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Rock - General | Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Song Description

Ths song is based loosely on the James Agee book, A Death in the Family. There was a movie rendition, entitled "All the Way Home" (a riff on the "This Little Piggy" nursery rhyme). In this song, a little boy of undetermined age gets awakened in the middle of the night and dutifully follows his uncle downstairs into the kitchen, where his mother and sisters are gathered . . . and neighbors are starting to gather. Something is very wrong, but the little boy is left to try and piece it together by the noises in the room, and he hears his uncle talking about his father . . . and his father's car being sent into the air by a soft shoulder at the side of the road. People are leaning down to say things to him, but nothing is really registering. He is almost incapable of sensing his presence in the room. He keeps hearing himself being awakened from the safe soft sleep that was his just an hour earlier. But at some level the sense is dawning on him that he is "going to have to learn to cry . . . all the way home."

Story Behind the Song

Bob had written the music long ago. He had named it wake, and had put it on an instrumental CD. Dennis had heard the song, but had been completely unaware of the name of it. But the music was deeply moody and sad. He had asked Bob's permission to put words to it. There were some repetitive musical themes which called out for four syllables of lyric to be repeated. The words "All the Way Home," seemed almost to have been expected by the music. That got me (Dennis) really thinking about the powerful Agee story and about some ancient memories of my own as a kid whom the adults thought was too young to deal with frightening and sad news about his father. So there was some real dove-tailing there. We used to take children so much for granted and at the same time not bring them into our confidences when horrible things must be dealt with. So somehow they were expected to "be OK," which probably explains why people would often sneak looks at them to see "how they are holding up." So when I say that "they sort of put you on a stage when your daddy dies," I feel that there was a lot of truth in that at one time. I am hopeful that this is no longer as true as it was forty or fifty years ago . . . there is clearly a lot more knowledge about how to involve children in a family's grieving process.

Lyrics


Verse One
Well Uncle Luther Came Into my Room,
And Said: ?Boy . . . Get on Your Clothes?
?Your Mother and Sisters,
They?re Down in the Kitchen
And They Don?t Want You up Here
All Alone.?
I Got Out of Bed Like Old Luther Said
And Tucked in my Shirt Like I?ve Been Told,
And I Took His Hand All Along the Stairs,
But I Had Never Felt This Cold
All the Way Down
All the Way Down
All the Way Down

Verse Two
It?s So Strange That Folks are Walkin? In,
And Mother Looks Up and Runs Her Hand Through My Hair
And I Hear Luther Talkin?
?bout Daddy Drivin? to the Market
?bout a Soft Shoulder . . . That Shouldn?t be There
Car Flew in the Air

Bridge
And I Can?t Feel my Arms and Legs Right Now
And I Can?t Really Tell What?s Bein? Said
Because Every Time Someone Leans Down to Talk to me,
I Hear Old Luther?s Words
Rollin? Me Out Of Bed
And They All Look at You
Out of the Corner of Their Eyes
They Sort of Put You on a Stage
When Your Daddy Dies . . . .

Verse Three
A Soft Shoulder Can Really Break Your Heart
And Sometimes It Can Make You Cry,
And Sometimes Dying Can Be the Easy Part,
Because All Those Left Behind You
Have to Learn to Cry.
Yes, They?re Going to Learn to Cry
All the Way Home
All the Way Home
All the Way Home . . . .

Song Length
4:04
Genre
Rock - Grunge


Lyric Credits Dennis Wanebo, Bob Story.
Music Credits Dennis Wanebo, Bob Story.
Producer Credits Dennis Wanebo & Bob Story
Publisher Credits Bode Productions
Performance Credits Dennis Wanebo, vocals; guitars, bass, keyboard, slide; Larry Thompson, drums
Label Credits Bode Productions, LLC, and Bode Records