Song of the Day #1,045: ‘Seem to Recall’ – Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith has borrowed from Bob Dylan the tendency to put his strongest songs at the end of his albums. Sexsmith usually ends his records with a romantic ballad (I mentioned Brad Paisley recently as an expert modern-day writer of love songs, and Sexsmith shares the talent).

‘April After All,’ the closing track on Other Songs, is particularly lovely, the sort of song that could have become a standard if Sexsmith was around 50 years ago.

‘Seem to Recall,’ the last song on Whereabouts, is my favorite track from that album. It’s about looking back with longing and regret.

Quite different from the unabashed romanticism of his other love songs, ‘Seem to Recall’ appears to be about a relationship that has fallen into a passionless rut.

Well a bad day is when I’m up in the air
A better day is when I’m in repair
Like this it’s always been
Oh but then again
I seem to recall a time when…

The day ahead was an open book
For every page I read, a second look
What I knew then somehow
Can’t put my finger on it now
But I seem to recall doing without

I seem to recall when a daydream
Seemed to be all I’d take with me
My wherewithal
I seem to recall

Now we’re bummin’ round feeling awkwardly at home
Amidst the dumbing down and the talk shows
With nothing much to say
It wasn’t always this way
I seem to recall a brighter day

I seem to recall when your light
Seemed to be all I’d go by
After nightfall
I seem to recall

What I knew then somehow
I’ve put my finger on it now
I seem to recall that there was no doubt

I seem to recall when your love
Seemed to be all I was so sure of
It could break my fall
I seem to recall

My wherewithal
I seem to recall


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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,045: ‘Seem to Recall’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. Dana says:

    Now he’s sounding like Jackson Browne again.:)

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