Billy started well enough in a town That was no diamond in the rough. Baseball stars and roadside bars. Packing slackers in rusted junker cars.
His parents cried out for the fame By having Billy run the bases of their game. Stellar grades right from the start Never seemed to satisfy their heart.
Always swung for the farthest fence Though his stance had no defense. All he wanted was to win their love Though not…not enough.
Billy changed his name to Bill. It seemed to suit him since he always seemed past due. Tried to find a way to prove A better future without so much to lose.
Soon his life went astray When his parents kept begging him to play Keeping score within the rain Was the only way to stem the pain
Catching strikes from a battered glove. All he wanted was to win their love Though not…not enough.
No one ever asked what I wanted from life Now these walls closing in only echo my strife. Misunderstood. Just a number, no name. Last to take the crown and the first to take the blame.
Life has no horizon to fill up my sky. All that I can see is an empty goodbye. Is this the end’s big inning of all that I’ve made? Were all the games I’ve played worth the pain that I’ve paid?
Billy was a major player but he never got it right. Not the Bill he hoped to be so early in his life. And now he fades away from the light of day As his dreams become a darker shade of gray.
I said that Billy was a major player but he never got it right. Not the Bill he hoped to be so early in his life. And now he fades away from the light of day As his dreams become a darker shade of gray.
Behind The Music
Behind The Music
On the first album’s opus, John and Ryan set out to write a long-form epic – inspired by multi-movement rock classics like Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”, Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”, and Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind”.
The story follows the life of Billy, a typical kid with a lot of potential, who grew up with a set of parents trying to live their own failed dreams through their children. It’s a common tale in modern society and the pressure eventually leads Billy to some dark places and becomes his undoing.
The outro of the song finds Ryan trading guitar solos with a very special-guest Jason Mozersky – also Ben Harper’s guitarist.
Packed to the brim with instrumentation, this song was a great learning experience for everyone involved and taught us some valuable lessons about the difference between when there’s “not enough” to a song and…maybe when “enough is enough”.
Looking back, it was a little ambitious, but still a lot of fun to create.