ago.


We could talk until we’re breathless
You can tell me what we ought to say
You pretend that you’re not restless
I’ll pretend that I don’t notice
In your eyes I
See your hidden agenda
What I mistook for love
Was camouflaged in lies
So go ahead and say you’re sorry
(Say you're sorry)

Yeah everyone makes mistakes
There's always someone to blame
Just say what you want to say
And now it's all coming down
But is it making a sound
When no one's listening

You keep on saying you're right
But no one said you were wrong
It's just the same old song
And when it's all coming down
It's such a beautiful sound

You live as if you’re blameless
Your indignation clearly shows
I can see that nothing changes
You can lie out loud but we both know
You came here
To hear your own confession
As if I am the one to grant you absolution
Go ahead and say you’re sorry
(Say you're sorry)

You left me bitter and angry
But I pulled through
These days I’m smarter and stronger
I’m over you


from Foray, released May 1, 2017
Steve Renko - drums


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