Taylor Time…for the Last Time

23 Apr

I intended to have a Taylor Time feature each week to highlight some of Taylor Hicks’ music, perhaps exposing those who haven’t had the chance to experience Taylor live, to his music and capabilities.

I’m choosing not to continue these weekly features. As many of you are already familiar with his work and there are many outlets still available for all things Taylor, I don’t feel it is necessary for more Taylor “education”. However, if you are in need of Taylor news or happenings, might I suggest The Boogie Board. For the record, I’m still “for” Taylor and I think that he is one of the best stage performers this generation has offered. Everyone is certainly welcomed to discuss Taylor happenings in the comments and I may have the occasional Taylor mention, just not a weekly feature on his music.

So, for the last Taylor “spotlight”, I offer The Fall. Appropriate, I think, and also one of my favorites. One of the first songs Taylor wrote and included on his In Your Time CD, it’s an examination of a relationship gone bad with a sense of resignation and acceptance. It’s very well done here, acoustically, showing Taylor’s depth as a musician, as well as vocal performer.

The Fall – from the Boogie Board videos

It’s funny how my life changes with the snow
takes a long, hard solid state of gold
all the times I look it still occurs to me
just passing time, trying not to mind set my spirit free

There’s a place and time for everything
when the good gets going bad
and every time I try to look and hide
it leaves you lonely, feeling blue, and feeling sad

Here it comes just rushing in
the distant smile replied,
a distant grin it’s not so bad
after all I climbed the ladder,
and you took the fall, you took the fall

Light on my feet I’m walking down
my steps are heavier to lessen the frown
soon I’ll be gone so pay me no mind
there’s always the worries wasted time, and wasted wine.

Here it comes just rushing in
the distant smile replied,
a distant grin it’s not so bad
after all I climbed the ladder,
and you took the fall you took the fall

Feelings will pass and soon have to go
the colder the heart, the harder the wind blow
although you’re trying to make your own throughway
you turn your back on love with the games that people play

Here it comes just rushing in
the distant smile replied,
a distant grin it’s not so bad
after all I climbed the ladder,
and you took the fall you took the fall.


Posted by on April 23, 2007 in Taylor


20 responses to “Taylor Time…for the Last Time

  1. Sideways

    April 24, 2007 at 12:42 am

    That was nice. Thanks.

    I’ll be awaiting Taylor’s future original songs.

  2. Dingo

    April 24, 2007 at 7:57 am

    I always thought Taylor was best when he went accoustic and this song was always one of my tearful favs.

    Im ready to move on. You hit the nail on the head. One of the best stage performers I have ever seen.

  3. boogie

    April 24, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for the suggestion and link, D!

    Very nice blog, by the way.
    Classy and informative. Kudos.

  4. Althea

    April 24, 2007 at 10:07 am

    I am a Taylor fan but, I’m glad you have decided not to limit your musical horizons. I stop here because I feel I will be challenged to listen and experience a variety of music. I love this song and wondered why Taylor didn’t use it on his just released CD. I can’t help thinking if he had truly embraced his soul roots with this song and the “Right Place” rather then attempting to straddle the fence between Soul and Pop perhaps his CD would have sold better.

  5. brc

    April 24, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Just the man and his guitar. Delightful.

    I think this is the first I’ve been able to hear his guitar-playing skills… love it. I happen to love Taylor unplugged. “Somehow” is amazing and one of my personal favorites is “Hello Lonely.” If you’ve never heard it, check it out (link is thanks to

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  6. brc

    April 24, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    I hit send before I pasted the lyrics. (Lyrics from Season of the Soul blog.)

    Hello Lonely

    Hello lonely
    Weren’t you just here?
    Hello heartbreak
    Come and sit right here
    Maybe tomorrow the sun will break
    But for now I talk to heartache

    Hello sadness
    Walking through my door
    Hello horror
    You been here before
    I came to calm what’s ailing me
    But for now I’m plain misery

    This time now I should be calling on
    Oh, a good friend indeed
    This time now I should be falling on
    Mmm, a good friend indeed

    Hello sadness
    You knew my name
    Hello heartbreak
    You’re still the same
    In times of trouble and the times of need
    I talk to heartbreak
    She fills my need

    This time now I should be calling on
    Oh, what this love has done to me
    This time now I should be calling on
    Mmm, a good friend indeed

    This time now, should be calling on
    Oh, a good friend indeed
    This time now, should be calling on
    Mmm, a good friend indeed

    Hello lonely
    You’re still the same
    Hello sadness
    You knew my name
    In my times of trouble, in my times of grief
    I talk to lonely
    She’s all I need


  7. texastaylorfan

    April 25, 2007 at 9:03 am

    It’s been said before, but every time I hear The Fall I am amazed at the lyrics that came out of Taylor when he was so young (19?) I wasn’t close to being that deep at 19.

    I LOVE this accoustic performance. Is there a way to get an MP3 from a video clip? Anyone know? I sure would love to have this on my itunes.

    I have to admit that I’m a little sad not to see something of Taylor highlighted here each week, but I know there are plenty of Taylor sites for that. Still not finding a replacement for Gray’s though as far as Taylor discussion. I do love your blog.

