From the recording Great South Road
Stay For Too Long (Peter O’Doherty) - For this song I borrowed from the titles to a couple of paintings by the American folk artist Andrea Heimer. Her narrative works about growing up in suburbia have long explanatory titles, so I paraphrased one called ‘In Our House and Others I Knew, Redecorating Was a Way to Force Change Without Really Changing Anything At All’ to set my first verse up and used another ‘a Feeling I Sometimes Have’ in the chorus. There’s a funny familiarity and poignancy about these paintings and I related them to my restless mum who had our family constantly moving house in a quest for something new.
Stay For Too Long
Inside of our house And others I have known We’d move around the furniture Trying to change our home But nothing ever changes Unless we move away We were always packing up our things We never seemed to stay Stay for too long Stay for too long It’s just a feeling that I sometimes have There’s nothing on the radio Nothing on the TV Nothing in the garden And nothing on the street That we haven’t ever talked about That we haven’t ever seen Unless it’s in the moonlight Unless it’s in our dreams Stay for too long Stay for too long It’s just a feeling that I sometimes have Fixing up the rooftops Mending all the fences Patching up the potholes Holding back the tide And somewhere several streets from here
Or on the other side The tracks the town the river too
Beyond the great divide
Stay for too long Stay for too long It’s just a feeling that I sometimes have
Just a feeling that I sometimes have