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THE EARLY DAYS live demo
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A cassette tape I found of my mother singing this song a cappella rekindled my interest in doing something with my songs (this one written in 1980)
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Music and lyrics by Sam Austin
October 26, 2021
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MP3 6.6 MB  •  320 kbps  •  2:53
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Story behind the song
I wrote this song for a character in my musical that was supposed to be about Atlantis but never got anywhere near that subject because I was more interested in the relationship between the mother and daughter Id created. When I discovered an a cappella version my mother had recorded, I thought the song could stand on its own with a few lyric tweaks (my husband helped with that part!)
Lyrics
It was back in THE EARLY DAYS The age of bouquets And cummerbunds When I thought That I would marry The downtown visionary And thumb my nose At all the other ones What a time it was We dined on dreams Before life came apart at the seams Billy and I Were such radical chic With a streak Of collective insanity As we traipsed Around the nation Filming scenes of desperation Making movies Of the worlds profanity Cloaked our empty lives In utopian schemes Before life came apart at the seams There I was, just an idiot heiress Fresh from education in Paris Searching for someone to be Other than me Take me back to those simple days A child in my arms Who needed me As your mother Lay there dying And you and I were crying I cradled the part That completed me There you were Just an innocent stranger Deserted, surrounded by danger But God had opened a door Given you more than you know More than anyone knows And someday Ill find the words to say And the things to do Be the mother That I dreamed I could be to you Way back in THE EARLY DAYS Take me back to THE EARLY DAYS
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