Singalong! Long December by Counting Crows

It's almost the new year! I always thought of this song as purely a bummer; I'd listen to it when my goal was straight-up sadness. But you know what? I was wrong. I now think this song is about hope. It's about surviving a long, hard year, with a little hint of something better to come. Regardless of what your personal year has been like, I think we can all see that the world could use a year that was better than the last. Let's sing it into existence.


LONG DECEMBER
by Counting Crows

A long December and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can't remember the last thing that you said as you were leavin'
Now the days go by so fast

And it's one more day up in the canyons
And it's one more night in Hollywood
If you think that I could be forgiven I wish you would

The smell of hospitals in winter
And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters, but no pearls
All at once you look across a crowded room
To see the way that light attaches to a girl

And it's one more day up in the canyons
And it's one more night in Hollywood
If you think you might come to California I think you should

Drove up to Hillside Manor sometime after two a.m.
And talked a little while about the year
I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower,
Makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her

And it's been a long December and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can't remember all the times I tried to tell my myself
To hold on to these moments as they pass

And it's one more day up in the canyon
And it's one more night in Hollywood
It's been so long since I've seen the ocean I guess I should
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Photo by Rutger Hesseling. CC.



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