This is one of my favorite songs to sing live as I love the raw, stripped down moments in a performance. Thanks for capturing the moment @karenmasonblair
Jeff Fielder and I wrote the music for this song together in a short writing session. He is a wonderful friend and such a pleasure to write with. He has the ability to take an idea and make it a shiny gift. If you’re not familiar with his work, I highly recommend that you check him out. He plays with Mark Lanegan and Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) regularly and is an insanely gifted guitarist.
I wrote the lyrics about the way in which i have tended to build a safeguard around my heart. In general, I can be a very guarded person except with extremely close friends. The feeling of vulnerability makes me truly uncomfortable. I’m sure I’m not alone. I suppose it is the notion that it is likely that we will get hurt if we protect ourselves and never quite let our guard down, particularly when it comes to the heart. However, we really miss out on the best aspects of life when we don’t let ourselves be vulnerable. Through the course of many years i have slowly dismantled the fence for the sake of love. It feels much more meaningful to put my energy into loving others than it does worrying about trying not to get hurt.
Here is a little excerpt of the lyrics:
I’ve tried so hard to build a life through framing fences round my heart.
The higher the wall, the lesser the fall, and I was safe beneath my guard.
But sometimes life felt lost.
I needed love, yeah I needed you.
Every endless road, every bridge bestowed,I carried on, lived with these walls, nothing could hurt me.
Every scoreless song, every right-less wrong, I took the fall, I took it all, but something was missing.
It was You.