Take It Apart

About this track

This song started out as a joke. I wanted to write something in a style I didn’t particularly like, let alone listen to. Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life” and “Keep on Movin'” were all over the radio at the time, and I had a total chip on my shoulder about radio hits. (I think I still do.) I figured writing a song in the style of Soul II Soul would test my ability to work in a way that’s unfamiliar.

The joke is on me.

I really like how this song turned out. And in doing this exercise, I’ve come to realize I really did like “Keep on Movin'” and “Back to Life”. An early demo used a variation of the beat in “Back to Life”, but for this recording, I’m stealing it outright. You don’t have to listen too closely to hear the references.

I had to force the lyrics out, though. My usual cryptic method isn’t suitable for this style of music, so I had to go as generic as I could.

I’m going to admit to copying and pasting a lot of the repeated melodies in this song. My aim was to hear the song with lyrics, not to capture an ideal performance. (With my voice, you won’t get an ideal performance.)

Lyrics

I could tell you, but you won't listen
You could promise -- I won't believe it
We could try it, but would it matter?
Here we are once again

What would you do if one day you found
I would never return the favor?
What's the point in another chance if
Once again here we are?

Tell me now -- is this how you pictured it?
Round and round, it's just the same, old conversation
You and me -- the tension was fun
But tension is all it's become

You could tell me, but I won't hear it
I could promise -- would you believe it?
We could try to remember back when
We were once good together

What would I do if come tomorrow
You decided it's worth the effort
What's the point in another chance if
Once again here we are

Tell the truth -- is this how you wanted it, or
Maybe I'm the one who can't let go of wanting
Everything to be like it was
The first time desire took hold

Here we are again, back to the point where it went wrong
But do we try to make it right, or do we
Take it apart, take it apart, we could just
Take it apart, and start all over

I could tell you, but you won't listen
You could promise -- I won't believe it
We could try it, but would it matter?
Here we are once again

What would you do if one day you found
I would never return the favor?
What's the point in another chance if
Once again here we are?

Tell me now -- just how we could salvage it, or
Maybe we should let it come to its conclusion
You and me -- we had all our fun
It's time that our lives begun

Here we are again, back to the point where it went wrong
But do we try to make it right, or do we
Take it apart, take it apart, we could just
Take it apart, take it apart, why don't we
Make a new start, make a new start, and we could
Make a new start the next time around

I could tell you, but you won't listen
You could promise -- I won't believe it
We could try it, but would it matter?
Here we are once again

What would you do if one day you found
I would never return the favor?
What's the point in another chance if
Once again here we are?

You could tell me, but I won't hear it
I could promise -- would you believe it?
We could try to remember back when
We were once good together

What would I do if come tomorrow
You decided it's worth the effort
What's the point in another chance if
Once again here we are

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  • Label: Observant
  • Release date: September 24, 2013

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