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New Way - 1980
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A rock ballad with an edge and some great Hammond B3. ***Originally recorded on cassette tape with two mid-quality mics almost 28 years ago...not the best quality, but the only recording currently in existence.***
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Peak: #73   (260,559 songs currently in Rock)
Peak in sub-genre: #21   (59,720 songs currently in Rock General)
Upload date
May 15, 2008
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Bitrate: 320 kbps. Runtime: 4:45. File size: 10.89 MB.
Writer (words/music)
Joey Arata
Copyright
Joey Arata - 1979
Story behind the song
I was living in Memphis and had just hooked up with this girl who was to become an important part of my life for a couple years. We had been out drinking wine and playing chess...just really having a good evening and getting to know each other. I came home feeling "on top of the world", picked up my guitar and just happened up on the signature lick of the song. The words came out immediately and the song was finished in about twenty minutes. I've always enjoyed playing this song...but what really put me over the top was a time we played it at a long-defunct bar called the Golden Mug in Brandon, Florida. It was the last song of the set, and when I left the stage this guy came up to me and asked if he could get the words and get a recording of the song. He had just been released from prison the day before and had committed himself to look for a "new way" to live...so he could leave his troubled past behind. He said this song was to be his "anthem for change". I don't know what ultimately happened to him, but it felt good to know that one of my songs might help him find his "new way".
Lyrics
Once I thought nothin’ was real Nothin’ to see, think, hear and nothin’ to feel Nothin’ to say, nothin’ to do No reason to stay, no skies of blue Woke up to a sky of blue Anything I’d ever wanna know, I knew Got lost in the ocean and it rolled me right away Right on back to the same grey day So I set out searchin’ for a new way Lookin’ through the clouds, lookin’ to a new day Cast adrift on a sea of gold The wise man said “Anything you want, my friend, it’s yours to behold” There’s no need for the scales, I don’t want nothin’ for me All I want is for my brother to see So I set out searchin’ for a new way Lookin’ through the clouds, lookin’ to a new day And if there’s a way I’ll find it If there’s a day I’ll mind it And what will stay with me I’ll bind it So that nothing anywhere can ever unwind it And I’ll set out searchin’ for a new way Lookin’ through the clouds, lookin’ to a new day