Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Best of 2020 • Rose City Band • Only Lonely




The song's lighter-than-air guitar, glistening lap steel, and rollicking pace captures the summer spirit of the album, calling to mind sunshine sparkling off the water of a lazy river. In contrast, the song's bittersweet lyrics delve into more melancholy territory, as Rose City Band's Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo) explains:

"There are times when you're feeling so down that you wish you were just plain lonely. I think there's a sense of resilience in it, though, a determination to roll with the punches and push on through. I wrote the music a while back and figured it would be an upbeat kind of tune. I guess I was just pretty down when I got around to writing the lyrics." BWay

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