YouTube Lyrics, 18 March 2016; A Long December, Adam Duritz

  • Larry Chamberlin
    1 year ago

    A Long December
    Adam Duritz & Counting Crows

    Duritz may be one of the most under appreciated poet/songwriters around. Ironically, he is best known for Counting Crow's cover of Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi. While other of his songs may be considered better (Mr Jones, Rainking, Mrs Potter's Lullaby), A Long December best exemplifies Curtz' petulant self-criticism. Duritz once explained the tragic background to the song and concluded: "it's not about everything turning out great, but it at least is about hope ... and the possibilities."*

    <https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzzn87MIMKA>

    A long December and there's reason to believe
    Maybe this year will be better than the last
    I can't remember the last thing that you said as you were leavin'
    Now the days go by so fast

    And it's one more day up in the canyons
    And it's one more night in Hollywood
    If you think that I could be forgiven
    ...I wish you would

    The smell of hospitals in winter
    And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters, but no pearls
    All at once you look across a crowded room
    To see the way that light attaches to a girl

    And it's one more day up in the canyons
    And it's one more night in Hollywood
    If you think you might come to California
    ...I think you should

    Drove up to Hillside Manor sometime after two a.m.
    And talked a little while about the year
    I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower,
    Makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her

    And it's been a long December and there's reason to believe
    Maybe this year will be better than the last
    I can't remember all the times I tried to tell my myself
    To hold on to these moments as they pass

    And it's one more day up in the canyon
    And it's one more night in Hollywood
    It's been so long since I've seen the ocean
    ...I guess I should

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    * from Storytellers as quoted @ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Long_December