Solid Sterling Music
I'm Trying Harder
 
Lyrics
VERSE
Sometimes circumstances get in the way
As surely as night follows day
That's the way it was when we were twenty-three
You seemed aloof; you did not want me

FIRST PRE-CHORUS
But now you tell me after all these years...

CHORUS
I could've had you then
Had I tried a little harder, been a little smarter
We were too circumspect; we did not quite connect
I didn't know when I'd pass your way again
Now we're quite a bit older, quite a bit wiser
No need to be such serious analyzers
So here I am and here you are
So near, yet so far; this time..., I'm trying harder

VERSE
You went your way and I went mine
We've been married how many times?
Well, who cares?; that's all in the past
We've got love; let's make it last

SECOND PRE-CHORUS
After all these years, I still can't believe...

Repeat CHORUS

BRIDGE
If I could turn back the clock, I would
How I wish I had not misunderstood

Repeat CHORUS

TAG
This time, girl, I'm trying harder

Words & Music by Don Tomlinson
© 2019 Solid Sterling Music (BMI)
All Rights Reserved.
Credits
Lyrics Credits: Don Tomlinson
Music Credits: Don Tomlinson
Producer Credits: Don Tomlinson
Publisher Credits: Solid Sterling Music
Performance Credits: Don Tomlinson
Description
Short Song Description:
Never got together as young adults. Now she tells him many years later that he could have had her then had he "tried a little harder."
Long Song Description:
He wanted to date her in high school and college but didn't try because he felt out of her league. He saw her at age 23 and wanted to ask her out but didn't because she seemed aloof. Many years later, they finally got together, and when they discussed what happened when they were 23, she told him "you could have had me then; you just needed to try harder." So, he's trying harder now.
Story Behind the Song:
No back story. Just pure craft.
Metadata
Song Length: 3:59
Primary Genre: Jazz-Smooth Jazz
Secondary Genre: Jazz-Lounge
Tempo: Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Relationship
Subject Matter 2: Regret
Mood 1: Composed
Mood 2: Relaxed
Similar Artist 1: Harry Connick Jr.
Similar Artist 2: Michael Buble
Language: English
Era: 2000 and later
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