This single is the “fully, completely, plugged in mix of” Going Going Gone featuring William Crowdis on vocals. On the surface, it’s a teenage angst story with a positive ending, but I see myself in these lines and I’m no teenager.
Lyrically, the song sprung out of a few experiences. A friend of my once asked me: “How thick does the layer of sad covering me have to be before I should chat with a Talk Doc, ‘cuz I’m ok with my thin layer of normal life sadness.”
A few years ago I messed up my knee, and it felt like there was me, but all around me was this three or four inch thick jelly-like layer of pain that clouded my head and affected everything I did or said.
It’s really hard to explain these feelings to someone who has never experienced them. They'll listen and say “yeah, yeah”, but until it happens to them, they’ll never really know. So, this is a song about all that stuff. What can I tell you other than: “it gets better”.
Sonically, we went for a feeling of space and urgency with driving 12-string guitars, large drums and a cool sliding/pulsing bass line. I love this mix and how William’s voice soars. It’s quite a change from the “unplugged” version that’s on my cd "After New York".