With apologies, I would like to politely disagree with Jim and Jay regarding Finally Once Here. If you go read the comments on that lyrics pages, you’ll see that these er, gentlemen, find this new song off 3oclockreep to be a sad ending or sequel to either “Bastards of Young” or “Achin’ to Be.”
They are wrong (and if you don’t realize that I am only teasing then you need to go elsewhere). I, however, hear the song differently. What I hear is an artist a little bit puzzled by his place in the new musical landscape. He is singing to (well literally it sounds like he’s singing to an actress) but in my interpretation he is using the playhouse as a metaphor for the music business.
He’s singing to some sort of (again in my mind) girl with guitar and a dream, someone who sings sad songs that nobody listens to. And he’s like, “I totally get it. I was finally here once.”
He goes on to explain that he used to be the happy, go-lucky good time guy, and now he’s being portrayed as a sad shut-in. And, the coup de grace, he accepts that not only was he finally here once, but he was here well before your time and well before his time.
To me it’s a song about being a little puzzled about where you fit now, because you used to be the dude/chick who was ahead of the game and now they just think you’re a hermit. To me it’s not sad so much as searching. Which is kind of why I always dug Our Man Paul’s songwriting, so much longing that’s so damn relateable.
So how wrong was I?