This post was originally published in November 2018.

I have always been a fan of a string section with a roots band behind it; the chamber-pop element adds a sense of longing, and contributes some nice breaks to this mid-tempo ballad. The feeling is a genuine sense of personal reflection: the mental detritus of coming to terms with the confines of a relationship.

The vocals, the violin and the cello, all seem to move in tandem, and when the bridge adds another vocal counterpoint, the lift feels just right. It’s at once lonely, hopeful, and resigned to a poetic self-sacrifice, even as he makes his escape fantasy clear:

“I can’t stop these thought from racing through my brain
I’ve tried a million cures but they’re all just damned in vain
can you help me now?
you’ve got it all worked out”— Paul Federici

Paul Federici puts emotion, honesty, and melody together to tell stories about his life with a unique lyrical sensibility.

Paul Federici is a singer-songwriter from Grimsby, Canada. This song is featured on our CHILL NEW songwriters playlist.