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Sad (For No Good Reason)

from Vessels by John Greer

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A song about a lot of things! Kind of about having a preference for darker weather and learning to appreciate the upsides of the longer sunny days of summertime. Kind of about Seasonal Affective Disorder. Kind of about the weather. It’s all grist for the mill of actually feeling sad without the language to say why. And that’s okay, so long as we know it’s not going to last forever and that we can survive it.

In regards to the narrative, I like to imagine we’ve followed the narrator long past the end of that bad breakup. The fingerprints of that relationship are now replaced with the years of experience gone by. We hear an evolution of that final line from Bird: “all things pass.” If the good things pass, so too might the bad things.

We don’t really know what happened between then and now to teach the narrator this newfound wisdom. In fact, we don’t really know what that breakup and relationship were all about either. Sometimes all we get are the fingerprints.

Co-writing credits: Trio Sessions by Joseph; Paranoia in B-Flat Major by Avett Brothers


Sometimes I get sad for no good reason
Misty mood and overcast above
Come and check back in with me next season
Trust that I’ll come back around to love

Winter comes and it feels automatic
My mood, the leaves, with the degrees descend
Find the space heater up in the attic
Know that spring is gonna come again

Better than a bad night out on the town
Better than the darkness all around
Listen to a sad song by the firelight
Stick around I know I’m gonna be alright

I used to think I didn’t like the summer
And still I cannot stand the humidity
But now I’ve come to feel a bit more grateful
For the warmth and light a Georgia July brings

Better than a bad night on the town
Better than the darkness when I’m down
Listen to a sad song by firelight
Trust the process of the passing time
Count the stars and count on the sunrise
Stick around I know I’m gonna be alright


from Vessels, released August 4, 2023
Writing, performing, engineering, and producing by John Greer
Recorded at home in Atlanta, GA


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