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Bonus Track- All The Wasted Time © 2010 Lorrie Newman Keating (BMI)
On Track 6, you heard the song that my friend Joe wrote for me in 1980 - this is my reply, written that same year. I've always thought that this was one of my best lyrics. The recording is not from my current session. Instead, I used a version I recorded back in 1990. Here's why...
I went home on leave for Christmas, 1990. While I was there, Joe told me that he had some tape left at the studio he was recording at, and asked me if I wanted to record some of my songs. We spent the afternoon at the studio, and by day's end, I had gotten all my best originals done, plus a few covers and all the harmonies I wanted to do. He and Bob Damiano, the studio owner, worked on the tracks and Joe sent me a copy when they finished. This was the last track on the tape, and I was surprised to hear Bob's keyboards (done after my session). But my big thrill was hearing that Joe had also gone in and added harmony vocals - and had matched me perfectly, just as he did when we were so much younger.
I wanted to do this song for the album, and looked for someone who could not just sing Joe's part, but do it as well that original recording. But I didn't find anyone to fit the bill, so I figured I had to scratch the song from the list. Then my husband suggested that I just use the 1990 recording - he said it was unique, because the song was for Joe and he was singing on it. My concern was that my voice of 21 years ago sounds noticeably different than my voice does today, and that would impact the consistency of the album. But eventually I made the decision to use it as the final track. Hubby was right - I would never get a better version.
Making it a bonus track was my son's idea. After listening to what I thought was the final track sequence just before Christmas, Jeremy suggested we move this to a bonus track (previously recorded/unreleased) and record one additional song. But what song? Another original, preferably - to get rehearsed and recorded ASAP. Jeremy solved that problem too - he pulled up the files from the 1990 session on the computer, and immediately found the one he was looking for - "Do this one." 'This one' is Track 3 - "I Can Only Stay". Smart kid!
Yeah, I can sing this song by myself, and I still do. But it's much more fun singing with someone else - someone who has known you forever (and loves you anyway!) Joe and I stay in touch, but we don't get to see each other as often as we would like. Oh - I almost forgot - I didn't tell him I was including this song on the album...Surprise!!

Lyrics

Well, you’ve done it again -
another song that made me think, then made me cry.
But now there’s something you should see about so-called reality
that might explain the way that I’ve been thinking recently.

You know that I’ve been gone -
I’ve traveled half-way ‘round the world and back again.
And what I first set out to find - someone to love, some peace of mind -
is hardly closer now than when I left you years ago.

And I miss you as much as you miss me.
Right now, I can’t think of anywhere that I would rather be
than back together with you, pickin’ songs and sippin’ wine.
Forgettin’ all the wasted love - and all the wasted time.

You say that I was right
to pack up all my things and go to fight the war.
All kinds of battles have been fought, and through them all, I have
been taught
that like a stream against a rock, it all can wear you down.

But I really can’t complain,
‘Cause the people and the places have been good to me.
But always loneliness is there, through broken hearts and love affairs -
could it be that what I seek is in my own backyard?

And I miss you as much as you miss me.
Right now, I can’t think of anywhere that I would rather be
than back together with you, pickin’ songs and sippin’ wine.
Forgettin’ all the wasted love - and all the wasted time.

And the circle is strong -
the friendship and the love that’s here will never die.
We’ve gone through happy times and pain, smiled at the sun, laughed
at the rain.
All these years we’ve run the course, and still we’re goin’ strong

And maybe you and I are meant to be apart so when we meet again,
we’ll come to see the love we feel is something warm and something real.
It could be we’ve been looking for each other all along.

And I miss you as much as you miss me.
Right now, I can’t think of anywhere that I would rather be
than back together with you, pickin’ songs and sippin’ wine.
Forgettin’ all the wasted love - and all the wasted time.

And I miss you as much as you miss me.
Right now, I can’t think of anywhere that I would rather be
than back together with you, pickin’ songs and sippin’ wine.
Forgettin’ all the wasted love - and all the wasted time.