Recording and Mixing Dates: Recorded June 3, 2014, August 10, 2014, June 30, 2016, November 17 and 22, 2016. Mixed November 22, 2016.
Genesis: I wrote this song on April 7, 2010. I revised the lyrics on May 25, 2015. The song was inspired by a dream. The first verse describes how I dreamed that I was walking an endless hallway, looking for a number I could never find. The hopelessness of the cause permeates the other verses. The last verse clearly is based on my last few years of employment.
The chorus is built on the concept of time, always a favorite with writers. The title comes from a phrase that the German author Gunter Grass wrote in his 2008 memoir, Peeling the Onion. The phrase suggests the elasticity of time and the possibility that some of our actions are preordained.
Leonard Cohen died last week. The mordant lyrics, melancholy music, and lush arrangement point back to the master.
Production: Bass Guitar, Electric Guitars, Piano, Organ, String Quartet, Tenor Sax, and Drums.
After is Always Before
I’ve been down this hallway before
Looking for a number on a door
Never found it, though I’ve tried
Someone tricked me someone lied
But I’ll try try try once again
In my book perseverance is no sin
Though the outcome’s not in doubt
I’ll take these cards and play them out
Time is gold
Time is lead
Time is what you love
And what you dread
Time at peace
Time at war
Is always before
I squint hard to place that face
Fighting words in a very quiet place
Turn your back they soon will leave
The hardest part unweave the weave
I walk this hall with a broken key
No longer care what they think of me
I’m a lost cause go write me off
I’m out of touch I’ve gone soft
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