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Goodbye Look
John Pfeifer--Nylon-string guitar, vocal, music/lyrics; Matthew Scott--Twisting of knobs in the other room, click and noise removal
Acoustic - Acoustic Guitar
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John Pfeifer
John Pfeifer
December 01, 2003
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MP3 4.3 MB  •  128 kbps bitrate  •  0:00 minutes
Story behind the song
The end of the first teenage love, or what was thought at the time to be. This song laid dormant for years, perhaps waiting for the time to finally be done, and for the right guitar and technique, no matter how admittedly dated the lyrics (tail-end of summer '85 -- a whole 17 years old). [ed.note: In other words, "John never had the confidence to record this one, despite literally years of pestering by Matt, 'When are we gonna record Goodbye Look'?". I seem to recall he finally surprised me about the last month of college. I strongly remember sitting behind the mixing board for this one, amazed, while we recorded it. I ran the tape next door to the girl I was dating at the time and played what I thought was the best song we'd ever done for her... yeah, I should have know then... --MS]
You scurried and you hurried, not even stopping to say "Goodnight." After seemingly patching all the wounds, after all had gone so right. Sometimes I wonder if the dawn will bring new light, and sometimes I see hope despite our love's failing sight... The ring around your finger and the necklace that you wear apparently mean little, even though I've said I care. Sometimes it seems to me, I dream more than I dare; and I spend my thoughts enchanting you, with an imaginary flair... And for what? Not a kiss. Not an embrace. No, not even a simple goodbye look. I sacrifice every hard-earned dime showering with gold you who used to boast of me (or so I have been told). And with each new day that passes, I find I've grown more cold in fighting for and longing for a heart that's bought and sold... I'm too lonely to let you go, too scared to run and hide, when I know the only thing I want is you close by my side. For the short time we have together, somehow I know it won't survive. But I'm still fighting so goddamn hard to keep this love alive... And for what? Not a kiss. Not an embrace. No, not even a simple goodbye look.
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