Half Hearted

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I had the piano riff for this one for ages before I got around to writing it. I used to just sit and play F#m to G for hours.

In the end I came up with this melancholy, nostalgic story and wrote a massive mid section which almost feels like it should be its own song.

I recorded it like it's an old song on vinyl that I start playing along with, and by the end the old song and my playing melt together with the sexy strings. It seemed to work that way, and makes it feel more like a real story rather than just a song. One day I'll make a great video for it.

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Wasn't this the swing we found in nineteen eighty-nine
When you were five and I was six?
Do you remember the time when we both ran back to my house
With rope burns on our hands
And the world seemed so big?

It does feel great to be back here again with you
But I wasn't expecting this
I guess there's a satisfying circularity
That makes this seem inevitable
But I'm gonna have to admit

I'm half-hearted over you
You made me feel things that I never really wanted to
I know you're pretty cool but I haven't really thought this through
I'm half-hearted over you

Don't you think our friends might wonder why we're going back?
I'm not so sure myself
Will everyone say we've run out of alternatives
That we've settled for second best?
Can we not find anybody else?

I'm half-hearted over you
You made me feel things that I never really wanted to
I know you're pretty cool but I haven't really thought this through
I'm half-hearted over you

We've been friends for so long now that I
Find it hard to know where to draw the line
If we're the same
Can you tell me what's changed this time?

I'm half-hearted over you
You made me feel things that I never really wanted to
I know you're pretty cool but I haven't really thought this through
I'm half-hearted over you

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from Troubadork, released February 7, 2010

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