This post is a part of our series with songs that can be translated as good stories of - or advices/mindsets to the music business.
This song is summarizing the period from 1920 to circa 1999 when record labels were the best/only entity to distribute recorded music. It’s a kind of rise and fall story. The lyric is written by a label executive with good memory. He remembers a time when musicians where worried that music put on a record meant the end of their “career” — when music could be listened to without the presence of a musician — and eventually the end of music. That didn’t of course happen. But the good news is that rules are changing again and it’s the musicians that is gaining power — all to the labels demise.
The song starts off with the label guy telling us that the end has come and that the musician has left for the fans:
“I’m all outta luck but what else could I be?, I know he’s yours and he’ll never belong to me again. I did him wrong. So don’t brag, Keep it to yourself. I did him wrong.”
The label goes on and is telling us how he tried to adjust to a new digital reality but never succeeded:
“I was never no, never no, never enough.”
The moral of the story is that you should remember that:
“Change is hard, I should know. I should know. I should know.”
So, always be open and try to adopt new ideas and possibilities.
Watch on Youtube: