OUT IN THE COLD (2006)


(v1)

She hasn’t come home yet
The girls and I play in the snow
Temperature in the twenties
Like it was a December ago

Throwing snowballs and shrieking
Raising holy hell
We hardly notice
How far the mercury fell

(chorus)

Cause Out in the Cold
It’s warm
The temperature’s barely felt
Out in the cold
It’s warm
Enough that a heart can melt
When you’re with the ones you love
You can weather any storm
It’s warm
Out in the cold

(v2)

Amy’s halfway through fifth grade
Always got her face in a book
Kate is sure she’ll find dinosaur bones
If she finds the right place to look

They grab my hat and go running
Playing a game
Putting it on the snowman
And calling him by my name

(repeat chorus)

Cause Out in the Cold
It’s warm
The temperature’s barely felt
Out in the cold
It’s warm
Enough that a heart can melt
When you’re with the ones you love
You can weather any storm
It’s warm
Out in the cold



(bridge)

She comes home and apologizes for being late
Tells the girls to go inside and walks me to the gate
All of the tensions come flooding back
All the suspicions, and the lines of attack

(v3)

We review some arrangements
I leave before starting a spat
The snowman waves in the rearview
Standing guard with my hat

Every year they get older
New line are crossed
I wait out the winter
Fighting against the frost

(new chorus)

Out in the cold
Again
Surrendering by degrees
Out in the cold
Again
Enough that a heart can freeze
When you miss the ones you love
Every hour feels like ten
Again
Out in the cold


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Hopefully the "twist" in the song works, and the change in the meaning of "out in the cold" works as well. I tried to hide the details of the divorce until the bridge.

This lyric was picked up at Musicians Collaboration. A new collaborator, Anthony J. Spinella, responded to it and got a team together to produce this demo. I really appreciate all their work on this!

Guitar/Vocals: Anthony J. Spinella
Orchestration (piano, harp, etc.): Jay Schankman
Bass: Preston Miller
Drums: Jerry Langenfeld
Final Mix: David Timson

The photograph was ganked from a friend’s website, as I wanted a snowman, and Diana and Ken didn’t have a snowman photo handy.

This song received Runner-Up status in the May 2008 monthly results of the Song of the Year contest.

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