Thinking of a shot to set me free. When I caught a glimpse of him smiling back at me. The report I felt was nowhere I could be.
Could he cure my heart of frozen fear? Can I whisper longing in his ear? If only I could be that near.
Free. He set me free.
Been rowing on an island made of ice. Looking for a shoreline to entice. I see safe harbor in his eyes.
So I feel the break of day. And I think he’s showing me the way. The mourning light of come what may.
Almost everyone knows the pain of a failed relationship. This song is about finding redemption after a loss and letting go of the past.
The message here is: failing at one thing does not make you a failure. The only real way to “set yourself free” from life’s most painful mistakes is to learn from them and keep pushing forward.
Conor came in with the original riff and showed John the main lick and the chords. John was so inspired, he wrote the words right there in one session.
It’s just a typical three-chord song, yet it evokes so much emotion within that simple harmonic framework – embodying the beauty of simplicity.