How Could They Have Known?

How Could They Have Known?

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I read Saltys lyric last night and as much as i struggle to do all my own songs i just had to try this! Its a brilliant and poignant lyric just singing off the page! I hope i did it justice.

Lyrics: 

Verse 1
He bought a van in Amsterdam
And drove to Kathmandu
Smoked some dope, made some friends
Met his soul mate, too

Verse 2
They settled down in some small town
Had everything they’d dreamed
Each other’s love, a happy home
The perfect life it seemed

Chorus:
When they fell in love that summer
And swore they’d never part
How could they have known then
That he would break her heart?

Verse 3
A sense of dread entered his head
Dementia’s cold caress
One moment there were two of them
Then there was one less

Verse 4
His memory had left the room
His soul mate had gone, too
He can’t recall today at all
But still sees Kathmandu

Chorus:
When they fell in love that summer
And swore they’d never part
How could they have known then
That he would break her heart?



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Comments

kahlo2013's picture

The music fits the lyrics so perfectly! These are such great lyrics - so poignant and bittersweet. Your gentle vocals and the organ draw out the sentiment so beautifully with insight and tenderness.

Roddy's picture

Gosh I didn't see this unfolding the way it did from the cheerfulness of the first verse. These are very poignant words indeed. The vocal is a perfect match for the lyrics and the gentle melody adds to the atmosphere. A very good collaboration.

Gwyn Jones's picture

Sensitive interpretation of John's highly touching words...

Chip Withrow's picture

I definitely get how these lyrics just sung off the page. And the guitar and organ in the music are particularly awesome. Sad, for sure, but a wonderful collab.

philmcmill's picture

Wow, this is excellent! I especially like the lyrics in verse 3. I like songs that get you to reinterpret the chorus as the story progresses. Wonderful music and lyrics - great collab!