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SHADES OF BLUE
words & music by Alan Gillies
You were waiting in your parents' house as I pulled into the drive,
Peeking out the window through shades of blue,
And as you ran out the door I suddenly felt more alive,
As the twilight sky changed shades of blue.

Between the Earth and sky on a mountaintop,
Or chasing the horizon, never to stop,
I could be anywhere that I wanna be,
But I'm right here missing you.
So when you need someone to understand,
Just a shoulder to cry on, or a helping hand,
You know right where to find me, I'm here,
Behind these shades of blue.

We drove around, it seemed all night, I think we headed home 'round five,
Past the neon lights' flashing shades of blue,
And as I parked the car, I turned and looked into your eyes,
Smiling back in the sweetest shade of blue.

Between the Earth and sky on a mountaintop,
Or chasing the horizon, never to stop,
I could be anywhere that I wanna be,
But I'm right here missing you.
So when you need someone to understand,
Just a shoulder to cry on, or a helping hand,
You know right where to find me, I'm here,
Behind these shades of blue.

Sometimes I think about those days gone by,
I guess I'll never know the reason why we said goodbye...

Would you be waiting in your parents' house if I pulled into the drive,
Peeking out the window through shades of blue?
And would you run out the door and make me suddenly feel alive,
As the twilight sky changed shades of blue?

Between the Earth and sky on a mountaintop,
or chasing the horizon, never to stop,
I could be anywhere that I wanna be,
But I'm right here missing you.
So when you need someone to understand,
Just a shoulder to cry on, or a helping hand,
You know right where to find me, I'm here,
behind these shades of blue.
This song was written in the spring of 1998, two days prior to its debut performance at the North 40 in Brandon, during the Classic Rock Weekend Band Search competition. Realizing that the band had begun as a recording project, but that certain members of the group lacked the requisite skill to learn anything I had
previously written within the time allowed by a single night's rehearsal, I contemplated the task of composing a tune so simple that it couldn't be screwed up without trying really, really hard. Three chords had worked for Chuck Berry, ...C, F and G immediately came to mind. Essentially, I'd written a loop. The title was inspired by a pair of sunglasses (and then also a window treatment), the lyrics by every girl I'd dated in high school.

Over the years, I incorporated minor chords into arrangements, only to discard them without ever performing them live. I wrote a total of two ideas for a bridge; the first one was perfect, but disappeared, the second I came up with only recently, and I hope completes the story by tying together the nostalgic reminiscences of the first two verses with the remorseful longing of the chorus and final verse.


-Alan
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