  8. Althea

    April 25, 2007 at 11:01 am


  9. Althea

    April 25, 2007 at 11:29 am

    A few years back I had a Miniature Schnauzer that died from age related illnesses. He had been a good and faithful friend. I was angry and frustrated watching my friend die. I blamed the Vet, myself and even my dear dog. Though in my heart I knew he had always given his best (OK so he occasional had an accident and barked a little too much) but he had given his very best however flawed the rascal was. When people suggested I “replace” my beloved companion with another dog I was disheartened and knew I could never find another dog like Jeremiah. Suddenly I could only recall Jeremiah’s good qualities and those things that use to drive me crazy seemed small and incidental. It took time for me to let go of my expectations for a reincarnation of my dear friend and discover not a replacement, but a different and new companion in a small Miniature Dachshund named, Joey. My friends passing also taught me to appreciate the companion I had now – the good and the not so good. To quote an overused but under practiced cliche’ “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
    I hope you find a place you feel comfortable with. It will never replace Gray, but hopefully add a new and different dimension to your life.
    Good luck to you and to all Gray Charles Alumni.

  10. music maven

    April 25, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Oddly, I liked that metaphor. Or is it allegory? (I’m firmly in the CAT category.)

    TTF – Camelot was one brief, shining moment.

    Just jump in here and there and you’ll “find a groove”.


  11. brc

    April 25, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Althea… is you sayin’ that Gray is a “flawed rascal?” (Kidding!)

    dd/mm… I was liking you until you said you were a cat person 🙂

  12. music maven

    April 25, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    brc — If you had read ALL of the threads here, including the “Jackie Wilson Said…Movin’ On” post, you would have seen one of my Catses, Domino.

    They used to be “Da Kittens” but now dey “Da Catses”.

    They are extremely intelligent (when I can keep them out of the liquor cabinet) and very wily.
    They are trying out for I Can Has Cheezburger.


    brc gets 2 demerits for dissing The Catses.

  13. brc

    April 25, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Domino is very beautiful… I mean for a cat, that is. I’m allergic, so even if I liked cats, I couldn’t have any.

    Are you still gonna let me play here?

    Now that I’ve completed my work obligations for the day I have to figure out what to wear tonight WHEN I’M SITTING IN THE FOURTH ROW WATCHIN’ TAYLOR! Oh sorry, was I yelling?

    I hope he does Compared to What again. He did this in Chicago and it ROCKED! What’s with all these capital letters? Who’s doin’ that? I would also love to hear at least one acoustic song. Hearing The Fall in person would be, well you know.

  14. music maven

    April 25, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Ok, well allergic excuse you a bit…only 1 demerit because I still sense some Cat Hate goin’ on.

    Tonight, listen for “Grandma’s Hands”. If he sings any part of that….think of me fondly.


  15. brc

    April 25, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    What’s “Grandma’s Hands?” I don’t know that one. Any links you can give me so I can recognize it if he plays it?

    Just teasin’ ya on the cat thing. I just turn into an allergic mess when I’m around them even for a short time. So I’ve never really been able to give them a chance.

  16. music maven

    April 25, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Ohhh, we’ve got some music education to do….

    Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers.

    I’ve had a rally cry for it for months and I heard a rumor that he “tagged” it at one show.

  17. brc

    April 25, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    MM… musical education indeed. That’s why I’m here. Thanks for sharing. It’s a very powerful song. The imagery is very vivid if you close your eyes and listen. I will listen for it tonight.

  18. Little Deb

    April 25, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Hi folks. Phew, we installed norton security on the computer last week and I haven’t been able to post anywhere.

    I really like Grandma’s Hands. Never heard that one before. Reminded me of my Grandma (who mostly raised me since Mom was divorced and working). She’s been gone for quite a few years, but I still “talk” to her all the time – very comforting.

    Music for me is often about memories and I am also all about the lyrics. Therefore, that song led me down the musical trail to these two. Don’t know if anyone will like them, but see what you think.

    Emmylou Harris “To Daddy” (written by Dolly Parton – a pretty amazing songwriter imo)

    Holly Dunn “Daddy’s Hands”

  19. ivoryhut

    April 26, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    This has always been one of my favorite songs of Taylor. I’ve never seen this version before, but I love the sheer musicianship of it. With all the cool music tools available right now, all the samplers and groove boxes and intelligent arrangers, what still remains true is that a great song will sound great even with just one instrument and a vocal.

    I ripped the audio from the file, so if anyone wants it, it’s here.

    Thanks for yet another gem, DD!

  20. nolagirl

    April 27, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Beautiful. How have I never seen this video? This is one of those songs that really roped me in when I first gave Taylor a listen.

    I think he would really surprise a lot of people if he did a media tour — like this radio one — and did acoustical numbers. The radio show I listen to every morning has in-studio musical guests often, and I am always pleasantly surprised, or at the least, thoroughly engaged when an artist or group comes in and performs live, acoustically. Groups I hadn’t heard of or who I didn’t think I would care for really got my attention. (recent example: Augustanna)

    I have no idea what Taylor’s marketing plan will entail once he’s not touring so much, so not sure if the radio circuit is even an option. Just thinkin’ out loud …


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