Can We Go Inside Now

There are a handful of lyrics I’m particularly proud of (such feelings are rare), and Can We Go Inside Now is such an example. Written on January 2, 2007 as the The Nerve was preparing to start playing out that spring, the song started as a chord progression. The title came when I figured out the chorus, the meaning of which changes and deepens after each verse. I can’t remember the first song I heard that does that, but I remember being amazed, thinking, “Oh, so now he means this instead of that.” So this was my attempt at being clever, and I think it works. Still played by The Wetsuits, and sung extremely well by Byon.

 

It’s such a lovely evening, so glad the rain held off

I could tell you didn’t want to go to that restaurant

But did you have enough?

 

I hear a distant ringing, is that my cell or yours?

The clouds are coming back, the stars are going black

So before it starts to pour

 

Can we go inside now or would you have me leave?

My heart won’t be broken, I won’t feel deceived

Though truth be told I’d rather have you say, “Come in”

Can we go inside now and see what happens then?

 

I like your red wallpaper, it’s a familiar pattern to me

Unless I’ve lost my mind it’s an old English design

From the nineteenth century

 

What’s your rent for this apartment – does that include utilities?

By the way, I like your hair, is that your bedroom there

Will I have to say “please”?

 

Can we go inside now or would you have me leave?

My heart won’t be broken, I won’t feel deceived

Though truth be told I’d rather have you say, “Come in”

Can we go inside now and see what happens then?

 

What a beautiful four-poster, is this a full or a queen?

Are you as tired as I, what if we closed our eyes

And drifted far upstream?

 

Can we go inside now or would you have me leave?

My heart won’t be broken, I won’t feel deceived

Though truth be told I’d rather have you say, “Come in”

Can we go inside now and see what happens then?

2 Responses to Can We Go Inside Now

  1. Brian Moran says:

    I’d rather have you say, “Come in”? Really? Can you say that? Ha!!
    Jusy saw your article in the Post and thought I’d send a big CONGRATS!! It’s about time a Guttertone got somewhere!! What took you so long???

  2. Admin says:

    Thanks, Brian. And why so long? I’ve always enjoyed dramatic late entrances.

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