It’s a country-porch intro, with that single acoustic strum accompanied by violin. Later the cello, and then the mandolin, fill out the ambient chamber pop swirling behind this throaty rasp of a young heartbreaker.
Mary-Elaine Jenkins wastes no time in going straight for it:
Because where exactly is the line between asking and begging, if the game is love, and your heart is the money? Perhaps we have all had the occasion to demand: just hold still while I love you.
After all, tomorrow never comes.
Mary-Elaine Jenkins is a 13th-generation South Carolinian, and a gifted songwriter. This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.