Used to Be

Story Behind The Song

I wrote this looking back at a long life and all I've done and looked to find the threads of purpose.

Song Description

Performer looking back on his life and travels with some regret

Song Length 4:07 Genre Pop - General, Folk - Americana
Tempo Medium Slow (91 - 110) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Poignant, Troubled Subject Existence, Regret
Similar Artists Emmylou Harris, David Foster Language English
Era 2000 and later


Used to be

I don't know but I'm down on my knees, the storms they weary me
The worlds a circus, calliopes cry, crazed clowns are twirling by
Oh there is a mystery born of misery, as if the truth would tear us down
And I know she knows as cold wind blows
I'm not as strong as I used to be, as I used to be
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

Look up there love's winged trapeze that will throw you into the sky
But you know there's no net below, If you fall your heart will die
Walk down the midway and call the barker, tell him to give me a love song
I can't find the words for all that I've heard
I'm not as strong as I used to be, as I used to be
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

Like a new rose on an old window sill my love for you still grows
Could you find a way to love me still
With stilted clowns and dreary towns
And me worn down from the road

For me a thousand miles of winding road and the years I've been away
The games I've won and the games I've lost have hardly paid the way
I see you young and standing there with a tear in your eye
I'm sorry for my shadow on your life
I'm not as strong as I used to be, as I use to be
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

I'm just a clown with lines on my face, my youth away locked inside
Cursed with lack and a poets grace as the darkness here unwinds

Could you hold me Dear just for a while and let me be a child?
Its all now like some sawdust haze as the last parade just passed by
I'm not as strong as I used to be
I'm not a strong as I used to be

love the feel of this track - very reflective and humble. Good story telling with some really well put together lyrics. The voice is expressive and has emotion that expresses the sentiment of the song really well. The production is spot on with the strings used really well (i mean not over done). The guitar underpins it all with piano playing counter melodies - really liked this track, good songwriting

Lyrics Ken Lehnig Music Ken Lehnig
Producer Ken Lehnig, John Hildebrand Publisher Desert Windsong Publishing
Performance See album cover Label American Windsong Music
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