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To Be Alone

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Believe it or not I wrote this song while driving home alone after a gig one Winter's night in 2007. Earlier that night during the show, people were dancing and singing along and having a really good time. Then when all was said and done I helped another musician and His wife pack up gear and headed out to my car. About a week or so before the gig, someone had broken out my passenger side window and had stolen my car stereo so i was left to entertain myself by singing in the car that night while headed home. I came up with the first verse and the tune was there in my head so I stopped at iHOP to eat and write it down on a napkin with my waitresses pen. (I still have the napkin stained with hollandaise sauce) I made it home around 4am and sat down and finished the song and recorded a demo and then uploaded it to MySpace just four hours after I started writing it in the car.

I re-recorded the song for the album in 2009

The lyrics came from drawing upon an amalgamation of experiences in my life with the opposite sex. It is not autobiographical but has since found a way of coming true as though when I was writing it, I was glimpsing into my future....including the crickets at the end. :)

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TO BE ALONE
words and music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2007 by David Allen Slater

IT WEIGHS ME DOWN JUST THINKIN' BOUT
YOU AND ME ALL THE TIME
AND IF THIS BROKEN HEART DON'T STOP BLEEDIN'
I THINK I'LL JUST LOSE MY MIND

I LOVED YOU SO INTENTLY
AND THEN YOU WALKED RIGHT OUT THAT DOOR
NOW I GOT HEAVY THINGS
HEAVY THINGS ON MY MIND

AND THE WORLD JUST KEEPS ON TURNIN'
AND THIS PAIN JUST KEEPS ON BURNIN'
A BIG OL' HOLE RIGHT INTO MY SOUL

YOU THINK BY NOW THAT I'D HAVE LEARNED
TO STAY AWAY FROM GIRLS LIKE YOU
BUT SOMETIMES IT'S JUST SO HARD
TO BE ALONE
YEAH YEAH SOMETIMES IT'S HARD
TO BE ALL ALONE

IT STARTED OUT SO SIMPLY
JUST HANGING OUT ALL THE TIME
TILL I WAS CAPTURED BY YOUR BEAUTY
TAKEN PRISONER BY YOUR SMILE

I FELL IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTY QUEEN
LIVING HIGH UPON THE HILL
BUT IT WAS NEVER NEVER MEANT TO BE
A SHAKY CUP IS SURE TO SPILL

BUT THE WORLD JUST KEEPS ON TURNIN'
AND THIS PAIN JUST KEEPS ON BURNIN'
A BIG OL' HOLE RIGHT INTO MY SOUL

YOU THINK BY NOW THAT I'D HAVE LEARNED
TO STAY AWAY FROM GIRLS LIKE YOU
BUT SOMETIMES IT'S JUST SO HARD
TO BE ALONE
YEAH YEAH SOMETIMES IT'S HARD
TO BE ALONE
YOU KNOW IT'S JUST SO HARD
TO BE ALONE

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from Influenced, released August 15, 2009

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David Allen Slater Ringgold, Georgia

David Allen Slater is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, who successfully released his self-produced debut CD, Influenced, on August 15, 2009

David's music has been promoted by Windows7, Signal Radio FM, Acoustic Alternative Radio, Chicago's own The Edge On Air and Alternate Revolt Magazine & 42 guitar compilation CD's. He is currently working on a new CD.
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