It can often seem like songs have their own intent, as if their essence is pre-existent and your role as a writer is one of discovery rather than creation. With Say It Again it was initially supposed to be a piece about action speaking louder than words. I was trying to capture that all too familiar feeling of compromise that arises when saying and doing are so far out of sync.
But for whatever reason I couldn’t get past the saying bit and so instead of the song becoming a complaint about bullshit and broken promises it ended up being about advocacy, about speaking up for the moral case. The three verses each referenced a historical figure: Lennon, King and Kennedy, all protagonists, all assassinated. Turns out it can be quite useful being murdered when you’ve got something to say.
Say It Again
performed: Ellison Belle
produced: CS (2015)