The Way We Started

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A musician falls in love with an actor but discovers that the only way to her heart is through her ego. Influences: Dire Straits, The Doobie Brothers


“The Way We Started”
Words and Music by D. R. Commander
Copyright ©2007 Twelve-Foot Hedgehog Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

You've been climbing up the stairway lost in a dream,
And I've been hanging in your shadows behind the scenes
You've got me running like a rat who's lost in a maze

Doing lunches, taking meetings, and dropping some names,
And throwing bones out to whoever got you your fame
Hollywood's been kind to you, but I'm still the same

Let's go back to the way we started
Time won't change the way we parted
You've been hiding out from me,
Cursing what we used to be
Why can't we start it again?

I can't keep up with all that SoCal drama you bring
Sometimes I wonder if you give a damn when I sing
Larger than life still doesn't mean that you know everything

You've been flying on a first-class ticket for free,
And I've been riding in your trunk and paying the fee
I think you're special, and on that much we agree


You're taking your life for granted, and you're leaving me
Holding the bag while you're chewing up the scenery
Why can't we go back to the way things used to be?
I'm still I, and I think there's something left of “we”

You've been going all the places I couldn't go,
And I've been hanging on the dock out back of the show
Sometimes I wonder, and other times I just know



from Seven Cities, released April 17, 2013
D. R. Commander (piano, electronic drums/percussion, vocals)
Aaron Goldfarb (guitars)
G. Pat Harris (bass)

Recorded by D. R. Commander at Spare Oom Studio, Austin, Texas
Produced by D. R. Commander
Mixed by Pat Manske at The Zone Recording Studio, Dripping Springs, Texas
Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc., Austin, Texas




D. R. Commander Austin, Texas

A self-taught pianist, D. R. Commander's approach to the instrument is somewhat non-traditional and is influenced as much by Earl Scruggs and Mark Knopfler as by Bruce Hornsby and Jackson Browne. His songs paint pictures of far-off, beautiful places inhabited by people who are different on the surface but whose lives intertwine in the same universal quest. ... more

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