Song Highlight: So How Do I Tell You Goodbye

[Photo Credit: Leonardo Yip]

[Photo Credit: Leonardo Yip]

This month’s song highlight is “So How Do I Tell You Goodbye”, recorded on David Willersdorf’s “Outside the Inside” album in Nashville.

“I wrote ‘So How Do I Tell You Goodbye’ about loving the woman who could kill you. The lyrics are a little dramatic and describe the sense of danger, passion and also the sense of trying to escape.

“When it came to record the song, as soon as I heard bass guitarist Steve Mackey and drummer Fred Eltringham lay down their parts, I knew that we had something amazing for the rest of us to build on. I was playing the studio Wurlitzer, which starts the song with a haunting vibrato, emphasised by the brilliant engineering and mixing that Eddie Spear brought to the production. I’m amazed with the result and how the music and lyrics work together so perfectly.”

 

So How Do I Tell You Goodbye

Verse 1:

String me along, bury me deep
These crumbling sidewalks
These broken-down feet
You lift me up, only to fall
I’m falling down slowly
This tumbling wall

Pre-Chorus:

Will I Live to see anther day?
Will they carry me, carry me away?
Will I ever survive a life loving you?
Could I ever survive a life loving you?

Chorus:

A beautiful face and a final goodbye
These tears in my eyes are asking you “Why?”
Tell me you truth and I’ll tell you no lies
‘Cause You put this blood in my eye
So How do I tell You goodbye?

Verse 2:

I let you in, into my keep
I laid down my drawbridge
Right in your street
You took me in, you bided your time
’til you could destroy me
And I was so blind

Ending:

Do I? Do I? Do I tell you good

Words and Music by David Willersdorf
© 2018 David Willersdorf / Whistletone

 
 

Bonus Pics

Here are some of the photos taken by David Willersdorf and Rick Price during the Outside the Inside album recording.

Setting up in the main room for bass guitar and drums to be recorded together. (Engineer Eddie Spear, Bass Guitarist Steve Mackey and Drummer Fred Eltringham).

Setting up in the main room for bass guitar and drums to be recorded together. (Engineer Eddie Spear, Bass Guitarist Steve Mackey and Drummer Fred Eltringham).

David Willersdorf with Drummer and Percussionist Fred Eltringham at Harpeth Trace studio in Nashville. [Photo Credit: Rick Price]

David Willersdorf with Drummer and Percussionist Fred Eltringham at Harpeth Trace studio in Nashville. [Photo Credit: Rick Price]

The Harpeth Trace Studio Song Wall. “Each time someone records an album, Rick Price has them write their songs up on the song wall. Dami Im had just recorded her album at the same studio and her songs were all up on the wall when I arrived. I remember feeling the sense of history as I got to write my own songs up there with Rick!” says David Willersdorf.

The Harpeth Trace Studio Song Wall. “Each time someone records an album, Rick Price has them write their songs up on the song wall. Dami Im had just recorded her album at the same studio and her songs were all up on the wall when I arrived. I remember feeling the sense of history as I got to write my own songs up there with Rick!” says David Willersdorf.

David Willersdorf and Bass Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Mackey. [Photo Credit: Rick Price]

David Willersdorf and Bass Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Mackey. [Photo Credit: Rick Price]

David Willersdorf with producer Rick Price at Harpeth Trace studio.

David Willersdorf with producer Rick Price at Harpeth Trace studio.

Engineer Eddie Spear with David Willersdorf during the mixdown stage of David’s Outside the Inside album recording [Photo Credit: Rick Price]

Engineer Eddie Spear with David Willersdorf during the mixdown stage of David’s Outside the Inside album recording [Photo Credit: Rick Price]

David Willersdorf is a singer-songwriter, traveller and food and coffee enthusiast

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