The History Of Both Our Lives

by Several Girls Galore

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I wrote and recorded The History Of Both Our Lives -- the eighth Several Girls Galore release -- in bits and pieces during the summer and fall of 2012. This piecemeal approach felt different and threw me off at times, but also lent a sort of compositional freedom to the process. I ended up with a concise record about the boring, happy, frustrating, exciting, nostalgic, demoralizing, and ecstatic moments that have made up the last year or so of my life.

credits

released 12 November 2012
Will Vunderink: vocals, guitars (Fender Jazzmaster, Epiphone Dot, Taylor Big Baby), Fender P-bass, drums, percussion. All songs BMI.

Special thanks to Dan Coutant for mastering the album, Brendan Picone for engineering the bass and drum tracks, and Carter McNeil for lending a last-minute hand.

Cover photo by Anna Archibald.

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Track Name: Get It Right
It took a long time to lose my pride, to recognize what I do is fine, fine, fine
It takes a long while to get it right, I remind myself I need time, time, time

It's not what I expected, to get ignored and rejected... so long
And I can't even break in to what I always had faith in... I'm wrong

I gotta keep it up, keep it up (pretend I give a shit)
I gotta keep it up, keep it up (to ensure I'm competent)
I gotta keep it up, keep it up (pretend I give a shit)
I gotta keep it up, keep it up (to ensure I'm competent)

It took a long time to lose my pride, to recognize what I do is fine, fine, fine
It takes a long while to get it right, I remind myself I need time, time, time.
Track Name: No Exception
It never seemed to apply, what they would tell me to dread
So I'd just smile at whatever lay ahead
Now with a year in the hole and nothing to show
I'm no exception

I see the young kids doing what I did
Even though I'm still around, on my way down
They're taller than I thought they'd be, wearing skinnier jeans
And if they feel so old what does that make me?

I see the young kids
Doing what I did
Even though I'm still around
On my way down

They're so eager to be maybe the way I seem
What does that make me?
Where they are is a thrill, makes you feel real
What does that make me?

I see the young kids
Doing what I did
Even though I'm still around
On my way down
And if they feel so old
If they feel so old
They feel so old
What does that make me?
Track Name: The History of Both Our Lives II
When they come to hear the history of both our lives
Please don't tell them that the foolish lines were mine
And when they want to hear the truth about what happened between me and you
Tell them lies

When we know some truths and never have to believe lies
Blissful ignorance, like everything is fine
When what waited here for us wasn't nearly so clear
We just needed time.
Track Name: And the Breath of the Sea
I biked home in the dark 'cause I heard you'd called
Under dead streetlamps and the breath of the sea
In the quiet, all alone, everything felt small
Just the thought of you and my idle fatigue

I lay back and let the water comfort me
Closed my eyes 'cause there was nothing left to see
I lay back and let the water enclose me
Opened my eyes and there was nothing there to see
To see
To see
To see

I lay back and let the water comfort me
I lay back and let the water comfort me
I lay back and let the water comfort me
I lay back and let the water comfort me.
Track Name: Strange
It seems so strange that we can stand so still
Or climb so long, never descend the hill
Or feel so foul on Christmas day
Simply because we're far away

Another time, a different place
I'd recognize every shadow on your face
'Cause I carry them with me everywhere I go
So I can conjure you up when you're away from home

Another time, a different place
Another time, a different place
Another time, a different place
I'd recognize every shadow on your face
'Cause I carry you with me everywhere I go, everywhere I go / Does that seem strange? No, not at all, not at all.
Track Name: Many More
Ten weeks became many more
And they'll keep coming, I'm sure
Just taking in the fall, no complaints at all
No need to rush the long haul

There's something in my middle
That keeps things oh so simple
It's locked tight in her eyes
To me that's no surprise

Waiting for a trip home to sort out things I've not known
Though I've seen them on her face alone
I'll bite my tongue forever if it'll make anything better
And if she wants to talk I'll let her

We'll admit we don't know shit
That's the trick, isn't it?
You gotta keep yourself honest
And reap the benefits
Are there benefits?
Then will we watch our lives go by
While we dry our eyes?
Will we forget what made us right
For the daily climb?
For now, I don't mind

There's something in my middle
That keeps things oh so simple
It's locked tight in her eyes
To me that's no surprise.
Track Name: Long the Wait
Already missing her before she's gone
These are the perils of a too-great love
Given the chance, there's not a thing I'd change
Nothing out of place, nothing to rearrange

How long the wait, how great

Never fall asleep before she's home
Stay up all night glued to my phone
Sweaty summer days that bred restless nights
Now it's busy days and the months fly by

How long the wait, how great
How long the wait, how great.